Sunday, December 22, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness-The first chapter

Hello friends and Happy December!!...even if it is already 22 days late...
I don't know about you but I am still in aww that it is December! It feels like the older I get the faster the years, months and days fly by. I don't like it. I don't like it one bit. I am only 23. However it has been a fun filled Christmas season! You know when you are little and you wish for an easy bake oven or a new doll and your Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas without it. It all feels so different now. What do I want for Christmas? There are plenty of things I'd like...I'd love a hot pink kitchen aid or a new camera. But the funny thing is those things just don't seem important anymore. Sometimes I feel like I am going through the actions but not really feeling all that I should be feeling, if that makes any sense. I love Christmas. Like obsessed Elf over here! But this year everything just feels so superficial. Probably another sign of growing up...sigh...
So this year I've decided to do something a little different....
I'm sure you've all heard of "Random Acts of Kindness"
I've decided to dedicate this month of happiness and many times greed to helping others. I am usually a pretty giving person. But I felt like this year I needed to do something more...
I made a list of everything I hoped to get done. Not everything got checked off, but I accomplished many things that weren't on the list as well. It is nearly impossible to grab a photo of every one that I did but here are a few snapshots :)

"Adopt" a child for Christmas. I got this heart off of the tree at church. They have these sorts of things all over town though. 

Buy dinner for a friend. In our world we count mall pretzels as dinner :p 
Leave enough money for someone to buy a soda. Shopping makes you thirsty.

Tape popcorn to a RedBox.

Surprise a friend with Starbucks! Tavi isn't only my best friend but my coworker so she needs a pick me up when she needs to be at work by 6 am... 

Put candy canes on people's cars!

Bring flowers or in our case a poinsettia to a nursing home.

My bestie was sick so I brought her a "feel better" bag. This is why I'm the "mom"

Leave single dollar bills in the dollar toy section of Target. Hopefully it made some kiddies day a lot brighter :)

To me a Random Act of Kindness can be something as small and simple as opening a door for a stranger, giving a compliment to your extremely nice and stressed looking waitress or surprising a friend with their favorite drink. These aren't difficult things. And believe me they have a much bigger impact than you could probably imagine.
As part of my New Years Resolution I am going to keep The Random Acts of Kindness going. I would love to encourage all of you to do the same. We were put on this earth to put others first. Take a moment out of your day and help a friendly...and sometimes not so friendly stranger.
"Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest to you"
-Mother Teresa

1 comment:

  1. This is so cool that you've done this! You have such a good heart.