Thoughts :: 2 words to live by

 

words to live by

I hope you are all having a wonderful week. I decided to drop in a quick blog post today, a reminder if you will — to be thoughtful.

The name of this site, Thoughtfully Simple, isn’t just something I thought was catchy or unique — it’s character trait that I feel is important. Whether I’m telling my girls to “be thoughtful” of others or if I putting together a gift for a loved one that I want to be thoughtful yet simple … personable yet understated — I always have “be thoughtful” in the back of my mind.

It really is no different when it comes to my career (as a community manager) or my time spent here designing events and blogging. There is something that rings so true with the phrase “be thoughtful.” Are you a writer who wants to engage your community? Are you a marketer who wants to sell goods? Are you a mother who wants to do the best by your children? A designer, a teacher, a (you fill in the blank)?  All of the above … or something else entirely depending on the day? Regardless, I challenge you to pause and think about how consciously being thoughtful can alter your course of thoughts and actions.

Some of the ways I personally try to “be thoughtful” daily:

-Smile. Really, make sure you smile. Especially towards your children. You might think “of course I do this daily” but really make an effort. Recently my 5 year old told me “Mommy, you always look like you’re thinking … you should smile more.” Do it.

-Blog commenting. I must have never got the memo that people don’t do this anymore. I never stopped. Some of you reading this now might realize that I come and comment on your blog often. I do it because I want to, because you took the time to write something, and I’d be honored to read it and connect over your content.

-Thanking your community. Whether they are your personal network of family and friends, your blog readers, your Facebook fans or Twitter followers — thank them. The most thoughtful thing you can do is to show your community you are listening and that you value and appreciate them.

Which reminds me, I changed out our Facebook cover photo to include your wonderful smiling faces. Fun right?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic of being thoughtful. Have anything to add?

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7 Comments on Thoughts :: 2 words to live by

  1. Nicole Benitez
    May 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this post!! Speaking of.. I have been meaning to email you for 2 weeks!!!! I need a Tori date and to send you an apology for not messaging ;( I’ll fill you in. oxox

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  2. Your Hostess
    May 17, 2012 at 5:06 pm (2 years ago)

    @Nicole, no apology needed (but I will take you up on the date)! Lunch soon :)

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  3. Mae
    May 17, 2012 at 5:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for this. I work as a nurse on an Oncology floor and I remind myself to smile each time I enter and leave a patient’s room. Sometimes we get so carried away with the task at hand that we forget to be “thoughtful”. One of the things my Mom taught me also was to smile even if I’m just answering the phone. A smile does make a difference. Thank You :)

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  4. Your Hostess
    June 5, 2012 at 8:09 am (2 years ago)

    @Mae, what an important job you have. Indeed, a smile is a game changer for your patients. Also, I LOVE what your mom taught you, I think I might share that with my girls!

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  5. David Politis
    June 5, 2012 at 8:20 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the reminder this morning, Tori. Being thoughtful is great advice anytime and anywhere, but especially in today’s often too busy to “stop and smell the roses” lifestyle.

    You made me smile, and for that, I say “Thank you.”

    Dave Politis,
    @dpolitis

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    • Your Hostess
      June 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you David for taking the time to comment and read. Have a great day!

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  6. Adam
    July 5, 2012 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

    I must agree, smile from a stranger can change our attitude for the whole day.

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