on kindness towards others | olive june

on kindness towards others

“when we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.”
—The 14th Dalai Lama

at the end of the day i want to look back on my life and be proud of how i treated other people 
i believe that you will never regret being kind. a very, very good friend reminded me of this last friday with her kindness- she is always kind to me. she knows me inside and out; she respects & loves me for who i am. i always feel completely comfortable around her. the truth is, i am proud of the people that i have chosen to surround myself with... that's the great part about being an adult- you get to choose. these people love me lots- and i love them so much. they are kind to my other friends and welcome all people with open arms- always. ...my friendships are important to me and anyone who truly knows me- knows how much i put into relationships when i feel accepted {which i should feel- because i respect myself.} i was reminded this past week that i was lucky to have grown up with so many amazing people- who have kind souls- and always love so deeply; who never compromised our friendship for anything. not time, distance, differences- never envious and always accepting. what a great gift- possibly life's greatest gift? for i am so lucky-- i have so many of these people in my life today- from home, college, and in charlotte. 
 a lot has happened over the past few years that has once again proven this-- they were there for me during the most joyous times... and also during my darkest hours.
 leaving me with a more grateful heart- and a better focus on who truly matters most.
 i recently realized, more than ever, that my number one focus in this one life
 is my faith in God, my husband, my family, and my closest friends...
 i would bend over backwards for any of them and they know this. 
i am so blessed and am extremely proud of these incredible people,
who are so close to my heart. 
always remember:
"girls compete with each other, women empower each other.'
love your own story, own it, and be proud of it.
never let others question you or your story.
i believe that we were put here for a purpose, and that purpose was to be 100% unique…
 so competing with each other leads to nothing.
lastly, i was also always encouraged to be hospitable to all; to not constantly judge others
{i realize we all judge-- but just try to be a nice human!!}
and to never apologize for having a kind heart. 

 i plan to always surround myself with people who do the same.
 for life is too short to be anything but loved.
'we rise by lifting others'
 —robert ingersoll
what do your friendships mean to you?
 {i truly hope you are half as lucky as i am!!}
let go of negative relationships
it feels amazing. 
you are worth more

honestly these types of people don't deserve your love.

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey
Isaiah 55:8-12

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nether are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than your way and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater. so is my word that goes our from my mouth it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
also linking up with love the here and now
come say hi - instagram . facebook . twitter . bloglovin


  1. I love this! my freindships with other women are so valuable to me!

    1. thank you! and me too <3 thanks for the link-up {love week's end} and your beautiful photos!!

  2. Such a great reminder. As I read this, i knew it was coming straight from your heart. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. awe- thank you!! it was and i appreciate your sweet comment. hope you're well, amy! xo

  3. OH Nelle, as though I didn't love you and your blog enough already... then you write this post. It is everything, such beautiful words and a beautiful reminder :) I'm going to share this on Friday as one of my favourite reads, if that's ok with you :) XO

    1. Awe- heart you and of course!! I would be so honored- thank you! Your words mean a lot to
      me and I appreciate the love. xo ps: hope you're well

  4. Gosh Nelle, this is a beautiful post and such a lovely reminder to cherish and cultivate those friendships.

    1. Thank you so very much and glad you enjoyed it- your words mean a lot to me!

  5. Love love love this post, Nelle! What you said was so true - the great thing about adult friendships is that we get to choose. We know ourselves so well by this point, that we quickly recognize the kind of people who will meet us where we are and who we know we'll connect with best. There are a few benefits to being a 'grown-up' ;-) I am so very thankful for the friends in my life!

    1. yes- you are so correct! it's all about spending time with genuine people- who inspire us and don't bring us down! I think it's so important and life's just too short to not follow our heart. I'm so thankful, too! thanks for the sweet words! they mean a lot to me! xo

  6. Oh my gosh, I just love this post! The words are beautiful and the pictures are perfect! "girls compete with each other, women empower each other.' <----- I have never heard this before but it gave me chills because it is SO true! It's just the the reminder my sometimes overly competitive self needed to read! :)

    1. Awe- thank you! I love that line, too! Thank you for the love and sweet words- so glad you enjoyed it! Loving your blog.

  7. From the sounds of it your friends are lucky to have YOU! I love the saying that our friends are the family we choose...so true! Thanks for linking up with me!

  8. You have such a good heart, Nelle! Those kinds of friends are such a blessing - I'm so glad you have those people in your life :)