Are You In?

by Jen on January 3, 2013

This week has totally thrown me for a loop. I have felt so confused about what day it is and what I should be doing. My routine is all off. Wednesday felt like Monday. It’s been gray, raining and dreary all week. I haven’t done laundry. My house is in a bit of a state of chaos with Christmas gifts that need to be put up, Ikea boxes, etc. I just made it to the grocery store tonight…thank god! It’s been desperation eating this week.

Butternut squash and bean chili every single day for lunch. While delicious, I’m officially over it.

Salad bar every night for dinner. (Although I’m not sure you can call the concoction on the left a salad…I think it’s a candidate for “shit bloggers eat.” Even if it wasn’t pretty it sure tasted good.) For the record…big salad from Harris Teeter (on right) = $4, big salad from Whole Foods (on left) = $8. Noted for budget reasons.

I don’t have pictures of my breakfasts because they have been so sad. This morning I had to resort to semi-freezer burned toast from the depths of the freezer with peanut butter. I didn’t even have any bananas to top it with.

I couldn’t take it anymore so I stopped at Trader Joe’s after teaching BodyPump tonight (40 members in class! Holla!) and did a major restock. I came home and immediately put together my first real dinner of the week. I seasoned salmon with salt, pepper and Dizzy Pig’s Tsunami Spin and broiled it for about 8 minutes (until firm in the thickest part of the salmon filet). I topped it with a little Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce and then served it over steamed brown rice and sauteed baby bok choy and baby portobello mushrooms that were cooked with the Soyaki Sauce. This meal was easy, healthy and satisfying.

Now, let me share with you something interesting that happened to me today.

When I got back to the gym after my lunch break I found an envelope on the ground in the parking deck. It was addressed in a child’s handwriting to “the person who finds this.” Inside the envelope was three brand new dollar bills and a note reading,

“In honor of the 26 lives lost during the shooting at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, my children and I are performing 26 random acts of kindness. You are random act #24. Imagine if we all did 26 random acts of kindness? Are you in?” 

It caused me to really pause and think and I haven’t been able to let go of it all day. I thought that maybe we could perform the 26 random acts of kindness together. Here’s my idea…I will take random act #1 and then assign numbers to the first 25 people who leave comments that they want to participate (I’ll send out a group e-mail). We will all perform our random acts over the next week. You can take a picture or e-mail me to tell me what you did. And then I’ll write a round-up post recapping our 26 acts with stories and pictures.

Are you in? 

*If we get more than 26…of course I will start a new group of 26. Bring it guys!
**Update: huge response! Keep signing up and I’ll create as many groups as needed. xoxoxoxo

{ 138 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shanna like Banana January 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I’m in! This really touches me.

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2 Ashley January 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

What a wonderful idea to honor the children and spread positivity. I would love to participate in this!

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3 Andi January 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

I’m in! : )

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4 Melissa January 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

That is adorable. I heard about this and I’m happy to see that people are doing it! I’m in too.

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5 Ashley E January 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I would love to participate…what a great idea and appreciate you getting your blog readers involved!

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6 Lea January 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I’m on act 16. I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks and have been taking it quite serious. It’s a fulfilling and lovely way to remember the lives taken in newtown. Good for you for spreading the word :)

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7 Stephanie January 3, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Count me in!

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8 Krista January 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I would LOVE to do this! Count me in!

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9 Abby January 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I’m in!

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10 Ashleigh January 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Totally in!

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11 Carly January 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I love this!! I am so in.

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12 Emily January 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm

LOVE it! I’m in!

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13 Susanne January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I’d love to participate!

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14 Jess January 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Count me in!!!

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15 Heather January 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm

LOVE THIS.

I’m in.

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16 Courtney January 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I’m in!

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17 JennyV January 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm

In!!

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18 JennyV January 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Count me in!!

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19 Sherie January 3, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Thank goodness! It’s been haunting me that I haven’t embraced this movement. I’m in!

Sherie

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20 Riley January 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Not sure what # comment I am…but I would LOVE to be in!

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21 Tamira January 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I’m in :)

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22 Lori H January 3, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I’m in!!

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23 Larissa S January 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

My daughter and I would love to be involved.

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24 Anne Marie January 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I’m in for sure!!

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25 Lindsay January 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Thank you Jen! I would love to be a part of this!! :)

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26 Megan January 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

We need more of this in the world. And, I need more getting outside of my own little world. I’m in.

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27 Erin January 3, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I’m in!

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28 Christie January 3, 2013 at 10:48 pm

In!!!! Hope you can squeeze in another one. :)

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29 Michelle January 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I would LOVE to participate in this! Looks like I’m too late for the first group but count me in for the second group!

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30 Haley S January 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I’ve been doing this and I am on Act 3!

