Saturday, December 31, 2011

The End?! Or just another Beginning!?

Happy New Year Everyone! This has been a extraordinary year for me (Daena) as I have been working to complete a kind act everyday for the last year! Today is the last day! Where has this year gone? But I won't quit being kind to others or going out of my way to make someone else's day just that little bit more friendly, loving or unexpected! 
I have also witnessed some awesome people doing kind acts for people they don't know! For those that have been following my blog, you would know about the act of kindness I received when my car broke down (a nice bottle of bubbly). Tonight in the spirit with which I received the gift, I will be sharing it with some of my closest friends... One last kind act for the year! 
I also witnessed a family friend make & then donate 93 baby/cot quilts to charities! The one thing I particularly love about this friend, is that she has found something she loves to do, make quilts, and she has just kept going at it, pursuing what she enjoys and gives away what she has no need of! I love the Idea of finding something you love doing & turning it into something you can give/share/teach/help others with! 
So for the last note of the year, I want to thank everyone who has been an encourager, receiver, giver or motivator for me, those who have shared their stories with me, and lastly those that have challenged themselves! You have inspired me to keep going! THANK YOU! 
Have a safe & happy new years eve 2011, and watch this space for Project 25- 2012! 
Luv Daena x

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas/Hannukah/Holiday Season!

Hey Everyone,

Well the New Year is creeping decidedly closer - And the good deeds are mounting!

I love that the Christmas Season brings kindness and love to the forefront of our minds. Yesterday i witnesses a pair of people performing random acts of kindness, they were stopping all the cars from going down a road that had a major car accident on it! They were giving people advice about where the best way to go around it was. But they were ultimately helping the 4 police cars, 2 ambulances, and the fire engines that were there (So you can tell how big this accident was). I know it wasn't their job but they were helping our emergency services and i was very grateful that i didn't have to witness any of the gory details!

I appologise for not putting up any more RAK - but my computer seems to not want to add the photos! :( So will have to try again another time! :)

And please... drive safe on the roads! Your family and friends want you around for years to come! :)
Have a great day tomorrow (Christmas)!
Luv Daena

Monday, December 19, 2011

You will have to forgive me for being so slow...

Hey everyone,
You will have to forgive me for being so slow on getting the last half of the year up, as i have just started a new job and have been away for work already to the heart of Western Australia (the state where i live)! I had a blast and have come back with some very strange tan lines and some amazingly huge blisters but I did love it!

I also wanted to tell you about an RAK that I received!

A couple of weeks ago now (just before i left for my trip) I was sitting in my car, who had kindly broken down on a hot day (it just doesn't like to work when its hot!) and i was waiting for the RAC repair man to come and help me start her again! (yes my car is a girl). I was sitting with the bonnet up and it was about 35degrees Celsius in the shade, which thankfully i had parked my car in the shade! As i sat there a lady pulled in beside me in a nice car and asked if i was okay and if i was waiting for someone. I told her that i was waiting for the RAC man and that my car was old and just didn't like to work sometimes! She gave me a smile, and said she understood what it was like to have an old car when she was younger. She wished me goodluck and went inside.

About 20mins later, as the RAC man was just putting the finishing touches on the repair for my car the same woman came out from the shops. She walked over to me and handed me a bottle of champagne! As she was parked next to me i had that moment when i thought she just wanted me to hold it for her while she got in the car herself. But then she said "I really do know what its like to have an old car, and i know its really tough for it to be playing up around christmas! So here!" And she looked at the bottle now in my hands and said "Merry Christmas! I hope things get better for you!"

I was gobsmacked! I asked her repeatedly if she was sure that this bottle of champagne was for me... and she assured me it was! She left with a massive smile on her face and i left feeling good even though i was hot and bothered and my car was playing up!

The funny thing was the RAC mans reaction:
RAC man: "Did she just give you a bottle of Champagne?"
Me: "Yep"
RAC man: "Wow! Did you know her?"
Me: "Nope"
RAC man:"Wow! That reminds me...a few weeks ago one of my colleagues was working on a job and was handed a brown box by a stranger. Inside it was a box of chocolates and a card that read "You have just recieved a Random Act of Kindness - Please pass one on to someone else!"" He looked at me still holding the brown paper bag. "That was really nice of that lady to give that bottle of Champagne to you!"
Me: "Yeah! It really was!"

I was really impressed! and very happy to see small changes happening in the world! :)
I know that its not all my hard work but when you run a project like Project 25 or 365days of Kindness you start to realise that it does make a difference in the world! No matter how small you slowly see the goodness creep into the universe and find you! You see the way people are affected by kindness, if it is simply by holding the door open for someone or in my case giving a bottle of champagne to a stranger who is having car troubles! Everything makes a differnece! :)

And even though i don't know that ladies name, what she does for a living, or if and who shes married to, she made a difference to me in that moment! So to that lady who i will never know... THANK YOU!

I hope you all will have a wonderful Christmas season and that you will remember that Christmas is all about hope, kindness and love.
Daena xx

Monday, November 28, 2011

"One Good Turn" - The West Australian Newspaper - Inside Cover

Yesterday I was given a copy of The West Australian newspaper from Friday 25, 2011 (p.10) and i was very happy to discover that there was a recognition of kindnesses people have done for others.

I apologize for the quality... i am just learning how to use my new phone camera! And i don't think i have quite got the gist yet! I was encouraged to contact the editor of this page Malcolm Quekett as i suggest you do too if you live in Western Australia ( ). I hope that we have more of these types of articles in our newspapers from now on! It looks promising!

