I did it! 100 Days of Kindness, Day 100

Day 100!

Today I did a few little things, and a bigger thing. The little things were some of my favorite ‘kindnesses’ throughout this project: I texted each member of my family this morning to wish them a great day ahead, I made small talk with the older man who lives downstairs on my way out to the car, smiled at the people in line at Dunkin Donuts, refilled the cream and sugar containers by the coffee machine at work, was there for a friend having a tough start to the day,  dog sat for Lady this evening and called my grandpa for a nice little chat.

My bigger thing was a large donation of clothes. I’ve been meaning to do this for 100 days. I went through my stuff and realized I have a lot of things that are in great shape that I hardly ever wear – some pieces I have never worn at all – and they’ve been just sitting there. So I packed it all up and passed it along to my sister Meg, who is passing it along to one of the wonderful mothers at her school in Lawrence. I hope she likes some of the stuff in there!

I also did something else today. I received an email that really shook me this morning – April (the director of the volunteer program that I did in Chicago) sent out a note to the volunteer program alumni asking to keep Jenny, a young woman currently volunteering for the program in South Africa, in our prayers because she had to go into emergency surgery around 9:30 a.m. this morning. Even through I’m not personally friends with this girl, it still made me feel terrible. This young woman has been working hard to do something good this year, and then a dangerous blood clot happens. She’s putting her kindness out there in a large, powerful way, but now is dealing with pain. Why does this happen?

April asked for one thing in her email – prayers and a moment of silence at 9:30 (while the surgery was set to begin) – so I put my boots back on, threw on my coat, and headed to the Catholic Church right across the street from my office. I knew I couldn’t say a few prayers with email after email popping up, calls coming in and people coming over asking me questions. It was quiet in church and I it was nice to have a couple of minutes to dedicate a few prayers to Jenny.

I don’t know too much about the situation, but I do know Jenny still needs prayers. If you have time tonight or tomorrow, I ask you to please keep her and her family in your thoughts.

So, since its day 100 of 100 Days of Kindness, I must say – I’m proud that I’ve finished what I started. My goal was to incorporate acts of kindness – no matter how big or small – into my everyday life. I wanted to be more aware of how I could put positive energy and feelings into the world. I also wanted to – plain and simple – do nice things for people; to be more generous. I realize I have a great life, with lots of nice things, I wanted to share that with others. I want to continue to share that with others.

What did I learn? I learned that keeping kindness in mind every day can make you feel good about yourself and in turn, make you happier. It pushes those negative thoughts out. I strongly believe that since starting this project luck has been in my favor. Maybe in passing along kindness, positive karma was then passed on to me?

Could be true, or could all be in my head. Either way, I loved these 100 days. I loved being creative in coming up with new things to do and I loved hearing about your stories as well – packaging up all your leftovers and finding a homeless person in Boston to give them to, hearing about the patients you tended to that day, about giving your grandfather a ride to the doctor, writing down random positive notes and slipping them under the doors of the rooms in your dorm, surprising your brother and visiting him for the day in a period of time when he probably really needed that, and so many more wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing them and thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my posts throughout my 100 Days of Kindness – the encouragement and support I received is much appreciated!

Now, onto the 100 Days of Meanness….

 

 

……..Just kidding!

 

With that, I’ll leave you with this (a quote from one of my most favorite people in the world, a woman I strive to be like):

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

– Audrey Hepburn

 

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Yikes! 100 Days of Kindness, Day 99

I can’t believe tomorrow is Day 100 of my 100 Days of Kindness project. It’s crazy how fast 100 days can go by.

One of the things I wanted to do before my little project was over was to buy a bunch of goodies and send them over to the troops (because honestly, who deserves it more?). I stopped at Walmart on my way home today and stocked up. I texted my friend Chris (who served overseas in the Marines) for suggestions. I also had Molly ask her friend Danielle – her father is in the Army – for more suggestions. Then I knew this act of kindness was meant to be, because I saw an Army man in uniform right when I walked into Walmart. I awkwardly went up to him and told him what I was doing, what I planned on getting and asked him what he thought I should get. He kindly helped me with ideas for most of the items on my list. I thanked him for what he is doing (and for his help with my kindness for today) and wished him goodnight.

