The Kindness Rocks Project started in 2015 with a single woman and a sharpie marker. Since then the message and kindness has grown internationally!
So what is it and why am I painting rocks? It started in my area about a year ago. Friends on Facebook were showing off the rocks that their kids had found and me being the “heart on my sleeve” type, wanted to know more about it. I found Facebook Group pages in my area (one for every nearby city!!) and dug a little deeper. I finally came across The Kindness Rocks Project website and I was simply amazed. I fully believe that a quote, a saying, or a random “sign” can change your day, year, and even your life!
My daughter’s first week of college freshman year, I wrote motivational quotes on post-its and hid them in her school supplies. Slipped one into her Kate Spade pencil-case, another in the cover of her graphing calculator, and so on. School supplies for a college freshman just sounded funny, so I wanted to make sure you knew she wasn’t carrying a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper around or anything, lol. Those little notes really made her day and helped her to get through the anxiety of that first week.
One that really got me through a very rough time (that I am still dealing with) was a quote by Elizabeth Taylor. Now, I couldn’t tell you much about her, but the quote made me get myself together and move forward.
So I was onboard. I located a good place to pick up smooth river rocks and joined a few area Facebook groups. I let those rocks sit there for quite a while, then a request was posted by one of the group members. A military company stationed in Kuwait wanted to start an inspirational rock garden. That was my sign, it was time to get to work.
The kids and I went camping last week and I packed up all my paints, brushes, and about 20 pounds of rocks to take with us. Now when I say we went camping, I mean we went camping. None of that cabin or RV type stuff. I mean pitch a tent and build a fire camping.
Due to Summer storms, we were only able to stay one night, but that was probably best for my back anyway.
Sorry, I figured while I had a captive audience I’d show off vacation photos ;). That gorgeous sunset picture occurred right before the sky opened up and everything was soaked. Luckily, we saw it rolling in behind us and were already on the way home.
So once I got home (days and days later), I flipped all the rocks over and “tagged” them.
After rereading the Kindness Rocks website for this post, I’ll be adding #thekindnessrocksproject to them as well in the future. The patriotic themed ones are getting shipped to Kuwait and in my husband’s words, “Wait! You’re paying to ship rocks to a desert?!?” Yes, lol. The rest of them were hidden around my area.
Now the point of the Facebook groups is to share your finds. A lot of people also share where they hid them. I didn’t. I like surprises and it’s really cool when you stumble upon the unexpected. However, I have been watching for when they get found. *Faces blurred because I have no idea who these kids are and I’m sure their parents would NOT like their faces all over the Internet.*
So when the kids found the rocks, their parents took a picture and posted on the Facebook group. They then turned around and rehid the rocks for someone else to find. That’s not necessary for our group. The rules are pretty flexible and if a rock speaks to you, you’re welcome to keep it.
I would love if everyone became involved in this movement. We don’t seek rocks out, we just like to hide for others to find, but anyway that gets you involved is a good way!!
Some quick hints to get you started:
*Smooth river rocks can be found very inexpensively at landscaping stores. We got ours $5 for a 5 gallon bucket from Earth Tech in Augusta.
*Painting the entire rock with a base coat makes the paint last longer and gives you a smoother surface to work with.
*Oil based sharpie paint markers make writing a lot more legible
*Seal your creativity from the weather. A good coat of outdoor Mod Podge is fine, but I’d suggest if you find yourself doing a lot of painting, go for something a little more cost-effective like Thompson’s Waterseal. Just make sure it’s clear!
Keep creating. I know I will!
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