Day 10, 11, and 12

I am wayyy behind in my posts and so I decided to just write one to cover the last three days. 🙂

Tuesday I went back to school after 4 days of ice!! I was excited to be back 🙂 I went to lunch with a coworker. It was there that I decided to do my random act of kindness for the day. I gave the waitress a 100% tip. My bill wasn’t much, but I hope it made some impact!

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Wednesday I thought about how much money I had spent in just 11 days!! I started trying to think of some free options for good deeds. I decided I could leave inspirational notes random places. I thought that these may brighten someone’s day.

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Finally todayI went to a red box kiosk and left a package of microwavable popcorn there for someone to enjoy with their movie. 🙂

Sorry I got so behind and had to squish 3 days into 1!! Hopefully I will have a better time staying on track in the future.

Day 9

I am finally out of the house 🙂 I have been out running errands all day and it feels great! 🙂 one of my stops was at Petco. I was buying a Christmas gift for my puppy. Yes, Callie gets Christmas gifts too. Just look at how cute she is, how can I resist?

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Guess I got a little carried away there…

Anyway, as I was checking out the cashier asked if I wanted to give to the Tree of Hope Foundation. I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to fulfill my random act of kindness for the day, who says my good deeds have to be just for people??

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I am glad that I got to help some animals in need too!! 🙂

Day 8

Stuck in the house for another day!! I think I am slowly losing my mind….

I decided to find something that would be an ongoing act today. I got to thinking and I stumbled on the idea of having a pen pal. I started doing some research and came across the St. Jude Pals Program. Details can be found here: St. Jude Pals. I signed up to become a pal.

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I think this is the deed that I am the most excited about so far. I get to help bring joy to children who need it. This will not be just another day in my Random Acts journey, but will last for as long as I want it too. I am glad that these three days being stuck in the house have forced me to be creative. Without them I may have never found this amazing opportunity.

Day 7

Stuck in the house for another day!! It is hard to do random acts of kindness when you can’t get out of the house. :/

I have a friend who loves Starbucks. He went out in this crazy weather just to go get a cup of coffee yesterday!! So, I sent him an egiftard to Starbucks.

I am a day late posting this very boring post. Now I am stuck, I am confined to the house again and am out of ideas!! please comment and leave me and idea for what I can do today!!  HELP 🙂

Day 6

It snowed!! (Well technically it iced, but snow sounds better)

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I am stuck in the house because of all this ice. I was laying in bed this morning enjoying being able to sleep in and enjoying my app addiction, BuzzFeed. I found the following article: “That Dead Girl”. I know it is long but take a few minutes to read it, it really had an impact on me. I have witnessed or heard of bullying instances in my school and hate that this is such a prevalent problem in out society today.

I started looking for an anti-bullying charity to donate to. In my searches I found the Karen Klein foundation. She was a school bus monitor who was bullies by the students on her bus. They took videos of the bullying and the videos went viral : Karen Klein Viral Video.

After the video went viral people started donating money to Karen so that she could take a vacation. She ended up getting more that enough money to go on vacation, retire, and take care of her family. She still had money left over so she decided to start an anti-bullying foundation. Read the full story here: Karen Klein Mission.

I think it is amazing that people came together to support this sweet lady and take a stand against bullying. The Karen Klein foundation has books for sale that promote an anti-bullying mindset. The money from these books goes to the foundation.

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Here is my donation, I encourage you all to do the same. Find a foundation that inspires you and give a little something. If everyone comes together to stand up for what is right then the world can be a better place.

 

 

Day 5

Yesterday I was driving home from work, trying to beat a winter storm that was headed my way. I was going to take advice from my cousin, Brooke, and give coffee to one of the Salvation Army volunteers that stand outside of stores around this time of year.

I drove to the mall, but to my disappointment there wasn’t anyone there. I drove past a few stores and found the same problem. (Maybe they only volunteer on the weekends?) I started home wondering what I could do as the rain started dropping and the temperature continued to drop.

