Be Kind: Day 1

So my friend over at Threaded Basil has a great idea: something she is calling “the Be Kind Challenge”.

In short, it involves doing one random act of kindness — and blogging about it — for the first 14 days of February, leading up to Valentine’s Day.

I thought it was a great idea, so I eagerly signed up the other day to take part.

Then, this morning I saw her post reporting on her first day of the project, and I noticed that at the end there was a link to my blog (among a few others), encouraging her readers to check out what we did for our first day.

I’d love to say that my first response was “Yay, I am so ready to post about the random act of kindness that I have had in mind the last couple of days and have been just waiting to share!”.

Can I be honest with you though? This morning my response was more like “Oh crud! I completely forgot about this! What the heck am I going to do that’s kind today?!!!?!?”. 🙂

So…..yeah. Obviously I am not in the habit of doing kind deeds on a daily basis, and am in need of a project like this! I am hoping it will get me in the habit of thinking outside of myself more intentionally — something I desperately need right now, as I’ve been finding it so easy to ruminate on my own little struggles” and anxieties lately. I’m also hoping it can provide some fun little bonding time for W and I as we work on it together!

ANYWAY…enough blathering. 🙂 Here is what I did today for Be Kind, Day 1:

Valentines for Velda!

Velda is M’s great-aunt — a sweet lady who lives in a care center down in Iowa. Here’s a picture of us with her last spring:

We thought we’d cheer her up by sending her some Valentine love!

I cracked out my box of paper scraps, stickers, crayons, tape and funky scissors, and we went to work:

Then I decided I wanted to send her *something* beyond just cards, so I decided to make her a little bookmark, using some of the paper scraps I had on hand, along with a piece of ribbon and this little shoe bead that I had in a box:

So that was our day 1! Fun and surprisingly easy! We just used what we had on-hand.

I’m looking forward to taking part in this challenge — and, if you are so inclined, you should try it too! Just head over to this post at Threaded Basil for more info.

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