View Full Version : Inspiration Challenge #6 (ends Dec 31st)
12-02-2007, 12:53 AM
This month I really wanted to do something out of the ordinary to inspire you to not only scrap something you wouldn't normally scrap, but to step out of the "normal routine" and scrap something entirely different.
I am going to play along as we go so there is no sample layout yet. I don't want to give you any "picture in your head" as to how this one should turn out.
I challenge you to go out, do an anonymous good deed for someone. It's the holidays, so this shouldn't be too hard. When you get done doing the deed, sit down for a moment and write some notes down.. what you did, how it made you feel, the impact you hope it makes, and anything else you feel is pertinent in that moment...
And then SCRAP JOURNAL it.
This is not about who does the biggest good deed, but about the spirit of giving in this time of year. When the hustle and bustle gets to us, and we forget what the real joy of giving is about.
Those who participate in this challenge will get a posting bonus, of course, but they will also get so much more.
12-02-2007, 02:51 PM
Thank you, Pillowgirl, for this very interesting - and Nice! - Challenge.
I live way out in the country and when my DH leaves the house in the morning to go work, I don't have a vehicle to "go out" with. But I'm sure I can find some inspiring RAK to do from my seat in front of my computer! LOL!
My mind is totally blank on what I 'could' do, but that's ok, that's how inspiration works. The blankness is just a vacuum in which it can flow...
12-02-2007, 04:34 PM
An idea or two...
Send a card to a soldier.
Or a batch of cookies for a family who isn't well off enough to maybe afford their own even this time of year.
Or go through your home for items to donate to sub for santa, or the local salvation army, etc. Look at your coat or blanket closet especially this time of year!
Make a handmade card or two for someone in an "old folks home" and ask a nurse to deliver it for you to someone who doesn't get much visitors.
Send an anonymous letter to someone who is lonely this time of year ust to let them know someone is thinking of them.
Shovel the sidewalks of an elderly neighbor before they wake up in the morning. Or, maybe go clean off the snow on someone else's car before they leave for work in the morning so they will get a pleasant surprise when they go to leave.
I have lots of ideas :) I will just randomly throw some out in this forum throughout the month.
12-08-2007, 04:19 PM
Volunteer your time. THis could mean reading to children at the local elementary school, teaching kids how to do something you love (like scrapbooking!) or helping at a nursing home. Those retired folks have a GRUNDLE of memories to scrapbook with your help!
I once had an elderly friend in a nursing home. We didn't know each other, but I would drop by every month or so and paint her toenails of all things. The stories she would tell :)
12-09-2007, 08:30 PM
100 IDEAS FOR KINDNESS from actsofkindness.org
1. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to city workers.
2. Collect goods for a food bank.
3. Bring flowers to work and share them with coworkers.
4. Garden clubs can make floral arrangements for senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, police stations, or shut-ins.
5. Adopt a student who needs a friend, checking in periodically to see how things are going.
6. Volunteer to be a tutor in a school.
7. Extend a hand to someone in need. Give your full attention and simply listen.
8. Merchants can donate a percentage of receipts for the week to a special cause.
9. Bring coworkers a special treat.
10. Students can clean classrooms for the custodian.
11. Buy a stranger a free pizza.
12. Distribute lollipops to kids.
13. Sing at a nursing home.
14. Offer a couple of hours of baby-sitting to parents.
15. Slip paper hearts that say “It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! Have a great day!” under the windshield wipers of parked cars.
16. Have a charity day at work, with employees bringing nonperishable food items to donate.
17. Serve refreshments to customers.
18. Draw names at school or work, and have people bring a small gift or food treat for their secret pal.
19. Remember the bereaved with phone calls, cards, plants, and food.
20. Treat someone to fresh fruit.
21. Pay a compliment at least once a day.
22. Call or visit a homebound person.
23. Hand out balloons to passersby.
24. Give free sodas to motorists.
25. Be a good neighbor. Take over a baked treat or stop by to say “Hello.”
26. Transport someone who can’t drive.
27. Mow a neighbor’s grass.
28. Say something nice to everyone you meet today.
29. Send a treat to a school or day-care center.
30. Volunteer at an agency that needs help.
31. Wipe rainwater off shopping carts or hold umbrellas for shoppers on the way to their cars.
32. Give the gift of your smile.
33. Send home a note telling parents something their child did well.
34. Adopt a homeless pet at the humane society.
35. Organize a scout troop or service club to help people with packages at the mall or grocery.
36. Host special programs or speakers at libraries or bookstores.
37. Offer to answer the phone for the school secretary for ten minutes.
38. Volunteer to read to students in the classroom.
39. Write notes of appreciation and bring flowers or goodies to teachers or other important people, such as the principal, nurse, custodian, and secretary.
