#365DaysOfKindness Days 81-87: Getting Personal, Helping Out, and Giving for Good

Another week, another seven kindnesses performed! I felt really good about how things went last week, which I think had a lot to do with the variety of kindnesses I was able to fit in. It also may have had something to do with what I chose for my first kindness, which is something near and dear to my heart. 

Here we go:

Day 81: Spent some time posting in an online support group for people who are trying to stop drinking. I've made no secret of the fact that I went online for help and encouragement when I quit drinking. Reading through the stories that these complete strangers were posting helped me to realize that I was not alone, that other people had been through the same struggles, and that (most importantly) living an alcohol-free life is not only possible, but is actually not that strange or unheard of at all. Logging on last week and spending some time reassuring others that it gets so much better was incredibly rewarding, and a good reminder for me of just how far I've come over the past year and four months. I love talking about my experience with others and answering their questions and hope to do more of it in the future. 

Day 82: Social media planning for Inspire. Have I mentioned lately how much I love that I get to spend at least a tiny chunk of most of my days volunteering for this wonderful organization? It really adds something to my day and I am grateful for it.

Day 83: Took notes for a classmate who was out of town. And by "out of town" I mean she was in TRINIDAD. Pretty badass. She's sent me her notes a couple of times when I was unable to make it to class so it was nice to be able to return the favour. 

Day 84: Donated to Lisa's drive to collect backpacks for Callie's Backpacks. It was Callie's birthday last week and Lisa collected 152 backpacks and some toiletries for her to distribute to the homeless! It was an absolutely amazing effort and I'm sure Callie was thrilled. We have some amazing people in this little city, don't we?

Day 85: Donated to my friend Kati's fundraising walk campaign for CancerCare Manitoba. In return for my donation Kati created this amazing MS Paint portrait of yours truly. I will treasure it always.

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Head on over to Kati's  Facebook page to check out some of her other awesome portraits, or skip directly on over to her fundraising page to donate.

Days 86 & 87: I spent Friday and Saturday evening volunteering as a stage manager for Theatre Flamenco's end-of-year recital. It was the most fun ever, and the dancers were amazing. I had never stage managed before, but Jackson's mom is one of the dancers and asked if I would help out so I put on my "I can do anything" face and said YES. I'm so glad I did because it was an amazing experience (and I did a pretty good job, if I do say so myself!). 10/10 would recommend.

Image borrowed from http://www.theatreflamenco.ca/

Image borrowed from http://www.theatreflamenco.ca/

So that's it for last week. I can't believe I'm almost a quarter of the way through the year already! I thought it would be much more difficult to maintain this project, but now that I'm into it I'm finding that choosing a kindness is something that I really look forward to every day. It has been such a great experience so far, and I'm really grateful to everyone who pops in from time to time to check up on my progress. Thank you for following; it means a lot to me!