For ten years, I’ve traveled the globe creating stories for mainstream media outlets like BBC, BuzzFeed, National Geographic Traveler, USA Today, Yahoo, Live Happy Magazine, and more. My job has carried me to nearly 40 countries, and I’ve done the whole digital nomad thing by living longer term in a few epic places – Argentina and Indonesia were my favorites. Part of my purpose on this planet is to inspire people to create passionate life and do good for others.
Sure, I’ve done some adventurous things: setting a Guinness World Record for surfing, participating in the world’s largest food fight … I care the most, however, about spreading joy and kindness, which is why I created The Kind Effect: a web series and movement that helps people experience greater sense of purpose through good deeds.
When I was a kid, I fell in love with the element of surprise. So I started doing acts of kindness for worthy humans I’ve felt deserved to be celebrated. That includes surprising a stranger with gifts and flowers after I found out her father passed unexpectedly just months before her wedding day (this all happened in the context of a first date btw). And teaming up with Alaska Airlines to reunite a military family. I have more kind acts up my sleeve, and I can’t wait to share with you! More details soon.
There are these moments where you are chugging along as the normal you and then all of the sudden you are delivered news that — within a fraction of a second — dramatically alters your course. From that moment onward, you know you can’t go back to who you were before.
Over the course of my short human life, I’ve lost both my dad and brother due to unexpected circumstances. I don’t know if you know this, but grief is an absolute butt-kicker. At the same time, though, it also instills you with qualities that really matter: compassion, grit, resilience, humility, open-heartedness, hope, an acute awareness of the brevity of life … From adversity, all we have is what we’ve learned, which can empower us to help others.
I really do believe that even if you’ve been through some crazy stuff, you still have a shot at creating a life that not only feels whole but also meaningful because of what you can pay forward to others through your experience. Travel and acts of kindness have helped me reframe my perspective on the world and see if as a colorful, good-intentioned place filled with wonderful people.
Life might not look the way you expected it to all play out, but by the same token, different isn’t necessarily bad. There’s also half chance your life could turn out even better than what you would have planned.
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Wanna uplift strangers together with the joy of kind deeds? Email me Hello@MeganSnedden.com