10.03.2013

31 Days: Day 2 Recap

First of all, let me thank you guys for your beyond sweet comments on my first day of #31Days. You guys saying that I'm inspiring and that you can't wait to see what I'll do is such a good feeling. I can't wait to share with you guys each day, and hopefully I can inspire someone else to do a few random acts of kindness of their own. 

October 2nd - I won't lie, today I woke up super anxious because I had NO IDEA what random act of kindness I'd be doing today. I wanted to do something creative, but I don't want to break the bank every day of the month.

After getting some inspiration from Holly and Sar's blogs, I feel really good and have a few good ideas up my sleeve at least for the rest of the week. :)

After work, I peeked in my wallet and saw that I had 3 $1 bills. I NEVER carry cash on me. I would just rather use my debit card. I decided that since I had forgotten about these dollars anyway, then I didn't need them as much as someone else may need them. I decided to leave them at random spots for people to find. Heck, I get giddy when I find a quarter on the ground, I can't imagine finding a dollar! :)

After work I ran to the post office to check my mail like I always do. It's in a shopping center, so I walked down to the dollar store to pick up a couple of stationery items and decided that it was the best place to leave my one dollar bills.

As I was walking by the exit door, I saw an elderly woman struggling to get out of the door with her cart. I held the door open for her so she could get herself and her cart out to the parking lot. She was incredibly grateful and told me how sweet I was to be helping her out. To me, this is something I normally would do. I always hold doors open for people, especially the elderly. But when she praised me, I felt really good and thought, "Hey, that's a random act of kindness, too!"

When I walked into the store, I was trying to decide on where to place the dollars. I didn't want to drop them on the floor for fear that people would step on them, they'd get pushed around by carts, etc. So I folded them in half and placed them on shelves. I chose aisles that held necessities. I left a dollar bill in the hygiene/toiletry aisle, I left a dollar bill in the dog food aisle, and I left the last dollar bill in the canned goods aisle.

It excites me thinking of who may have found the dollars that I left. Maybe it was a kid who feels rich now that he/she has a whole dollar! Maybe it was someone who'll stuff it into a bank for savings. Maybe it was someone who scraped change to run in to buy a necessary item and felt relief when they found the dollar. Whoever finds the dollars, I hope they pay it forward.


10 comments:

Rachelle @ Inner Loop Adventures said...

Now that is a very unique idea, hiding those dollars around the store, I love it! I hope it was a kid that found at least one of the dollars. Remember how exciting that used to be when you found money as a kid? Also, I bet you made that woman's day when you opened the door :) I know you didn't want to count that act, but that probably meant more than anything!

Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

Girrrrrrrl, I was totally crying when I read your post yesterday, and this one has me all mushy gushy too. This is the BEST idea ever and I'm so excited to read these updates every day!!!! You're stinking adorable and the nicest, kindest person. Love you to pieces.

Lauren said...

What a true statement about your "found" dollars. I need to keep that in mind next time I find myself with unexpected cash!

Lauren @ Love is the Point said...

Amber, I found your blog through the 31 days link-up! I think I clicked on your button because I'm also on a very similar journey! (My blog is all about doing good deeds, and for 31 days I am sending happy messages to totally random strangers.) But I'm so glad that I found you - because I hadn't thought of the leaving dollars deed yet! So, yeah. I'll be following along! :) Thanks for this.

loveisthepoint.com

Danielle Spakes said...

That was a creative idea! I'll have to remember that next time I find cash I've forgotten about!

Rebekah L. said...

I love this idea so much that I'm going to have to try it myself the next time I'm in the dollar store. Awesome.
Rebekah Somewhere in the Middle

SEL said...

Oh my gosh. I just love this idea!!

You are so sweet for what you did!

Jenn @ Party of One said...

This is AWESOME! I have $3 in my purse right now- which I NEVER have- and I think I may go drop them off at the dollar store on my way home. Thanks for encouraging us :)

Lindsey Let the Light Shine Blog said...

GREAT idea!!

Holly said...

Loooove it :)

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