On Turning 50 ~ Part 2

50The countdown is on ~ in less than a week the BIG 5-0 is going to be upon me and I have to admit I’m getting downright giddy!

A few weeks ago I wrote here about turning 50 and my plan to undertake 50 Acts of Kindness that day. This plan is, in part, my antibody to feeling self-centered and entitled that day…because I can be like that sometimes on my birthday. When Erin, my youngest, who will be 18 in a few short months, heard this she said “That is the opposite of how I’m feeling about MY birthday! I’m SUPER excited to have a full day devoted to me!!” She informed me of her plan to stay up all 24 hours on her 18th birthday so she doesn’t miss a moment of celebrating HER! Then she made some remark about different life stages and that she liked hers better!

But enough about Erin, let’s get back to ME! (I can feel Erin’s influence) On Monday, March 2, my husband, three older kids, sisters and a few friends are all in and we are hitting (maybe touching is a better word) our communities with 50 Acts of Kindness! I began prepping many of my Acts of Kindness yesterday and it made me soooo excited to go out, with intention, and bless others!

If you want to join the 50 Acts of Kindness Extravaganza – I would LOVE it! Drop by here on Monday and share what you did on the Birthday post. (If appropriate, take a picture and email it to me at shericarlstrom@gmail.com, I’ll post those here and include them in the video I’m hoping to get made of the day!)  

I believe, without a doubt, that this is the best way for me to turn 50!

(This whole idea came from my friend Sara Norwood – who did 38 Acts of Kindness on her birthday in 2012 (you can see the video of her day here.) Inspired by her, my friend Cathy did 50 Acts of Kindness on her birthday and now me. Sara has inspired 100 Acts of Kindesss! Which is why I’m sharing this here ~ maybe we’ll create a little kindness surge!!)

Acts of Kindness ideas:

  1. M&M’s for the Mailman – “Thanks for driving Miles & Miles to bring us our mail!”
  2. Coupons on grocery shelves – taped near the products
  3. Meijer gift card to the person behind me in line at Meijer
  4. Leave a sticky note on public bathroom mirror – confidence booster / inspirational
    “You ARE beautiful”
    “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.“
    “You’re braver than you believe.”
    “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.“
    “Your mistakes do not define you”
    “You are enough”
    “Remind yourself that it’s OK not to be perfect”
    “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”
    “You are valuable”
    “You are worth it”
    “Life is short, smile while you have teeth!”
    “Beauty is confidence applied directly to your face”
  5. Buy coffee for someone
  6. Note of Encouragement to mom taped on changing tables in public restrooms (Target)
  7. Write a note of appreciation to someone and drop it in the mail on March 2
  8. Cookies and thank you note to police officers
  9. Cook a meal for someone – Stromboli / salad / cookies for Rachel
  10. Put gas in someone’s car
  11. Quarters taped to a vending machine
  12. College: Write a thank you note on a sticky and leave it on your tray when you place in on the conveyor belt in the dining hall
  13. bake a cake for someone
  14. Tweet or Facebook a genuine compliment to someone
  15. Bring donuts to someone – Rise & Roll
  16. While out, compliment a parent on their well-behaved child
  17. Write a genuine compliment on someone’s blog (not mine)
  18. Compliment someone in front of others
  19. Go into a restaurant and leave a gift card on someone’s table (Applebee’s)
  20. Popcorn and $1 taped to Red box
  21. Make a drop off donation at Charis House/Rescue Mission, etc…
  22. Leave a REALLY big tip today
  23. Bring a donation from the needs list from a charity
  24. Bring someone flowers
  25. Bake bread and deliver it to a fire station
  26. College: Sit with someone who is eating alone
  27. Donate a needed item to an animal shelter
  28. Pay the adoption fee for someone at the animal shelter
  29. Help someone load or unload their groceries
  30. Go to a nursing home and help paint nails / read to people / visit
  31. Hold the door for someone
  32. Smile – be friendly
  33. Thank a veteran or service man/woman for their service
  34. Leave $1 bills tucked in places at the Dollar store
  35. Deliver balloons to a hospital and ask a nurse to give to someone alone
  36. Deliver a treat to a nurse station at a hospital and thank them for taking care of everyone
  37. Leave a gift card in a book at a bookstore
  38. Give someone your awesome coupon (40% Michaels,15% 20% 30% Kohls, Family Christian, etc..)
  39. Leave art supplies for kids in a hospital waiting room
  40. Put carts away in a parking lot


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