DAY 192: A cup of tea.
I’ve been working at a tea shop recently and on day 192 a guy called the shop asking if we had raspberry tea leaves. He explained that his wife was pregnant and was craving it. I took a look at our tea list and we just so happened to have it. He asked me what time we closed at, and said something along the lines of: “I’m going to have to drive across town just to get it, but I’ll be there before you close!”
About half an hour before close, he came into the shop. (I don’t know what it was, but I could tell it was him). I packed him a tin of tea that he paid for. I guess the “act of kindness” part of this was that I made him a cup of tea on the side (paying for it out of my own money), so he could bring it to his wife as soon as he got home. Turns out, he’s really been driving around town to find this tea for his wife. Apparently she was going to have a baby the next day, and her friends told her (specifically) that drinking raspberry leave tea helps during labour. I told him congrats, handed him the tea, and also told him he’s a great husband (and is going to be a great dad)!
DAY 191: Complimented a blog.
The people who send me positive messages about my blog really do make my day. I’ve read every single one of them, and although I can’t reply publicly (because this blog won’t allow text posts), I really appreciate them.
For this day, I decided to return the favour to one of my personal favourite blogs. The blog is called The Curious Brain, and has a bunch of posts on creative things – videos, infographics, comics, and so on. I’ve been following this blog for years because it’s been an inspiration to me when I find myself low in creativity.
DAY 190: Left bus tickets at the train station.
Have you had one of those days where you’ve forgotten to bring your bus pass? I have. That’s why I decided to leave bus tickets at one of the LRT (bus stop) stations. I left a note explaining why I left them there that also encouraged (the receiver) to try out their own act of kindness.
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DAY 189: Donated money to a
mental health awareness campaign online crisis network.
(I definitely wrote that in sharpie before thinking).
I know I’ve been doing a lot of donations lately, but I really wanted to donate again to this cause. I found out it was National Suicide Prevention week via social media, and I wanted to do something that was related to the cause. I found out about this 24/7 online crisis network via the Post Secret Facebook page, and I thought it would be a good way to contribute to the cause.
I encourage you to donate too by visiting IMAlive.org
What’s in the photo? It’s a photo of my journal that was stamped at a Post Secret event and signed by Frank Warren (the man behind Post Secret). The polaroid photo in the photo is of my friends and I with Frank Warren. I thought this was relevant since Frank Warren is such a huge advocate for mental health awareness and is the reason why I found out about the campaign I donated to.
DAY 188: Gave away a Subway gift card.
I can’t really take any credit for this one. Last class, one of my classmates (who I had never met before) came up to me and told me she had heard about Project Three Six Five through twitter. I know this project has gotten some decent media coverage in the past year, but it still surprises me whenever someone I don’t know approaches me about the project. (And I am so grateful for it).
She told me she received the gift card from a booth at the clubs fair on campus, and wanted me to give it out to a stranger. As she wished, I gave it out to a stranger. However, it did take me a couple of attempts because the first girl I offered it to told me to give it to someone who needs it more. This kind of shocked me so I waited a few days before trying again. The second time around, I approached another girl in the subway line, explained what I was doing, and gave her the gift card (which she accepted). Mission complete.
DAY 187: Donated money to a friend’s run.
This one’s pretty self explanatory. My friend does a lot of charity runs in the town she grew up in, so I thought I’d donate $5 to the cause.
So why is there a crappy drawing of the shoe? Well, to be honest, I didn’t really have anything to take a photo of for this one since it was an online donation. I mean, I could’ve taken another photo of my laptop screen…but I already have too many of those. So here we are, with a badly drawn shoe (which is supposed to represent the race).
DAY 186: Baked cookies with kids.
I was trying to think of an act of kindness that was a bit different than usual, and I thought about the kids I was babysitting at night. I was thinking about doing something a bit “extra” for the kids, just for a change. When I was a kid, I loved making things. Making things was even better when you could eat it. After thinking about this for a bit, the idea came to me: baking cookies. (Almost) every kid loves making cookies. You get to mix the ingredients, bake them, decorate them, AND eat them. That’s like heaven to a kid. (And to me, even at age 20. Yeah, I’m still a kid at heart). WIth this idea in mind, I went to a nearby grocery before I was supposed to babysit and bought some cookie mix, icing and food colouring. I also brought over cookie cutters from my house because cookie cutters make cookies taste THAT much better. Fact.
I think this was pretty successful. The kids loved making the cookies. As a plus, I didn’t have to go through another makeover performed by a 6-year-old girl (which is what happened last time haha).
DAY 185: Donated money to buying school supplies for kids.
Let’s be real here. I was definitely one of those kids who bought new school supplies each year even when I didn’t need them. I’ve probably burned thousands of my parents’ dollars on pretty pencils, erasers, and the like. (Sorry parents). Now that I’m grown up and spend my own money on school supplies, I’ve decided to be a bit more money-conscious when it comes to back-to-school shopping. Really, all I needed this year were some notebooks so that’s exactly what I bought. To my surprise, Staples was selling 80-page notebooks for 10 cents each! I bought 6, spending a total of 60 cents. (Big spender, I know). I figured that since I spent so little on my own school supplies, it’d be a good idea to help buy school supplies for another kid who can’t afford them. At the till, I asked the cashier if I could donate $10 to the Staples’s school supply drive. (Not sure what the exact name of it is). The cashier seemed really surprised by this and thanked me a billion times, which was nice to see that someone else was really passionate about the cause.
It’s never too late to donate. Instead of spending that extra $5 on the pretty pencils, why not donate that $5 to someone who could really use it?
DAY 184: Left 2-for-1 gym passes in lockers at the gym.
A while back, someone gave me a bunch of 2-for-1 passes. I never ended up using them because I tend to go solo. (I get distracted when I go with others). Since I recently bought a month pass to the gym, I figured I no longer had a use for them since my parents don’t go to the gym either (sorry for revealing your secrets, parents). Anyway, it’s always nice to save a little money when you least expect it, so I decided to hide some passes in lockers throughout the recreation centre. Might as well put them to good use!