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Before closing this year’s Twenty Five Days challenge, I just want to say thank you to everyone who participated and made my project possible. I am so thankful and feel so lucky to be surrounded by genuinely good people who care about the world they live in, and their effort to make it a better place. I’m also thankful and feel lucky to have such an amazing support system, near and far.

This has definitely been a different Christmas season. Being my last as a high schooler, I tried extremely hard to take it all in and took great strides to make this year memorable, but despite that, it all flew by really fast. This is bittersweet for me, I feel that I’ve most definitely made the most of this season and anticipate things to come, but at the same time I can’t help but feel a little sad seeing another Christmas leave.

That being said, I am so happy to have had this project be part of my Christmas season. I had opportunities within my community that I’ve missed in past years, and my project has allowed me to create opportunities that many high school students don’t even know are out there. By far, my favorite part of doing my project has been and will always be making connections with those who surround me, whether they are elementary students or elementary teachers. This is always something that’s really special for me and I want to say thank you to everyone for making that possible.

So, without further adieu I present you with this year’s Twenty Five Days winner: Zoe!

Zoe is a kid blogger at Deeds in December who has worked very hard this holiday season to do and blog about all of her awesome work! Zoe will be choosing where this year’s donation goes. Awesome job Zoe!!

Zoe is Blogging to Make a Difference!

Earlier this month I worked with Zoe to create her blog, Deeds in December. Soon after Zoe was online and working on her first blog post, shew shared with me what her experience was like.

She told me that editing her blog and customizing themes was her favorite and easiest part of the process. The hardest, she said, was thinking of a name because some of her original ideas had already been taken. Zoe also shared that she was very excited about making her own blog, and there’s nothing to be nervous about. She wrote, “it’s so fun!”

Zoe hopes that her blog inspires people to do good deeds and make a difference. Please take a couple minutes today to cheer her on here, she’s doing some really cute deeds!



Random Acts of Kindness

Often I find myself a bit stuck and I don’t know what good deed to do for a the day. I don’t want to do the same things that I’ve done in the past, yet being a busy teenager I don’t always have a lot of time or money to donate to making a difference. This poses a question that has been present since I first started my blog several years ago: is there a list of good deed ideas somewhere out there?

I discovered Random Acts of Kindness years ago through a visitor to Twenty Five Days, and since it’s been one of my favorite places to refer to when I get stuck. Here, they provide lists of ideas for random acts of kindness that you can narrow down by choosing how much time and money you can give. This is really awesome. I love the thought of random acts of kindness, in fact some of the best deeds others have shared with me included taping dollars to toy aisle shelves in the dollar store, and putting quarters in parking meters along busy streets. Random acts of kindness are often short and sweet, yet make a stranger’s day better, and I think that’s really powerful.

You might like this idea for a birthday celebration too. Watch:


One Week of 25 Days

Today marks the end of the first week of my 25×25 Days challenge, and I’m so excited about all that’s going on. Not only are the kid bloggers doing some great stuff, but I’m also seeing some awesome good deeds among my community and family friends.

So far, I feel that my work here has been more meaningful than it was in the past. Maybe it’s because I’m older and I’m more able to understand what I’m doing, but I also feel that helping to shine the light on others has helped me feel more rewarded. I don’t feel that the spotlight should be expected when doing good deeds, and in fact most of the deeds I do go unseen. However, I do think that it’s important to recognize the wonderful work of others, which is what I’m striving to do here, and somehow, sharing it online builds energy. When I see people offline, they’re telling me what they are doing, and it really makes the holidays brighter.

The last time I did this project in a big way, I was more connected to people online, and it seemed like those who were doing the project were in places far away from me. This time, I’m spending a lot more time working with kids face to face, and I love it! They are doing some awesome things too. Catherine and Evan have made ornaments for a military member in their family and there are many at WNY Young Writer’s Studio who have been working to do good deeds every day and writing about it in their journals. For example, Anna Kane, a friend of mine there, has made seasoning packets to donate to a local food pantry and everyone in her family is doing good deeds too. All of this is really inspiring.

I’m so grateful for the support of my friends and family, and even more grateful for all that others are doing beside me, particularly those who are willing to share them online or talk about them in my workshops. So often, we spend time complaining, worrying, or talking about the things that bother us. When we start talking about the good we are trying to do, we give each other ideas and we change the energy in the room so much. The holidays can be a very stressful time. Making a commitment to this project slows me down enough to recognize small things people are doing to be kind each day. It’s wonderful.

What Do You Do With an Idea? A Book Review

what do you do

Kobi Yamada’s What Do You Do With an Idea? is one of my favorite illustrated books currently. Not only is it filled with beautiful pictures, blooming from pencil drawings to gorgeous color illustrations, but it also conveys such an important theme: Yamada shares with people of all ages that no matter how crazy an idea may seem, it’s important to stick with it because ideas change the world. Some of our best good deeds come from our craziest ideas, and that’s why I thought to share it with you.

I’ve used this book in both workshops and I shared it last week with the kids at North Collins and I’d recommend it to anyone, it really is an awesome book!