Hi all! My name is Patience Salgado…I am a kindness worker, birth photographer and writer living in an old gray house in Richmond, Virginia. I hate writing bios more than anything in the entire world…it feels weird having a get-to-know you without hearing your story, your life, your answers too.
…but here goes with the most important stuff:
I live with my most dear and kind partner Jorge (I think partner is a better word than husband). We have an old love that is messy, real and is always changing. Jorge grounds me and is the kindest person I know.
I have 4 kids that are just good people and I am so grateful I get to be in a family with them every day. Josiah (13), Jack (11), Lucy (8) and Lyra (5) are funny, wise, caring and occasionally make me crazy but have taught me more than I knew was possible.
I am emotional and intense….and not nearly as gentle and chill as I hoped.
I feel and care really deeply, which can be both amazing and dangerous.
I am totally in love with the idea that we can be connected through random and not-so-random AND anonymous and not-so-anonymous acts of kindness.
I have been blogging since 2001- first with an online journal, then a blog called Playfulmama in 2004 which then changed to KindnessGirl in 2007. After years of doing small acts of kindness here and there, I finally documented my first guerrilla goodness mission in August of 2007, things just kind of blew the heck up from there. Thousands of folks have been part of spreading kindness all over the world with KindnessGirl over the years. (this still makes me shake my head in surprise, bliss and joy every time I think about it) …you can also find me blogging for Huffington Post and writing for GRID occasionally, and previously at PBSParents.org and RVANews .
I love strangers…and sharing a moment with someone I may never see again. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is a friend.
I want other people to feel at home in this space, in the midst of all the goodness and broken places. I think being who we really are brings us much closer together than trying to be something we think we should be…kindness finds us there.
I am drawn every day to creating new kindness ideas, posts, campaigns and projects that will meet us in the center of who we are and take us further outside of ourselves than we imagined.
I believe with my whole heart that kindness changes everything…and every time I have ever doubted this idea, I test it and once again, I am shocked by its’ truth.
Almost all the kindness that has unfolded on this blog came from a story, a need or new epiphany that helped shape or heal me, or was an outlet from my crazy head or full heart. Here are just a few:
I want to be part of art and kindness creating change and connecting people. I want to be part of kindness that lets strangers and my community know there is joy and love in the world …. that they are cared for and not alone…and invite them to pass it on around the globe . I want to be brave and kind. This is the call of my life.
So now you must leave your bio in the comments…tell me who you are and what/who you care for…and what you wish for the world…or even just for you. I’d love to hear…