I thought you all might enjoy the article.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

RAK's for May 2011

Just so i am slowly catching up on these... here are the ones for May!!! :)


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

April RAK's

Hi Everyone,
I am starting to think that i should also include what people have done for me that is a RAK. I mean i find that the more i give to others the more i receive. I have some awesome friends - as i am sure everyone does! They do things for me that i am so grateful for.  From little things like buying my dinner, to buying me a drink (as i had this week when i finished my last exam!). I have even had people/strangers compliment me at the shops and people congratulate me on my achievement of completing my masters that i have only met once or twice! I am so grateful for everyone in my life as they have helped me to be the person i am today! So THANK YOU to those who have supported this project, Project 25 -Random Acts of Kindness or for even just kept me sane during my life!

I just wanted to say that before i included the RAKs from April ....

 Hope you enjoy these! Had a lot of fun again... and some things might seem ordinary but i believe they have been received with gratitude!

Thanks again for reading all these! :)


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trying to Catch up... MARCH's RAK

Well as I have been so busy with University and life... I have been falling behind with uploading the RAKs so here is another months worth... just to help catch up! :) 

I will try and upload the next ones very soon... and i may even be able to catch up with where i am at soon! Then i can post only one page at a time... fingers crossed!
Luv Daena

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Project 25 - relaunched for 2012!

Hello again lads and ladies, This is just an update on whats been happening in the last few weeks! No more uploads just yet... i know I'm a little slack... and for that i am sorry! But i have just finished my masters degree at University, so i have a little more time to commit to getting this out there in the future! :)

Well after Facebook telling me that the 'group' i had, that this blog was inspired from, was to be archived. I have managed to create a 'page' for "Project 25 - Random Acts of Kindness". I have very little experience with the pages and groups and even blogs... as you can probably tell my sporadic blogging here... But Project 25 was my first idea of how to make the world a better place.

For those that do not know the history of Project 25, i will share a little of it here with you. On my 24th Birthday (June 2009) I decided that i didn't want presents the next year... instead i wanted other people to do stuff as a 'gift' to me and send me a small report. Then i began to realize what a small vision that was and wanted people to try and do as many Random Acts of Kindness as they could in a whole year. So that by my 25th Birthday (hence Project 25) there would be people all over the world helping out others in their communities and with people they had come in contact with, no matter how fleeting!

So in the time between my birthdays (June 2009 - June 2010), a whole year we managed to write approximately 35 Random Acts of Kindness Reports to share - if you are interested you can always check out the Facebook page in the 'Photos' as i have now uploaded the photos of Project 25's reports! They are amazing! Worth a read! :)

So i was trying to encourage people to be more active and this year was my new attempt for Project 25 - Random Acts of Kindness 2011. I wanted to be a great role model so my wacky idea of 365 Days of Kindness came to fruition. I wanted to make sure that this year we had more than only 35 reports so one for everyday has been my challenge. I have still been receiving some RAK reports from others and that has been amazing... but i keep trying to encourage others to report what they are doing in their communities! If you're on Facebook and want to tell me an RAK you can always Private message me and i can put your kindnesses up with mine (and keep it annonymous if you want!). :) The original aim for Project 25 was 1000 kindnesses in a year.... and i probably have about 375 at the moment... so please feel free to add as many as you like of the things you have done this year to the facebook page!

Well, thats all from me at the moment. I want to thank everyone who has been supporting me, Project 25 - Random Acts of Kindness and as you have all made a really big difference in my life... and those around you by acting kindly!

Peace be with you!
Luv Daena

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Better late than never,,,

I know it has been some time since i last posted some of my random acts of kindness online, but it doesnt mean that i have stopped doing them! In fact it has been going pretty well. Its amazing how easy it is to do nice things for others, particularly when it becomes a habit!

Anyways, Here is all of the February RAK's & Some of March! :) 

Hope you enjoy!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

But wait... There's more...

Well its kind of impressive for me that I am doing this more than once a month! :) I'm trying to upload these so that there is not so much work when it comes to December!

I guess then its kind of advanced laziness! The rest of January is included here...

WOW.... that means the first month of the year has been uploaded! YAY! 1/12th of the way there for the 365 days of kindness! :) Technically i have done more than 50% of it but 1/12th is now uploaded! :) YAY! I'm so happy i have been that organised! :)
Thanks for the support!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Finally a few more kindnesses to show! :) From the SAYC in January.

Recently someone asked if i had ever Google'd myself... and i have to admit that i am a little bit if a narcissist and that i did do it a few months ago (which actually helped me as i was looking for a website that appeared with my name... but that's a whole other story). This time i decided to do it again... and check out the "Google Images" for myself and it came back with an article written about SAYC with photos of some of the awesome leaders in it! So i thought i would post it here just to give you an idea of what it is to do a Salvation Army Youth Camp.

New Look for Youth Camp - SAYC photo

I have also included the RAKs i did during that time. So i hope you enjoy them as they took alot out of me... as the whole camp could have been considered a GIANT Act of Kindness! but i thought that would be a little bit of a cop out! So i persisted with my "little things", my little kindnesses.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this as I'm slowly trying to get these images/cards up of the RAK's i have been doing everyday since January 1, which will continue to December 31st.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Finally a few more kindnesses to show! :)

I know that its now July and I'm still working on scanning in the January cards, but my love for doing things by hand has outweighed my eagerness to share what i have been up to! :) So i hope you don't mind the wait... and enjoy these as ideas that can be used in everyday life, whether you are doing 365 Days of Kindness or you are doing Project 25. From doing something nice for your parent without having to be nagged to do it, or whether it be spending some of your hard earned cash to make another person smile! Its all one step closer to making this world a better place.

I'll load some more soon.