Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Creative Pay It Forward

Creative Pay It Forward
This is a FB status of mine from earlier this month .
"If you read my blog you know I'm all about a home made gift , giving back and "the thought that counts" motto of life . Here's a super fun way to actively pursue this ideal that I've stolen from my friend Telisha - Join me won't you ?! 

2013 creative Pay-it-Forward: the first 5 people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a gift. perhaps a book, a ba
ked good, a candle, music, a surprise ! there will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? these 5 people must make the same offer in their status. ( be sure to PM your address ) 

This sounds like fun and I LOVE giving and receiving mail, no matter what it is... I will do my best to keep up with this - I love creative things too! :) GO!
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Once upon a time I went through a Starbucks drive-thru and was given a business card sized paper that simply said "You're beverage was paid for by the person in front of you . Feel free to pass this along to give someone else a free drink ." At the time I was a college student and you can only imagine the joy this brought to my heart . Apparently somewhere in the U.S. someone had began the idea of a Starbucks pay it forward with giving the barista more than needed to pay for their order . They said just to use the extra for as many orders as it would pay for that came after them . This is of course a rough version of the story . It at one time had been on the website, but tonight I couldn't find it for the exact tell of it .

Earlier this year a friend of mine posted the following on her FB status , "2013 creative Pay-it-Forward: the first 5 people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a gift. perhaps a book, a baked good, a candle, music, a surprise ! there will likely be no warning and it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? these 5 people must make the same offer in their status. ( be sure to PM your address )" . I thought it was such a fun idea . I feel like so many people want to give back , help out or just desire to brighten someones day they just don't know where to begin . That is why you will often see on my blog ideas , links , etc. for care packages , home made goodies , or stories of things I've made and given or have been made for me . Just a few weeks ago I shared of my Aunt bringing me home made soup while I was so very sicky with bronchitis . It genuinely brightened my day and took a load of my shoulders for the day when it came to meal planning .

Since the challenge in the "Creative Pay It Forward" had a entire calendar year time line on it I thought it was a no brainer and something fun . My first "CPIF" was to the friend that's FB status inspired me . She as well was taking the challenge so I thought maybe a few things to inspire her creativity would be the perfect "CPIF" . I came across these glitter glue pens for .30 cents a pack at Wal-Mart in the school supply isle . What a find ?! I of course purchased some for myself as well . These puppies are super handy when I am making ornaments , frames , or even working on scrapbooking . Plus , we all know I love glitter .

I  added this fun mini-scrapbook to her "CPIF" gift . I had purchased several of these a few years ago in the dollar section of a craft store . I think they had even been on sale , so I don't think I even paid a dollar for it . It came with stickers and a fun design on the front . It isn't too flimsy and is perfect for a little recipe book , scrap book , or even a fun guest book for a house warming party or something along those lines . I also had purchased a multi-pack of glue sticks from the back to school clearance section at Target earlier in the Fall . I added several of those sticks to this gift just in case .
 
For a few dollars I think this makes a fun care package and "Creative Pay It Forward" . Hopefully inspiring and supplying my friend as she works on her "CPIF" projects .

Again I say , it isn't the cost , but the thought that matters . I hope you are inspired through this lil' blog post to find a way to do some Pay it Forward projects . I'd love to hear about them . You never know where someone may find their inspiration or how your small act of kindness may change someones day .
 
 

1 comment:

  1. Oh I loved reading about this!! I loved getting my CPIF package in the mail & you've even given me more ideas as to what to do with my items in your writing! :) Thank you again! Can't wait to send out your CPIF package and the others as well! :)

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