For me, being a mom gave me my forgotten voice back.
Motherhood innately made me wanna be a strong, intelligent role model for kids.
It also inspired me to write and share my journey on this lovely blog that you enjoy so much
Parenthood also inspired 30 year old Chicago sales rep Ryan Garcia.
Ryan has vowed to do 366 random acts of kindness…that’s something for every day of 2012 (ok, slow people, this year is a Leap year, hence 366 days).
“It was a New Year’s resolution. I have a newborn daughter who is 4-months-old, and I just want to set a great example for her. So every day this year, I’m going to do a different random act of kindness.”
He is blogging about his journey.
Here’s his list of kind acts done so far:
366 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS: THE LIST SO FAR
DAY 1: Gave a hard-working StreetWise vendor money for groceries
DAY 2: Sent a letter to a soldier in Afghanistan
DAY 3: Donate eye glasses
DAY 4: Help promote someone who is trying to help others
DAY 5: Let everyone go first, EVERYONE
DAY 6: Read a book to my daughter/Donated a book to children
DAY 7: Donated blood and a bone marrow sample
DAY 8: Told a joke
DAY 9: Signed a petition to stop using ‘The R Word’ (and dedicated myself to stop using it)
DAY 10: Compliment 25 strangers
DAY 11: Mentored a child in need
DAY 12: Wrote a thank you letter to a former teacher
DAY 13: Helped a senior citizen shovel snow
DAY 14: Delivered care packages to the homeless
DAY 15: Sent condolences to the parents of a fallen soldier
DAY 16: Participated in Martin Luther King Jr Day service activities
DAY 17: Gave away free hugs to whomever wanted one
DAY 18: Helped someone see his favourite team
Day 19: Bought Girl Scout Cookies
Day 20: Bought a stranger breakfast
After reading his list, I’m feeling like a slight underachiever. Hmm…the kindest thing I’ve done this year was prolly check my mail in a tank top and not flick off my neighbor for staring at my boobs.
I’ve got to do better!
Ryan hopes to inspire others.
“It’s just to spread kindness. Maybe someone will see this and they’ll do something nice for their neighbor.”
I applaud Ryan’s efforts. We need more dads and human beings dedicated to goodness like this.
Check out his blog and send him acts of kindness ideas: 366randomacts.org.
You can follow him on twitter: @366RandomActs (lets help him get his followers up…he has 174 now)
Because Ryan is such a standup guy, 10 cents will be donated to charity for every Like and Follow.
Ryan, if Oprah were still on the air, you would definitely be sitting next to her for an episode.
Hats off to you!!! Keep up the great work!
I’m sure you’ve already made your daughter very proud
You can see a video clip here.