The Year of Kindness: Commit to Things That Add Value – Feature Friday

March 24, 2017 By
I am absolutely delighted to introduce you to Katie Leigh Hutt. Her words are powerful, her intentions are on point, and her images are truly delightful. I hope you will be inspired by her words to create your own year or month or day of kindness… for yourself, for your loved ones, for the world.

>>>>>>>>>>>> Here’s Katie…

The only person you are comparing yourself to is who you were yesterday.

These words ring in my ears. They are the truth I need to hear and continue to try to believe. As a marketing consultant and commercial photographer, I get caught up in what other people are doing. I soak myself in social media to learn more, connect and to help other businesses but I end up drowning in it. It’s not hard to get lost when you see the amazing things other people are doing and you can’t help but want to be more like them. I’m definitely guilty of this.

I get caught up in what other people are doing.

I’m a huge fan of New Year’s Resolutions. Mostly because I like creating small challenges for myself to see if I can accomplish them and watch myself grow. For 2017 I came up with the year of Kindness.

There are a lot of ways I’d like to be kinder. I want to be kinder to the people around me, even when I’m stressed with work or the expectations I have for myself. I want to give more by picking up tabs, going out of my way to see friends and committing myself to living in a community. I want to be kinder to the world by buying products that are not only good for the planet but were created under conditions of love. And most of all I want to be kinder to myself. I need to start taking better care of my whole self (body, mind, and spirit).

Yoga was my first step towards this. I used to be a Cross-fitter but it came to realize it was too hard on my body and it wasn’t a commitment I had the time or money for. Now I go home and turn on Yoga with Adriene right after work, and spend 30 minutes breathing, moving and learning to love myself. I’m slowly working on the diet (Dr. Pepper will never leave my diet, however!) and having a boyfriend who loves to cook using natural ingredients really helps with this. I’m still finding ways to love my community and act kindly to them. Yoga has really calmed me down making me less agitated and more patient so it’s a step in the right direction.

The biggest way I’ve started loving myself is trying to take a more Minimalist approach to life. The book “Everything That Remains” is a staple in my life. I’m learning about only purchasing and committing to things that add value to my life. I’m at Goodwill a lot more now, dropping off things I no longer see holding value. 

In letting go of so much I can focus on what is important. 

This has led to me really working on my business and going after my dreams. So while there are still a million more ways I could be kinder to myself and those around me, things are definitely off to a good start. It is a process after all.


Katie Leigh is a Marketing Consultant and Commercial Photographer. She helps small and new businesses embark on the adventure of growing their companies and improving their digital presence. Creating relationships and helping others is her greatest passion. On any given day you’ll find her with a Dr. Pepper in hand ready for an adventure in the mountains or taking a night off and watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix with her boyfriend. You can find her on Instagram @KatieLeighHutt or online at