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Uplift, Support and Be Kind

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I am sure many of you have already read this… I posted it on Instagram a few weeks ago. Buuuut I decided I didn’t LOVE the photo attached to the words and deleted it. However, I wanted the words to stay! They needed to be somewhere… out there in the vast space of information we call the internet. So here they are… on my blog. Let’s spread some kindness today. 🙂

You’ve got to have pretty tough skin to be in this world. In the social media world… Where we pour out our hearts, bear our souls, put ourselves out there, so vulnerable for all to see, for all to judge, praise, sympathize, ridicule or do whatever they want with it, really…

It’s a beautiful thing, this community that is so tight knit, but with that comes the inevitable jabs from people who peek in from their tiny little window into one’s life to make a snap judgement on something you’ve shared or said. And you’ve got to be tough. You’ve got to know it doesn’t mean much… You’ve got to be able to pick up and move on. You’ve got to love yourself enough to not let others make you feel less than the spectacular human you are.

Which brings me to this: be kind. Treat every woman like she is your sister, every man like he is your brother. Listen, love and respect. Open your windows, get a little wider view before casting anything negative. Nobody should be carrying around unnecessary negativity… the feeling that sits in the corner of our hearts, taking up space in the little universes we live in. Let go of it. Uplift, support and be kind. That will never be wrong.headedsomewhere signature

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18 Comments

  • Reply dana

    The last paragraph really speaks to me! Thank you for sharing this little bit of inspiration <3

    February 10, 2016 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply Randie Megan

    I totally agree with this. I used to be the admin for a very large Facebook group and had to deal with a LOT of mama drama on a daily basis. Eventually it just got not only too overwhelming, but just plain time consuming! I ended up leaving and I have never once regretted that decision. A lot of people look at your world from the outside and forget that people in cyberspace have feelings too! Like unkind comments don’t affect us. But words still hurt and no matter what size your following is, words matter.
    On the flip side, I do think it’s so important when you have a following to make a point to communicate to your readers/followers. They are people too, and when they take the time to write out a heartfelt response to something we post, it goes without saying that we should make an effort to show our thanks. 🙂

    February 11, 2016 at 1:23 am
    • Reply mary.l.johnson1@gmail.com

      Yes, when it stops being fun is when we should move on from things that are not necessary.

      I couldn’t help but feel your comment was insinuating that I don’t make that effort… which I very much do. And yes, especially when the comments are heartfelt. It IS important… but it is also true that some comments get lost in the shuffle, especially when people comment on old photos, (talking instagram) there is a small chance they will be seen. I try my best to make everyone feel important and included.

      February 15, 2016 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply cheryl

    Beautiful thoughts, and genuine inner beauty .
    I will always remember something that was said by a speaker at your high school graduation: “Never let anyone tromp your heart.” Love you Lauren. Mom

    February 11, 2016 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Ashley

    Love this! Thank you for making sure it is out there on the web somewhere 🙂 Also, in LOVE that lamp. Where did you get it??

    February 11, 2016 at 8:14 am
    • Reply mary.l.johnson1@gmail.com

      Thank you!

      I got the lamp at West Elm but it has been a few years.

      February 15, 2016 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply averi t.

    I love this. simple and to the point – beautifully said.

    February 11, 2016 at 10:32 am
    • Reply mary.l.johnson1@gmail.com

      Thanks, love! 🙂

      February 15, 2016 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Linda Lorick

    Thank you, Lauren, for not hiding your inspiration under a bushel. You have warmed my heart and filled my soul with joy today. WE all need to uplift and support each other every single day. I think you have your mom’s heart. I love her so much!

    February 11, 2016 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply mary.l.johnson1@gmail.com

      Thank you for your comment Linda!

      You are so very sweet.

      February 15, 2016 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Linda Lorick

    February 11, 2016

    Thank you for never hiding your inspiration under a bushel. My heart and soul grows when I read your kind words of inspiration and love. Hugs to Ezra and Clay and go shine as you are your mom’s sweet daughter! I love her, too.

    February 11, 2016 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Linda Lorick

    Thank you, Lauren, for warming my soul with your inspiration. I am so glad you do not hide your feelings under q bushel! Let the light shine and be your mom’s girl, like you are!

    February 11, 2016 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply Jolene

    It all comes down to the simple little golden rule doesnt it? Do unto others as you would have others do to you. Don’t you just love it when people are kind? Well said, Lauren

    February 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm
    • Reply mary.l.johnson1@gmail.com

      I do love it! And I have to say, there is much more kindness than there is negativity. 🙂 So there’s that.

      LOVES!!

      February 15, 2016 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Ashlee

    I just love all the photos you post from your home!!

    http://www.tusksandtails.com

    February 15, 2016 at 9:41 am
    • Reply mary.l.johnson1@gmail.com

      THANK YOU!! 🙂

      February 15, 2016 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply sandee

    not sure how i stumbled upon your Instagram feed, but i’m so glad i did! I’m a new mom too, and your words are so inspiring and motivating. Although we live different lives and are many ages apart, we do share many of the same moments with a toddler. Your words make me laugh and cry, because i know i’m not alone in these “mother of a toddler” moments like waking up to an IPad slap (that happened to me the day before yours, lol). I love your carefree spirit and and enjoy your heartfelt messages. Keep sharing, because i’m reading, laughing, crying, and telling my husband that i’m not alone…thank you for being REAL!

    February 16, 2016 at 12:35 pm
    • Reply mary.l.johnson1@gmail.com

      Hi Sandee!

      Your message made me so so happy. Thank you so much for your kind words!!

      February 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm

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