If you have followed me on social media or a while, or indeed, if you know me in real life, you will know how much I love Rachel Hollis. I have the hugest girl crush on her style, her energy and her zest for life. I devour all her books, her podcasts and of course, her instagram feed.
In December 2019, I received the most incredible news; Rachel & Team Hollis were bringing their iconic and legendary Rise conference to London. I HAD TO GO. RISE Women’s Conference is a space where women from every background, race, and religion can come together in a place of community. It's a girls weekend combined with some kick-in-your-butt motivation aimed to help you to reach for your potential! There is a documentary about it on Amazon Prime Video; I promise you that you will want to go too after seeing that. I booked my ticket and I started my countdown.
In February, I got the news that they had sold only 307 tickets for an arena which had 5,000 seats. They made the hard decision to cancel Rise x London as they would have been operating at a loss. I'm not going to lie; I was really upset. I was so looking forward to it.
Let's fast forward to April 2020, only a very short time later and in the midst of a global pandemic. The Hollis Co announced Rise x Courage Live. A virtual conference with speakers, with digital swag, with workbooks and of course, with my girl, Rach. With tickets starting at $65 it wasn't as expensive as a real Rise experience but I found it hard to justify to myself. I am pretty terrible with money and I have been trying to make a conscious effort to be better. I told myself that 2020 was not my year to Rise. I had survived some pretty awful stuff already and it was ok to just get by.
A couple of days later the craziest thing happened. I got a message from a lady who is also in the #MadeforMore facebook group. She wanted to gift me a ticket to Rise x Live! WHAT IN THE WORLD?! I was so taken aback and so grateful! This was incredible. She is incredible. What a wonderfully kind thing to do for a complete stranger.
The day finally arrived and my goodness. IT WAS AMAZING. It finished after midnight and it was so worth it. I cannot explain how fired up I felt afterwards. Not only because of the incredible content but also because someone was kind enough to gift it to me.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year is kindness. In these unprecedented times, it is even more important to be kind to each other and to ourselves. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected.
The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
With this in mind, I am going to pay it forward. I cannot wait!
Watch this space! xx