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  • 21 days of Paying it Forward

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    42 posts, 18 voices, 1838 views, started Feb 13, 2010

    Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2010 by Vikki Hall




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      I try to always pay it forward and be kind but it’s usually whatever just comes naturally and without thought.
      So I have decided that I am going to set a reminder on my blackberry for daily pay it forwards. This way I will be more conscious and aware of what I am doing.
      My only hope is that others will do the same and pay it forward!
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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 13, 2010
        • I forgot to add that this will begin on Monday Feb 15 thru Mar 7th.



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          Georgiamamasita wrote Feb 13, 2010
        • Great Idea....I’ll join you!



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          Rose Nino wrote Feb 13, 2010
        • I am all for paying forward. So count me in.

          estaticheart  

          When you find something of value and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.Chinese Proverb



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 13, 2010
        • Yeah Rose!



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Feb 15, 2010
        • Great idea Vikki!  I’m in!



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          Nathalie Girard wrote Feb 15, 2010
        • Great ideas girls! I’m in too!heart



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 15, 2010
        • Today I am going to complete my registration form for Habitat for Humanity.
          I have already helped an older woman load her groceries into her car. It is cold and blustery and she looked like she was about to blow away.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 16, 2010
        • I filled out my form and emailed it back in..... I guess now I wait!

          Tonight I will be on a call for The 3day Komen walk for a cure to get more info.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 18, 2010
        • So it’s been 2 days since I checked in.....

          I did complete my registration for habitat, sat thru an info call for the 3 day walk, and I helped an older gentleman at the gym get on and off the bike he was riding.

          I also bought someone on the street McDonalds vs giving them money.

          I know these may seem small but I am doing them consciously!



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          Nathalie Girard wrote Feb 19, 2010
        • I really want to do this but I have no ideas on what to do! I don’t have a lot of money so I can’t just go and buy stuff for people. I guess I’ll just have to stick to what I normally do to pay it forward until a situation turns up.

          Our house has always been open to friends and travelers who need a free place to sleep or eat. As a traveler, I have often been invited to stay at people’s houses and offered free meals. Whenever I have a stable home, I try to pay it forward.

          At the moment we are hosting a friend that is working in Lyon for two months. She lives in our livingroom. We have unexpected guests over for supper almost everyday. Whenever we can, we host travelers so they can save on hotel and food, and they can have a more authentic trip by living with locals. I have met fantastic people this way that became good friends.

          So, that’s what I do for now. Hopefully I will be inspired to do more, maye by some of your pay it forward actions!!!happy



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 19, 2010
        • You don’t have to have money to show kindness and compassion. Just do that and BE aware and conscience of doing it vs an after thought!



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          Nathalie Girard wrote Feb 20, 2010
        • Again, you‘re totally right on Vikki!  

          Have a great weekend!



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Feb 20, 2010
        • Mavikaya I think what you are doing is absolutely paying it forward! What a wonderful way to help others and think of all the great people you meet along the way.  You have a huge heart!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 23, 2010
        • I am not going to make it out of the house today since I am painting my dining room.
          But I did offer to buy 2 tickets to a benefit dinner for the Childrens burn center at the local hospital.



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          Max0125 wrote Feb 23, 2010
        • Great idea, Vikki! I try to practice what I call Active Gratitude every day. I was actually going to write a blog about it.For example, when I go grocery shopping, I buy something for the food pantry and say a silent prayer of “Thank you for allowing me to give back“. I also try to compliment people in some way everyday or help someone who is struggling.

           Around Thanksgiving, I heard of someone who bought $5 gift cards and give them to random people. The one thing that I have learned since I have started practicing Active Gratitude is that I get so much more than I give!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 24, 2010
        • Those are GREAT ideas!!!!!! Thx for sharing those. So many people think you have to spend a lot to pay it forward or show gratitude but you don’t.
          I think I am going to add your practices to my listestatic



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          Max0125 wrote Feb 24, 2010
        • Since I have been doing my little experiment, I feel so much more grateful for everthing in life. I don’t spend  alot. Most stores have a fire sale area that I get great deals on penut butter, ravioli, etc. I also watch sales and use coupons.  

          I have been doing a lot of early spring cleaning. It is such a relief to give away things that I no longer use that could benefit someone else.honestly, since starting this little experiment of mine, I am a happier and more grateful person.

          My next step is to volunteer. I am deciding between a stable that provides equine therapy and a food bank.  

          Keep uo the good work Vikki. I look forward to your posts!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Feb 24, 2010
        • Equine therapy sounds really interesting. Let me know how either works out!



