Welcome to my weekly roundup of my year long challenge to do one Good deed a day for a year. This challenge began back in April 2013 and is still going strong, I’m now entering my twelfth month. My inspiration came from reading “A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. Here is what I’ve been up to this week.
March 23rd – Took my daughter out for a driving lesson this afternoon, ended up helping my Mum on her computer while my Dad volunteered to do the driving lesson. It was great for my Dad to be able to spend some time helping his Granddaughter, it made him feel really useful.
March 24th – Sent my son to school with money for the Sports Relief collection.
March 25th – Sent off my book recommendation copies for the May issues of Fleet Life and Elvethan Heath Directory. Really early copy deadlines due to the Easter holidays.
March 26th – Traded help on the computer for another driving lesson today for my daughter and everyone was happy.
March 27th – Dropped some coins into the Diabetes charity pot whilst at the Supermarket, I feel it’s been a while since I last made a voluntary money donation. See how natural it’s become part of my life? I look back at Monday’s line and see I gave money only a few days ago. When you make a conscious decision to donate more “It’s only money, you can’t take it with you when you leave this life” It removes the guilt/ selfish factor which likes to yell “But it’s mine I earnt it”. Yes but giving some back to others sends out hope into the world.
March 28th -Read a really great article this morning which has been trending on Twitter by Elyse Salpeter. It talks about a bit of a change on Twitter that’s taking place where people are looking to interact more with followers rather than posting AT them. We all know the biggest turn off are tweets which basically just shout “Buy my book, buy my book”. This turning over a new leaf and treating people once more as humans is following a re-curing theme this week. Yesterday I finished 2 books, The Rubicon Effect by Roy Dimond which talks about a grounds up revolution to help solve our worlds destruction by taking back our rights to choose “Politicians are not the solution to the problems”. That should raise some eye-brows!
My second book was “Sugar Coatin’ is for Candy and Pacifyin’ is for kids” by Nonnie Jules. Apart from having a serendipity moment while reading her book on the back of Roy’s, she too has some great advice on interacting with your readers and followers. Her short book is a collection of her best blog posts and at 77p or $1.27 it is good value for money.
Set some of these new ideas into motion with some better wording of my own tweets. What type of Tweets do you re-tweet? What Tweets appeal to you?
Launched a Spring Reads collection on the blog today. Just some of the books that I’ve recently been really impressed by and I included one about Iceland for a good friend who reminded me of Iceland today as he is there on Holiday for a few days. Here is the link to the post. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-536
March 29th – A bit of a strange day, the internet struggles to hold on to just one open page at a time, let alone the multitude of tabs I usually have open all at the same time. So instead I got on with my reading and chuntered under my breath in frustration. Finished reading Reborn by Cherie Reich, read a short story called One Chance by Rishika Sitlani and began re-reading The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, it’s such a good series that it deserves more exposure. Agreed to help an author Paul Collins out with his request to have an author interview here on the blog in May.
Oh Rosie, I remain in awe of your ability to read soooo much, and of your patience and skill with computers!!! Great that your Dad was able to take your daughter out driving, that sounds like a wonderful GD exchange! “Politicians are not the solution to the problems” – now that’s a truth that doesn’t just raise my eyebrows, but raises my sense of hope! We are all free to make choices about how we live our lives that can make this world a better place. If we wait for the politicians…well, let’s just not… Much love and have a great week my friend, Harula xxxxxx
Thank you Harula, I’ve been enjoying reading some thought provoking books lately.
You put some of us to shame Rosie but I did put my change from the paper shop in the charity tin. Today I intend to donate to the hospice Julia passed away in, they were wonderful and royalties from my books go there too. That should cover the cost of a cuppa for someone.
Reminder to self- sell more books.
Why is your friend holidaying in a frozen food Supermarket?
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Ha ha, both chilly places.
To get away from teaching children to drive is a good thing.
It can be quite stressful.
Lots of good reading you are getting between good deeds 🙂 Looking forward to your A-Z.