Welcome to Week 33 of The 52 Week Love Project – Acts of Kindness. The project designed to recognize 52 inspiring humans who are giving back to our community – whether in a small way or by creating a movement for change and inspiration.
The project showcase’s LOVE at it’s finest, share their stories – what they do and why they do it! It’s an opportunity for us to find out what inspires them and what keeps them going when challenges or self-doubt assail them.
Naomi Lambert is the creator of ‘The Cool To Be Kind Project’ and inspiring others to undertake random acts of Kindness! When I asked Naomi what advice she has for others that want a make a difference in our world:
‘There is nothing stopping you. It’s amazing when I look back at the years of comparing myself to others in terms of marriage, kids, jobs etc. The order of how things should happen. Somehow, you just need to trust in your journey.’
Naomi on the right, pictured with her BF that has been supportive of her journey
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I designed small cards which challenged people to undertake a random act of kindness in the lead up to Christmas. I put suggestions on the back, created an email address and printed 50 of them. I hid them around Perth and with no expectation of response, told nobody because it seemed silly. I received 32 responses from 50 cards…. welcome to The Cool To Be Kind Project!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
Lots of things. Years of ill health. Having to have a hysterectomy in 2015 robbing me of my only dream that had been constant my whole life – being a Mum. The true catalyst though was being at the shops earlier that day and I saw a kid who probably wasn’t far off teenage years, with two adults who I presume were parents. He knocked a lady over and didn’t stop. Neither did the two adults. I don’t get angry about many things but this made me angry. Kid not stopping. Not really ok. Adults not stopping. REALLY NOT OK!
HOW DO YOU GET PAST SELF DOUBT?
I don’t know if I ever do. Or ever will. I doubt myself every day but I have also learned that I am actually the one in control. I can put the brakes on at any time. I often feel I am now responsible for showing people that it’s ok to be kind but the truth is, they are the ones responsible for their actions. When I do doubt, it is really easy to keep it to myself and pretend everything is fine but that’s counter-productive. I’ve had to establish a support network that won’t just tell me what I want to hear. Unfortunately…
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE/CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
There is nothing stopping you. It’s amazing when I look back at the years of comparing myself to others in terms of marriage, kids, jobs etc. The order of how things should happen. Somehow, you just need to trust in your journey. It sounds so cliched but it is true. Not even two years ago, I was grateful that I’d gone a month without surgery and now I’m telling my story on a global platform. But making a difference or change in the world is not about how much money you have or the celebrity that people equate with being successful. You can make a difference as soon as you walk out your front door when you wave at your next door neighbour who has had a rough morning made better by your simple wave and hello. That’s really what The Cool To Be Kind Project comes down to. It’s the small things that make the difference and have a knock on effect.
DO YOU HAVE A QUOTE OR EXPRESSION THAT YOU LIVE BY?
Kindness is free but not given freely. Let’s change that.
Live life as though everything is rigged in your favour.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I love to be in the kitchen. On the days when I feel I’m sinking rather than staying above water, I’ll be in the kitchen. I made the mistake of offering to do my friend’s child’s birthday cake a few years ago and it wasn’t a one off! She now has two kids 🙂 There is a big difference between baking for me and creating a “Paw Patrol, PJ Masks and Peppa Pig cake which is set in space but I’m a girl so make it a girly space theme!”
Be in the garden.
Speak to my Grandad in the UK at least twice a week for his kindness update!
Although not as active as I used to be, my peer support group, Be More Mimi, still exists and I will forever stop and make time to answer the questions of anyone struggling with infertility, the pain that goes with it and try to offer the best support I can to any young female having to navigate the rocky road of a hysterectomy and the shit (sorry) that goes with it. It sucks…
HOW CAN OTHERS HELP/GET INVOLVED?
Kindness cards are available for purchase with part proceeds currently being donated to Motor Neuron Disease Australia.
I love to hear about the kind acts people have done, and what inspired them to do so.
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