Dionna at Codename: Mama has put out a great request – to do something kind every day in March and to spread the word about it. Giving back is very important to me and is something we’re committed to teaching the Little Man so I’m definitely in!
Here’s my trouble though… I’m a stay-at-home mom in the literal sense of the phrase at the moment. Having recently moved I find myself in a new city, with only 2 friends, no car (Mr. Fair drives it to work) and still a boat-load of unpacking/sorting/setting up to do in our house. So I’m home alone with Little Man pretty much every day. In case you’re wondering, yes, this is partly why I’ve started blogging… a convo with my computer is better than none at all!
What does this have to do with being kind? Well, it’s a bit challenging to spread kindness when you never see anyone you could spread it to. So while I hope that I can make 31 kindnesses in total this month, I’m going to commit to at least these 10.
1. Reconnect with friends I haven’t spoken to since I left Calgary. Pretty self-explanatory.
2. Pump every day for one week. I’ve wanted to be able to offer milk on Eats on Feets, but I got rid of my stockpile before we moved and now I get so little when I pump (which I rarely do anyway) that I might have missed the boat. But I won’t know until I try, so I’m committing to giving it a solid week.
3. Make a Kiva loan. I’m a big fan of microfinance and I love that Kiva lets me get involved. I’ll be writing again later in the month about microcredit in general as well as specifically how I choose the loans I make.
4. Support a kind business. This one is indirect, but I think it makes a difference to put money in pockets of people who are doing good in the world. I saw Oliberte on Dragons’ Den and loved it immediately. It’s along the same lines as Kiva lending – providing people with the power to improve their own lives on their own terms.
5. Support a local. I always try to support local businesses – I am the daughter of a small businessman, after all – so this isn’t too far out of the norm for me. But for the purposes of this, I’m going to make more of a stretch this month. I might hire a local for something that I really could do myself, I might buy all of my meat for the month from the butcher I found who specializes in local products. We’ll see, and I’ll update!
6. Lend something. People don’t lend nearly enough these days. Buying ans selling on Craigslist is great and all, but it doesn’t build community like lending. I’m not sure what I have that’s of use to anyone else, but I’ll at least make some offers.
7. Give something away. Like the local-shopping, this is something I do regularly anyway, especially since I’m decluttering as I unpack. To make it purposeful, I’ll commit to giving something away for free that I would otherwise list on Kijiji.
8. Sign up to harvest for Not Far From the Tree. I’ll post more about this organization, but they do some awesome stuff in Toronto and I want to help. This won’t be a kindness that I’ll actually accomplish in March, but signing up will be a great way of keeping the kindness going all year.
9. Support some of the bloggers whose work resonates with me. Another result of moving is that I lost my wonderful group of like-minded parents. In Toronto, I’m pretty much a pariah, whereas in Calgary I was the norm. So I’m leaning quite heavily on a handful of blogs that resonate with me to feel like I’ve got a community. These blogs deserve my support, so this month I’ll pick 2 or 3, contact the owners and PayPal them some money.
10. Plan my dream-kindness. All of these little bits definitely add up, but I’ve been dreaming for a while about a way to make a bigger difference. I think I’ve found an opportunity, but it will take a lot more planning and it’s definitely a long-term thing. This month I’m going to work on fleshing out some of the details and I’ll fill you in as I go.