Day 10: Downtown Volunteer

Ah, Saturday! A day to unwind from the busy week and … VOLUNTEER! Again? You ask. Well, what can I say, I am such a magnet for happy and I am definitely a sucker when it comes to helping make a difference. Ah, Saturday. I woke up early, I packed a lunch, loaded up the car and headed downtown to my destination. I filled my day with not-too-strenuous, but certainly, busy labor. I used my energy and talents to talk, and listen, lead and instruct, help and assist and pour out happiness to each individual I had the chance to … Continue reading Day 10: Downtown Volunteer

Day Seven: A Volunteer Evening

I had this afternoon/evening planned for volunteering in the community. As a member and a citizen of the community, volunteering is ESSENTIAL in our lives. It is my belief that each person should be a volunteer in any way possible. Each citizen should find a skill and give it to the community. Big or small, weekly or yearly, it doesn’t matter. Just act. From the coaches of our youth teams, to the people giving directions at a medical center desk, and from people who get up on stage or lead a crowd to the individuals that stuff envelopes and answer … Continue reading Day Seven: A Volunteer Evening

Day Six: Welcome New Neighbors

Remember Sunday? I made some cookies. I purposefully double the recipe. Well, today’s the day! We just had some new neighbors move in down the street. And I have appointed myself to be the welcoming committee for our neighborhood. Into the oven went the cookie dough, filling the house with the scent of yummy brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Yummy! Yummy Molasses Cookies! I sure hope our neighbors like this recipe as much as I do. I wrote a card of welcome. ‘Welcome to the ‘hood,’ I said, or something like that. And packed a dozen cookies in a nice … Continue reading Day Six: Welcome New Neighbors

Day Five: I Said, “YES!”

A neighbor came over and asked for a favor today. I said, “YES!” To be able to help someone is a pretty cool feeling. It means that I have something that is valuable. I have something that someone else needs. I may have never before considered such to be so valuable. But the request for help, makes me pause. I realized that I do have something to offer. We all have something to offer. Continue reading Day Five: I Said, “YES!”

Day Four: Invite a Neighbor to Dinner

I roasted a whole chicken for dinner. Thyme butter spiced chicken with potatoes, carrots and parsnips. It was yummy. I even baked cookies. I knew I would have an enormous amount of food, so I invited a neighbor over for dinner. I have a few pretty awesome neighbors, and love to share food with them. EEK! I forgot to take a picture of the yummy chicken dinner! But, I did plan on having leftover chicken, and I did. And I doubled the recipe for the cookies I made. BOTH of which I will use for plans later this week. Stay … Continue reading Day Four: Invite a Neighbor to Dinner

Day Three: Homemade Cards

The weekend. Days off work that are meant for running, playing, and housework. I want to spread good cheer and happiness. But I am so busy. Homemade cards. I took the supplies that I already had and loving folded and drew and stickered good cheer all over them. Simple. Well-meant. Putting happy thoughts into each stroke of the colored pencil. Delivered the cards. Wishing happiness to the few recipients. I hope you have a happy day! Although small, never underestimate the effect of happiness. Continue reading Day Three: Homemade Cards

Day Two: Make Someone Smile

Today was a shopping day for me. You know, the usual — groceries. But that doesn’t mean I can’t spread cheer on an otherwise ordinary day. My goal for today was to make someone smile. Not just any someone, but someone I have never met and someone who could really use a smile. I had my plan. So, off I went on my errand running for the day. I knew exactly the place I would deliver my smile. I stopped by the dollar store on the way to the grocery store. Did you know they have happy face balloons at … Continue reading Day Two: Make Someone Smile