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Meet Carol Areas of The Word Rocks Project and Love it Forward List in Carlsbad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carol Areas.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Carol. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a Brazilian family in California. I left my country 11 years ago and lived in Canada (Toronto) for almost four years. Then I moved to San Diego. My family includes Paulo, my husband; Antonio, our son; and our amazing Boston terriers Sgt. Pepper and Hey Jude.

In our first year in the United States, I was going through a hard time and facing depression. One day I went to the beach and picked up a few rocks as I walked. I believed that if I wrote positive words on them and scattered them throughout the house, it would make me feel better. When my son got home from school (he was ten years old at that time) and saw the rocks, he said: “This is so cool! Let’s paint a lot of them and spread them all over the city to make more people happy.” We have continued to spread joy this way for the last eight years.

The rocks are left randomly for people to find. We have shared them all over the world, thanks to so many adorable volunteers who help us to spread the love. We just want to put more love in a world so full of selfies and people becoming more and more individualistic. Our Word Rocks Project taught me something very important in these last eight years: The world is full—very full—of people in need of love. Or affection. In need of attention and comfort. And this has been a great and deep lesson in my life.

Four years ago, my only son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. The need for support and for connection with people made me create Love it Forward List. In a few words: every time I get to know about someone who is going through a hard time, I send a mail to my #loveitforwardlist volunteers explaining what is going on with this person. So, they start to “lovebomb” the person with letters, cards and a lot of other amazing love things.

It means a lot to me that I am bringing a positive feeling to the person who finds the rock or who received a letter. It really fills my heart that I can bring hope or a smile through a simple but powerful and loving gesture. When you open your heart to greater love, everything makes sense, and life becomes more beautiful. Love shared is love multiplied.

Last November, I started taking care of Mint Studio kid’s arts + crafts calendar. Bringing my ideas of crafting with a purpose for the classes it’s been a blessing for me!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Absolutely not! Being an immigrant makes everything more difficult (but also made me stronger). You need to deal with a different language, different costumes! You can make mistakes even if you are not aware of it! Being away from your family and friends who know you for years are really hard! Fighting a depression, homesickness and my son’s diagnoses has been a lot in this environment have been hard! But it was my passion for sharing kindness and the pursuit for it that kept me hopeful, creative, connected to people and brought me to where I am today!

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I work with the idea that we can all make a difference in the world. And I love to bring this concept to my kid’s classes. Crafting with a Purpose is an original idea that I’ve been working with success!

What were you like growing up?
I was born and raised in Brazil. Brazilian people is a free spirit and warm people so I grew up hugging people and expressing my love and gratitude for others. I always LOVED culture. At that time, we didn’t have Internet so I was always reading and going to cultural events. I used to write letters to people too. No matter if they lived in the same neighborhood or in a different country! I always wanted to reassure how important they were for me!

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Image Credit:
Paulo Monteiro

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1 Comment

  1. Beth

    May 17, 2019 at 5:19 am

    Carol is amazing and has the biggest most beautiful heart! Thank you for sharing her story of love!

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