Sunday, January 6, 2013

36 Miles. 36 Acts. 36 Years.

[sorry one day late --- couldn't get my files to upload :( ]


I. love. you.

Yes, I know we are only 5 days in but what an awesome 5 days it has been.

Yes, today IS my Birthday.

Yes, I am a HUGE birthday LOVER.

FREAKING HUGE. And my family knows it. ;)

Last year I ran 35 miles on my 35th birthday and loved it.

However................... it felt a little empty.

I know I can run. I know I'm a little crazy on my treadmill.

So this year, I decided to do my "age in miles run" along with my take on Ann Curry's 26ACTS [info here].

But-----------I did 36 miles and 36 ACTS.

I had the best cheerleader ever for the last quarter mile. Freaking love my girl.
And the 36 acts................
So. grateful. I. did. them.

As I AM the one who benefited the most from this.

I won't share each one individually as a few were done for neighbors and acquaintances. Most were done anonymously but some were not.

* Peanut and I dropped of a sweet treat for a neighborhood friend.

* I randomly placed gift cards in books at a local public library.
of course, I HAD to put one in the "marathon training" book. ;)

* One day of being a courteous driver. No honking. Allowing people in front of me in traffic. This may seem like nothing but I'm a rather impatient driver.

* When I stopped to get the Pita his "get ME better now soup" I paid for a persons "to-go" order while I was there [before they had arrived].

* We made banana bread and doorbell ditched them to random neighbors.

* Took Chipotle to a family whose Mom was sick.

* Paid for the McDonald's order behind me in the drive-thru. Bet that guy wishes he had ordered more than a McDouble. [$1.08----do I know how to pick them or what?! ;) ]

* Sent a few dollars to someone I have never met but heard things had been tight [financially] for.

* Gathered carts at a grocery store [only 15-20] when all the carts were out on New Years Eve.

* We left change in all the vending machines we could find around a local mall.

* Left a gift card for my mailman. He rocks.

Some "acts" were bigger than others in time and in cost but looking back on it . . . I certainly enjoyed the completely anonymous ones better.

Now...............WHY DO I SHARE this with you?



O N L the hopes that it will motivate others to do "RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS"

This is now something I will do EVERY year on or around my birthday. It was a BLAST to do a lot of these with my Peanut. It has made her a lot more mindful of just how much one small, small kind act can impact a person's day ---- and more importantly HER day.

Thank you so freaking much for all the awesome comments left for me on "MY DAY" today.

I. am. so. grateful.



Gracie said...

I love these! Next Christmas I'm doing the library book gift card thing. I think I will hit the kid's books! That would be so fun!
Happy Birthday!

Christina @ The Athletarian said...

So amazing, EMZ! You are such a beautiful person, inside and out. Every single one of those people appreciated your acts of kindness probably more than you will EVER know. Buuuut you forgot to leave a banana bread at my door..... ;)

racing dawn said...

Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Definitely feeling inspired in a zillion ways. Thank you. You rock, as usual. :)

Heather @ Better With Veggies said...

Wow - I'm so impressed with you in so many ways. Running (wow!) and I love that YOU gave for your birthday. Amazing!!

Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles said...

What an amazing day. 36 for yourself and 36 for others.

The Kidless Kronicles

Cotter Crunch said...

you never cease to amaze me... EVER!
Happy Bday!

Janice {Run Far} said...

You are such an inspiration in so many ways.... Not just your running talent. You inspire me to be the BEST me I can be. Thank you for this post. For reals.... I want to be like you when I grow up. ((( hugs)))

Tess @ Cross CountryCajun said...

Wow! What a heart warming way to celebrate your birthday and celebrate the gift of generosity. I am turning 30 in June - I'm not sure I will make the 30 miles on the treadmill - maybe 30 road miles ;) BUT I love the idea of 30 acts of kindness. Hope you had a wonderful birthday and that you have a wonderful year!

Missy said...

What a cool idea and a great way to ring in a new year!
You always inspire me!
Thank you!

thedancingrunner said...

Happy.freaking.birthday!! You are awesome and I love you! Love, your instafriend- aka thedancingrunner :)

Mandi Runs said...

#youaresofreakingawesome #loveyou11x4 ;-)


Laurie said...

So, so cool. Love the gift card in the library books. How fun. You rock!

Mike said...

I love doing random acts of kindness too. Specially the anonymous ones. Great idea to do a bunch on your birthday!

TorontoRunner said...

WOW your running - wow!! (new reader!! :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Many blessings, smile, love , health and success to you!

pensive pumpkin said...

happy birthday!

love this idea. especially the books. oh yeah.

Hollie said...

So I follow you on instagram and always read your blog...from my phone LOL, I thought it was about time I actually got on my computer and commented! Hope you had an awesome day and I'll be commenting more often!

Velma said...

I haven't commented for a while. You. Rock. I am going to steal this. Ignore the haters!

Pam said...

you sure are an incredible lady!! :) :) we'll meet one day & I'll have a jar of pickles for you with your name on it! :)

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Run DMT said...

I do the 30 Days of Giving every November, but I really like the idea of giving back during the month of my birthday. So how did this work? Did you give 36 gifts over the course of a month? And just to clarify, did you run 36 miles in one day or a week?

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Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Blog-stalking you now that I found you on IG and I am DOING THIS. I turn 26 on THURSDAY #happybirthdaytome and I will do this over the next year. But knowing my OCD self, I'll be done well before 12 months. Thank you for posting. xoxo -Shannon Dempsey

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bahahahahahahaaaaa I wish I was turing 26. I turn THIRTY SIX - 36 - on Thursday. Wishful thinking...
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Jackie said...

I just did the random acts for my birthday too! I really need to blog it...but it is all etched in Instagram and FB...but more importantly etched in my memory and that of my children...Best. Birthday. EVER.

Luke's Dad said...

I'm running 36 miles also for my bday. But outdoors. 36 miles on a treadmill!! wow that is something. I'll incorporate the 36 acts of kindness to my celebration as well. Thanks for the great idea.

The Silent Assassin said...

Don't ask me why... I don't know why I ended up on THIS post. People think I'm crazy for spreading my aloha spirit to people I don't know or haven't met. When people say I'd give the shirt off my back to someone...they're not lying. I've giving the shirt off my back to 2 people! =). People say the saying "everything happens for a reason" is played out.I think it's overused too. I think we are blessed by the people we meet and ESPECIALLY the people we don't meet, but somehow touch our lives. Not trying to go all kumbaya on this post...its "old" and don't think anyone would ever go this far back to read. So, essentially I'm saying all of this for my benefit =). But even if you read this, just keep it to yourself. I never look to be in the limelight. I just loved what you had to say in this post and what you did. I did my 41 on years 42 on 42 will have random acts of kindness as well. Stay blessed

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