After my last, rather distressed, post I am here to up the positivity and joy!! Can I get a HELL YEAH!…. No? Okay never mind.
I’m going to start with the new blogging group I have joined which you may have seen floating around twitter #GIRLGANG! No we are not a 90s pop band (sadly) nor are we 12 year old school children that have formed our first gang of besties and skip around the playground holding hands…. Or maybe we are?!
This movement (I’m going to call it a movement because I feel the force is strong among us) was started by Jemma creator of the blog Dorkface. in an attempt to spread love and positivity through the blogosphere. The rules are simple and there are 3 of them…
1.Never talk about fight club
No wait, sorry wrong one. Let’s try again…
1.You promise to spread joy, kindness and positivity in the blogging community whenever you can.
2.You believe in celebrating diversity.
3.You recognise that you are absolutely beautiful, and awesome.
Easy right? You would think so, but as I said in my previous post it seems that the world has forgotten to live by such simple rules. To find out more information about this gang of positive gals head to Jemma’s blog!
On Monday, I took part in my first #girlgang chat on Twitter. Aside from the chat being 6-7pm meaning that I was commuting home on the train and my signal was causing me ALL the stress, I was totally overwhelmed by the love that was going on! Like serious virtual love! No, not virtual I take that back because it was real! The chat was based around ambition and I’ve never witnessed so much kindness, support and happy thoughts on my twitter feed. I could have genuinely cried!! Bear in mind that this was literally the day after my I hate the world post; #girlgang was EXACTLY what I needed to restore my faith in humanity!
This chat not only lifted my spirits but it also got me thinking about the kind campaign founded by Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson. Their mission statement is as follows:
Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.”
Lauren and Molly not only produced a documentary but also travel round to schools teaching girls the importance of being kind to one another. We all know how bitchy we girls can get and I fear that things are getting worse. With the media filling the next generation with photoshopped images, letting them know it’s ok to body shame and riddling them with anxiety about their appearance it’s no wonder we’re surrounded by such mean girls.
We need to start teaching these babes from a young age that there is no place in the world for negativity. We need to show them how amazing it feels to be united and to build each other up. Being part of that #girlgang chat on Monday gave me this feeling!
I contacted the kind campaign on twitter expressing my wish for this movement to be available in the UK and was told that they had tried but there wasn’t enough schools interested. I think this speaks volumes!!
Schools are so busy teaching our children Shakespeare and algebra that they are forgetting other important skills such as being kind. I don’t blame the teachers for this; I blame the government! (Laura hating on the government, that’s a new one right?!) I personally think a programme like this would be SO beneficial! We cannot put a price on such an important issue. Maybe if we started spreading kindness through schools the next generation would not grow up filled with such hate.
If this is something you feel would be integral to society I urge you to get in contact with your local schools! The more people interested, the more likely this is to happen!
As fully fledged adults …. Well kind of… it is up to us to set an example. You don’t have to be a blogger or a teacher or have your own campaign, everyone can spread this message.
BE KIND. SPREAD LOVE. SUPPORT OTHERS.
Peace and love xoxo