Day Two: Give Back Mission to Express Gratitude

Today is the second 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.

For my second day, I decided to show my support to friend and local blogger Kristina Schnack Kotlus of PWC Moms. Kristina is a mother of three young children who recently discovered she had a brain tumor after suffering from intense migraines. She bravely underwent a 17-hour surgery to remove the tumor and will soon undergo radiation treatments.

As part of her recovery, she has signed-up to participate in the Race for Hope 5K Walk/Run in Washington, DC on May 5, 2013 less than three months post-surgery. Kristina has been a beacon of positivity and amazingly candid in her journey. Her story has touched me – and not just because I have met her in real life.

She opened her 5K Race for Hope team – Team Kristina – to anyone who wanted to join and I decided to take the plunge. I have never participated in a 5K, but considering everything she and her family has gone through it seems like the least I can do to show my support.

The Race for Hope 5K Run/Walk is one of the largest fundraisers in support of the fight against brain tumors. All proceeds support the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.

Please help support this important cause. Here is the link to the Team Kristina 5K Fundraising page


Good Deed Idea of the Day

Today, my Good Deed Idea of the Day is to write a letter to a currently deployed service member, wounded solider, or Veteran. It only takes a few minutes to complete this task, but can spread kindness to some very deserving people. Operation Gratitude makes it simple to send letters or care packages to our soldiers. There are step-by-step instructions and even printable fliers if you want to print out and share the idea with your classroom, church group, or local community center.

Please click here to learn more about sending personal letters to Currently Deployed Service Members, Wounded Warriors, and Veterans. I plan to have my day care children color some pictures and I will write a personal letter of thanks for all of their sacrifices on behalf of our country.

If you are able to write and send a letter, I want to hear about from you. Please leave a comment or join the Tiny Steps Mommy Facebook Page.


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 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.