Gives I be Giving

Raise your hand if you thought I would have already quit 25 Days of Giving by now. It’s okay. I didn’t think I’d make it this far either. The giving part isn’t hard so much as doing it daily. Even so, I’ve managed to do something, even something small, every single day from December 1st through today. (For a recap of the previous gives, check out this post, this post, and this one.) There’s a lot of giving to catch you up on. Here we go!

Day 14: Big Tip


Stephen and I went to Olive Garden for date night (aren’t we fancy). The place was packed and crazy and even so, our waitress was attentive and pleasant. I like to think that we are always pretty good tippers, but I don’t know that I’ve ever left a 100% tip.

Day 15: A sincere compliment (to someone I don’t like) IMG_2521

This one may sound easy, but it was a struggle. So much of a struggle that I didn’t even compliment the person I originally intended to. I was determined to only say something I really meant. This was the best I could do. Clearly, I need to work on this. Yes, there is the tried and true approach of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It has served me well for years. But there’s also something to be said for “catching flies with honey” and “killing ‘em with kindness.”

Day 16: Free Rice


A free way to give online – so my speed! says, “For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to help end hunger.” I spent a half hour answering vocabulary questions.

Day 17: A (big) drink for Stephen


I swung by Sonic on the way home from work to get my husband his favorite drink (a cherry limeade, easy ice). This one isn’t particularly give-y (I like to think that I do nice things for Stephen all the time), but why shouldn’t he benefit from my giving spirit? Bonus: it was pretty cute when he saw the picture on Instagram and realized he was my give for the day.

Day 18: Driving friendly

Don't worry, I wasn't in motion when I took this picture.

Don’t worry, I wasn’t in motion when I took this picture.

For the entire day, which involved a lot of driving, I made an extra effort to drive safe and friendly. I let people over, I gave me room between cars, I put the kibosh on cursing and bird flipping. I know that no matter where you live, people complain that the drivers there are terrible. I’d say that’s definitely true of El Paso. And also, we have an abundance of two-lane highways. Whywhywhy build a highway and not make it three lanes in each direction?! Needless to say, traffic flow, congestion, and road rage are big issues here. I did my part (for one day, at least) to make the roads a little safer and a little happier.

Day 19: More Love Letters, again!


I participated in MLL on day on Day 1. This time around, I found it easier to find the right words to say.

Day 20: Gift card for a bell-ringer


I saw a cold Salvation Army bell-ringer fighting the elements late at night while I was out finishing up my Christmas shopping. I popped into Starbucks and bought a $5 gift card. I handed it to the bell-ringer and told her, “Get a hot drink to warm you up when you are done with your shift.” It took her a minute to process what had happened, but once it hit her, she was so kind and so thankful. It was a small gesture but it meant a lot to her. I walked away feeling ten feet tall.

Day 21: Jingle Bell 5k


(You can read my race recap here.) The proceeds go to the El Paso High School’s girls’ track team. We got to run, they got some money. Everybody goes home happy!

That brings us to today! Only 4 gives left until 25 Days of Giving is over. It’s not too late to jump in if you want to participate. (Any giving is better than no giving!) You can also following along as I post my gives daily on Instagram.

Now I just need to figure out what to do for these last few days. Any suggestions?

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8 thoughts on “Gives I be Giving

  1. I love the idea of giving the bell ringer a gift card! Yesterday we swung by Jamba Juice after Caroline’s soccer tournament and the man in line in front of us purchased at $25 dollar gift card and asked the girl at the register to use it to deduct $5 from the next 5 customer’s orders. That was pretty awesome.

    • So did you get $5 off your order since he was in front of you! That’s pretty cool that he was able to spread to goodness to multiple people like that. I also think it was probably fun for the cashier to get to tell people they were saving a little money. Even if you don’t need the savings, it still feels nice to have something unexpectedly good happen to you.

      • Yes, we did get $5 off. I thought about doing the same, but got sidetracked when Caroline said she couldn’t find her glasses (she was wearing her sports goggles) and I had to make a frantic dash to the car to see if they were there….thankfully they were, for if they had been lost, she would be wearing the sports goggles all the time. Ha ha.) She didn’t leave her glasses a the soccer field, but she did leave her new Nike flip flops, but that’s another story……

        Anyway, I will definitely do that some time because it really is a fun way to spread a little cheer.

  2. I especially like the gift card to the bell ringer (I’m going to do this today for our bell ringer at the store), and the 100% tip. The idea that Alison mentioned about buying a gift card and passing it along through the register to the next 5 people is also great. Keep up the good work!

    • The bell ringer was so adorable when she realized it was a gift card for her. That one may be the one that made me feel the best just because she was so thankful. (Of course, I can’t help but think of Phoebe on Friends trying to do a truly selfless act, and then feeling guilty for feeling good. Haha!)

  3. woot woot! I am so proud of you!!! I never doubted for a second that you’d get this far!!

    My suggestion is leave a handful of dollar bills in various places in a dollar store or in the dollar section of Target.

    You can do it!!!

    • Aww, thanks for the vote of confidence. I honestly didn’t know if I’d go all the way. I wanted to, but like I said, the daily commitment has be tough. I’m giving myself a big ol’ pat on the back right now for making it happen.

  4. I love the rice for vocabulary questions! I just spent the last 10 minutes answering questions and feeling really smart. That’s a win-win!

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