Y’all we just went from Justin Timberlake ‘It’s Gonna Be May’ memes to Star Wars Day, which, for those of you who are like me and have never watched Star Wars, is tomorrow.
How about that for a quick reminder that we’re almost halfway through 2021?!
May is my birthday month, and I’ve decided to take the whole month to process just how old I’m becoming. At 35 (in a few weeks), I’m officially at that super-awkward place in life that means I don’t quite relate to young folks, but I’m not quite old enough to use the phrase ‘young folks’ without some ironic eye rolls.
And here I thought awkward was something I’d eventually grow out of.
Nope. Still here, awkward as can be.
Part of my journey over the last few years has been walking through the negative self-talk that plagues type-A weirdos like me, so I’m skipping the ‘things I would have done differently’ or ‘things I thought I’d have checked off my bucket list by now’ because those narratives already bounce around my brain. Often.
I’ve already mentioned my super-secret, guaranteed, proven step for pulling myself out of the doldrums, right? That whole stepping-outside-yourself thing?
That’s my foolproof plan, y’all, and I know it’s not rocket science, but it’s what works for me. So I’ve been working on a list (you know, my favorite thing ever) of 35 acts of kindness I’ll be doing this month to celebrate my birthday.
Ready? Here it is!
1. Buy someone’s drink in line at Starbucks
2. Surprise someone with a $5 gift gift card to Chick-fil-A
3. Spend an hour cleaning up a local park
4. Volunteer for a Sunday School class
5. Write an encouraging note to someone
6. Leave a glowing online review for a local business I frequent
7. Donate to my favorite charity
8. Compliment 5 strangers
9. Buy donuts for the office
10. Give away 5 blessing bags to members of our homeless community
11. Leave a treat in the mailbox for our mailman
12. Ask to speak to the manager – then give a GREAT review
13. Leave money taped to the vending machine at work
14. Take coloring books and crayons to a nursing home
15. Serve a meal at a shelter
16. Paint kindness rocks with EV and leave them at our walking trail
17. Love that sticks – post-it notes with encouraging words to leave places
18. Buy carnations and deliver them to nursing home residents with EV
19. Return my neighbor’s garbage bin from the curb
20. Push loose shopping carts in the parking lot back into the corral
21. Buy dessert for the server next time I’m eating out
22. Reconnect with 5 old friends I haven’t spoken to in awhile
23. Offer to mentor a young person
24. Donate clothes and supplies to a women’s shelter
25. Volunteer for a local charity
26. Tell 5 people much they mean to me
27. Take canned food to a local food pantry
28. Donate some of our extra toys to EV’s daycare class
29. Donate blood
30. Thank 5 veterans for their service to our country
31. Print out photos I’ve taken on my phone and send them to loved ones
32. Invite someone over for dinner
33. Buy a few small toys and donate them to a crisis intervention group
34. Offer to carry someone’s groceries to their car or help them load up
35. Wash someone’s car, or send them a car wash code
These are just the ones I came up with, but I know there have to be heaps more! I have to say that by the time I got to the end of this list, which took considerably longer than it should have, because, well, 35 ITEMS, I was SO excited to get started. I’m going to double up some days to get everything done, but I’ve already knocked several out and the response has been SO worth it.
Happy MAY Monday, y’all!