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The Importance of Kindness

George Saunders, a New York Times bestselling author of short stories, novellas, essays and children’s’ books gave a commencement speech lat year at Syracuse. His speech was published by the New York Times, and, like the dreaded pollen torturing my allergies, it scattered all over the place. On Tuesday that speech became a 64-page book called Congratulations, by the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.

An abridged version, narrated by Saunders and produced by Random House and Above Average working with Serious Launch was released.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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T-Six Days and Counting…Random Acts of Kindness 2013 Countdown

T-six days and counting….

 

Well, folks, I’m on my last few days of Random Acts of Kindness 2013.  That means that you only have a few days left for you to submit your own kind acts in the Be Kind…Win Stuff contest.  Don’t forget to enter to win an autographed copy of Jim Stovall’s Discovering Joye!  Thank you to everyone who has already submitted.  I love reading about the amazing things that you’ve done for other people.

 

 

 

 

 

A row of shopping carts.

A row of shopping carts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This is not as detailed as the last update, but y’all deserve a little something here, all the cards are drawn and colored (I’m kind of sad.  I like coloring!),quilts are finished, donations gathered and pickup schedule, notes have been written (mostly), and a case of mirrors is on its way to me (Dollar Tree lets you order online! I had no idea.  You learn something new everyday.)…lots of stuff has been done for the big day (which is planned for November 9th, by the way)  Friends and family have volunteered (or been volunteered) for…stuff.  Obviously, not everything can get done in one fell swoop, but lots of it will.  That means lots of things are wrapping up and coming together.  There’s still work to be done, but time is on my side (kind of, sort of…maybe?)  Cookies will be baked and a copy shop will be visited…as well as the bank…and…okay, there’s still a lot of work to be done!  Some things got changed a little bit, others got switched out…ideas get better as they percolate.

Plus, what if it rains.  Do you want to gather shopping carts in the rain?  Me either.  Also, I’ve been checking out parking lots, and employees do a great job of gathering up those carts.  That made me worry that I wouldn’t find enough carts to gather up, and then I wouldn’t have 37 things on my list anymore.  Gathering a singular shopping cart would feel too much like cheating…or just like shopping and returning your own cart.  Sometimes, I’m a little…detail oriented.  So, yeah, I’ve got a couple of things sandbagged.  What can I say? (Yep, just realized I sandbagged Random Acts of Kindness…not that making a list months in advance and planning it all out doesn’t take some of the “randomness” out of the whole project…right!  Random is not the point.  Kindness is the point.)

Don’t worry, one of the volunteers is going to take a picture(s) of the heap of stuff in my house waiting to go out.  People have volunteered (or been volunteered) to go with me to help with things and take pictures as things are underway. (Yes, I understand that I’ve promised you that you will not show up in any pictures.  Personally, I’m telling you these individuals are gorgeous both inside and out, and I don’t understand why there is this fear of photographs.  However, I respect the decision.)  This way you can see what’s going on.  My family and friends have been amazingly wonderful.  There’s no way that I would have made it through this and had as much fun (or with as much sanity as I started with) if it weren’t for all of you!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

 

If you want to do your own Random Acts of Kindness project but you aren’t sure how to get started, people will help!  Comment or send me an email at ilovegeekology101@gmail.com.  I’m happy to give you ideas or feedback or whatever.  If you want to just check out other ideas, Random Acts is a non-profit that has lots of great ideas online that you can check out.  Maybe you already have a great idea, but you can’t afford it, Random Acts might be able to help there too.

Lots of other things have happened that I’ll be posting about soon!  I promise.  Lately I’ve been a bit busy with coloring, sewing and kind act making.  Regularly scheduled posts will be back soon.  Hopefully you’re enjoying my fun videos and such in the meantime!

‘Til next time,
Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Can I get An Update? Random Acts of Kindness 2013

Did you sing the first part of the title?  Awesome!  That was the idea!  Now, if the line “Can I get a witness” is running through your head too, at least I know I’m not alone.  Ladies and gentlemen, it is time for an update.  Random Acts of Kindness 2013 has commenced…well, sort of.  It is a lot of work to get ready to do all this stuff between November 1st and November 11th.  Right!

Catching everyone up…

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For my 37th birthday, I’m doing 37 Random Acts of Kindness.  I made a list back in September of things I wanted to do, and I shared it here.  The response I got was amazing!  So many people have offered to help and told me stories about things that they do all the time.  I want to hear your story too!  Jim Stovall has donated an autographed copy of Discovering Joye that I’m giving away in my Be Kind…Win Stuff contest.  All you have to do to enter is fill out the email form with an act of kindness that you’ve done, you’re planning to do, you do all the time…you accidentally did…whatever.  On November 11th, I’ll draw from the entries and mail you an autographed copy of the book.