That is when I passed SpeeDee oil change. I had been there a few weeks before for an oil change and was very impressed with their service. They were quick, reasonably priced, polite, and looked at my brakes for me free of charge. (I had driven a whole day with my parking brake on.) The mechanics were hard at work. They have open bays and the temperature was around 28 degrees with a light mist falling.  I swung by the Starbucks down the street and bought 4 hot chocolates. I pulled up to the store and walked in with my hot chocolate in hand. The lady at the outer was with a customer so I patently waited. While I was waiting one of the mechanics came in, looked at me, and said, “You’re back!” I was surprised that he remembered me since I spend all of 20 min there before. I explained about my blog and said that I know it is cold outside, so I wanted to bring them some hot chocolate to warm up. He shook my hand then asked what they could do for me today. I explained that I only came by to deliver the drinks.

One thing I have noticed is that people don’t really know how to respond to someone doing something nice just because. I love to see that something I could do can make someone smile.

Day 4 :)

So I sat down to write today’s post and this was all I could come up with:

“I decided to try again today to leave flowers on someone’s car. I was out grocery shopping and bought a pretty bouquet of flowers. I left them on a car and drove off. I hope that they brightened someone’s day.”

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I really need to sit down and brainstorm more ideas. I am only 4 days in and I am not being very creative! I am also going to call on anyone reading this post. If you have any ideas please leave a comment and let me know what they are. I need to get the ball rolling here!! 🙂

Day 3

Today I decided I was going to leave some flowers on a random car in a parking lot. It was an easy task to complete. I did not have a very good day so I wanted to do something simple.

I stopped by a Walmart on my way home to buy some flowers to leave on a car. I searched the whole store and could not find a bouquet anywhere. I was in a grumpy mood as I was walking back to my car, not thrilled at having to go to another store.

I noticed a family parked in a handicap parking space. There was an elderly woman standing next to the cart and what I assumed to be her adult son standing next to her trying to wrestle a wheelchair into the trunk. I ran over and helped him get the wheelchair in the trunk, ( as I helped I explained about my blog and how I was doing a good deed each day) then announced that I was going to help put the groceries away as well. The looked at me shocked and tried to decline but I insisted. I quickly put the groceries away then turned to take the cart to the cart return slot. The son stopped me, looked me in the eye, shook my hand and said, “God bless you for what you are doing.”

I am quickly learning that I may think I have a plan, do some good deed or act of kindness each day, but how those play out are not always up to me. I think that I have a lot to learn as this journey continues.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not learn on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5

Day 2

This is going to be a short post tonight. I am exhausted from my fist day back to school after Thanksgiving break.

I decided that I would keep it simple today, buy the coffee for the car behind me in the Starbucks drive through on my way to work. It was simple and I would know that the person received the gift.

I pulled up to the window to pay for my order as well as the order from the car behind me. I was absolutely shocked when the barista informed me that the car in front of me had paid for MY order!!!

I sat there speechless for a minute and then said, “Wow that is so ironic, I was about to pay for the customer behind me.” The barista asked if I still wanted to do that, which of course I did. I paid for her coffee and asked the barista to give her one of my cards.

I drove off feeling shocked.

I am absolutely amazed that this happened to me. Is it some sort of coincidence  or does paying it forward really work??? I can’t wait to see what the rest of this adventure will bring!

So far, it has brought a free cup of coffee!!

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Day 1!

Day 1!! I was ready to go and eager to start.

I set out to show my first act of kindness: leaving $10 at the local gas station for the next person to find.

10 AM: I pulled up to the pump and started to pump my gas. I pulled out my money and card and awkwardly help them in my hand as my gas pumped. I kept looking around hoping that no one would see me.

I did not want anyone to notice what I was doing and felt strange standing there waiting for my tank to finish filling up. The pump finally clicked off. I hastily replaced the nozzle into its cradle, taped the money to the pump, snapped a quick pic, and jumped back into my car.

I drove off with a huge smile on my face just knowing that I made someone’s day better.

12PM: I had to go to the same gas station to pick up a gallon of milk (yes the closest grocery store is 15 min away so I pay almost $5 for a gallon of milk when the situation is desperate). I was eager to see if my money was gone. I was disappointed to see that it was still there where I left it. May be people feel guilty taking something for free?

2PM: I went to the gas station again for a candy bar (but it was really to see if the money was gone yet). I crept into the parking lot feeling apprehensive. I had barely started this challenge and my moral was faltering. I peered around the corner and saw…..that the money was gone!!! YAY!!!

I hope that I made someone’s day a little better. I need to learn to just have faith that these “Acts of Kindness” will find a way to help someone even if I do  not see the end results.

All in all I think day 1 was a success, now time to think about day 2…..