If you’re going to read any post in the 31 Random Acts series, this might be the one. It is the mother of all random acts articles. With the holidays approaching, I knew I was running out of time to dedicate to RAKs so I knocked the rest of them out of the park in one fell swoop.
Here’s how the 10 remaining RAKs went down.
#25. Beautify your surroundings (or someone else’s!) – For a long time, I had no idea what to do for this act. Finally, while on a run with Kina the other weekend, I noticed garbage next to the roadway. So, for my 3-mile run/walk (while carrying garbage, I needed to walk!), I picked up garbage! Luckily, I was also wearing gloves. :)
#16 Something inspired by one of your New Year’s Resolutions – I kind of failed at creating New Year’s resolutions for 2013, but I definitely know that one for 2014 will be improving my relationship with my mother. Like many mothers and daughters, we have our ups and downs, and I’m hoping that a trip to Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland (with a RAK gift card that I got her) will help us stay on an up course!
#14 If you unexpectedly had a completely free afternoon, what would you do with it? Perform a random act inspired by your answer. – If I unexpectedly had a free afternoon, I would definitely do something cultural. In DC, this means spending time in the district. So, while I was in the city the other day, I dropped off packs for the homeless. They contained gloves, protein bars, toothbrushes, tooth paste, and $10 gift certificates to Burger King. It made me so happy to leave a couple around the city!
#12 Help someone enjoy a memory. – After I dropped off the homeless packs, I walked down Pennsylvania Ave. in front of the White House. It was the perfect opportunity to help some people enjoy memories by taking pictures of them!
#30 Get someone to perform a random act with you – After three failed attempts, my friend Tiffany came to the rescue for this one when we bought people lattes at Starbucks! We couldn’t figure out the best way to do it so we finally settled on just buying a drink at the cash register and telling the cashier to make them for the next people who ordered them. I think the act made both of our days!
#26 Make a sacrifice for someone else – On the way home from the Starbucks journey, I dropped off some nice coats at Tropical Smoothie Cafe. They are currently holding a coat drive for families in need of coats this winter. I didn’t know this before I went there, but you also get a free smoothie if you donate a coat! The ones that I donated were ones that I would still wear today so I considered it a sacrifice.
#29 Perform a random act of kindness anonymously – I feel like it’s giving away too much if I tell you this one. Just trust that it’s done.
#28 Make a wish come true – I hope this is not a cop-out, but I submitted a volunteer application to support the Make a Wish Foundation. I haven’t actually performed an act yet, but I’m hoping I will eventually get a position and help interview families looking for wishes for their children with life-threatening illnesses. Fingers crossed!
#19 Commemorate someone who has made a difference in your life – Because of blogging, I’ve been able to meet a lot of other women and men who share a similar passion for writing and wanting to share their corner of the internet with people. An amazing writer and woman, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting virtually and in-person, inspired me to perform this act. As a former English teacher, she blogs over at The Kitchen Witch, and I’m always amazed at the posts she writes. She is truly blessed in the gift of writing! The Kitch Witch also hails from Colorado so when I read about how her neighbors were impacted by the Colorado floods a couple weeks ago, I knew I needed to donate to the PTO in her town who is helping support flood victims.
#5 Do something for the elderly – This one was so elusive! I finally gave in and donated to Meals on Wheels. Next time I would like to volunteer for MoW, but that proved more difficult to figure out. Some of these random acts need planning! Haha.
Anddd we’re done!! Thank you everyone for your RAK love these past few weeks. I plan on writing a recap post next week sometime. But, for now, on to pictures and a recap of all the acts!
Why don’t I have more pictures??!1.