Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – D.G. Kaye – #Kindness Rocks Project – #WATWB – How it Began – How to Participate

Welcome to the new series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

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Here is the first of the posts I have selected from the archives of D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies. Every month on the last Friday, those who participate in a global We Are The World Blogfest, (#WATWB) share inspiring stories of random acts of kindness, or projects that are making a difference to people around the world.

This is an early post from Debby on the origins and how to participate.. which she still does nearly two years later, every last Friday of the month.

Kindness Rocks!

Kindness Rocks Project by D.G. Kaye

Every last Friday of the month, #WATWB (We are the world Blogfest) community posts an article they’ve found inspiring in the news and share it with the tag #WATWB on social media. The purpose is to focus on kindness and inspirational events that happen around the world to overshadow some of the negativity that is going on in the world.

As I am a huge advocate for kindness and all things pertaining to, I came across this article on the Kindness Rocks Project which grabbed my attention. It’s no surprise that through the years I’ve collected such types of rocks throughout my travels and keep them around my home for inspirational reminders. But what about this fabulous idea Megan Murphy came up with to share the inspiration around the world by creating our own rocks with our own inspirational quotes and placing them randomly anywhere we go for someone to find and feel inspired? Read about this wonderful project below.

This project was created by Megan Murphy and here is her story.

Megan Murphy is a Women’s Empowerment Coach concentrating on inspiring strong women.

Megan is a business mentor for SCORE, freelance writer, 2017 O Magazine Insider, Founder of The Kindness Rocks Project, Lecturer and Vice President of Flower Angels USA, a Non-profit located on Cape Cod where she resides with her husband, three daughters and two giant dogs.

“The Kindness Rocks Project was created to spread inspiration and a moment of kindness for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way.

Now more than ever kindness can become a connecting force for good. Many people, including myself, are feeling a sense of overwhelm, unease and restlessness due to the current events taking place in our world today, and I believe that our united strength can be cultivated through simple random acts of kindness. Each of us can make a positive difference. Together we can make a positive IMPACT!

Living near the ocean, I walk the beach daily. The beach is where many go when they seek insight or a peaceful place to think.

Losing my parents at a young age meant losing my advisers, my sounding board, and my role models. During difficult or stressful moments in my life, I found myself looking for “signs” on my morning walk, such as a heart shaped rock or a piece of sea glass. I perceived these small beach treasures as “signs” or as a divine message and the random inspiration I needed to signify that things would be o.k.

“Maybe I wasn’t the only one looking for such signs!”

Thus The Kindness Rocks Project was born.

It started as a hobby of one… painting and dropping a few rocks at a time, when something amazing happened. I began receiving messages from strangers about how much the rock they found meant to them. So I stepped up my rock painting and added social media, a website and encouraged others to join me. This hobby has now turned into a movement due to the energy of many… and today this project has grown into inspiration gardens placed around Cape Cod and beyond. The beyond part is what I am most happy about (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ireland, India, Thailand, Haiti, Italy and England).

Cape Cod is a place where people come to vacation from around the world…they began taking photos of the inspirational beach gardens and sharing them on social media, or picking up single kindness rocks off the dog park trails and bringing them back to their communities. These kind people started joining The Kindness Rocks Project or were moved enough to start a similar project in their community!

Now how cool is that?

It has become a grass roots kindness movement. If one person finds a rock with a message that speaks to them during a difficult time, OUR efforts have made a difference! Our goal is to encourage others to find cool creative ways to reach out and brighten someones day unexpectedly whether it be through kindness rocks, love notes, random acts of generosity…the skies the limit!

One message at just the right moment can change your entire day…outlook…life!”

To find out more about the project continue reading: The Kindness Rocks Project Origins

You can read HERE how to share your story and add your rocks.

Inspirational Rocks

A small selection of Debby’s rocks.

This post was written to join in the #WATWB (We are the world Blogfest) which all bloggers can join in any time and share something inspirational the last Friday of each month. You can also join in our Facebook group and find many posts to read on positivity and kindness.

To add an inspiration post you can click on the Linky Add on Here to add yours.

Your cohosts for this month are: Simon FalkRoshan RadhakrishnanInderpreet Uppal, Sylvia Stein, DamyantiBiswas. Please feel free to visit their inspirational posts.

We are the World Blogfest

©D.G. Kaye 2017

I think that this is a wonderful project and since this post from Debby in 2017 the project has grown and developed. If you have any questions for Debby about the project then please ask in the comments.

Debby writes a monthly travel column here on Smorgasbord and you can find all her articles:

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Debby has written a book about her travel adventures – Have Bags Will Travel

About the book

D.G. Kaye reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

One of the recent reviews for Have Bags Will Travel

This might have been one of the shortest books I’ve read in a while, with some of the chapters being only two pages long, in fact I was really disappointed when I saw how thin it was, but as they say – size isn’t everything, and it was way better than I expected.

If you’re team ‘never travel light’ you’ll find a lot of comfort in this book.

This shopaholic author chats away about her travel traumas, random experiences and funny thoughts; it’s as though she’s sitting with you in your living room having cosy natter. I found myself nodding along to much of what she shared about her travel experiences, though I think she sounds a lot worse than me when it comes to shopping and excess luggage.

Thankfully I haven’t been ruthlessly interrogated by customs or witnessed my suitcase coming round the baggage carousel broken and wide open “like an open sandwich”, what a nightmare!!

Turning into a contortionist when using plane toilets – oh yes, every time, and also when I’m trying to turn around in the plane aisle without knocking a few people out in the process!

The joys of travel!!!

‘Have Bags, Will Travel’ is a quick, easy and fun read that’s sure to put a smile on your face!

Also by D.G. Kaye

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

and Amazon UK:

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads:

Connect to Debby Gies

About me:
Twitter: (yes there’s a story)

My thanks to Debby for allowing me to share her archived posts and there will be another next Thursday.


11 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – D.G. Kaye – #Kindness Rocks Project – #WATWB – How it Began – How to Participate

  1. There was a news segment highlighting Kindness rocks not long ago. Love this idea! There’s another that a young girl started. She was bored while manning a lemonade stand, so she decided to write happiness notes, hang them from a nearby tree, and invited others to do the same. She had people from all over the world adding their messages of joy! (I think she lived near the cruise ship terminal)

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