Requester's Words: The Impact of a Travelling Kindness Rock

The impact of one Travelling Kindness Rock
Received by a young man in Michigan, USA
As told by the requester of his Travelling Kindness Rock

Travelling Kindness Rocks was inspiring to me before my son received his. I see how deeply he understands and is touched by the Travelling Kindness Rock, its message, and the anonymity of it. This has given him a meaning he was yearning for.

My son was so depressed before receiving his Travelling Kindness Rock. I was concerned. Now he is my happy, loving, want to help son. And when faced with depression, my son says, “When I wake up in a bad mood, I just grab my rock and look again.”

Dot for the Humboldt Broncos

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Dear HumboldtStrong Community Foundation,

My name is Ginger. I am an educator and the founder of a growing global organization called Travelling Kindness Rocks. Our programs are open to everyone and emphasize people connecting together to support one another. Dot mandalas weave throughout our programs as a symbol of individuals uniting for a common positive purpose.

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Using a pattern system I developed that allows people everywhere to replicate the same mandala, Travelling Kindness Rocks offered an initiative in the wake of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy that invited people around the world to purchase the pattern instructions and then dot their copy of the pattern inspired by the team’s colours.

We are donating 100% of the profits from the purchase of the pattern instructions to your foundation. Please find an enclosed money order.

We have also enclosed an example of the Humboldt Broncos pattern, dotted on a hockey puck. It is one of the many copies that were dotted around the world as a united voice of support.

A list of participants and their locations are included for you as well.

On behalf of all participants in this initiative, I send you healing thoughts,

 

Ginger LeBoutillier

Travelling Kindness Rocks Creator

Ginger's Resignation from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

It is with great excitement and a bit of nervousness that I share big news about Travelling Kindness Rocks: I have accepted fully the task of expanding this growing global organization as my life’s work. To explain in a different way, I have resigned from my teaching position with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board.

The concept of Travelling Kindness Rocks began over two and a half years ago with the help of the families, staff, and students of Falmouth District School, Nova Scotia, Canada, where I was teaching full time. For one year, I worked as a teacher, meanwhile establishing the Travelling Kindness Rocks concept, developing a structure so that people anywhere can request one for their loved one.

Very early on, within a month or two, a driving force to take a leave of absence from my teaching position lead me to do just that. It was an extreme leap of faith as I had no idea how a giving project could sustain an income. In August 2016 I began a leave of absence from my teaching position.

It is time to take the next step in the journey, a step I take in faith, knowing that my work is just beginning: resignation from my teaching position.

My vision for Travelling Kindness Rocks is two-fold. First, I’ll share with you my goal for the founding program, Travelling Kindness Rocks. I envision a global network of volunteer dotters, sending a greater number of free Travelling Kindness Rocks as funds increase. Currently the only organizational centre is in Nova Scotia, with all Travelling Kindness Rocks flowing out to recipients from this point. My goal is to travel to more places to offer events, which will be the seeds needed for new organizational centres to spring up and grow.

The second part of my vision revolves around the instructional pattern system, with an increasing number of people taking part in our other programs, forming a collective voice of unity. Global Dotting Time is a free event format, broadcasted live through YouTube, where people across the world simultaneously dot the same pattern. While doing so, we are transcending borders. The Pattern Club connects people in support of charities, with participants dotting the same design on a monthly basis. These are just the beginnings of the possibilities for weaving together dotting the same mandala and the positive connections we can make.

I believe that my purpose here on this planet is to bring into existence the concept and platform of Travelling Kindness Rocks. My role is to create the space and the possibility for people to connect, support each, and even to experience healing. My role is, with intuitive guidance, to expand this space and organizational structure outwards so more people can participate. Just as importantly, others must step into this space with me. Thank you to everyone who has already done this and continues to be involved. Your contribution to Travelling Kindness Rock’s work, each and every one, is the affirmation I need to make this step.

This work is a life-long pursuit. Years from now there will be organizational centres throughout the world. When your loved one is ill or grieving and you request a Travelling Kindness Rock, that gift will travel, just as it does now, free of charge but it will represent millions of us within the dots on that small stone. Years from now, when there is a natural disaster, threat of war, or another situation where humans need to be reminded that we are here on this planet to support each other, millions will gather, simultaneously dot a mandala and hold them all up in peaceful unity. 