Have I mentioned I have a hard time accepting help sometimes?  I may be a bit stubborn independent.  The ones who love me most were worried that I’d bit off more than I could chew. (They’ve met me.  I dream big.)  They may have heard that I work full time, decided to take a couple of college level classes “just for fun”, write two blogs, and I’m planning a Halloween(ish) party, and Doctor Who themed birthday party in there too.  There’s all the other everyday life stuff going on too.  (Have I mentioned I don’t do downtime well?)  As proud as I am that I have learned to do some advance tactical work (stop laughing, you know who I’m talking to!).  I was pretty adamant that I wanted to do all the work for this little (big) project all on my lonesome.  My planning phase for this did start in Mid-September after all….right about the time I realized that I had committed to do a lot of stuff by hand.  Have you ever drawn nearly 80 cards?  I hadn’t.  However, I have now! (well, almost 80…there’s some drawing and coloring left to do this week.)  My friends and family kept reaching out and offering to help though, and I finally realized a few of things.

1) Why should I be selfish with all the fun?  These are acts of kindness and if they want to help, I should let them share in doing nice things for people, and the work isn’t hard work (It is coloring!  Maybe some baking, and my mom just donated a quilt top so I have two quilts to donate to Family & Children’s Services!)  My friends and family love this stuff!

2) This is a lot of work, and while I would feel a great sense of accomplishment if I did it on my own…I would also be…well, I wouldn’t be fun to be around while I was doing the work.  The chances of me keeping my cool…let’s just say, I didn’t like those odds.  That kind of negates doing nice things for strangers if you aren’t nice to the people you care about.

3) Work, even fun work, is even more fun when you’re doing it with fun people.  Let’s face it, I don’t spend my time with people who suck.  They’re all pretty awesome.

4) One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to accept help when I need it, and not be so stubborn independent. (I can hear the scoffing from here.)

The great news is that help has been accepted, and major progress has been made!

The road so far…(and some of you never thought I’d get a chance to use that line!)

1) Business Cards have been ordered and they have arrived! They read “You are awesome!  Have a wonderful day.”

2) The message is finished on all the “Thank You” cards for military personnel and “Get Well” cards for the kids in the Children’s Hospital.  There’s still some pictures to be drawn and some coloring to be done.  Thank you friend! (They are all beautiful!  Stop worrying!)  We have a system.  I ink.  She colors.  It works.

3) Laundry detergent and fabric softener purchased to go in the laundromat.

4) Quarters parceled for laundromat and vending machines.  The rest of my loose change has been rolled and will be exchanged for more quarters this week. Thank you other friend!  The coin rolling/Supernatural watching marathon was awesome!  Another conversion (sorry there’s another TV show you can’t watch before bed…or not.) has been made and I discovered that I suck at rolling coin now. (Two years out of the banking industry…or an inability to multi-task when good looking men are on television.)

5) Two batches of homemade chocolate chip cookie dough made, scooped and frozen. There is still dough to be made (peanut butter and oatmeal raisin) and of course everything has to be baked just before delivery to firemen, policemen, and neighbors. (Just say “NO” to stale cookies!) Thank you for scooping while I cleaned the kitchen…next time we can switch?  (Just joking!)

6) Be Kind…Win Stuff contest to give away Discovering Joye…well, you already know that’s up. Thank you to everyone who has already written in.  I love the responses.  Please keep writing!

Jessica's iPhone Pictures 3.25.13 533There is still quite a bit to finish up before I get to go out and give all of this stuff away, but “with a little help from my friends” I’m not worried or stressed.  I’m just having fun…now, I just need to buy a new quilting hoop.  I just remembered that my loving dog ate mine.  He looks so innocent too up there at the top of the page!  Trust me, looks can sometimes be deceiving.
Inspired to do something, but need some help getting there?  One of the things that inspired me was Random Acts, a non-profit that I heard about on a Nerdist podcast with Misha Collins of Supernatural.

Random Acts is a non-profit organization that’s aiming to conquer the world, one random act of kindness at a time. We’re dedicated to funding and inspiring acts of kindness around the world. (www.therandomact.org)

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On their site they’ve got videos to inspire you, they’ll create promotional material to help you out, and they can even help fund your project.  There’s always something to be said for dreaming big!

“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Inception 

‘Til next time,

Jessica