Archive for the ‘Operation Nice’ Category

Extreme Kindness Challenge

Monday, February 14th, 2011

This week is Random of Acts of Kindness week (February 14th – 21st). And so, I decided to participate in the Extreme Kindness Challenge,

For seven days during RAK Week we invite you to take the Extreme Kindness Challenges.

We will suggest a new Act of Kindness each day. Choose a time when it works for you to do the Act of Kindness, but be sure to do it at least once each day for seven days. If you don’t want to do our idea but instead decide to do a challenge of your own, that counts too!

Our mission is to inspire you to act and share. We know that act of Kindness is our Ticket to a Kinder World!

So, for the next seven days I will check in with the site and see the suggestions and try to follow them. Day 1 was to send a note of appreciation to someone you love. I sent three! =) Fun stuff. Thanks Melissa (from OperationNice) for suggesting this site! =) And I am taking you up on your offer to do the challenge!

This 2011, I pledge to be a little bit nicer…

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I will hold the door for people behind me. I will say “please” and “thank you.” I will smile at strangers. I will compliment people. If I’m not sure whether I should greet someone with a handshake or hug, I will opt for the hug. If I see someone having trouble, I will offer help. I will try to perform at least one Random Act of Kindness a week. I will be grateful. I will not hold grudges. I will always do my best to be humble, empathetic, and honest. I will be mindful and considerate of the people around me. I will be kind to people, animals, and nature. All in all, I promise to be nicer!

And I will also try to be a little nicer to myself. =) This is the perfect new year’s resolution. Thank you Melissa for nudging us towards being even nicer. =)

What I love about December (2010)

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

December is a wonderful month…what is NOT to love about it?

Snow. Santa Claus. Holly. Mistletoe. Christmas trees, oh! I do so love the evergreens and pine trees. Cookies baked fresh. Sweaters. Scarves hand knitted by my very dearest friend. Mittens and hats, that I wear often. My birthday. Candy canes. Blankets of frost. Christmas carolers. Christmas music! I love love love Christmas music! =) Peppermint hot chocolate. Warm teas. Wrapping presents. Giving. Love. Family. Friends. Good cheer. Pies. Stories read to me or by me. I love Winter Soltice which falls on the 21st or 22nd of December, this year it is December 21st. Long lines where you can meet the most interesting people. The crunch of the ice under my boots, and the cold or wet excuse to wear them!

December is good.

More postcards (Nice Journey)

Friday, August 27th, 2010

I sent out two more postcards this week both to people I know. It has been nice to send postcards to people. I hope they are received in good spirits.

I also stumbled upon a great way to be charitable AND to read at the same time. You can read more about that at BeNonsensical. And I joined another nice cause over at itstartswithus.com where I joined the ‘Drop a Love Bomb mission. They send me an email each week with a story about a blogger, a person who needs some encouragement. And then I follow the link and leave a comment or message. I’ve done two so far. I think it is an excellent way to drop in on someone when they need it the most! =)

It is fun being nice. =)

Random Stranger Mail #1 AND #2 (Nice Journey)

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

I don’t think I blogged about the first note I sent to a random stranger. I sent it on the first day of my nice adventure! Someone suggested I mail it to someone in Illinois and so I did. I did a little search on whitepages dot com and used one of my favorite words as the last name and voila! The first stranger was chosen.

This time I chose a particular name (first and last) from random things I love and left the state open… and I came up with a lady with the loveliest name ever.  I mailed it yesterday! How fun is this? I found some postcards but I am already down to three. Postcards are perfect because you don’t have to fill them up like cards but rather just simple messages. =) I think I should design some postcards and have them printed up. This might help conserve money. =)

It is fun to be nice!

(Inspired by OperationNice)

Postcard #3 (Nice Journey)

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Weeks zip by, don’t they? Today is the day for my weekly postcard to family and/or friends (niceness journey). And I chose an oversized card to send with lots and lots of personal updates. I really like these postcards. I need to figure out how to make my own postcards…I like variety. =) I’m thinking recycled paper, about 80lb. Hrm…

Postcard #2 (Nice Journey)

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

I owe an apology to someone I care a lot about. I am often so inside my own head I do not realize how my retreat within, my withdrawal from the everyday affects others. I recently avoided someone when they needed me, not because they needed me and not really on purpose but more because I was in my own head and trying to avoid the world. No matter my reason, I hurt someone. So, what better time than NOW to send a postcard with a simple apology and words expressing how important this person is to me? That is what I did this morning. Good Morning.

For the record, I am sorry. And love is fade resistant, no matter how far I go, no matter how long I am silent.

All Smiles (nice assignment)

Friday, August 6th, 2010

All Smiles, originally uploaded by optikal..

The newest nice assigment is to smile more. I am a fairly smiley person already so this will be easy and fun. I generally try to smile at everyone all the time. But I will pay attention and try to smile more. I will also encourage others to smile as well.

And for another nice update,

I finished the living eulogy. I wrote it for my dear friend E. and gave it to her when I was finished. She loved it.

I think I will write more for others but I will take a different, slightly more positive direction. I think I will write like I am nominating [said person] as Man or Woman of the Decade. And then talk about why… that might be a more positive version of this ‘nice’ assignment. Eulogies seem creepy. And in some cultures it is bad luck to write a eulogy or obituary for someone who is not dead. It is like putting a curse on them. Wouldn’t want to do that! Particularly not with people I care about… well, no one really but you know what I mean!

Better be safe than sorry!

This leaves only new and ongoing nice challenges. I continue to make nice drops. The other day when we were getting coffee, we paid for the person behind us and left a nice note. It is fun!! This Tuesday I’ll be making a handmade valentine! How much fun will that be?

Want to join me in my quest to be nicer?
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What I love about AUGUST…

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

 

Freshly grown fruits and vegetables, Obama, how happy others are and loads of fun activities make the top of my list of what I love about August.

There are FARMERS MARKETS all over in every city across the nation during August. It is a prime time to pick up local produce. Shop local, eat responsibly. Fresh fruits and vegetables are yummy! I love that they are so readily available in August.

If I had to order all the months from most favorite to least, August would come in last. It is true. We all have our favorites and least favorites and August is my least favorite month. However, this Operation-Nice-inspired-exercise helped me find the good things about August, helped me appreciate what it has to offer. And so I binged my way into a bunch of fun events in my area in August… and I will share them with you, just in case you happen to be in the Seattle area in August. I love this city!

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I Love List #1 (Nice Journey)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A art project visual of my I LOVE LIST =)

As part of my journey to new levels of nice, I have made my first I love listlisting many things I love. I will probably make more as time goes on, change them, add to them… in no particular order, here are some of the things I love…

  • Rain
  • nonsense
  • books
  • reading
  • cotton
  • nice people
  • listeners
  • umbrellas
  • recycling
  • love bottles
  • starbucks iced tea
  • picture frames
  • bandaids
  • art
  • inspirational people, stories, things
  • My Nook
  • handmade things and clothes
  • flowy dresses
  • sticky notes
  • pens
  • rainboots
  • traveling
  • bees
  • education
  • ice cream
  • family
  • friends
  • laughing
  • global concepts, international relations
  • Anthropology
  • birdnoculars
  • birds
  • crows
  • popsicles
  • leaves
  • Autumn
  • Washington State
  • apples
  • writing
  • love
  • badminton
  • the holidays (most all of them)
  • little red wagons
  • puffins
  • photographs (both taking them and seeing them)
  • stars, astronomy
  • music
  • YOU