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          Marie Hempsey wrote Feb 25, 2010
        • My daughters and I are going to do a breast cancer walk. i am way over due for doing one. Reading your blog just made me want to do it NOW! Thanks for the inspiration!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 2, 2010
        • Ok I am into the last week of consiously paying it forward. I can say for sure that I am more aware and no act of kindness is too small or too big.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 10, 2010
        • So how did anyone else do on this? I can honestly say that everyday I am looking for a way to be kind to someone and lend a helping hand.
          It also makes for a feel good!



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          Max0125 wrote Mar 10, 2010
        • I am finding new ways to give and the payback I get is amazing. As I mentioned before, when I go grocery shopping, I try to pick up something for the food bank bin to show my gratitude for all of my blessings. Last week I recieved a $4.00 discount on my groceries!happy

          Th other day, I looked on my local humane society’s web page to see how I can help. They are collecting nearly empty peanut butter jars to put kibble in to give to the dogs to keep them occupied. One of the things that I really hate is cleaning peanut butter jars before tossing them into the recycling bin.

          Right now, I am almost done with my yearly going through the closets to donate event. I actually am so happy to donate since I know that someone will be able to use what I no longer need.

          Since I have started this practice of giving back, I really think my blessings have increased and I am always searching on how to make a difference.  

          Thank you Vikki for creating this challenge.



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          Nicol Chaplin wrote Mar 10, 2010
        • I like to pay it forward too. There’s not a whole lot that I can do. I have a few single parent friends that are always so busy that they don’t have time to do those little jobs around the house that need to get done or the nicer things that we want to do, like paint that room or paint that dresser! or even change the room up a little. This I can do. So I like to help so that they have more time with their kids and a home that they love to come back to. It’s great to see they smile especially when they don’t know who did it. This last Christmas my neighbors and I decorated  a single moms house on the outside, just in time for her, to bring her  visiting mother home from the airport. With her three kids in tow she was over the moon.
          I will always try to help single moms, I don’t know how they manage everything they do. I will be their cheerleader when they need one.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 10, 2010
        • Nicol it doesn’t matter how much you have to give. It only matters that it comes from your heart!



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          Gabby wrote Mar 15, 2010
        • Vikki I was thrilled and so impressed with all the wonderful things you do.

          For the most part, I have endeavored to pay forward through the power of words. I send cheerful notes to the sickly asap, I inspire young people to take on new challenges, I always make it a point to thank and appreciate those who have made a difference to my life.  

          On the other hand, my hubby takes care of the ” charity” aspect—-many-a-times he has fed the old and clothed the homeless.  

          It all depends on what you want and feel most comnfortable doing.I admire you for starting this humanitarian project.

          God Bless!
          gabby



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          Dana Cappelletti wrote Mar 15, 2010
        • Excellent suggestion.  I would say more but my computer is very slow right now- strange!estatic



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          Vikki Hall wrote Mar 15, 2010
        • Thx Gabby!

          I think words and cards are an excellent way of paying it forward. There were times when my mom was ill that someone unknowingly paid me a kindness and it was so appreciated by me.
          We never know when someone needs a kind word or gesture!



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          Linda Hendricks wrote Apr 14, 2010
        • I’ve been out of the loop lately ... and have finally gotten back here to see what I’ve missed... I’m truly sorry to have missed the Pay it Forward project...

          What an absolutely wonderful idea... and you all have given me so many ideas ... large and small on how to do it...  

          You should start a longer project... this is great inspiration!

          Thanks!



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          Vikki Hall wrote Apr 15, 2010
        • Thanks Linda!

          Even tho I haven’t posted on here recently about this I have been CONSCIOUSLY been doing this somehow daily.

          There are rare occasions when I don’t go any further than my house or yard so my family or neighbors are the recipients of me being kind.

          Let me know how/what you end up doing!



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          Coralee Flug wrote Apr 26, 2010
        • Love it - I am in ! you never know how one small act can impact the lives of many happy



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          Vikki Hall wrote Apr 26, 2010
        • Coralee that is so true!



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          Miamor wrote May 19, 2010
        • Paying it forward is a life-long project. I encourage all of us to pay it forward; the rewards are awesome. Just seeing the delight and joy on people’s faces is enough for me. I donate clothes and food to families in need either directly or through my church. I also prepare a Sunday meal once a month for a family of two; I aim to do this for more than one family when my finances improve soon.
          When others see you let them see JESUS in you. Blessings heart



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          Vikki Hall wrote May 19, 2010
        • @Miamor that is excellent and you are right about it being a life long thing.....



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          Nerissa wrote Jul 30, 2010
        • I enjoy Paying It Forward too.  One day a lady was in the store ahead of me, she didn’t have enough money and said she would bring it back. When she left, I paid the difference before I began my transaction. Sometimes, it’s just little things ,giving someone a shopping cart who is having trouble walking, sharing food, cleaning the neighborhood,  but little things add up in big big ways, generating a wave of positive energy.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Aug 1, 2010
        • It does doesn’t it!!!!



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