WOW! WHAT A DAY!!!
Today, to celebrate my 36th birthday, I completed a whopping THIRTY SIX acts of kindness! This project took a lot of planning and organizing – buying and making some of my acts, planning out my course of action and figuring out how to appropriately include the kids. I had my youngest with me for the entire day and my son joined us for the afternoon – so they were totally involved. It was a great experience for all three of us! It was a whirlwind of a day and sooo much fun!
I am so excited to share with you my BIRTHDAY KINDNESS BLITZ!!!
1. This one I have actually been doing all month; every post on DeconstructTheYuck.com this month, I have posted a quote. This was my little gift to all of you readers! I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed finding them. Today, during the BLITZ, I read this one on my coffee cup and felt like it was just perfect…
2. I got started this morning on the best note possible… literally! I sent a love note in my husband`s lunch!
3. I wrote a text to a work collegue who recently told me she sends random texts to the employees that she supervises to tell them how great they are and how much she appreciates them. I loved this and decided she deserved one too!
4. Bella and I hit the chiropractors office to drop off a picture she made him and a card. He’s a great chiropractor and has become a good friend over the years too. I got the tightest hug of the day!
6. We headed to Starbucks where we posted a “Take a Smile” poster. To be honest I was getting a bit overwhelmed at this point (see #7) and forgot to take a picture of it. It was a bright poster that had little tags on the bottom with smiles and invited you to take one for yourself.
7. I paid for the lady behind me. It was awesome – the lady essentially refused at the start (she looked really confused) but when I explained what I was doing she was so excited! She told me how much she needed a boost today and that her whole day just got a whole lot better!
8. We brought muffins and a homemade picture to the fire hall. It was great to explain to Bella how firefighters help keep us safe and impactful for her (I think!) to thank them.
10. I dropped off a bag of clothes at the donation bin.
11. I picked up 2 coffees for my two “school mums”. These ladies see me day in and day out (good, bad and ugly!) and they are great friends! This one was easy!
12. This was one of my favorite ones! Bella and I bought 6 helium balloons. When they were being filled up the store clerk asked if they were for a birthday. When I explained what we were doing, he decided to give them to me for free! Bella brought them to the school playground and handed them out to 6 lucky little ones. Very cool.
13. I took a moment here to make a couple of phone calls. I started with the Distress Center, which holds a special place in my heart, and thanked them for all the hard work they do on the ciris lines.
14. Next I called the radio station I listen to most, 92.9 FM. I really enjoy the music they are playing and I wanted them to know. The lady who answered was really surprised (she began with, “um, what???) but was really gracious once she figured out what I was doing!
15. Once we picked up my son, we headed into the school to spread a little love. We started with a heartfelt thank you and note I wrote the principal of the school. We are so grateful to have our son in such a wonderful learning environment and it felt great to tell the admin.
17. Last but not least, we thanked our custodian. He was hilarious… he was literally speechless! So cute! 18. Recently, a mini library was built, painted and installed in the schools garden. It is a “take a book – leave a book” idea and really whimsical. The kids donated three books to it.
19. Next we hit McDonalds for lunch (can’t be perfect!). We paid for the person behind us. She was very quiet about the whole thing – but hopefully it put a smile on her face.
20. After lunch, we headed to the Children’s Hospital. I figured this place was a great one to spread some much needed kindness and would be especially impactful for my children. We started by handing out coloring books and crayons to some of the children in the ER waiting room. My son gave one baby a windmill. The parents looked especially grateful for this one.
21. I held the elevator door for a family.
22. We gave some nursing staff a Thank You card for all of their tireless work.
23. We taped money on a bunch of vending machines throughout the hospital.
27. As we left the Children’s Hospital, the fatigue started a bit. We were getting tired and Bella had a much needed nap. Good thing because I fought some intense traffic as I headed downtown on a mission. I had packed 2 bagged lunches and wanted to make sure they went to two hungry people. This one was definitely the most poignant for me. My heart broke a little as I handed out some food to some clearly needy people. It felt good, but it felt awful at the same time, if you know what I mean.
Bella was snoozing at the time and Kyler didn’t even seem to realize what I was doing (despite my efforts to inform him). But, about 5 minutes later, it was completely quiet in the car and then Kyler says, “Good job Mum”. Ahhh… there it is. That’s what this is all for.
28. Even though I was tired and a little emotionally wrung out at this point, I worked very hard at being a courteous driver. Other drivers probably thought I was a lunatic! I was waving and smiling and letting everyone in! Ha, ha…
29. Next we headed to chapters where I had the chance to repeat my favorite act of kindness completed this month. I slipped encouraging notes into some books where people might need them.
30. While in Chapters I gave someone a really genuine compliment – I told a lady that she had a really great smile and that it lite up her whole face. She was certainly smiling then!
32. On the way home, I stopped by my cousin’s office to drop off a little package for her. I shared a hair product that I thought she would like and a book I know she will love.
33. I was in the home stretch now. Once I got home I was pooped, but knew there were a few more acts of kindness to go. I started with something called “Smiles For Siblings” This is a program whereby you send mail to the siblings of a child with cancer. The idea is that cancer affects the entire family. I thought this was such an interesting project, so I decided to join in.
34. Then, I looked into donating for a cause my brother is very involved in, the “Kids With Cancer” motorcycle ride. He does this every year and not only is it an amazing cause, but I know it brings him a lot of joy. He’s already over 40% of the way to his personal goal to raise $2000.00 – AWESOME!
35. Next I called MBNA, where we do some of our banking. They are always so awesome on the phone – so I decided to tell them so!
36. At this point, we were all exhausted but I was overflowing with pride for my children. They had really embraced the whole day and gave their little hearts out! I told them that I would like to give them a gift of kindness and they could pick a treat. My son chose a Star Wars book (he is obsessed!) and my daughter picked an ice cream cone. It was so sweet… my son was wavering a little on his choice as he watched her devour her cone and my daughter totally noticed and decided to SHARE!!!
That’s a wrap! I did it and now tonight I sit here feeling so very thankful. I am so LUCKY to be in a position in my life that I can spread kindness to others. And that, is a pretty great birthday gift.