I. love. you.
Yes, I know we are only 5 days in but what an awesome 5 days it has been.
Yes, today IS my Birthday.
Yes, I am a HUGE birthday LOVER.
FREAKING HUGE. And my family knows it. ;)
Last year I ran 35 miles on my 35th birthday and loved it.
However................... it felt a little empty.
I know I can run. I know I'm a little crazy on my treadmill.
So this year, I decided to do my "age in miles run" along with my take on Ann Curry's 26ACTS [info here].
But-----------I did 36 miles and 36 ACTS.
I had the best cheerleader ever for the last quarter mile. Freaking love my girl.
And the 36 acts................
So. grateful. I. did. them.
As I AM the one who benefited the most from this.
I won't share each one individually as a few were done for neighbors and acquaintances. Most were done anonymously but some were not.
* Peanut and I dropped of a sweet treat for a neighborhood friend.
* I randomly placed gift cards in books at a local public library.
* One day of being a courteous driver. No honking. Allowing people in front of me in traffic. This may seem like nothing but I'm a rather impatient driver.
* When I stopped to get the Pita his "get me better now soup" I paid for a persons "to-go" order while I was there [before they had arrived].
* We made banana bread and doorbell ditched them to random neighbors.
* Took Chipotle to a family whose Mom was sick.
* Paid for the McDonald's order behind me in the drive-thru. Bet that guy wishes he had ordered more than a McDouble. [$1.08----do I know how to pick them or what?! ;) ]
* Sent a few dollars to someone I have never met but heard things had been tight [financially] for.
* Gathered carts at a grocery store [only 15-20] when all the carts were out on New Years Eve.
* We left change in all the vending machines we could find around a local mall.
* Left a gift card for my mailman. He rocks.
Some "acts" were bigger than others in time and in cost but looking back on it . . . I certainly enjoyed the completely anonymous ones better.
Now...............WHY DO I SHARE this with you?
O N L Y...................in the hopes that it will motivate others to do "RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS"
This is now something I will do EVERY year on or around my birthday. It was a BLAST to do a lot of these with my Peanut. It has made her a lot more mindful of just how much one small, small kind act can impact a person's day ---- and more importantly HER day.
Thank you so freaking much for all the awesome comments left for me on "MY DAY" today.
I. am. so. grateful.
I LOVE this. And I love that you shared it with the kidlet.
Happy happy birthday!
you actually freekin had this! freekin amazing
You are so inspiring in so many ways. I wish you were someone I knew in real life. I wish you were MY neighbor. I feel like you would make me be a better person--not that I'm a bad person,,, lol, but you are just a good person in your heart and I know I would be better for knowing you. I want to do this with my kids as well. Happy, happy birthday!
What a great idea! You are amazing!!! You are so inspiring and I really hope we get the chance to meet at RnR AZ! :)
Kayla!! Yes for sure...I'll turn up to the expo to meet bloggers---any day. ;)
Ummm I so don't deserve this ..... I'm so grateful to you for always being so freaking awesome.
I love the random acts of kindness!! Especially on YOUR birthday. What a sweet person you are. Hope you had a freaking amazing birthday lady :)
I already told you how inspired I was by your running (on Pinterest), but I also love all the things you did on your birthday. Small gestures make the biggest difference! Happy birthday!
Happy, happy, happy, happy birthday! What a great way to celebrate!
That's just the best way to celebrate a birthday. Happy Birthday!
This makes me smile :) Happy birthday!
You are such a good Mom!!! Love it!
Awesome x 36!
Happiest of birthdays to you! Consider me inspired.
You are AWESOME!!
Funny I sent you a belated birthday text YESTERDAY! Ha. I'm a dork.
Happy Birthday my sweet friend!!
This makes *my* day! Love all your acts :)
I read about the original idea a couple of months ago and have been counting down till I can do 26 for my 26th birthday :)
Happy birthday - wishing you the most awesome year!
You are a rockstar in every single way. Big hugs and I am so glad your birthday was so awesome and fun. Hugs!
Love the random acts of kindness, Spike and I did that for 10 days leading up to Christmas and it was so awesome. My favorite was when we picked up a couples tab at breakfast and then tipped both waitresses $20. I think we made their week. :)
Beautiful Emily. Just beautiful. :). It was a happy birthday, indeed;).
Awesome! You already know how much I admire you but let me just reiterate it! Thank you, thank you, thank you for your example.
Awesome to have done both the act for yourself (damn - 36 miles on a treadmill!) and so many random acts for others. And so great to share them with your great girl!
I love this
this is so you
kind and generous
I want to do this too
so did you pass page 34...come on get to 44
and then 64 tomorrow...
it only gets better
the one who is turning 44 in 4 days
is that enough 4s??????!!!!!
Happy belated and congrats on the 36 miles.
You've inspired me to plan a day of RAOK with my 2 girls - thanks!!!
Happy Birthday. This was such an inspirational post. I can't wait for my 7 year old to get home from school so WE can do something some fun things for neighbors. Thank you for being you!!!
You are a truly special person and I am lucky for having you in my life.
This is so awesome!! I wish I would have read this before my birthday and done 30 randome acts... it's not too late right?! And share this with my son too.
Hope you had an amazing birthday, a person like you, even though I don't know you personally, deserves so many blessings in her life!
Found your blog through hungry runner girl...scrolling down the page and LOVING every entry! Then I saw this one and was so excited because we share a birthday! :). Definitely inspired by your acts! :)
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