But ever since my boys were born, my birthday (along with the rest of my life) has taken a back seat. I get out my need to plan a themed BBQ early in the summer and have no juice left for my own birthday in mid-August. Last year I didn't really celebrate my 29th birthday at all, figuring I would save up my energy for something really cool for my 30th.
Well, my 30th is less than a week away and I have no plans. This is not because I'm moping about entering my 30s, by the way. I strongly feel that I earned those years. And, I often hear from older friends that one's 30s usually trumps one's 20s anyway.
So, I want to celebrate but I realized that a party is not quite what I have in mind. I have been reminded in recent days how incredibly nice many of my friends are. So, friends, here is my birthday challenge to you, if you choose to accept it:
I want to log 30 random acts of kindness for my 30th birthday. My goal is to recruit 30 of you to do something unexpectedly nice for someone else, and then tell me about it on my Facebook page. There are only two rules:
1. It has to be something you weren't already planning.
2. You have to tell me about it, preferably on my Facebook page, before the end of August.
As added encouragement and to let you know that I am not just sitting on the sidelines here, I will randomly choose one of the 30 (or more???) entrants to receive their own act of kindness. I can't tell you what it is yet because I hope to tailor it to whoever is randomly selected, but believe me when I say it will be a substantial gift because I've learned that those are the most fulfilling to ME. And it is MY birthday after all! :D
Your random act of kindness can be to family, friends or strangers, but I encourage you to be as creative as possible. If you always make pancakes on Saturday, but add blueberries this time, that's awesome but it's not really what I'm after. My dream is for you to get out of your comfort zone, make a bold decision, take that next step to making the world a little better place.
But don't let that scare you off, either. As I mentioned in my post last January about giving, even just $2 can do an amazing amount of good. All I ask is that if you see a need and hesitate to fulfill it, please use my birthday as the added excuse and oomph to follow through! If it makes you feel good, then you're doing it right!
Despite some of my recent grumbly posts, I really have had some amazingly positive experiences in the last two years. I would love for those good vibes to continue. It would really be the best birthday present ever to know that 30 of my friends made a difference in the world just because I was born!
Think about it, will ya? Thanks! Much love to you all!
P.S. Here's a gratuitously cute picture of my kids sharing an ice cream cone. They thought this was hilarious.
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