Saturday, June 2, 2012

35 for my 35th

I have been dreading my 35th birthday for awhile.  I know, it's seems like a weird age to get hung up on, but for me, it's the end of an era-- the end of the having babies era.  I love the size of our family-- it's perfect for us-- but still, that part of my life is over...

So, I decided to take the focus off of me for my birthday.  With a bit of Pinterest inspiration, I decided to do 35 random acts of kindness the month of my 35th birthday.  As a side note, my husband lost his job at the very end of April, just days before my challenge was to begin, so I had to get very creative to avoid spending much money.

1.  I let someone go ahead of me in line at Aldi.
2.  Ruby and I left carrots for the bunnies in our backyard (totally her idea!).

3.  I drove the speed limit for an entire day.

4.  I sent brag letters to the kids' principal concerning their fabulous teachers this year.

5.  Instead of one chapter, I read Ruby an entire book one night for night time story.

6.  I shared unneeded coupons with others.

7.  I took a casserole to a busy friend.

8.  Eli, Ruby, and I picked up trash on the People Trail.

9.  I picked up trash that had fallen out of the neighbor's toter while I was on my morning walk.

10.  I turned off a neighbor's broken hose that was leaking huge amounts of water into their yard when they were at work.

11.  I left some of my old magazines in a doctor's office waiting room.

12.  I left one of my favorite books in a doctor's office waiting room, along with a letter explaining why it was my favorite and a prayer for the person who picked it up.

13.  I gave away my Aldi cart (If you aren't familiar with Aldi, you "pay" 25 cents to use a cart, and receive the quarter back when you return it).

14.  I (almost) donated blood.  (I was there.  The needle was in my arm, but I wasn't bleeding fast enough, so I was turned away.  When Jason saw the huge bruise on my arm he told me I totally deserved to count it!)

15-18.  Ruby, Eli, and I left dollar bills in the toy aisle of the dollar store.

19- 21.  We left snacks for waiting parents in the day surgery area of Riley Children's Hospital.

22- 24.  We gave 3 McDonald's gift cards to a cashier (at the Riley Hospital McDonald's) to give to the customers of her choice.

25.  For almost donating blood, I was given a Panera gift card.  So I immediately drove over to Panera and gave it to the next customer in line.

26.  I moved neighbors' delivered newspapers from the edge of their driveways to their front porches.

27- 30.  I left baked goods on 4 neighbors' porches with a note that said "Random Act of Kindness"-- Pass it On!

31.  We entertained a busload of children in our living room during a tornado watch.

32.  I took bugs outside instead of smooching them in the house.

33.  I put change in the Riley bucket at Walmart.

34.  I put my own and someone else's cart away at the grocery store.

35.  I made a dessert for a community center dinner (which is hosted for low-income families).

I saw two things happen during this month of RAOK.  1.  I stopped caring so much about turning 35 and 2.  I saw a change in my children.  On June 1st, Eli saw me point out to a budget-conscious shopper at Walmart where the $5 hula-hoops were instead of the $8 one.  I did not think a thing about it, but my wise and wonderful 10 year old told me it was a RAOK.  I said to him, "I don't even think about it that way.  To me, it's just the right thing to do".  I hope that moment, and many other moments they participated in, have left a lasting impact of them.  I know they have on me!


  1. What an awesome idea! Great job! Sorry about Jason's job, that has to be stressful. I'll be praying for you guys.

    1. Thanks for the prayers Andee! Prayer is always appreciated.

  2. Great ideas!!! I try to do some of these type of things when I think about it, but I've been meaning to give myself a RAOK a day type challenge to help me be more intentional about going out of my way to do things like this. Thanks for the great ideas, some of them are things I wouldn't have thought to do :) Blessings to you and your family!

    1. Thank you! As challenging as it was at times, it was most definatly a rewarding experience!

  3. What a neat idea! I might do that for my birthday next year! :)

    1. Feel free to copy my ideas; I definatly did not blog about it to pat my own back, but to inspire others (the same way I was inspired by someone's ideas on Pintrest). I hope your next birthday is the best ever!

  4. That is honestly brilliant. You are amazing and I can just feel how great it made you feel in your words! Happy 35th!!!!

    1. Thank you. It wasn't entirely my original idea, but it was a great experience that I am so glad I did! Thank you!