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31 Kate January 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm

looks like im a little late, but would (and will!) still participate on my own if you can’t fit another :)

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32 Allison Myers January 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I’m in too! I bet you could get 100 easy!

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33 Kate January 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I’m IN!

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34 Heather @ Multiply Delicious January 3, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Jen, what an amazing thing that happened to you in finding that envelope. You have reached your 26, but I’m totally in if I can still join in. :)

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35 Pamela January 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Bummer I’m too late. I’m up for it anyway and totally inspired!!

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36 Ashley January 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm

So very in!

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37 Catherine January 3, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I’m definitely in!

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38 Emily January 3, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I’d be in a second group too.

PS I’m really loving your posts lately. I know it must be difficult to transition from a purely fitness-and-nutrition blog to one that includes more plain old life stuff, but I really like it.

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39 Amy @ Extracurricular Activities January 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I’m in if you start a second group!

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40 Mariel @marielmoves January 3, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Love this! I’m totally in!

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41 Pam January 3, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Group two of 26 random acts!
Sign me up!
This s awesome!

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42 Paige @ The Balancing Act January 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

What a cool idea! Count me in.

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43 Clara January 3, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I am SO in!!

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44 Alex p January 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

I’m in!

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45 Mary- Heather January 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm

I love this. Up with kindness! I would love to participate. :)

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46 lindsay January 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Would love to join group 2, I’m definitely in!

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47 Julia January 4, 2013 at 12:01 am

In!

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48 Mickelle January 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

I’m in!

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49 cory January 4, 2013 at 12:17 am

i’m in! i think this is a phenomenal idea…i used to go on random acts of kindness “nights” with my youth group many moons ago…

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50 jin January 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

I’m in, but it looks like I’m too late….I would still LOVE to perform an act of kindness though. I think that you are on to something really great.

xo, jin

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51 Michelle @ From Seed To Tree January 4, 2013 at 1:11 am

I’m in!

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52 Sarah January 4, 2013 at 1:24 am

I’m in!

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53 Amanda Arnold January 4, 2013 at 1:28 am

I’m totally in!

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54 Marissa Pilku January 4, 2013 at 6:20 am

I would love to participate!

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55 Kim January 4, 2013 at 7:01 am

I’d love to participate if there is room. What a wonderful thing!

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56 Danielle January 4, 2013 at 7:30 am

Would love to participate as well! A fantastic idea Jen!

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57 Diane M January 4, 2013 at 7:39 am

Awesome you are doing this! I completed my 26 Random Acts over the holidays and really enjoyed participating!! Ann Curry has started an incredible movement!! I can’t wait to hear what everyone does. You can follow #26ACTS on Twitter to read some wonderful stories!
If you do two groups I’m in!!

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58 kat January 4, 2013 at 7:51 am

i’m in, somehow, whether it’s through your blog or on my own if you get too many responses, lol. :)

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59 Allie January 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

What a great idea! I would love to be in if there is still room!

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60 Jessica @earlyamrunner January 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

Awesome idea! Would love to be apart of it

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61 Kristen January 4, 2013 at 8:35 am

Completely in! What a special thing to do!

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62 Dana January 4, 2013 at 8:38 am

Love this, Jen!! I’m IN – Let me know if you want help with anything!

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63 erin January 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

I’m in–either through one of your groups or on my own if you have too many responses. Great idea!

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64 Shelby January 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

Love this! I’m in!

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65 Cindy January 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

I’m in!

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66 Kelly January 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

I’m in!

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67 Emily January 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

I’m in!!

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68 Lisa January 4, 2013 at 9:02 am

What a touching and wonderful way to start off the new year…I’m IN!

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69 Claire January 4, 2013 at 9:03 am

I would love to participate!

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70 JuJu January 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

I would love to do this so if needed assign me random act of kindness # 100!

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71 Erin January 4, 2013 at 9:11 am

I know I’m a little late to the game on the comments, but I love this idea and would love to participate!

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72 Cassie January 4, 2013 at 9:16 am

I’m in if it’s not too late!

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73 Hannah January 4, 2013 at 9:20 am

This is great. Would love to participate!

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74 Novella January 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

Me too please!

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75 Megan January 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

I’m in! Love this idea

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76 MANDY January 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

I’m in too!!!

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77 McRae January 4, 2013 at 9:33 am

I’d love to participate!!

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78 Grace @ PracticingGrace January 4, 2013 at 9:45 am

This is so great! Count me in!

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79 Ally January 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

I would love to participate, count me in!

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80 Caroline January 4, 2013 at 9:53 am

I’m In!!!!!

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81 Michelle January 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

I love it! I’m in, too!!

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82 Katie January 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

This is wonderful… I’m in!

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83 Jen January 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

What a wonderful idea, Jen. I’m in.

