In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's work, 16 inspiring and creative bloggers (including me!) set out to "Plant a Kiss" in the world on Sunday, April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen! Today each of us is posting about that experience. Click here to visit the main Plant a Kiss page, where you can easily link to all participating bloggers. For every blog that you visit and comment on, your name will be tossed into a hat for a chance to win one of many amazing prizes (a seat in Soulecologie is one of them!) such as online writing, photography, or dream-building classes; coaching sessions; artwork, or jewelry.
When I was thinking about how I wanted to celebrate Plant A Kiss** Day I knew it would involve my daughters. I wondered if we would hand out flowers to strangers, hide love notes in random places, or sing someone a song? I wasn't quite certain of what our plan was for April 29th except that we would somehow be out in the world celebrating what this day was about.
As any parent can tell you flexibility is the key with little ones, so when my four year old woke up Sunday morning saying she wasn't feeling well and her throat was hurting and she just wanted to sleep, I knew planting kisses outdoors may not have been something she was up for, at least that particular day.
After breakfast I had the idea of painting some words on the pages of an old book. I had been wanting to do something with the book cover itself and thought this a good way to do some upcycling. My daughter was painting at the time so I found some markers, wrote down some phrases and went to work.
I laid my book pages on top of her masterpiece and we now had a collaborative piece to share. I grabbed my iPhone (aka partner in crime) and we took some photos. Since she wasn't feeling well enough to be out and about my initial thought of placing them on the parked cars outside would need a backup plan. I decided to plant these words of love using social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) as a way to hopefully bring warm smiles and deep knowing to those who came in contact with them. I truly hope they brightened someone's day.
In the spirit of the giveaways in connection with this blog party and the message that what gets planted is what grows- I decided to give these six book pages away to six people who visit this space.
If you leave a comment here, you will not only be eligible to receive one of these amazing giveaways, but also one of my humble book pages with a handwritten message of love, just for you.
I was really honored to be asked to participate in such a wonderful event, it inspired me to spread joy and plant kisses as often as I can and that random acts of kindness are what joy is all about.
My daughter is feeling better today and there is close to 500 pages of text in this book that I am disassembling as well as limitless possibilities when it comes to messagas of love to share. Those parked cars outside may just receive some love notes this week after all.
For a complete list of giveaway items, you can view the full list here. If you wish to have one of these book pages simply leave a comment on this post. I will leave comments open through Friday, May 4th.
**Plant a Kiss Day was created to celebrate the message and spirit behind Amy Krouse Rosenthal's work and the whimsical book she created, "Plant a Kiss," which is beautifully illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. "In this gentle tale about hope, kindness, and sharing, see how one small acts blooms into something grander than anyone ever could have imagined." Plant a Kiss is not just for kids; it's the little bit of magic and hope we all long for, no matter what our age. Order the book on Amazon