Pay it Forward Monday: $10 Starbucks Card Giveaway!
If you've been a reader of mine for any stretch of time, you know this about me: I'm blessed. Incredibly blessed. The kids and I have been the recipients of some totally humbling acts of kindness (a complete Christmas dinner delivered on our doorstep, gift cards to stores and restaurants, boxes of clothes and accessories, etc.)...some from people we know personally, others from complete strangers.
Every single time someone did something to give me a little lift, I'd think to myself, "Self...you make sure to pay it forward." Of course I'd also usually think to myself, "Self, get a hold of yourself and stop blubbering. People are starting to talk."
For Lent, some of my facebook friends and I participated in a "Random Acts of Kindess" project. We decided that instead of giving things up for Lent, we'd practice 40 days of kindness. And guess what? It stuck. At first it was kind of tricky, almost like I had to remind myself to be kind most of the time (because I still reserve the right to think bad thoughts once in a while. We're all allowed to do that now and then.). But as the 40 days continued, and even after the 40 days were up, I was delighted to discover that it had become a habit.
Holding doors, letting people with just a few items go ahead of you at the store, gifting your friends with little somethings just because...it's a good feeling. I mentioned that due to our sick and wrong Totino's Pizza habit, we have a plethora of Red Box free movie codes. One of my new favorite things to do is carry a few extra with me and give one to people I see at a Red Box. I know it's only a buck, but people are always so shocked, and so thankful that it's worth ten times that to me.
So anyhoo...a few months ago, when I was hurting pretty bad financially, I won a gift card to Starbucks from one of my favorite bloggers. Linny's Vault, who reminds me a lot of myself at her age, and who I think may be the only other person I know who will publicly admit to truly loving her t.v. shows, ran a little Starbucks giveaway in February. And she did it because someone else had done something nice for her. I was the lucky sap who won, and believe me, I couldn't get my ass to Starbucks fast enough to treat myself.
I promised her I'd do the same, as soon as I had some extra money. So here goes.
Some lucky reader will win a $10 Starbucks gift card from yours truly. Here's what you have to do:
1. Leave a comment here, on this post. It can be one word, it can be a rant, it can be anything. Just leave a comment.
AND THAT'S IT!
I am not affiliated with Starbucks in any way shape or form (although I'd like to think at least some of my muffin top is due to a Frappucino or two). This little giveaway is funded solely by me. Because it's my turn to pay it forward a little bit.
Contest will end tomorrow, Wednesday April 18th, at 6:15 a.m. Central Standard Time (I think that's what it's called here in Minnesota). One comment per person, please. Winner will be chosen entirely at random and will need to provide me with their email address since the gift card will be in the form of one of those crazy e-gift cards. But please don't leave your email in the comments unless you like getting correspondence from Nigerian royalty and people who want to know if you've had the vaginal mesh implant. Or maybe that's just me, but whatever.
That's it, folks. I'm hoping to do several more Pay it Forward Mondays. Because it feels so darn good.
Posted by the_happy_hausfrau at 7:36 AM