Sunday, April 26, 2015

A-Z Challenge: Random Acts of Kindness beginning with "S," "T," "U," and "V"

Well folks, my health has gotten the better of me over the past week which has led to me missing a few posts and packing S, T, U, and V all into one! Four letters makes for a long list of RAKs so I hope you find some inspiration!

Throughout the A-Z Challenge I'll be blogging through the alphabet using each letter to create a list of Random Acts of Kindness. I've been collecting RAK ideas for some time now as I gear up to the 2016 launch of a project dear to my heart: B(e) Kind 366. I'll be performing an act of kindness every day of the leap year starting January 1st, 2016 while raising funds for World University Service of Canada (WUSC), an organisation that changed my life.

I'm starting each post with a synonym (of sorts) for kindness. I added this part to my posts because of an amazing movement I am a part of 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. We link up monthly and blog about changing the world for the better. It's magical really. We're even on Twitter! @1000Speak

S is for Supportive
The first time I shaved my head in 2011

Scented Soaps - put them in random lockers at the gym with a little note.
Shave your head! (I’ll be shaving mine on February 4, 2016 for National Cancer Day.)
Shopping carts - put some stray ones away.
Shower - for only five minutes.
Sing - to a child, at an open mic, at karaoke, in the shower, for your supper!
Smile - at strangers! Make a conscious effort to keep one on your face all day J
Sock” someone!
T is for Thoughtful

The toys and books I took to the
Children's Ward as one of my
29 RAKs for my 29th on Jan. 29
Take WhatYou Need - put these signs up in public places. 
Tell - a parent how well behaved their child is.
Text - someone just to say good morning or good night.
Thank you - make it public on a poster, make it private in a note.
Thankful list
Tip - leave a generous one.
Toys - take some to the children’s ward of a hospital, leave some a playground.
Tweet - to promote a cause.

U is for Understanding

Unplug - electronics
Upside down - snowman, build one!

I couldn't come up with a "V" synonym; can you?

Virtual - greetings, smiles, hugs!
Volunteer - My plan is to volunteer with at least one different organization every month in 2016! 

Now that's a long list, but I am always looking for more RAK ideas so if any come to mind please do post them in the comments!

After all of that, be sure to check out my super fun "If Jane Austen Blogged A-Z" post, test your Janeite knowledge, and win some Jane Austen swag! The more people who enter, the more swag I'll add to the bag.


  1. I like the second item in the T list. And you can add 'be empathetic instead of judgmental when a parent is struggling with an ill-behaved child'. It's not always the parent's fault. ;)

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Sorry it took me so long to get back to yours.

    1. Exactly, Melissa! I am not a parent, but I never underestimate how difficult it must be to be one.

  2. Brandy you take my breath away with all you do in such a small amount of time... I've been cemeteries a lot lately - I like picking up flowers that have fallen over. I also love giving my parking tickets with time left on them to the person taking my spot.

    1. Lovely ideas, Ida! When I do a cemetery visit to see my Grandpa and Gido next time, I'll have to do a walk around and adjust fallen flowers.

  3. The upside down snowman made me laugh, which is weird cause I really detest winter and snow. Loved the idea of soap, though I don't belong to a gym, lots of folks do and it would be easy to do that. Shopping carts...right on the money there, do that all the time. What charities are you going to volunteer at during the year? I wish I saw a child behaving well enough to say something positive to a parent, I tend to see way way too much of the opposite. Sorry you've been under the weather, hope you're feeling better now. It is something you can share?

    1. I've started a list of charities, but I haven't figured it all out just yet. The Canadian Cancer Society, Ten Thousand Villages, The Marquis Project, The Women's Resource Centre, Christmas Cheer, Big Brothers and Sisters - to name a few. As for my health, it's all headache, blood pressure, and anxiety related. The headaches keep me away from the computer, but I seem to be on the mend.

  4. So many good ideas. I love the scented soap in the gym lockers.

    I've been on the receiving end of someone praising my child, and it really makes my day :-)

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

    1. When I read the scented soap idea, I thought it was great too. I can't remember where I read it now, but I find ideas all over the place :)