What did I end up getting? Packs of gum, Lifesavers, fruit snacks, oatmeal, Valentine’s candy (Sweethearts and nerds), hot chocolate packs, Ramen, ESPN magazine, Glamour magazine, tea, mango iced tea packs to go, coffee and a nice card.

I put little sticky notes on each treat; for example – “Lifesavers for lifesavers”, “Delicious New England coffee from Boston”, “Who doesn’t like Ramen?”, etc. I wanted to make the package as cheery as possible. I tried to imagine if I were the person receiving this package…

I’m away from home, having a bad day, feeling particularly homesick – when I hear that we got a fun surprise from a random person. Yes! They sent my favorite, Nerds!…Today is the best day ever!

Maybe that won’t happen, but I do think the package I’m sending will be appreciated. I know I had fun putting it together!

The goodies!

ESPN, Glamour

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Mohegan Sun (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 98)

My parents were heading to Mohegan Sun for a concert today, so we decided to meet them there for lunch, a little gambling and some people watching of course. There are some interesting people who hang at casinos let me tell you. And the smell… the smell is an interesting mix of cigarettes, cheap perfume, and old people? I don’t know exactly, but it’s not necessarily my favorite smell in the world (although, it is comical).

We cheesed it up at Margaritaville (was nice to pretend we were somewhere warm for a few hours :)) which was pretty delicious. Then we played a few games and ended the trip with some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Pretty delicious.

The only downfall of the day was the fact that the man sitting next to Matt at the Blackjack table puked ON him. Literally ON him. Don’t quite know what was wrong with that guy, but I do know that it was very unfortunate he had to decide to upchuck on Matt’s arm. Rude!

On another note, I ended up winning $67 in roulette so my kindness for today was treating the family to their Krispy Kreme treats.

 

"Pour me something tall and strong, make it a hurricane before I go insane"

"Wasted away again in Margaritaville"

Yumm

Yuckin it up

The huge bottle of tequila

Some of the gang

Showing off our winnings

Delicious

Gotta go with the glazed

 

Now its time for pizza, beer and football. Translation: Pizza, beer and chatting about the commercials while hoping that my squares win!!! (Might have a gambling problem?)

Enjoy your night!

LL Bean (And 100 Days of Kindness, Days 94, 95, 96 and 97)

This has been a very busy week at work! I am excusing myself for my lack of posts the past few days and am  making up for it with a combo post right now. I’m on day 97 of kindness! Can’t even believe it.

Kindness on Wednesday: I bought Molly treats at the movies – we saw Black Swan, it was really amazing. I’ll post about this closer to the Oscars.

Kindness on Thursday: I gave a co-worker a ride home from work even though I wasn’t in the mood for company.

Kindness on Friday: I listened to a friend vent and I vented back. A nice bitch session is necessary every now and then. I like being the one friends come to to talk through problems. I might not always have the answers, but I like listening and trying to make people feel better.

Kindness Today: We had a game today in Lawrence today, the boys scored 19 points. They’ve come a loooong way let me tell you!

Today was a perfect Saturday. We got up early, I coached our game with Megs and then Colin and I took a ride to the LL Bean store in Freeport, Maine. We came back, made a delicious dinner of steak sandwiches paired with Tuckerman’s Ravine (really good beer from NH) and finished things up with chocolate chip cookies from scratch for dessert. After dinner we came to Meg and Matt’s to watch The Town.

My bean boots - Colin got these for me for Christmas and they have been amazing this winter!!

LL Bean

A reeeeeeeeeeally big boot

YUM

Delicious

Great day! Hope you had a great one too. :)

Quick side note, check out this fabulous benefit for Lovin’ Spoonfuls at Flour. Red velvet cupcakes? Yes please!