My Wish for 2018

What is your wish, hope, or dream for yourself for 2018? Mine is so clear and defined, it rarely strays from the top of my thoughts. It faces me first thing in the morning. It only gives me reprieve when I visit with friends, family, and get a bit distracted.

My wish is for total clarity, grace and ease with my personal path. What is to happen with Travelling Kindness Rocks? I have until March 1, 2018 to figure it out.

For those who may be playing catch up a bit, I am a teacher. Travelling Kindness Rocks began in my classroom about two and a half years ago. For the first year, I taught grade 5 and 6 students math, language arts, and so on as Travelling Kindness Rocks evolved into a global giving program with the support of my school community. There was no business aspect to it.

I knew I was meant to allow it to all grow. I applied for one year leave of absence from my teaching position and it was granted. 2016-2017 was the year I began to connect monetary value to Travelling Kindness Rocks. My life partner, Steve, was laid off from his carpentry position and began to make our tools full time. I developed my pattern process. With the likelihood that a second year’s leave would be allowed by my school board, I applied. It was granted.

That’s where I am now, in the middle of the 2017-2018 school year. I am on a leave of absence from my teaching position. I have a deadline of March 1 to notify the school board of my intentions for the 2018-2019 academic year.

I know it would be highly unusual for a third year leave of absence to be granted. It feels like its decision time.

My calling, passion, soul mission, and life’s purpose is so crystal clear: unite people, teach folks near and far, young and young at heart to create dot mandalas as a platform for connecting with others, share my gifts, heal the world.

Until the end of November I was putting all things in place to resign from my teaching position so that my life will be completely open to the potentialities, to this work, to this important mission.

But then December 1st hit. People stopped signing up for dotting events, the main source of revenue. Online sales dwindled after the Christmas shipping deadline and then all but ceased as December 25th arrived. Taken aback by the drastic turn of revenue, at least 50% and thousands of dollars less for this month, the questions started to come. Should I give up a pensionable job that supports my family, one with benefits and a secure, steady income?

How quickly I spiraled into this thought process. With ninja speed, I framed December with ego’s guidance.

But what if the slower pace of December is to allow time with my family and friends before the work of 2018 begins? I see ventures to more and more places to set up branches of the Travelling Kindness Rocks network. I see bigger events and more people connecting together. I see my new work with the youth mandalas multiplying. I see this still is my soul’s purpose.

It takes trust and faith to share this with all of you. Every day I face the question: what am I do? My hope for 2018 is that I make the best decision for myself, my family, and humanity.

I know the answer will come with grace and ease and perfect timing. When doubt comes, all I need to do to be assured of this is reflect on my path so far.

Vulnerability

There’s a moment in your life, when you’re getting ready to step into a new place. In that place you should be so scared that there is a little pee running down your leg.

— Iyanla Vanzant

My journey is filled with moments when I’m stepping into a new place. It’s never easy. I’m often scared. Yet, I’ve made the step time and time again and know that there will be many more such moments on the road ahead.

Connecting the Dots: Breast Cancer and Travelling Kindness Rocks

“Ginger, there is a 50% chance you carry the BRCA gene mutation.”

In the tiny meeting room of the Maritime Human Genetics Centre, listening to the genetics counselor, I feel myself at a crossroad on my life's journey.

“If your blood work comes back positive for the BRCA mutation, you have an 85% chance of developing breast cancer and a 65% chance of developing ovarian cancer in your lifetime,” she continues.

2015: The Year I Learned to Hug

2015:  The Year I Learned to Hug

You're likely thinking that as a person who sends free painted rocks around the world and actively promotes kind deeds that I am the touchy-feely type.  Yes, that would make sense.  However, I'm known for my awkwardness with and avoidance of hugging.  When the time came to pick a focus for 2015, a New Year's resolution that would propel me to a better self, I decided to work on my hugging skills.

Students Spread the Word with East Coast Lifestyle Gear

Students Spread the Word with East Coast Lifestyle Gear

East Coast Lifestyle is a popular brand here in Nova Scotia, Canada.  Made popular with the hashtag #eastcoastlifestyle, my students are very familiar with the hoodies and other gear this Nova Scotian company, run by a young entrepreneur, produces.  Most of my kids own one of the hoodies that are identifiable by practically every Atlantic Province citizen from our school in Falmouth to the remotest community in Newfoudnland.  I thought... Hmm... Let's use this scenario to get the word out there about the Travelling Kindness Rocks.