Let's see if I can catch up with what I've been up to.
Sometime between last post and this one, I've continued to Live Positively!
- Landscape Consultation - This is ironic since I used to be in relationship with someone who was (is) a Landscape Architect. You'd think I would have learned something. Alas, I did not. So, my husband and I gave each other a consultation for our landscaping as a Christmas present to each other. We found a woman who is an LA and was offering to consult for those who are "do it yourself-ers" (HAHAHAHAHA!) I laugh because I'm sooo NOT the DIY'er. I pay people to do stuff I don't do. Anyway, she came over and we discussed our drainage issues (we live on a hill and the water drains all of our mulch and dirt down the side of the house and into the grass) and our dreams for plants and trees to ultimately add color, interest and overall value to our home. We think it was a great present to each other and as time and money allow, we'll add to our landscape plan. Part of that plan is to add at least two rain barrels. This is a great LPA because it helps to conserve water and we can water our plants with them and possibly our grass during the spring and summer. We can save money and help the environment by water conservation.
- Farmers Market Baskets - I picked up my "bounty" from my trial order from http://www.farmersmarketbaskets.com/ . It was their "small" basket. In it were: 3 red skinned potatoes, a head of broccoli, 5 small apples, a whole pineapple, cilantro, 1 avocado, bananas, 1 lime and a head of romaine. All for $12.00. And it was farmers market produce (local, where possible).
- Toy Donation - I dropped off the toy donations to the Foster Care Support Foundation in Roswell, GA. They were pleased, of course, and happy to have had all the toys sorted and all the pieces bundled in plastic storage bags. I asked the gentleman what they needed the most. He said the website has a page that lists the items most wanted. When I asked him for his opinion he said they are always in need of cribs and bassinets and young boys clothes because boys wear through them so fast (I can vouch for that!)
- A friend in need - a co-worker friend of mine has been in some money troubles. He trusted me enough to ask me if he could borrow money until payday. I told him, "you're asking this of the one person who works part time and whose husband has been unemployed since April '09? HA HA!" Well, that took him by surprise which took me by surprise because I thought he already knew that. However, I had some cash that I told him he was welcome to have. He declined but I asked him to keep it. He was grateful.
- Random Acts of Kindness - While the Living Positively program was not my idea, it is something I'm passionate about and continue to do little things everyday to have some impact on the lives of others. Here is a list of some great ideas we all can do every day. (The list was provided by a team of co-workers)
Keep an extra umbrella in your car and give it to the next person you see stuck in a downpour.
Leave a big tip for your server. Write a note on the back of the bill thanking them for his/her service.
Leave a bouquet of flowers on your neighbor's front steps anonymously.
Hold the door open for someone carrying packages.
Write a thank you note to a mentor or someone who has influenced your life in a positive way.
Leave a dollar bill on the ground for someone else to find.
Give up your seat on the subway or train to someone who looks tired.
Buy a homeless person lunch.
Get all of Dr. Seuss's books and leave them in the children's section at the hospital.
Write, draw, make or buy something encouraging for a colleague who is experiencing difficulties.
When drivers try to merge into your lane, let them in with a wave and a smile.
Pay the toll for the person behind you.
Invite someone new for dinner.
Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
Give a compliment about your waiter/waitress to his/her manager.
Smile and say "hello" to someone you don't know.
Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading a car.
Pay a compliment at least once a day.
Slip a $20 bill to a person who you know is having financial difficulty.
Give another driver your parking spot.
Put some coins in someone else's parking meter.