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84 Leila January 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

100% IN. LOVE this.

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85 Sarah January 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

I’m in!!

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86 Joanna January 4, 2013 at 10:14 am

I would absolutely love to participate! This is wonderful!!

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87 Britt January 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

Count me in!

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88 ashley January 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

I am definitely in!

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89 Megan January 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

Im in!

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90 Meghan January 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

Very interested! Recently saw something similiar called “paying it forward for Jayden Lamb”. Great opportunity to add a little light to someone’s day.

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91 Heather January 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

I would love to participate!

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92 Marci January 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm

LOVE this idea. IN like flynn!

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93 Lindsay January 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm

absolutely in!!

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94 Kaitlin January 4, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I would love to join in!! How wonderful.

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95 Rebecca January 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Wonderful idea. I’m in!

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96 Stephanie January 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I am IN!!!

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97 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

This is a great idea!!!

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98 Suzanne Bergen January 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I’m in Jen. Thank you for sharing!!

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99 Katherine January 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm
100 Angela January 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I’m in, Jen! What a neat way to start off the year and think about change for someone else.

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101 Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement January 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I love stuff like this….I know you have more than 26, but I would love to participate.
One of my BF’s did a similar challenge and did a guest post for me: http://www.poshmeetspavement.com/2012/12/practicing-kindness.html

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102 Hilda January 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm

What a wonderful idea! Count me in, please!

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103 Lisa January 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Oh yes, I’m in! I actually found a website that started this up (I think it’s where it originated) I posted about it on my blog in this post ( http://www.lisalately.com/2012/12/new-years-things )and I think it is such an amazing idea!

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104 Jill K January 4, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I’m in.

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105 Parita January 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Awesome idea! I’m in!

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106 J January 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Love this!! Great idea Jen.

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107 Debi January 4, 2013 at 4:23 pm

sooooo “in”.

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108 Anna January 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

count me in! this is amazing!

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109 Nelly January 4, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I’m in! If its not ttoo late!

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110 Becca January 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm
111 Linda January 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I’m in!

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112 Carrie Kerby January 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

So in!

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113 Sara January 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

In! Awesomeness.

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114 Christie January 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Glad you’re going to do a few groups- I am in too, please!

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115 Kamaile Mattix January 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Would love to join in the kindness, I’m in!

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116 Ashley January 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Would love to participate in this if you still have room! Great idea.

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117 Allison January 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I’m in!

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118 Anna January 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I’m in!

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119 Mary-Catherine January 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Just now catching up on blog posts, but if there is still room, I would love to do this! I’m in :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
MC

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120 Jill January 4, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I would love to participate if there is still room in a group.

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121 Anna Stewart January 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I am in if you are still taking people! This is awesome!!!

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122 Lauren S. January 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I’d LOVE to participate! What a great idea and just what I needed this week. :-)

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123 Marli January 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Count me in!

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124 Alexis January 5, 2013 at 12:24 am

I’m on act #9! Ann Curry started this shortly after the shooting in Newtown, and there’s a twitter and Facebook page for them. You should link up, because there are some really awesome ideas!! Maybe you’ll be motivated to do the full 26:)

There are simple and (almost) free ones, such as sending a thank you card to the first responders of Newtown. A completely free one that anyone can do at any time- play freerice.com! In the corner you can change subjects. I’m actually a former World Food Programme employee (so I didn’t feel bad when I’d play this at work ha!) and the geography ones are my favorite!
My favorite one that I did was I was on the red eye home for the holidays, arriving Christmas morning. The night of the flight, while buying myself some tea from Starbucks, I picked up 4 $5 gift cards. As I got off that 9(!!!) hour flight, I handed the gift cards to 4 of the flight attendants that worked throughout the night:)

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125 Lisa January 5, 2013 at 6:22 am

I just caught up on your blog! Is it too late to join? I would love too do this!!!!

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126 Jenn F January 5, 2013 at 6:50 am

Is it too late to join??

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127 Emily J January 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

Would love to join if it’s not too late!

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128 kaila@ healthy helper blog! January 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

I would love to do this if there is still time to sign up!

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129 Lauren January 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’m in! I’m a day late, but home I can still participate!!

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130 Heather A. January 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

I like this, and hadn’t heard of the specific movement, so thank-you for posting! …I am going to challenge myself to do all 26 though. :)

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131 amy fulco January 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

My children and I are in as well! Yay!

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132 Karen January 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I’m in, Jen!

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133 Desiree January 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I’m in!

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134 Rachel January 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I’d love to do it too!

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135 Katie January 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I’m in!!

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136 Rachel T. January 5, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I’d love to participate if it’s not too late? :)

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137 Sarah January 6, 2013 at 11:51 am

I would also love to be apart of this if it’s not too late!

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138 Katy January 6, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I want to be in too!!

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