ROCKTOBER!

ROCKTOBER!

Well the highlight of my weekend was receiving an email update from The Kindness Rock Project yesterday and seeing my rocks for Smilow Rocks as a featured photo! Check out this snippet from the email…

As others have experienced, painting rocks for the purpose of spreading kindness can be very therapeutic! It is my favorite “meditation” practice! Here’s a couple photos of the next batch I have ready for Smilow Cancer Hospital and one of some rocks which are a work in progress. #SmileRockCT

National Collect Rocks Day!

National Collect Rocks Day!

National Collect Rocks Day is celebrated on September 16 of every year.”

In honor of today, I launched a new blog page about my new Kindness Rock “hashtag” #SmileRockCT to promote awareness about spreading kindness and inspiration through painting and donating rocks!

Instead of collecting rocks today, I collected my thoughts about what this kindness rock project means to me.

I first started painting Kindness Rocks a couple years ago, leaving them for children to find in school yards or adults to find during walks. Leaving these rocks made me smile! I knew how much my mood was lifted the time I found my first rock during a walk near the CT River.

I loved the message being spread by The Kindness Rock Project and was really excited to learn that the hospital where I am being treated for cancer, has their own program called Smilow Rocks! Last week I shared a couple photos on my Instagram, one of a technique I was playing with –

I was thrilled and flattered when another photo showing the back side of the next batch of rocks I am working on for Smilow Cancer Hospital, was shared in The Kindness Rock Project Instagram post. Then the founder of Smilow Rocks commented that it might be a good idea to create my own unique Hashtag! I never thought of sucn a thing before!

I gave this a lot of thought. The word Smile is the one that resonated with me. Painting the rocks is so healing and meditative for me and they make me smile. I believe they can bring a smile to the person receiving one, too. It also is in honor of Smilow, since it is so close in spelling. And last but not least, when I shop on Amazon I always use my Amazon SMILE login and this way a little bit of money goes to Yale New Haven Hospital, home to Smilow Cancer Hospital. So it all fit together for me – all my kindness rock interests rolled into one! It took me a while to research search terms and make sure the one I selected for my unique hashtag was not already being used by someone else for their personal or business use. I saw a lot of photos of people who just had their braces removed, and yes, their smiles do “rock”! So I decided on #SmileRockCT which is also in honor of all the Kindness Rock projects here in my town in Connecticut!

So today I launched a New Blog Page titled #SmileRockCT and hopefully this effort will contribute in some small way to introduce new people to this terrific hobby!


Here are a few of my favorite Rock Painting craft supplies. Please use these links to shop for these or other supplies!


And remember if you do shop on Amazon please make sure to set up your own SMILE account!

Amazon SMILE

Amazon SMILE

Did you know that you can earn money for charity when you shop online using the Amazon SMILE program! It’s true! The key is to watch the URL and once you are on the Amazon website, just change www to smile if the web address is not already pointing there. Then once you choose a charity from the list of participating organizations, that information will be saved in your profile. Just remember to navigate to the proper page (smile.amazon.com) before you place your shopping order!

EXAMPLE:


Try it for yourself by clicking my Amazon Affiliate Link below!

Kindness ROCKS!

#thekindnessrocksproject

I fell in love with The Kindness Rocks Project in 2017 when, during a walk from the Ferry Landing here in town, I found a painted rock on a bridge. I had been feeling sad, and this sweet surprise lifted my heart. I bought a few supplies and painted a few rocks, but then put my craft supplies aside.

My interest in this project changed when a few weeks ago a dear friend and I got together to paint rocks. Something about this process was totally meditative and really got me inspired.

#thekindnessrocksproject

Last week I donated a small box of rocks to my hospital for their effort to spread kindness.

Smilow Rocks is a local effort of The Kindness Rocks Project and shares the belief that one message at just the right moment can change someone’s day, outlook or life. Our goal is to spread kindness through painted rocks left for and created by patients, caregivers and staff at Smilow Cancer Hospital in New Haven, CT.

Glastonbury Rocks! is a local Kindness Rock Group I belong to on Facebook. It is mostly people decorating rocks “hide and seek” style; so people post photos of rocks they’ve decorated or found, and those who find a rock often rehide them instead of keep them.

Our local elementary school, Hopewell School, even started a Kindness Rock Garden with 3,000 rocks last year and hosted a book signing with the founder of the Project as well!  So this project is local, regional, national and even global!

If you want to spread kindness through painting rocks, the website reminds us to make sure to hashtag #THEKINDNESSROCKSPROJECT but to be honest, I can never fit that many words so I just put #kindnessrockproject or #kindnessrock and the year on the back.


If anyone uses my Amazon Affiliate Links to purchase Arts & Crafts Supplies, I will be donating any commissions I earn from now until September 2019 to our fundraising for the 2019 CLOSER TO FREE RIDE to benefit my hospital, Smilow Cancer Hospital! Just make sure to use these links!