January is a dreary month. With little sunlight and bitter cold, it is so easy for the winter blues to hit. I have already been talking to Mike about things we can do in the upcoming weekends to keep ourselves excited and to avoid falling into a rut. Sometimes happiness comes easily (hello summertime), but this time of year, sometimes we need a little extra nudge. That is why I am so invite you all to participate in a Pay It Forward challenge!
One of the things I love about my partnership with Cameron’s Coffee is their focus on making every day brighter. Yes, even those dreary winter days I’m talking about! Optimism is weaved into everything they do-from their brightly colored packaging, tot he cute inspiring quotes on their mugs, to the causes they support! I obviously love their coffee too, but more importantly, working with them has been such an inspiration to always see the world as a ‘mug half full’ kind of place 🙂
That is why I am so excited to invite you all to participate in a Pay It Forward Challenge! What is something you could do this month to brew up some kindness and brighten someone else’s day?
*This post is written in collaboration with Cameron’s Coffee. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Stang&Co.*
Pay It Forward Challenge
I think just about everyone has, at some point in the last few years, been touched by a pay it forward line at a coffee shop or drive thru. It is always a pleasant surprise, and it never gets old. Of course, the key idea of pay it forward is that you then take care of the car behind you. Or, if you are at the end of the line, you pay it forward by doing a kind action for someone else throughout the day. Something about knowing you have worked with a group of strangers to brighten the days of others just feels good, doesn’t it!?
Think Beyond The Drive Through
You don’t need to hit up a drive through line to pay it forward. While I love the movement, I also want to challenge you all to think bigger and get creative. What is a way that you can brighten someone else’s day? One of the best things about the pay it forward challenge is that it allows you to take a moment to truly think about how you can make someone’s day brighter. Do you have someone in your life who could use a little extra love and kindness this month?
This month, my newborn nephew started at our daycare. My boys were SO excited to have their new cousin join them, but I know that the start of any new child rocks the boat. Our daycare provider is the sweetest soul and cares so deeply for our children. She is like family to our boys, but it can be easy to take her care for granted. So, with the addition of a new child and a bunch of kiddos coming in off of Christmas break, I decided to treat her to a bag of coffee (and some chocolate). It was the perfect compliment to the mug I gave her at Christmas, aptly labeled Voted Most Likely To Need Coffee.
You guys, Lincoln LOVED this idea and I cannot tell you how excited he was to give a special gift to ‘his friend Kristi’. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, we are lucky to have such a wonderful daycare provider. It makes me so proud and it is such a humble reminder to see the joy my children feel from doing something kind for someone they care for! Kindness is good for the soul.
Join The Challenge
I would like to say that I am always the one starting the pay it forward line. But, that is not always the case. I am always so delighted when it happens to ME. So why do I not take the initiate to surprise others with random acts of kindness more often? Thanks to Cameron’s, I am inspired to make the change right here, right now. Join me in a pay it forward challenge! Leave a comment on this post and let me know what your act of kindness was. And, more importantly, how did you feel afterwards!? I promise, in the act of brightening someone else’s day, you will brighten your own, too!