year of kindness challenge: week 28

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Hi, friends! How is your week going so far?

It’s been quite a busy past few days over here … this past weekend I taught my sixth annual summer writing camp for 15 energetic, creative and exuberant young writers. Teaching writing camp always renews my respect and admiration for full-time teachers — I love it, but whew! I am exhausted on Sunday evening! I’m doing some individual tutoring this week, and then I’ll have two more days of teaching writing camp this upcoming weekend. The kids are so much fun. I feel lucky to have such a great group. Their passion and enthusiasm is contagious!

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Making silly faces.

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Hard at work!

This week I came across this link thanks to Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean: “15 TED talks that will change your life.” There are some real gems here!

Now, on to the kindness! The Week 28 Kindness Challenge is to compliment a stranger or acquaintance at least once every day, and/or give out ten compliments by the end of the week. It is amazing how something as simple as a kind word or compliment can brighten someone’s entire day. The main thing is to be sincere. Brainstorm a list of the people you know who are doing good things — and then tell them what you admire about them! Compliment a coworker on their presentation. Tell the manager at your favorite restaurant how much you love their food. Maybe the barista ringing up your coffee order is wearing a strikingly pretty necklace — compliment her on it! I’ve read statistics that we humans are much more hard-wired to remember insults people say about us than compliments. I think that means we need to compliment each other more than ever!

As always, blog about your experiences and include your links in the comments section below, or feel free to send me an email at dallaswoodburn <AT> gmail <DOT> com.

Have a wonderful week!


year of kindness archives:
– week 1 challenge: donate items to those in need
– week 2 challenge: leave quarters & note at laundry machine
– week 3 challenge: write & send a kind handwritten note
– week 4 challenge: give hot chocolate to someone outside in the cold
– week 5 challenge: do something kind for a neighbor
– week 6 challenge: deliver valentines to a nursing home
– week 7 challenge: donate to a food pantry
– week 8 challenge: donate toiletries to a shelter
– week 9 challenge: post a kind note in a public place
– week 10 challenge: do something kind for a child
– week 11 challenge: thank someone in a genuine & meaningful way
– week 12 challenge: deliver baked goods to a fire station
– week 13 challenge: give someone flowers
– week 14 challenge: donate books
– week 15 challenge: reach out and spend time with people
– week 16 challenge: smile at everyone you meet
– week 17 challenge: pick up litter/trash
– week 18 challenge: write a kind note to a mom figure in your life
– week 19 challenge: leave an extra-generous tip
– week 20 challenge: donate blood/join bone marrow registry
– week 21 challenge: visit a cemetery and pay respect
– week 22 challenge: practice a little patience
– week 23 challenge: call 3 loved ones on the phone
– week 24 challenge: do something kind for a senior citizen
– week 25 challenge: pay for someone’s public transportation
week 26 challenge: volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen
week 27 challenge: send a care package to someone in the military