Something a friend said to me once has really stuck. She said, don't just tell your kids that you love them, tell them so much more. My son agrees when I say these words to him and says, 'you're my mum and it's your job to tell me that you love me!' So true. Saying 'I love you' doesn't have the kick it once did, but please don't stop saying these words either!! We need them more than ever in our families, with our friends and in our communities. More love and connection will only make the world better... But we can take this up a notch and explode this idea...

Anxiety and depression are at an all time high and with all the pitfalls of life and a pandemic thrown in, shit, it's amazing we're all coping at all. Some of us are, some of us aren't. There are many slipping through the cracks and more compassion and empathy is just what we need. We're all trying to save face for our kids and family and keep it all together.

Let's start a movement to chip away at this fear and instill more hope and light.

Now I make sure that I tell my son and all my special people so much more:

'you are awesome'
'you are so funny'
'you are super special'
'you are kind'
'you are so thoughtful'
'you are clever'
'I love spending time with you'

I won't ever stop telling my kids, my partner, my friends these things and it feels so good, especially when it lands. When it lands and the other person really hears this - we both feel great. We need to tell each other how amazing we are and get out from under the dark cloud of overwhelm and suffering and get our faces into the light.

We've created a small note to help you do this that will be included with every lunch bag we sell from now. Slip our #youareawesome note into your child's lunch bag, partner's gym bag, friend's handbag or even just under a pillow to spread the word. Then if this person chooses, they can #payitforward and give the same note to someone who they know that might really need it. Share your love and connections with us and your crew tagging #YouAreAwesome on Instagram and Facebook and make someone's day.

Sometimes the smallest act of kindness is all it takes to turn someone's day around. Your smile and openness might be the difference to give some a glimmer of life and inspiration. Let's be kind and help each other.

#YouAreAwesome #fridgetogo