This post was sponsored by Nature Valley as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
I still remember the first time someone told me that I was a good mom. It came from my mother in law when she came to visit us when Dylan was about 6 months old and it literally stopped me in my tracks. At the time I was a bleary-eyed, new mom who hadn’t had a full-night’s sleep in months. I was trying to do my best for my child yet not really feeling like I knew what I was doing at all. Those words meant so much to me, and I was reminded of just how powerful and uplifting small tokens of encouragement can be.
While I love complimenting others online through blogs and social media, I’ve since been making more of an effort to send positive vibes to people in person. In a world where we’re constantly connected, it’s also a world where we spend less time engaging with people face-to-face and it’s easier than ever to feel disconnected as well. I love Nature Valley’s latest campaign that focuses on the power of encouragement to #BeGreatOutThere and it’s a message that I want to send to all of you out there, regardless of what you’re doing or what kind of day you’re having. The power of positivity is infectious and you never know just how much your words may mean to someone. From a phone call to a thoughtful text, or even just a random post-it note left for the next person to see, the merging of love and words can make a big impact in someone’s day.
As a parent too, I see my kids struggle as they go through new experiences and learn different skills. For me, I actually think it’s important to let my kids work through challenges on their own instead of jumping in to solve the problem for them, but I am always one to be their cheerleader on the sidelines. For every milestone, there is hard work and dedication behind it and it’s a lesson I hope to teach my kids. I know for me that the words I heard from my parents growing up have since become the words of my inside voice that I hear now as an adult. And while life is full of ups and downs, frustrations and disappointments, it’s the positivity that will keep you going. I make sure that my kids hear these words from me and that they know how much encouraging, loving words can mean!