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30 before 30 Recap

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Back in the middle of November (yes already three months ago) I wrote an article on a very specific goal I had made before my birthday. You can read it HERE. Long story short, I wanted to achieve 30 different random acts of kindness in the 30 days before my 3oth birthday. Turns out it was a much more fulfilling goal than I anticipated. I consider myself a thoughtful person when it comes to my family and friends, but going out of my way everyday trying to do something for a complete stranger wasn’t exactly in the norm for me.

The first week and a half was easy because I had a few ideas, but after that I found myself actually searching for different things to do. This realization grabbed hold of my heart. Giving is a natural response of love, or at least it should be, but yet it felt almost foreign looking for ways to help complete strangers. In today’s world we sometimes get so caught up in our own needs and wants that we forget how much we can help others and love others. So often we look for what is most convenient to make our own lives easier. The fastest route, the shortest lineup, the closest parking spot, the quickest cashier etc. We aren’t watching out for others because we are busy taking care of our own needs, and struggling to do it all by ourselves. We try to step over others to get ahead. But in order to help others we need to drop this ‘me first’ attitude, and learn to be more selfless. Because it shouldn’t feel foreign for us to help others without expecting anything in return. For it is in giving that we receive. It feeds our heart and our soul.

So go out of your comfort zone and do something for someone, even if it’s as simple as giving a stranger a sincere smile. Here are the random acts of kindness I checked off my 30 before 30 list. They say that after 21 days of doing something, you can create a new habit. So if my new habit is keeping my eyes and heart open to see where I can help someone else, than it’s one habit I hope I don’t break.

  1. Gave stranger genuine compliment
  2. Gave away household items to women shelter
  3. Paid someones bus fare
  4. Cleaned dishes off tables at busy coffee shop
  5. Left an encouraging note on strangers car
  6. Paid for someone’s shopping cart
  7. Let someone in a rush ahead in line
  8. Waited to open door for someone
  9. Cleaned up shopping cart from parking stall
  10. Asked a stranger about their day
  11. Left extra tip in tip jar
  12. Add money to expired parking meter
  13. Volunteer for unpaid event
  14. Buy coffee for person behind me in line
  15. Sent friend a card
  16. Help mom with stroller and grocery bags
  17. Call friend that I haven’t talked to in a while
  18. Gave away meal to a homeless person
  19. Surprised random colleague with lunch
  20. Baked cookies for a friend
  21. Gave gloves and blanket to a homeless person
  22. Wrote an appreciation email to friend
  23. Donate money to charity
  24. Clean snow off strangers car
  25. Compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is
  26. Help friend organize after moving in
  27. Send family member a thoughtful message
  28. Bring flowers to a friend at work
  29. Compliment someone doing their job well
  30. Give someone a  hug

They are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward ~Kahlil Gibran

 

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Author: Domestic Ingenuity

I am a DIY-ing, crafting, thrifting, baking, sewing, cooking, deal-loving gal with too much energy and a love for creating.

2 thoughts on “30 before 30 Recap

  1. Great ideas! Good for you. Since helping mom (Grace) for 3 years I am aware of the needs of seniors. Our good deed at Christmas was to adopt a senior couple and provide them with gifts and dinner.

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