i recently celebrated my birthday.
& while there was definitely cake, presents & lots of balloons – that’s not what i will remember about this particular birthday.
instead i will think about how i celebrated my birthday… looking for opportunities to spread kindness, making the world a slightly better, slightly nicer place.
instead of celebrating me, my kids, friends, neighbors & i spent the days (& several days after) performing 35 acts of intentional kindness for others – the birthday project…
#birthdayproject 1: spreading kindness one bag of home made cookies at a time.
#birthdayproject 2: left free bottles of ice cole water near the trail head of a favorite hiking trail.
#birthdayproject 3: left bunches of flowers on windshields of random cars.
#birthdayproject 4: spreading kindness & thanking some of the people i interact with, & who serve me daily with birthday presents from me to them.
#birthdayproject 6: made kids (& adults) smile as we passed out free tickets to ride the irvine park railroad.
#birthdayproject 7: made a few strangers’ day, when we gave them stacks of lotto tickets.
#birthdayproject 8: spreading kindness with motivational chalk messages on my favorite running & biking trail.
#birthdayproject 10: left ice cold water waiting for people on my favorite running & cycling path.
#birthdayproject 12: “accidentally” dropped a few dollars. who doesn’t love finding money?
#birthdayproject 13: wrote thank you cards to the un-sung heroes in my life.
#birthdayproject 14: left a bag filled with quarters taped to the rides, so that kids could could enjoy it for free.
#birthdayproject 16: left a bag filled with quarters taped to the candy machines inside my grocery store.
#birthdayproject 18: left a cooler of frozen otter pops along the side of a road that’s a popular running/ cycling route.
#birthdayproject 20: provided free ice-cold, homemade lemonade at our free lemonade stand.
#birthdayproject 22: treated everyone standing in line to a free carousel ride.
#birthdayproject 24: spreading kindness with slurpees on an über hot day.
#birthdayproject 26: spreading kindness with flowers for friends (& a few strangers as well).
#birthdayproject 28: donated a stack of children’s books to a local hospital.
#birthdayproject 30: donated blood.
#birthdayproject 32: collecting & donating used running shoes – sending them to people & runners who NEED them.
#birthdayproject 33: left sand toys at a local park for kids to play with.
#birthdayproject 34: made 35 wishes for OTHER people & left 35 pennies for other to do the same at a wishing well.
#birthdayproject 35: donated a few of my medals to medals 4 mettle who will gift them to ill children & adults.
quite honestly, the list didn’t stop at 35.
performing intentional acts of kindness is quite addicting.
& when you open your eyes & open yourself up to it – you realize that opportunities are everywhere…
kindness really & truly begins with me (& you).
so i challenge YOU – practice kindness today.
pay it forward.
after all, i am a big believer that small acts can transform the world.