A little faith and a lot of love go a long way…

Once upon a time…

I’d like to tell you a bedtime story.  Once upon a time there was a horrific monster called the Holiday Beast.  The Holiday Beast devours everyone’s time, patience, and energy leaving only exhaustion and stress behind.  The end.

I met the Holiday Beast.  Hence my lack of blogging.  As the year winds down though things aren’t quite as hectic. Amen.  So here I sit with my glass of wine and an update for my lovely readers, if there are any left.

I’ve continued on with my 30 days of Birthday Kindness. I’d probably have been better about logging/updating about it but I happened to be born during the crazy holiday season which has made that part of the process, the documenting part, much more difficult.  I don’t remember them all, but here are some of the things I did…

*walked the dog for my hubby
*bought and delivered cupcakes to all the teachers in my building who work with my kids but don’t typically get thanked
*picked up lunch for a friend who didn’t have time to do so
*bought a gift card while at Wal-mart and secretly had the cashier give it to the person behind me
*sent a gift card to a mama in need

And I continue on as we get close to the big 3-0 on 1/2/13.  I’m having fun being nice. Who knew?!?! Ha! 😉

Speaking of the big 3-0, 2013 is gonna be a fantastic year I think.  Lots going on worth celebrating, though I believe life is worth celebrating each day.  I kick off the year by turning 30, my Gorilla turns 3 a month later (though we’ve already rolled right into the terrible threes…ya’ll were right…waaaaaaaayyyy worse than the terrible 2’s!), then the next month is my 5 year wedding anniversary…followed by my dad FINALLY retiring at age 71, then the end to a fulfilling but challenging school year, hopefully a beach trip thrown in over the summer and who knows what else life will bring our way.  While thinking about the upcoming year I have decided I’ll be making a bucket list for 2013.  I’m not planning on kicking the bucket in ’13 but I think it’ll be fun and easier to manage being a list of things I’d like to accomplish in my 30th year rather than the remainder of my life.  Stay tuned for my 2013 bucket list.


Kindness Counts

Captain’s Log:  Day 4 of the 30 day Quest of Birthday Kindness.  So far it’s not quite been smooth sailing.  But oh has it been an adventure.

12/4:  I signed up to help out at More Love Letters.  (Check it out…very cool!)  Technically it started 12/3 and runs through 12/14 and requires me to write 12 letters.  I figured that counted as at least 1 act though for my Birthday Project. (Again, check it out!)

A letter to Emily...

A letter to Emily…

12/5:  You’ve Been Jingled! I started the Christmas version of getting “boo’ed” at Halloween in my neighborhood.  Left a little holiday treat at two homes in our development.

12/6:  I decorated the staff bathroom in my hallway.  I didn’t go overboard like the vision in my head because I thought the coulple guys in the hallway might not appreciate the abundance of pinks and greens I originally wanted to go with.  So I opted for a simple holiday door cover, a couple cling-on snowflakes on the mirror and some nice soap and air freshener.

Welcome to our fancy bathroom!

Welcome to our fancy bathroom!

12/7: I handed out $5 gift cards to a local donut/coffee shop to the 3 garbage guys who come through out neighborhood to take our trash weekly.  The glitch came in when I ran late and didn’t leave at the time they usually pass our house.  By the time I left they were out of sight.  I panicked and thought they may have left the development so I drove like a maniac around the neighborhood to find them.  I did.  Then I parked and hopped out of the car but by this time they were backing up further from me to get trash at the end of the block.  I was already running late for work so I ran (ok, let’s be honest, I don’t run…I hobbled, briskly walked, waddled) down the block, handed them the gift cards, and thanked them for their hard work.  They were surprised but grateful.  It was such a cool feeling to do that for them.

Mmmmmm...donuts and coffee...

Mmmmmm…donuts and coffee…

I told my students anout my birthday project.  I gave them the option to join me in celebrating my birthday by performing intentional acts of kindness and keeping a record of them in a “Kindness Journal.”  The first 2 days everyone seemed wary of participating.  I was secretly disappointed.  Then 1 student stepped up on the 3rd day and added an act he did to the journal.  Since then, several of them have joined in.  They are so proud of the kind things they have done and I am proud of them too! They probably don’t even understand the gift they’ve given me by spreading the kindness. 🙂

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