Monday, January 21, 2013

Introducing Heart-Felt Acts

Welcome to the 2013 Heartfelt Acts with Emmy and Janette!  So glad you are here because that means you are interested in learning how you can make a difference in the world! Janette and I brainstormed for something we could both do and share together that would make an impact from California to Texas and everywhere in-between and surrounding.  Our goal is to complete 1 or more Heartfelt Acts per month and share our experiences in hopes that it spreads to your heart to give as well.  We wanted to do more than just be there for our families; we wanted to reach out; to find ways to give.  We have created a button that you can use in a post if you decide to join us and a schedule to get you going.  There are so many ideas of how you can give that we encourage you to attempt more than what is listed here and share.  Hearing how you impact another persons life is so inspiring.  I hope together we can help change lives, ours especially by giving.
January
1.  Clean out your closets/kids rooms/etc. and donate to a shelter or worthy cause. 
2.  Find a cause in your community to serve for a day or a few hours.  If you have children, take them so they can experience giving as well. 

FEBRUARY
1.  Bring Flowers to someone
2.  Tell your Child/spouse that you love them every single day for the month.  You can change it up daily to fit your family.


MARCH
1.  Thank you police or fire department- take them a baked item.
2.  Leave 5 random notes of love or affirmation in different public places.


APRIL
1.  Forgive Someone.
2.  Send a care package (ex.  military, friend or family member in college, for any friend just because).


MAY
1.  Host a cookie exchange.  Examples of how to do this can be found HERE & HERE.
2.  Write a letter to a family member telling them why you love them. (Great for Mother’s Day!)


JUNE
1.  Start a piggy bank for a cause- maybe even have kids help by doing extra jobs around house/neighborhood to earn money.
2.  Give Affirmation: Offer encouragement freely to your friends, co-workers, and family.  You can always find something positive to say in any situation!


JULY
1.  Leave a sweet message or gift to Thank your mail carrier.
2.  Gather up some books that can be donated to a library or Goodwill/Salvation Army.


AUGUST
1.  Pay it forward in a drive thru; you can pay for 1 or 2 cars back. If you have a plan to do this, you could even write a little Pay it Forward note to wish them a great day.
2.  Cook a meal or a dessert for someone.


SEPTEMBER
1.  Buy some Cat and Dog treats that can be donated to a local Animal Shelter.
2.  Leave a generous tip to a server.


OCTOBER
1.  Buy a gift card with a value of your choice and choose a random person to give it to.
2.  Send a letter to a friend to let them know you were thinking about them.


NOVEMBER 
1.  Organize a Teddy Bear Drive, Coat Drive or Shoe Drive for a local shelter. 
2.  Make a list of appreciation: Make a list for your spouse or significant other highlighting all of the different reasons you appreciate them. (this would be great for a Thanksgiving dinner to share appreciation around the table).


DECEMBER
1.  Adopt an Angel (child or senior) to be their Christmas Angel to shower them with gifts from their want/need list.
2.  Bring a treat to a friend, work, church or your favorite Dr’s Office ‘just because’ or to Thank them.


These are ideas Janette and I have found by researching and googling ideas.  Some places that inspired us with these ideas can be found HERE and HERE.  Please spread the word and come back and tell us about your Heartfelt Acts.
And a great video we love to help you realize that one little act really can make a big difference. 
(unfortunately requires flash to see)

Janette and I will be blogging about our experiences near the end of every month.  Anytime you blog about your experience, no matter when in the month feel free to add your link below.  We are just going to do one linky for the entire year so we can the growth and outreach grow and grow.


23 comments:

  1. GREAT idea! You ladies are inspiring!

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  2. Very excited and I'm already on the path to giving this month.. my mind is working overtime thinking about how to do more! love ya!

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  3. Awesome. Lots of fabulous ideas too! You're just too cool Em.

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  4. I think this is such a great idea that the two of you came up with!! I can't wait to see the ripple effect that this could have and read all the inspiring stories!

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  5. Beautiful.
    It will be interesting and enjoyable to see how this goes!

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  6. Great idea!! I love the joy you can get from giving.

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  7. This is cool!!! Will pin this. Did I miss when we will blogging about these? I have tons of distraction around me...too much loudness! haha.

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  8. This is a great idea, friend.

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  9. Wonderful project. I'm excited because a couple of days ago I got a postcard saying that in a week there is going to be a pick-up for donations to United Cerebral Palsy. I put it in my calendar so that I wouldn't forget and I'm getting all sorts of items packed up to donate.

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  10. What a great idea. And I really love the ideas list you have given - I want to go try a bunch right now!

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  11. How do you do it all? You are amazing. What a wonderful idea!

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  12. Wow what a great idea! You are so awesome and thoughtful!

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  13. Brilliant idea, I just said the same on your guest blog but I wanted to comment here to because I heart you. I actually just went through both kids rooms and donated more than I thought I would and it felt great! I love the list, you're both such wonderful people!

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  14. This is wonderful! I love that there are two things each month and both are doable and yet would make a difference. I'm planning to join in and I'll try to remember to post about it.

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  15. I love this idea!!!

    And that video made me smile.

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  16. I love this idea, Emmy. The littlest things can make the biggest differences some days.
    xo

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  17. I absolutely love the idea of this, you never really realise how much the little things can make people smile. Brilliant idea and I can't wait to join in now I've found out about this! x

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    1. Yea!! So glad you will be joining in! It really has been a great experience for me so far.

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