Last night at First Fridays, Art 180 introduced the Wheel of Kindness to the world. It was amazing! The wheel is the final product of our amazing Art 180 class. Check out some of the photos from last night. Please support Art 180. It is an amazing program and stay tuned for much more from my sister in crime Patience Salgado AKA Kindness Girl. #WESEEIT
So What is the Wheel of Kindenss? Well, a person spins the wheel and it lands on a color. You then receive the color of the balloon selected. You can either play with the balloon or pop it. When your balloon pops – there is a message or “Kindness task” inside. You then have to complete the task. Awesome right.
The Cheats Movement Blog got some serious love in Style Weekly’s 12th Annual Music Issue. Since I spend most of my time covering music and events, it is very cool to be interviewed and have the blog recognized in this way. I do consider it an honor and motivation to keep the blog going in its current form. I have to take a moment to S/O Andrew Cothern AKA RVA Playlist. Andrew has always giving love to The Cheats Movement Blog from day 1 and being a music blogger himself – he didn’t have to do that. RVA Playlist is one of my favorite music blogs and Andrew is really at the top of his game right now. S/O to Patience Salgado AKA Kindness Girl for the photo used in Style. The multi-talented kindness worker has so much going on – and with that she takes some of the most soulful photos that I have ever seen. I also want to S/O Sounds of RVA and One Way Richmond – I read their blogs as much as I can and it’s very awesome to read their interviews in Style.
The thing about press in general – like everything else in 2013 – it is really about momentum: one day you’re hot – the next day you are not. I understand that Style Weekly or any other “press” type situation may not be there next week let alone next year but that doesn’t mean that the city stops moving forward. The goal is to take in good press – in the spirit that it’s meant to be – and use it to push forward. So the blog moves forward – the grind moves forward – the family moves forward – we are already working on what’s next. To every person that reads the blog and supports what’s happening on the blog and around the city — all I can say is Thank you & of course #WESEEIT!
Last night, my homegirl, Patience Salgado AKA Kindness Girl did an amazing job as the special guest for the Richmond Comedy Coalition’s Richmond Famous show at Gallery 5. But Patience was not alone, she called on her good friend Jennifer Lemons-Driskell AKA The Checkout Girl to rock a ukulele sing along. It was a great time. Below are some of the photos. I’m so excited about the things The Cheats Movement Family has in store for 2013 and it was a real family affair last night. If you don’t know already the Richmond Comedy Coalition is in process of opening their new theater on Broad Street. Support them as best you can. Patience and The Cheats Movement Blog (along with so many others) are always working on projects to bridge the gap in this city. RVA, good things are happening. #WESEEIT
Whenever I can link up with my sister (from another mother) Patience Salgado AKA Kindness Girl – you know I’m in. This time it was even more awesome because we got to link up with Sabrina Squire of NBC 12 for a segment on Tag, You’re it RVA!. What started out as a bit a nerves for me and Patience ended with us laughing with the super classy local news legend Squire, as she completely fell in love with tagging folks down by the Cary Street Gym. Here are a few photos of our journey. Check out NBC12.com for the segment and follow the project on Facebook HERE. It was such a great time. And S/O to the producer of the segment Matt. WE SEE IT!
We met up at the park right across the street from Garnett’s Cafe.
One week after her debut column in the nationwide mega-blog The Huffington Post, I sat down with RVA’s own Patience Salgado. She is better known to many as Kindness Girl. Though Patience and I share the honor of both being named to Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2009 we’d never met or spoken before last week. Patience and I actually connected via Facebook after I saw her amazing photos from RVA Remembers. In addition to all the wonderful act of kindness she does, she is also an amazing photographer, writer, and blogger (BTW: a wife and mother of four). She has over 2,800 followers on twitter and has been featured in Oprah’s Magazine (yep that Oprah). Though we’d never spent any time around each other before — you would have never known it if you saw us in Crossroads last week. She instantly felt like my sister and we immediately hit if off. We spoke about her new gig at the Huff Post, her passion for the concept of kindness, how being known as Kindness Girl impacts her personal life, and her new guerrilla project: The Great Day of Garbage Gratitude. Check out my full interview with Patience by clicking HERE. Please support her efforts at: kindnessgirl.com and follow her on twitter at: @kindnessgirl
“Honestly – the crazy thing is that if Oprah had never happened, or any of it had never happened, I would still be doing exactly what I’m doing. Don’t get me wrong, all of the publicity is awesome because it’s great to dream bigger and think about how much further the concept of kindness can go but I was telling my husband the other day that I have the same exact feeling walking away from brainstorming a kindness project with my garbage men that I did when I found out about Oprah Magazine – the same exact feeling.” — Patience Salgado
Cheats Movement: You just mentioned the Oprah article but the recent news is your writing for The Huffington Post, you just posted your first column last week?
Kindness Girl: Yes. I posted a week ago. It came out of nowhere, The Huffington Post just started a new “Good News” section and I got an email from them asking if I would be interested in writing. They have tons of blogger so there are a lot of people doing it but what is really cool about it is that I now have a new voice to tell stories about kindness that I didn’t have before…
Cheats Movement: And they’re huge – one of the most popular blogs in the country. This is a big deal.
Kindness Girl: I’m so nervous about it. I really don’t write editorials – that’s not my thing. So I guess I will just do the type of stuff I do on my blog and hope that it hits.
Cheats Movement: So how often will you write for them?
Kindness Girl: They are asking for once or twice a week but I think I can pull off once a week. I’m hoping to get approval for a post now – I am hoping that they feature it. I’m asking the country to do a kindness mission with me.
Cheats Movement: Awesome! Is this brand new?
Kindness Girl: Yes. I’m hoping it will be approved but I’m not sure.
Cheats Movement: So I can break some news? Can I break some news with this interview?
Kindness Girl: Well, I met my garbage men right before Christmas and I had this thought that these men are in our lives day in and day out but we often don’t know their names, we don’t know who they are. While I was talking to them, I decided that I want to do a kindness project for garbage men because they often go unrecognized. I asked them, “What type of kindness would you appreciate?” Joe said, I think we just need a little respect.” Hearing that I thought, that is such a basic human need – everyone needs a little respect. So, I’m asking the country to write notes of gratitude to their garbage men, maybe throw in a gift card too, and put it on their trash can for their garbage collectors on a selected trash pick-up day. Think how great it would be if can after can garbage collectors received another note. Just for one day, they would feel gratitude for the work they provide on a daily basis.