We get it, the holidays are stressful. The gifts need to be bought, cookies need to be baked, the house needs to be cleaned, presents need to be wrapped, travel arrangements have to be made, school music programs have to be attended, AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE HAPPY DURING IT ALL. The thought of adding one more thing to the mix can be daunting and downright exhausting just to think about, BUT, add the right thing(s) and it can be refreshing, exhilarating and maybe just what you needed to remember what it is that makes the holidays so great after all. We’re talking about the spirit and act of giving back. For the past several years, my sister and nieces and I have headed out for a night of RAOK – Random Acts of Kindness and it has created some of my favorite memories from the Christmas season every year. This year, the Living In Yellow team and I wanted to do something together, both the team and with our community, that we could join forces and participate in giving back together. We’re calling it the #LIYGIVEBACKWEEKEND and it’s the easiest way to do a few things this Christmas season that has nothing to do with your to-do list but rather selfless acts of giving that will bring joy and smiles to all sorts of faces!
To participate, we have created a big ole checklist of ideas that you can do over the next several days. Today the team and I are venturing out to serve lunch at a homeless shelter, deliver treats to a fire station, handoff bags of personal care items and snacks to the homeless, pay for somebody’s coffee behind us and more! Simply print the below list and start checking off the items as you go! Doing as little as one thing can make a HUGE difference.
Of course, you may need little cards to leave with some of your acts of kindness so people understand why they just pulled off a box of candy on a RedBox or why there were several dollars left laying around the dollar store – Becca created these cute printables that you can cut and leave with your random act of kindness [side note – you may want to take some washi tape with you as you!] As you do your acts of kindness and if you feel inclined, share the joy on social media by using the #LIYGIVEBACKWEEKEND hashtag so we can see what you are up to and share with our readers on ways YOU are all making a difference! Today as we venture out we will share our giveback day on Instagram and Facebook so follow along if you’d like! We can’t wait to get out and spread holiday cheer! Have fun with this and soak up/spread out all of the love and joy we have to give this Christmas season!