I won't be so overly dramatic as to insinuate that I wasn't a kind person before I encountered the phenomenon known as Random Acts. But I will tell you, they provide a great structure for being more intentionally kind, more often. For today's blog post, I want to tell you about the first thing I did "for" Random Acts. As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the major events Random Acts organizes each year is the Annual Melee of Kindness. People across the world make time on that day to do … [Read more...] about My First Official “Random Act”
One of my biggest takeaways from my involvement with Random Acts over the past couple of years is that every act of kindness matters. Huge global projects are wonderful, but sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. That means it can take a long while to conquer the world with small acts of kindness. But I believe it can happen. It IS happening. When I was putting together my Pecha Kucha talk about kindness and Random Acts, I went where a lot of people do--to the internet! … [Read more...] about It’s the Little Things
It's week two of my Crowdrise birthday fundraiser for Random Acts and to celebrate, I've been expanding on the recent presentation I was privileged to give for my local Pecha Kucha community a few weeks ago. GISH-wha...? One of the craziest things I've participated in--which just happens to benefit Random Acts--is G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S., otherwise known as the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. Teams of fifteen people all around the world spend a week creating weird … [Read more...] about The Kindness Train Continues
I'm going to donate blood today. That may not sound like a big deal to some, but I've never been able to do it. I've tried numerous times over the years, but something always happens. Usually it's my veins collapsing. I have the same problem taking an IV if I'm in the hospital. And after trying for a few years--a LONG time ago--I just gave up. I'm not really sure what possessed me to try again. Admittedly, I'm really nervous. But I'm going to try anyway. Think happy thoughts for me, … [Read more...] about Taking Another Shot…Sort Of
Before I jump into today's post, I just want to thank Brittany Badami for being the first to donate to my birthday campaign for Random Acts. Thank you, Brittany! If you've been following my recent posts, you'll remember that I've spent a little time each day taking apart a little piece of my recent Pecha Kucha talk about Random Acts and why kindness matters in the world. My goal is to talk a little bit about each of the 20 slides in that presentation (which you can watch right here). Today's … [Read more...] about My Birthday Wish: Day Five – Everyday Kindness
Remember my friend Jean? I introduced you to her in yesterday's post about Random Acts' Annual Melee of Kindness. Well, I told you I'd share a little more about her, and so today, that's the plan. When I presented at my local Pecha Kucha Night a few weeks ago, I talked about reasons to choose kindness in everyday life. One of the reasons was because being kind is easier than you might think. I talked about making lunches for my kids, which is something I've done many times over the years. … [Read more...] about My Birthday Wish: Day Four – Talk About Random!