Spread Kindness and Blog It Forward with Wayfair

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The other day I found myself reminiscing about what a nice person I used to be.

I realize it sounds completely ridiculous, but stay with me for a minute.

I can't quite place my finger on some sort of turning point, but up until my early twenties, I used to be the type of person who went out of her way to brighten someone's day. A few examples: One Saturday, when I was about 11 years old, I got the brilliant idea to wake up exceptionally early and prepare breakfast for my parents. Granted, the only thing I knew to prepare was scrambled eggs, but this sweet gesture ultimately turned into a Saturday tradition for the next year or so. As I got older, I had the epiphany to start writing sweet notes and hiding them in unsuspecting places for my mama to find – something I continued to do all the way through college. In high school, when a friend was extremely anxious about an exam, I drove to her house the morning of the exam and surprised her with a box of chocolates and an encouraging note. 

These are just a few examples that stuck out in my mind – but the point I'm trying to make is that I used to be THAT TYPE of person – the type that noticed and sympathized with the struggles of others and put her own desires, to-do lists and plans on a back burner to spread kindness to others.

So, when the other day my husband suggested I prepare a meal for a friend whose little ones were all sick, it suddenly dawned on me, "When did I become the type of person who had to be told to do kind things?"

It's a sad realization to see first-hand the effect "adult life" has had on you, let me tell you. Like so many of us, I often have good intentions, then life gets in the way, and I get too busy or forget.

So when Wayfair recently launched the #BlogItForward challenge, it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, and I knew immediately I had to join.

Wayfair is challenging all bloggers to spread kindness by "blogging it forward," meaning that for every blogger that shares a story of how they spread kindness, Wayfair will donate $50 to Habitat for Humanity.

Here are some ideas from Wayfair for spreading kindness in your community:

  • Surprise a stranger by buying them a cup of coffee.
  • Pay the tolls for a car behind you in line. 
  • Offer a spare umbrella to someone in a rainstorm.
  • Surprise a neighbor with freshly-baked treats.
  • Bring a donation to a cause you support.
  • Leave a gas gift card at a pump.
  • Surprise a service worker with an extra big tip.
  • Offer to do grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor.
  • Rake your neighbor's yard or snowplow their driveway when they are at work.
  • Send flowers to the office staff at your child's school.

In the spirit of giving, I'd like to invite all of my blogger friends to grab a badge and participate in the Blog It Forward challenge with Wayfair. The challenge ends January 31, but I encourage all of you to continue spreading kindness throughout the year.

#blogitforward

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15 Comments

  1. I was at TJ MAX heading to the check stand when an eyeglass case with sparkly star Rhine stones caught my attention behind the jewelry case which I asked to see and inside was the certificate of authenticity for a designer pair of glasses which were not far from the case but had a separate price tag as I was questioning about the 2 different prices as it should be 1 price an elderly lady of color joined in agreeing with me trying to get them to see this should be 1 price as they clearly came together but the associate wouldn’t budge so the kind woman who joined in actually pulled out her wallet and paid for the case telling me to pay it forward what she didn’t know was that the item’s in my cart were for a homeless child and mom that I just met fleeing an abusive relationship trying to start over.

  2. I love this challenge! It doesn’t take much effort to go out of your way to brighten up someone else’s day, but the effect it has on the other person is tremendous.

  3. This is an amazing challenge! I am definitely going to try to schedule a post myself asap. :) I love how many positive ways you can impact your community. I’ll for sure try some of these out.

  4. I love this challenge! After seeing what little things made my roommate’s day better during her mom’s illness, I love to send snail mail and little packages to my friends!
    xoxo

  5. I love this idea! I handed out pancakes from IHOP to those stuck out in the cold this weekend and seeing the look on their faces brought me so much joy and made me realize that small stuff matters and it counts so much!

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  6. What an awesome challenge!
    I need to start being more kind as well.
    I feel like as we get older sometimes we let other things get in the way of our niceness because we’re preoccupied.
    xoxo, Jenny

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