Day One: Give Back Mission to Express Gratitude

Today is the first day of my mission to spread kindness and help others. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, please read: Join My Give Back Mission to Spread Kindness and Say Thank You

I decided to start my journey with one Mom’s request for help. It is a simple request really. A local mother living in Reston, VA needs help for two hours every morning once her newborn is born. She has epilepsy and is fearful of having a seizure and possibly hurting her new baby.

Here are the details of her request. Please spread the word if you can. Thank you for your help!

I have twins who are almost four and am due to have our third child in July. I have epilepsy and my husband and I are trying to figure out an arrangement for after the baby comes that would involve someone coming to our house on weekday mornings for about two hours. When I have a seizure it is within two hours or so of when I wake up. Having a newborn and being constantly at risk of dropping it, falling on it, spilling something on it during a seizure, etc is scary. We need someone who could just be with me and the kids. It could be anyone from a retired person to a homeschooled high schooler– just someone who could be responsible and trustworthy- someone who could show up in the morning and be here with us to pull me off the baby, should I have a seizure. We live in Reston- right by Town Center- so ideally it would be someone who is close and wouldn’t have to drive far for such a short amount of time. As far as compensation, we can talk about what is reasonable based on responsibilities. If it is a homeschool student, one option is that I am a former high school English teacher and a current writing tutor and we could do a barter. My husband also tutors in biology, algebra, Spanish, and math. Our hope is that this arrangement could last for at least the first school year (2013-2014), and possibly even start this spring while I’m pregnant as well. Please email me if you’re interested:

Good Deed Idea of the Day

Today, my good deed mission for the day will be to buy coffee for a stranger. I am going to my local Safeway, which has a Starbucks inside, and I am going to purchase a complete stranger’s coffee without letting that person know who it is from (with help from the cashier of course). The idea is to spread some basic kindness with no strings attached. Hopefully, I can put a smile on someone’s face today.

Will you join me on today’s Good Deed Idea of the Day? Please leave a comment if you actually take me up on this mission. I want to hear your story.


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.




  1. Update: I did it! I was nervous, but the cashier was really nice. I left a $5 gift card for the next customer and left before I could see it used, which is actually better because I like to use my imagination and hope I made their day!


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