100 Days of Kindness, Day 93

I’m not always the biggest fan of doing semi-uncomfortable things like giving a guy from work a ride home and worrying that the half hour drive in the snow will be an awkward one. But, one of my co-workers asked for a ride (his car is in the shop) and I was going where he needed to go, so I said of course!

It’s funny – you work with some people on a daily basis and literally know nothing about their lives outside of work. Then, someone asks you for a ride home and boom! You learn they have three siblings, lived in California for a while, loves Phish and has a Droid. It’s funny.

In other news…

I can’t believe we’re getting more snow!

Didn’t Rosario Dawson, Sofia Vergara, and Tina Fey look gorgeous at the SAG Awards? My favorite was probably January Jones (she is so fab!) and friggin’ Natalie Portman is the cutest thing ever.

I just responded to a tweet a little while ago, and won a prize from Popchips! I didn’t even know I was up for a prize! I loooove me some Popchips. :)

100 Days of Kindness, Day 88

Somehow I got it in my head today that I wanted to give blood. With 87 days of kindness it hadn’t crossed my mind to give blood until today. So, I called and set up an appointment for the blood drive at Merrimack College on February 10th. I haven’t given blood since high school, so I’m happy I thought to do this. It’s been too long!

I also made cookies tonight to bring to a dinner party tomorrow night. :)

Happy almost Friday!

100 Days of Kindness, Days 85 and 86

Yesterday’s kindness: I was Molly’s life coach. Well, not really, but I did provide her with loads of things:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Encouragement
  • Advice
  • Tips
  • I listened to her
  • I made her laugh
  • I was there for her like sisters should be :)

Today’s Kindness: A few people at work helped out big time in getting a very time sensitive thing done today, so I just sent out a quick email thanking them for their awesome-ness. People hear negative things/feedback so often, it’s nice to hear about the good once in a while also.

 

 

Family (And 100 Days of Kindness, Day 82 and 83)

Yesterday’s kindness: I fixed one of my favorite necklaces and gave it to Molly as a surprise. She has officially moved up to MA (we’re getting each family member one by one – muhahah) to attend Merrimack College. I’m so excited to have her up here!

Today’s kindness: Meg and I coached our team this morning (we were finally matched up with a team on the same level as ours, but we lost! They tried so hard the poor things!) Anyway, I was particularly proud of one of the kids Charlie. He’s one of the best kids on the team, but every time he goes for a righty lay-up, he steps with his right foot and goes up with his left. My mom and dad were at the game watching, so my dad pulled me aside and said, ‘Hey that kids really good, but he needs to see how to shoot a proper lay-up. Why don’t you show him?’ Now, my pops was my CYO basketball coach forever (a very good coach may I add, I’ve learned it all from him) so I took his advice. I pulled Charlie aside and showed him how then told him to try it as he was warming up. He did it perfectly and made the lay-up! I was very excited.

Colin’s kindness: Colin saw an older lady who definitely needed some help over a snow bank, so he went over to rescue her. She was very happy! Probably because he’s so handsome. ;)

It’s so nice having the family up this weekend. I wish we could all be together – Kelly and Par are still in NY and Pat is in California (that’s where he lives). Even though it’s not all 8 of us, we’re still having a lovely time.

We had our game this morning then dad made us a delicious breakfast. We hung around for a bit, then Colin, dad and I took Lady on a long walk. Now we’re enjoying some wine, beer and appetizers and we’re going out to dinner with one of our favorite people in the world, Fr. Jim.

We stopped for some treats

Dad and lil Lady

Pretty!

A nice snowy day

Lady looooves the snow

Our appetizers

YUMMM

Perfect

CHEEEEESE

Cheese, please!

My 100 Days of Kindness is almost over, I can’t believe it! I wish I could have done more profound acts of kindness, but I am proud of myself for making sure I’ve integrated kindness into my daily activities and to-do’s. I still have a few more ‘kind things’ to accomplish before my 100 days are up, but I’d also love some suggestions if you have any. Let me know!

I hope everyone’s enjoying their weekend. :)