When I first started dating my husband, one of my favourite ‘boyfriend’ shirts was a tee that read “Girls kick ass.” The message was relatively trivial to him (he thought it sounded cool), but whenever I wore that shirt, it made me feel strong, resilient and tough. I’d previously been in a relationship that made me feel the opposite (small and useless), so that phrase meant a lot to me.
I loved the idea that we girls could come out on top and own the power. If you’re reading this, you’re part of a very powerful “women on top” group. Chatelaine readers (all 4.1 million of you) wield an unparalleled ability to change, influence and inspire. Now imagine if we harnessed that power to do something really special — and I’m not talking about anything complicated or time-consuming. This January, help us launch the KindCycle, a fun and meaningful new initiative that’s all about doing kind acts, boosting happiness (including yours!) and spreading joy. And it’s for a serious cause: to stop violence against women, end poverty and empower girls in every province across Canada.
How does the KindCycle work? That’s the cool part. It’s so easy. As a KindAgent all you need to commit to is doing five random acts of kindness. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And listen to this: If each one of us does just five good deeds our collective output will be over 20 million acts of kindness in a single month. Now that’s amazing! The best part is, when you join the kindness revolution at kindcycle.ca, the Lise Watier Foundation instantly donates $100 to the Canadian Women’s Foundation in your name. The money will be used to provide job workshops, shelter and leadership training to women who need a leg up.
So this January, please join me in making a kindness resolution. Become a KindAgent by registering right now at kindcycle.ca. It takes only a minute and costs absolutely nothing. Tell your friends why it’s cool to be kind (especially this month!), and kickstart the cycle of kindness. A simple kind act is guaranteed to make someone’s day — now it can also change a woman’s life. I truly believe that if we do this together, we will actually change our world. Turns out we don’t need a T-shirt to tell us how strong we are — we can do that ourselves. Thanks for helping! P.S. Ten of you will win $250 in beauty goodies from Lise Watier just for registering. Join now at kindcycle.ca for your chance to win! – Jane Francisco