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A Kind Proposal (film)

By Jillian

Giving sunflowers to the best mom in the world. Secretly dropping off cupcakes on a friend’s front porch. Handing out flowers to strangers. I can’t get enough of Love Day.

You see, I used to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But something was missing. I saw people around me giving to receive or, worse, expecting just to be given to. For a holiday based around love, I’m not sure I see the love in that.

For those that give with love as the core intention, you might notice the day comes and goes as fast as chocolate candies. The 14th is always packed with heart emoticons, red glitter, and smiles. We share meals with each other instead of with the tv and plan a girls night out that wouldn’t happen otherwise. It’s really quite beautiful.

But what about the 15th? The 16th? By this time, we’re sick of chewy caramel candy hearts and we just can’t seem to get rid of that damn glitter fast enough. Everyone’s back to the daily routine and we find ourselves focusing on the cold and the miserable.

What happened to the love?

Several years ago, I read Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl. If you’re not familiar, it’s about a nonconformist teen who is committed to helping others through acts of kindness, such as giving notes with positive messages to strangers. Often times, she gives anonymously without expecting recognition for her generosity. Stargirl is truly a kind soul who emulates nothing short of love.

But Stargirl doesn’t just love on one day. She loves every day.

Today is a holiday surrounding love, which is why I’ve given it a new name: Love Day. I don’t need a Valentine to celebrate love. All I need is a little kindness.

With a nod to Stargirl, I’m dedicating this Love Day to a new beginning of spreading kindness to everyone in my life – from the barista at 7-11 who remembers my coffee order every afternoon to a man walking his dog next to me at the park. Even if it’s just with one flower.

Eric and I set out on our flower frenzy to brighten someone else’s day. And while I hope that we did that, as we were gleefully biking home I realized: my day was unexpectedly brightened in return.

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25 Ways You Define Love

For Valentine’s Day, we want to know how you perceive love. 

What’s your idea of love? What would your candy conversation heart say? These are the two questions we asked our friends from ’round the world this past week. 

Your unique answers surprised, tickled, and warmed us. Each one opened our minds a bit more and left us feeling happier.

Check out what your fellow comrades have to say about love:

Love Day | Road To Here Blog

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Running on Empty? Here’s Some Fuel for Awesomeness

by Jillian

I’m starting a collection of things that hit our radar and drive us to get up and go do. Here’s to hoping they inspire you, too!

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Inspirational Story: How Shelly Overcame Harassment in France

I am SO excited to introduce y’all to my jolie friend: the brilliant, beautiful, and bold Shelly EnrightI met Shelly over 6 years go in my hometown in NJ through a youth group. She’s an incredible, open minded, and kind jeune femme with the best, au naturel mermaid hair I know.

Shelly is currently studying abroad in Southern France. When I asked her about her trip, she had the following unexpected journey to share and I am so grateful that she did. Thank you for sharing this personal experience with us, Shelly! -Jillian

How I Overcame Harassment in France

Guest Post by Shelly Enright

Voyaging to new lands is never easy.

When I first moved to the south of France, I had to get used to a lot of new things.

Between the customary cheek kisses upon greeting someone, buying a fresh baguette everyday, and having to find ways to pass the time until the drunk couple fighting in the street cools down so I can leave my apartment and go to class, the hardest thing to adjust to is what it’s like to walk down the street. Continue reading Inspirational Story: How Shelly Overcame Harassment in France

Boyish Chic in Tainan & A Call to Fellow Bloggers

Hello, 2014. Fresh start, new year, and plenty of time for… adventure time! I’m all in. I’m pretty psyched about this year and what’s happening with this blog. I’m really enjoying writing and photographing. I’m also hoping to do a site and logo re-design when my tablet finally comes in.

In the mean time, I’m calling out to my fellow bloggers about guest posts and to artisans or clothing companies. If you’re interested in submitting content for review on the blog, please email me at RoadToHereBlog@gmail.com with your ideas. If you’d like me to style and review a product for the Boyish Chic section (for Eric or me), also please email me! I’d love to talk to you about partnerships.

Enough serious talk, let’s get on with the Boyish Chic of the week:

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