Happy 40th Birthday! @JaneBeNimble

by Tess

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Today I'm inviting you to celebrate blogger Lori Franklin's birthday (Jane Be Nimble).

I was surfing the net one day and came across Robyn at Mix Mingle and Glow. She celebrated her birthday by doing Random Acts of Kindness, one act for each year.

I remembered Lori told me her 40th birthday was in September so I contacted her and asked, "Why don't we celebrate your birthday by each of us doing 40 acts of kindness and blogging about it?" 

"Like Robyn, we'll invite readers to do an act of kindness in honor of your birthday." Lori replied, "Yes, Yes and Yes" and we have been plotting and planning ever since!

I invite you to celebrate with us. Please do a Random Act of Kindness today and leave what you did in honor of Lori's birthday in the comment section on Lori's blog, Jane Be Nimble I will close my comment section and join the party there! We will leave this up for a while so you have a few days if you need it. 

Lori below are my "acts of kindness" dedicated in your honor, Happy 40th Birthday!  Thanks for being a good friend. xo

 "The noblest question in the world,"What good may I do in it?" Ben Franklin            
1. Bought cupcakes at a bakery, 100% proceeds go to Alexa's cause.

 2.  On the way home gave cupcakes to boys working at a school car wash.

 3. Cleaned my closet and donated clothes and shoes to Goodwill.

4.  I smiled and silently blessed someone who cut in front of me in the security line at the airport. I have no idea why she was in such a hurry. I only knew I wasn't. 

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." Mother Teresa 

5. Called Silent Unity to add Lori's name to the prayer list for World Prayer Day which happens to fall on her birthday! 1-800-NOW-PRAY (1-800-669-7729)

The Unity approach to prayer is affirmative, based on positive prayers and affirmations that have universal, interfaith appeal. Silent Unity is available 24/7 ready to offer you free confidential prayer support whenever you want it. 

 6.. Sent a donation of $25 to Unity. The Association serves Unity ministers and leaders, Unity spiritual communities and other ministries through program materials, resources and educational initiatives (Youth Education Curriculum, Small Group Ministry, Music Resources, Spiritual Communities Worldwide).

"If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed." Marianne Williamson

 7. Bought candy for the Southwest flight attendants. 

8. Helped my granddaughter with her Gold Award project for Girls Scouts. She is creating a program on date rape and self-defense for teenage girls.One never tires of helping a grandchild. Never! 

9. Picked up trash with hubs along a 4 mile stretch of highway.

Give me love, give me peace on earth, give me light, give me life, keep me free from birth, give me hope, help me cope, with this heavy load, trying to touch and reach you with heart and soul.    George Harrison

 10. My friend Linda mentioned her dad, Bob Carlson was turning 90, I sent him a birthday card. She called later and told me it arrived a day early and he waited to open it on his birthday.

11. Volunteered to work at the Full Moon Conference in New York with Megan "Joy Girl."

"We will do good for others when we have found ourown happiness."   Alexandra Stoddard                                                                                          

 12. Copied and mailed CD's to a friend (our favorite speaker).

13. Gifted my friend Dana by mailing her a gratitude notebook.

14. Sent my sister Cher a "thinking of you" card.

"Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting." Bernard Meltzer

15. Bought ice cream cones for two children.

16. Donated crayons and books to Children's Hospital.                                                                            

17. Attempted to help a friend change a flat tire.

We were on the expressway when MJ's tire blew on her new car. In 115 degree heat we exited…thump, thump thump and searched desperately for a shady spot so we could figure out how to change it. I have the jack and instruction book in hand. She was getting the spare tire out she snapped this photo. We couldn't remove the lug nuts. LOL Thankfully someone came along and helped.

18. Lent $25  to Kiva, Sokhun Chou in Cambodia, needed a motorcycle for transportation. Due to the generosity of several lenders, Sokhun, now has her motorcycle and is paying back the micro loan.

              "See yourself as part of the whole."

19.  Waived the weekend cottage rental fee of $350 so a friend of my daughter's could enjoy a nice relaxing weekend.

"For those to whom much is given, much is required." John F. Kennedy

20. Helped my friend Randa with her printer, job search and resume.

21. Met hubs for dinner and we left a 35% tip to server in restaurant because business had been very slow. He had a big grin on his face as we waved goodbye. 
                                                                                                     22. Bought coffee for two construction workers that were working on a building next door to Starbucks. I was in the drive through lane when I noticed them. I parked my car and went inside to purchase two more cups coffee and told them to have a good day.

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23. Belinda Munoz  (above) from The Halfway Point  is giving a $5 donation to flood victims in Pakistan for each person who leaves a comment on her blog. I left a comment and donated $20 to Global Fund for Women as well.

24.  Purchased sunflowers from my niece for my mom who will be 90 on Halloween. I also paid for another bouquet in advance for next week. She loved that they came from her granddaughter's farm!

25. Brainstormed with a friend about her blogging possibilities.

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." Mother Teresa

26.  Bought this man a bottle of cold water.

27.  Made hubs his fruit salad, his favorite breakfast.

28. Donated $25 to M.S. My niece is raising money for a triathlon. The timing of her request is no coincidence!

"Blessed are those who give without remembering. And blessed are those who take without forgetting."  Bernard Meltzer

29.. Allowed realtor to show my home to a client at an inconvenient time.
(It made her day;)
30. Canceled a golf date because my heart wasn't in it. We often forget to treat ourselves with kindness. Yet it's this very act that allows us to be kind to others. My friend was very understanding.

31. Spoke with a friend whose adult children are struggling with job losses and the economy. Encouraged her to have faith and hold her vision of them lovingly finding their way. All is in Divine Order especially when it doesn't appear to be. We never know what anything is for.

32. Sent my sister a card and also phoned her after recent foot surgery.

33. Volunteered to link to Brenda Strausz's up and coming online class on the very powerful  Emotional Freedom Technique. Register today! 

34. Sent out five postcards to friends telling them that I'm grateful they're in my life.

35. Bought 20 raffle tickets from my grandson, a Boy Scout, trying to earn money for his 8th grade trip to Washington DC.

36. Told a blogging friend how his kindness has made a difference in my world.

37.  Send a copy of my resume to a friend so she could refer to it as she created her own.

38. Discussed with daughter no. 2 how she could help her best friend who just lost her significant other.

39. Offered the use of my car to my nephew Matthew who will be visiting next week from St. Louis.

40. Sent an inspiring post to Lance offering inspiration for his long run of 18 miles in preparation for his marathon in October.

"The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises."
                                                      Leo F. Buscaglia

Help us celebrate by doing a random act of kindness today. Leave what you did in the comment section on Jane Be Nimble. My comments are closed, it's her birthday! Please go over and tell Lori Happy 40th! 

Invite your friends on Facebook and Twitter to join us as well. Everyone's invited!

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