I meant it when I said I’m all for you guys sending challenges my way. Please do keep them coming because I’m always game (unless it has to do with elephant dung because been there, done that.) I love this email sent-in by Jess. She’s absolutely right — many of us take the time to learn new languages, and learning how to sign is just as important.
I love that you take every challenge into consideration because it shows how strong you are and how willing you are to anything. Anyways, I grew up with deaf parents but I am hearing. I had to learn sign language growing up in order to communicate with my parents. I notice that my parents, including other hearing impaired people have faced discrimination. There are a lot of people in our world who do not take the time to learn sign language. So my challenge for you is to learn sign language to show people that we have to work together and not discriminate people.
Thank you for being you!
I recently received a challenge from Jessie at Loyola University Maryland: to inform others about the Global Citizen Organization and Festival. Challenge accepted! I love that this festival unites citizens of the world to promote peace. What a beautiful way to get people on the same page to celebrate and draw attention to the issues at hand. Thank you Jessie for bringing this to our attention! Read her fantastic letter below for more information.
Will you be attending the Global Citizen Festival?
I remember when I learned what incredible work Molly and Lauren were doing through the Kind Campaign, and I knew I had to be a part of it. I’ve teamed up with them for Kind Camp LA and I can’t wait to do more with the program in the future. I truly believe they are making a huge difference. I wish I had the opportunity to be a part of their program when I was in high school!
I wanted each and every one of you to know you can bring this amazing program to your own school — for FREE! If you or someone you know might be interested in Kind Campaign programs, follow the steps below!
If you want to check it out follow these easy steps:
1. Go to www.findingkind.com.
2. Click Assemblies–>Book An Assembly
3. Fill out your info and you will hear from Kind Campaign right away!
You’ll find all the info you need on the Kind Campaign site. Please let me know if you’ve participated or if you think this would be awesome at your school! I seriously think it’s something that would benefit each and every high schooler out there. You CAN sit with us!! 🙂
A big, huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who submitted a story to The Giving Keys BFF Contest Giveaway! You all had me laughing and crying my way through the Ask Jules inbox. Out of the thousands of stories submitted, Isabel’s stood out to me most. The way Isabel describes her friendship with Sanaia is everything I believe true friendship is all about. Congrats, girls! I hope you love your BFF necklaces from The Giving Keys as much as my BFF and I do!
Choosing just one story was nothing short of impossible, so I chose two additional runners up who I will share with you in the upcoming weeks. And because choosing just three stories out of a sea of incredibleness was also a struggle, I’ve decided to feature even more of you on my new Instagram @juliannehough_com. Stay tuned to see if your story was chosen!
I’m sharing Isabel’s letter below for all of you to enjoy. It makes me so happy to know there are wonderful friendships happening every day, and Isabel and Sanaia truly embody what it means to be “best friends.”
I used to live in Utah, and when I was 10 my mom got remarried and we moved to a small town in Kansas. I was so nervous. I’d never been this far away from family and friends. I moved at the end of January, and that following summer was when I first started talking to my best friend, Sanaia. We were at the pool for the 4th of July, and we both had a common friend that we were hanging out with. When the common friend left, it was just me and her. That day we watched fireworks together, and that’s when I realized: this girl is going to be my best friend.
“I’m going to leave the harshest review as soon as I get to my car!” an overly-caffeinated girl shouted across one of my favorite coffee spots on her way out. Yikes.
I regularly visit this café because everything is delicious, the cheery sitting area is always clean and available, and the baristas are the absolute best. The thought of someone trash talking my happy place based on one service slip-up bummed me out. It got me thinking about reviews. It seems like most people are compelled to review something only when they’ve been disappointed. I’ve been a regular at this place for a while now and until this moment, sharing my positive experience here didn’t occur to me.
This weekend, I’m challenging you (and me!) to perform at least five random acts of niceness. These small acts won’t cost you a thing but the pay-off on the receiving end will be priceless. Remembering to smile at a stranger might not sound like a true task, but sometimes we get so caught up in our to-do lists we forget to take a beat to be nice, just because.
Below are some of the acts of niceness I will make an extra effort to act on this weekend:
• Smile or say “Hello!” when making eye contact with a stranger.
• Hand out high fives.
• Compliment someone on their style.
• Open doors for others.
• When leaving a tip for a waitress, also leave a note of praise.
What other nice ideas do you guys have? Who else is with me on this challenge??
One of the greatest feelings in the world is receiving a message that makes you feel wonderful when you least expect it. Sure, we can send a spontaneous text but, really — a handwritten note is less expected and so much more meaningful.
A sweet note isn’t only for sweethearts. They can be for roommates, kids, grandparents, friends, and co-workers. Slide a little piece of paper into their lunchbox, book, or suitcase.
I’ve been receiving countless letters from readers who are having a hard time being bullied. Peta’s ex-boyfriend is bullying her at school, yelling horrible things about her in class. The other dancers in Brit’s class intimidate her to the point where she has stopped dancing. Marissa’s girl friends turned on her and now they are trying to make her school life miserable. Sadly, this is all so common.
We all know at least one person who is going through a tough time. Maybe they are having difficulties at their job, going through a break-up, or dealing with something heavier. It could be anything, big or small. Think back to one day that was particularly ugh. Did something uplifting happen – or could it have happened that would’ve made your day a little brighter?
Last week, we challenged ourselves to look in the mirror and name three things we like about what we see. I loved all the positive and honest things you all shared here in the comments and on my Instagram. It’s so cool for me to see you all creating such a positive community. That’s what inspired me for this week’s challenge: let’s flip the switch and give those feel good feelings away to someone else!
Have you ever seen a little girl’s eyes light up when you compliment her sparkly shoes? That feeling truly never goes away. If you’re shopping and thumbing through a rack next to a girl with a fresh fishtail braid – let her know you admire her hairstyle.