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

8 Things I Learned in July

Oops!  I’ve been gone from this blog for a little while.  But, hey, at least I am back with good news??  That’s right, folks.  I’m in the middle of birthday week!  It’s only the most fabulous week of the entire year – of which, I jam the most celebrations humanely possible into 7+ days  before laying dormant for the remaining 51 weeks.

The bad news is that I don’t have much to say today.  But, I figured I should pop on over here and get some of the writing cobwebs out before I go absolutely nuts-o’s from pent up word frustration.  Therefore, I decided it was a good time to link up with Emily’s Things I Learned post, especially since she is also returning from a little writing vacation.

In July, I learned that:

1.  There is this weird eclectic festival held in the Midwest each year where people camp out for four days, don face paint, opt for frequent nudity and ‘bond like family’ often with alcohol and drug paraphernalia in hand.  I’m not sure why I find this so fascinating to learn about besides confirming that there really is another person out there for everyone.

Source: The Daily Beast

2. Garth Brooks has (had?) an alter ego by the name of Chris Gaines, which was conceptualized as a creative outlet for Garth’s rock and roll side.  Nothing ever came of Gaines, but I find the whole thing and Garth’s disguise a little creepy.

3. Not writing for almost two weeks makes you question if you will ever write again.  Like, is this just writer’s block or am I losing it?  Let’s hope it’s the former!

4.The  Omnivore’s Dilemma is really long and intense.  I am liking it a lot, but I am definitely going to miss the end of July due date, folks!

5. Flowers from a boy are very nice :)

6. Even though 75 degrees used to scream summer when I lived in Cleveland, it now feels like fall weather to me.

7. After non-intentionally avoiding beef for six weeks, I become sick from eating it.  Awesome.  Another food item to cross off the ‘I can eat that’ list. 

8. Seasonal artists  in France went on a nude strike this month to fight for improved pay and insurance benefits. This article reports on the “ballsiness” of the demonstrators.  I find the word usage downright hilarious.  Mais Monsieur, what will we ever do without our artistes?!