Join My Give Back Mission to Spread Kindness and Say Thank You

If you are reading this post, I want to say thank you. Actually, I want to hold your hands and jump up and down like a giddy teenager to thank you for your time. To thank you for your support. To thank you for allowing me to express myself.

March 8, 2013, marks the one-year anniversary of Tiny Steps Mommy. I have poured my heart and thoughts into this blog. I have spent countless hours building a community and learning about what it means to be a blogger. I have written about loss, love, parenting, my kids, my husband, my daycare, and a lot of other things I never thought anyone would read. I have argued, discussed, and shared so much with countless strangers.

It has been a crazy journey with ups and downs, but mostly amazing highs that have made me feel like a success. I am a success not because I have made money from this adventure (I probably invested more than I made), not because I am some major influencer (because I am not), not because I am without flaws (my family can write a very large book), and not because I am always right (I have been humbled many times).

I am a success because I am able to express what is in my soul and tap into the part of me I buried for so long. Too long. A reader and friend asked me on Facebook to write about what brings me joy every day. And to be honest, for the last year, writing and sharing this blog is what has brought me joy and I want to give back. I want to help bring joy to others. I want to start a movement. A campaign to give back and help complete strangers and causes that have nothing to do with me or my family.

I would love for each of you to join me on this mission. Together I think we can do small things that will help people in major ways. Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees.” If this is true, then I would like to build a forest to express my gratitude.

Doing random acts of kindness is not a new concept. There are entire religious movements, like Servant Evangelism, devoted to doing unsolicited good deeds and small acts of kindness to prove the “power and impact of God’s love in practical ways.” While I am not particularly religious (I have beliefs, but do not subscribe to one denomination) and am admittedly more comfortable talking in terms of secular things, I have to say that I love this concept. I love the idea of doing something for others without any strings attached. And I especially love the idea that helping others in this way is not contingent upon your race, gender, religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation. It is simply about being kind and expressing love.

Last week, I reached out to my Facebook community and asked for ideas of ways I can help. I said I was creating a “Good Deeds Bucket List.” I wanted to know about fundraisers and organizations that needed attention. I wanted to know about friends and neighbors who were in need. I wanted to know about favorite causes. And I discovered something incredible.

I discovered that my community is filled with amazingly beautiful people who want to help and are already advocating for so much. I heard from people who want to help in the fight against pediatric cancer, help families with premature babies, help in the fight against breast cancer and brain tumors, help children here in the United States and abroad, help our neighbors and parents of young children, help support our Military, help animals, help feed our hungry, and help our youth struggling in countless ways.

I am in awe of all of you. So, I will countdown to my one-year blogging anniversary in two ways:

  1. By trying to help everyone who asked for a shout-out, who asked for some support, or who asked for a kindness for a friend.
  2. By trying to do a daily small unsolicited good deed for complete strangers.

I am just one person, but I will do my best. I will do my best to help because it is the least I can do to say thank you for filling my bucket so high and supporting me in this journey.

Every day leading up to March 8th, I am going to share information* on the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook page to ask for support for causes close to my readers’ hearts. I will also tell you about my “Good Deed Idea” for the day. I will place links and information about these things on my blog as well.

So, how can you help me on this give back mission? Please just take a moment to read about the requests for help. Please take a moment to see if the organization or person asking for help touches you in some way. Please take a moment and see if you can feasibly and reasonably help. Help does not have to be monetary. Help can simply mean sharing the information on your personal Facebook page. Help can simply mean taking note and saying a prayer or sending a positive thought to the person or family in need. Also, you can join me by trying to do or possibly spread the word of my “Good Deed Idea” each day.

Together we can help give back. Together we can spread kindness and love.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill

* I will simply present and share information as provided to me. I am in no way vouching for or representing any of the organizations. I am not receiving compensation in any way for sharing links to these organizations.**

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Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2009 started a home-based daycare. Nicole has enjoyed success as a small business owner and is a leader within the child care community in Northern Virginia. In 2012, she began her heartfelt blog, Tiny Steps Mommy, where she writes about family, life, parenting and finding herself amid the chaos. She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community and is listed on the blogroll of more than 20 local blogs. Nicole is also a Huffington Post Blog Contributor and writes for The DC Moms. She is extremely social and loves connecting on Facebook and Twitter.

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