40. Incorporate kindness into the curriculum at area schools, day care centers, or children’s classes in faith organizations.
41. Give a hug to a friend.
42. Tell your children why you love them.
43. Write a note to your mother/father and tell them why they are special.
44. Pat someone on the back.
45. Write a thank-you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way.
46. Give coffee to people on their way to work in the morning.
47. Donate time at a senior center.
48. Give blood.
49. Visit hospitals with smiles, treats, and friendly conversation for patients.
50. Stop by a nursing home, and visit a resident with no family nearby.
51. Plant flowers in your neighbor’s flower box.
52. Give another driver your parking spot.
53. Leave a treat or handmade note of thanks for a delivery person or mail carrier.
54. Give free car washes.
55. Clean graffiti from neighborhood walls and buildings.
56. Tell your boss that you think he/she does a good job.
57. Tell your employees how much you appreciate their work.
58. Let your staff leave work an hour early.
59. Have a clean-up party in the park.
60. Tell a bus or taxi driver how much you appreciate their driving.
61. Have everyone in your office draw the name of a Random Acts of Kindness buddy out of a hat and do a kind act for their buddy that day or week.
62. Give a pair of tickets to a baseball game or concert to a stranger.
63. Leave an extra big tip for the waitperson.
64. Drop off a plant, cookies, or donuts to the police or fire department.
65. Open the door for another person.
66. Pay for the meal of the person behind you in the drive-through.
67. Write a note to the boss of someone who has helped you, praising the employee.
68. Leave a bouquet of flowers on the desk of a colleague at work with whom you don’t normally get along.
69. Call an estranged family member.
70. Volunteer to fix up an elderly couple’s home.
71. Pay for the person behind you in the movie line.
72. Give flowers to be delivered with meal delivery programs.
73. Give toys to the children at the shelter or safe house.
74. Give friends and family kindness coupons they can redeem for kind favors.
75. Be a friend to a new student or coworker.
76. Renew an old friendship by sending a letter or small gift to someone you haven’t talked with in a long time.
77. For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that arises spontaneously in your heart, and notice what happens as a consequence.
78. Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car.
79. Invite someone new over for dinner.
80. Buy a roll of brightly colored stickers and give them to children you meet during the day.
81. Write a card of thanks and leave it with your tip. Be sure to be specific in your thanks.
82. Let the person behind you in the grocery store go ahead of you in line.
83. When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile.
84. Buy cold drinks for the people next to you at a ball game.
85. Distribute kindness bookmarks that you have made.
86. Create a craft project or build a bird house with a child.
87. Give a bag of groceries to a homeless person.
88. Laugh out loud often and share your smile generously.
89. Plant a tree in your neighborhood.
90. Make a list of things to do to bring more kindness into the world, and have a friend make a list. Exchange lists and do one item per day for a month.
91. Use an instant camera to take people’s photographs at a party or community event, and give the picture to them.
92. As you go about your day, pick up trash.
93. Send a letter to some former teachers, letting them know the difference they made in your life.
94. Send a gift anonymously to a friend.
95. Organize a clothing drive for a shelter.
96. Buy books for a day care or school.
97. Slip a $20 bill to a person who you know is having financial difficulty.
98. Take an acquaintance to dinner.
99. Offer to take a friend’s child to ball practice.
100. Waive late fees for the week.
12-10-2007, 07:23 AM
I didn't read your whole list, but I will tell you what one of my favorite RAK's is...paying the toll for the next car in line...then driving away. This is truly
random and makes Two impacts, one on the driver (and passengers I suppose) and on the toll collector...the looks I get lol.
I haven't a clue how to scrap that, but I do know it's kewl to do. Thanks for letting me share that. :rolleyes:
12-10-2007, 05:06 PM
Made my layout for the challenge, I can easily add to it too. TY for the challenge.:)
12-11-2007, 08:02 AM
Nice layout, I like that you left room to add more RAKs, good idea :cool:
12-11-2007, 11:13 AM
Well done. It's so easy to RAK these days and not even realize it. Has anyone realized things that they do in normal life that just change someone else's day entirely for the better?
12-15-2007, 04:54 AM
I finally finished mine today. It's something I've been wanting to do for my friend Linda for a long time, and 'grabbing' one of her photos on her Facebook album gave me the perfect opportunity. She will be surprised, and hopefully, pleased with the results... This is Ella in the playground, in JuMp! (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5145&nocache=1)
12-18-2007, 09:54 AM
Very nice RAK you got there. Oh man, if my husband said that to someone I would be mad but in this application I hope it's ok lol.
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