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As many of you know, I have been sharing my thoughts as a blogger for almost five years now.

WOW! Five years? Surely that’s not correct.

Yep. Five years.

I began this journey in June of 2012, mainly to document the 40 random acts of kindness I wanted to complete for my upcoming 40th birthday. Of course, once I started to write, I couldn’t stop!

I’ve learned a lot about myself during this time. I’ve discovered my passion for kindness. I’ve met amazing people in the process and been blessed a thousand times over. I’ve been inspired by other writers who mentor me, encourage me, and push me to do more with my stories.

I have struggled as well.

I have been paralyzed by fear that I wasn’t good enough. I’ve been stretched so thin that writing took a backseat to life. I began to question, to doubt, to wonder if any of this even mattered.

It does.

I’ve learned that kindness takes shape in many forms. It can be an action that surprises a stranger. It can be a smile sent across the room. Kindness can be sharing of ideas or encouraging through empathy.

Kindness matters.

And now I’ve come to that place where I have to let go of the familiar and embrace the new.

I have decided to expand my sharing of kindness stories to include other stories from my life. I am a mom, an educator, a writer and friend. Now is the time to embrace all that I am and continue this passion for kindness in a new way.

This week I created a new website: www.tamaraletter.com. The time was right to branch out and take a risk – purchasing my own website domain and, in essence, starting over.

But I want to start over with YOU.

You matter.

You’ve read my posts and shared in my experiences. You’ve celebrated with glee and wept with sorrow. You have become a part of my story and I want that story to continue.

This isn’t goodbye forever, more like moving down the street!

I would love if you would visit www.tamaraletter.com and add it to your favorite sites. If you like email updates, there’s a place on the side and bottom of the new website where you can subscribe. You can also stay connected with me on Facebook and Twitter if that works best.

I will continue sharing my stories of random acts of kindness, so let’s stay connected so we can keep inspiring one another and making this world a better place!

You’ve already inspired me to embrace change and celebrate the new.

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Tonight is Back-to-School Night at our school. For those of you without school-aged kids, this is the evening when classroom doors open to parents to meet the teacher and discover what their child will be learning about in the upcoming school year. It’s an exciting evening for students and parents, but can make for a really long day for teachers. Many teachers I know end up working 12-13 hours on Back-to-School night (not to mention the countless hours they put in to get everything ready prior to this evening!)

As I was passing through the teacher’s lounge this afternoon, I suddenly became aware of all the activity around me. Teachers were making copies. Sorting folders. Stapling papers. Just another day at the office (in the life of a teacher!)

My gaze extended past the copiers to the tall machine in the corner. Ahhhh… A drink machine! Wow – an ice cold Coca-Cola would taste great right about now!

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As I made my way back to the other side of campus, I realized I had yet another opportunity to bless someone with kindness. I could buy someone a drink! That would be a great way to refresh and re-energize a teacher who has been standing on their feet all day long!

I dug through my purse for spare change (yet again!) and found four quarters. I added them to a ziplock bag, my celebrate kindness business card, and a little note. I then ran back to the teacher’s lounge and waited until it was empty, taping my offer to the drink machine.

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I’m not sure who will take me up on my offer for a free drink, but I hope it blesses others whether they use it or not. A little bit of kindness goes a long, long way and you just never know how your simple act of goodwill can positively impact someone else!

Be blessed, my friends, and a special thank you to all those teachers out there who go above and beyond sharing kindness to children every single day!

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