31 Random Acts – First Recap

I want to take some time to thank everyone for the kind words, tweets, emails, texts and likes these past few weeks regarding 31 random acts!  I’m so grateful for your support and enthusiasm for this project.  I’m also very happy about the impact we are making on the world through our acts!  So far, we have a strong and mighty group of eight participants with 40 total acts completed thus far!  Shout outs to Jan, Kelly, Maria, Erica, Suzie, Kim and Patrick for your contributions!  Like I said in my original post, it is never too late to jump in and spread some good around this month.  Here is the link to the how-to post if you want some more information on how to get started.

As for my challenge, I’ve completed eleven different acts so far!   Some of my favorites include:

On my way to work one morning, I popped into Starbucks and bought the girl behind me her latte.  She was really happy and grateful!  This is a selfie of me celebrating the random act.

 

I wish I could see the look on the person’s face when he/she opens this box of sunshine.

I wrote a letter to one of my favorite local establishments thanking them for their consistent excellent customer service.  It made me feel really good to put some of my gratitude into words!

I realize that the blog has been a little quiet this month.  (More details on the silence soon!)  But, each of the acts have been posted to the Instagram account, Facebook page and Twitter handle (use #31randomacts).  Please follow along, and let us know if you are conducting any acts!

“Never forget that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead

How To: 31 Random Acts

Last year, I started one of my favorite projects of all time – a challenge, to myself and others, to conduct 31 random acts in 31 days.  The challenge was born out of the 31 days series, hosted by The Nester, and consisting of thousands of bloggers writing about the same theme for 31 days straight.  This year, we even have our own website!

True to form, last year,  some of my random acts and posts spilled into November.  I hope that I am not alone in setting out to accomplish a goal and not always finishing on time.  You know the feeling, too?

This mentality is the driver behind the 31 random acts effort.  Below, I walk through how you can get involved in the challenge.  But, this is not the only way.  Feel free to choose your own acts, participate in as many day(s) as you want or just spread the word about 31 random acts!  We welcome all kinds of RAK love.

As I said in my original post, “If we can get even one person to join in on these efforts, we will double our impact on the world.  More importantly, let’s share our stories of spreading the good… even if it’s as simple as a hello to a stranger on the street.  These are the stories that are worth sharing.”

How To: 31 Random Acts

Step 1: Choose an act!  I will be using the list below.  I take great pleasure in crossing things off of a list! But, as I mentioned above, feel free to choose whichever acts please you – whether they are on this list, or not! If you want some other ideas, check out the list from last year.

Step 2: Perform the act.  Yay!

Sample act & tweet!

Step 3: Snap a picture of the act / write about it, and share it with social media!  Or, just share it with your family, friends, great aunt Susan?!  Don’t forget to use our hashtag #31randomacts, and tweet to @31randomacts / share the act on our Facebook page.

Erica’s posts from 2013!

 Step 4: Check out others’ random acts! Get some inspiration for your next one!

Are you joining us for 31 random acts?

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