Good Deeds week 6th – 12th October

This is my weekly update on my challenge to do at last 1 Good Deed a day for a year. I follow in the footsteps of Judith O’Reilly who was the inspiration for this project. I read her book “A Year of Doing Good” and began my own diary of deeds on the day I began her book. On this journey I’ve met a wonderful friend call Harula who has joined me on a yearly challenge of her own. Her own weekly list of deeds is its own inspiration to me and today I’m going to follow her example of recording Good deeds given to me as well as the deeds I do for others, where I can show my huge appreciation and gratitude for gifts others give to me and make my life a richer experience.

Good deedsOctober 6th – Gave some money to a diabetes charity collection at the shops, then headed over and helped my Mum pick apples this week. Good deed returned: Mum filled a basket with tomatoes, beans, fresh eggs and pears for us to enjoy.

October 7th – A quiet day today and just a book review. Good deeds returned: A friend has organised an evening out for us next week and has offered to do the driving too.

October 8th – Finished reading a brilliant book today, written and sent off the review to the author, but you’ll have to wait a while for it to appear on the blog. Oh ok, I’ll tell you the title. “Death of the Mad Hatter” by Sarah Pepper. Sent off my November copy of Rosie’s Book Reviews to the Fleet Life editor. Good deeds received: Had an abundance of thanks for taking the time to fit in a last minute book review for the November Issue.

October 9th – Another book review today, this one was for Johnny Worthen and his book “Beatrysel”. Good Deeds received, Johnny was thrilled with the post, he intended to spread it far and wide, and he agreed to come back and be our guest for an author interview in a few weeks time.

October 10th – Today I’ve posted a guest author interview for Serena Faifax. May she benefit from the extra promotional exposure.

October 11th – Bought a new eco-friendly shopping bag to replace one that I’ve had for years, but is now wearing out. This will help reduce the number of plastic bags I’m offered. Also gave some money for a children’s Hospice appeal.

October 12th – Time with the family today, so just a book review post, sharing tweets and supporting other bloggers. Am reading more books for reviews all the while.

Good Deeds Week June23rd – 29th

During this week I will officially pass my 10th week of Good Deeds, I started back on April the 16th, a Tuesday. Now I blog from Sunday to Saturday giving you, my readers, a weekly update on my challenge to follow in the footsteps of Judith O’Reilly author of “A Year of Doing Good”, who inspired this series of posts. If this book is new to you catch up with my review of the book here

My challenge is to complete at least 1 Good Deed a day for a year. I have already inspired others to take up the challenge and to draw on the good effect this can have on their own lives and I am especially thrilled to hear each week of others who are picking up the baton. I hereby invite you to join in too and let me know how you got on and what surprises came to you as a result.

Here’s an example; I have baked cakes and cookies which I take as gifts to friends when I visit, then the good came back to me and I won a years supply of rice and pasta! Which again I turned into a good deed as I have been able to give much of it away after providing free meals for my family.

Friends and family pass on books to me which I read, review and blog about, in turn more people send me books and the cycle continues. I pass on my love of books across the globe and back again.

Good deedsJune 23rd – I now look forward to Sunday posts where I catch up with Harula and we swop our Good Deed posts, they inspire us to continue and it’s so lovely to read what others are doing. Here is a link to Harula’s blog for you to enjoy her posts as much as me. Sent 2 books to my mother-in-law to read and received 3 books back from her for me to read.

June 24th – Drove my daughter and two of her school friends to the Sixth Form College for their taster morning, helped to start some new paperwork checks at work which need implementing. Rang another work colleague and offered some extra help. Found my jam jar of saved coins in the kitchen and realised that I’d not put any money in it for a while. Added some money.

June 25th – Found money on the ground near my car at work, so saved it for my jam jar. I’m the person who goes around looking at the ground, usually to stop myself tripping over invisible objects, but it does mean I have the potential to spot shiny objects on the ground. Over the years I’ve found quite a lot of money; My best was £20 at the Boxing Day races! I certainly came home with more than I won on the horses! I once found £10 on the floor of a charity shop, but I felt I couldn’t pocket that due to the location, I was quite gutted at the time! Anyway back to today, I was going to dodge out of work quickly when my conscious reminded me of a phone call which needed making. I hesitated, should I pretend to forget it and leave it for someone else? No! my “Good Deeds” inner voice shouted! Oh Bother! Took 2 minutes to make the phone call which didn’t make any dent in my time, but meant the job was done. “See, I was right” said my inner Good Deeds voice smugly. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Replied my inner adolescent child.

June 26th – The July issue of Fleet Life has arrived and I’ve scanned my page of book reviews ready to post on Monday when the online version goes live. Due to the imminent summer holidays, deadlines for the August and September issues all have to be completed by the 19th July, so today I’ve sent off my copy for the August issue. I love doing the “Big Reveal” at the beginning of each month and sometimes surprising authors with the news of their free book promotion.

June 27th – It’s school prom night tonight, so I’m firstly a taxi driver today as the girls get ready. Later tonight they are going to the prom in a horsebox! Which they’ve done up like a party bus. Have bought snacks for any of the pre or post prom parties and I have got flowers and beers for the two wonderful parents who are providing the transport and the after party sleepover. Posted a devilish writing prompt on the community storyboard site involving writing using a dialect.

June 28th – It’s Friday and the evening is warm and sultry, so I’ve decided to go and watch my son play cricket under the false pretences that it will be a lovely way to spend a few hours. However out team’s game has been allocated the pitch in the middle of a field with very little shelter and the black clouds are heading our way. Then it starts to rain! Rain doesn’t stop much play in youth cricket, so I huddled with other mother’s under umbrella’s as we muttered about the umpires and the English weather. My good deed was being their to support the team who played badly in poor conditions, we clapped each lad who bravely faced bowlers who had better luck and sad as it may be us Mum’s were thankful when the game ended early as the opposition walked all over our team. We hurried back to the warmth of our waiting cars and left the menfolk mumbling about the state of play. I gathered are a few pieces of litter and couldn’t wait to get home!

June 29th – Agreed to review 2 more books for authors, finished reading another book and posted my review on the blog and at Goodreads. Will sort out some more books to pass on to my Mother-in-law. Took cakes when we went to tea with the relatives. Did some weeding in the garden and watered some thirsty looking plants for the mother-in-law. Hope this made up for the fact that I had to tell her that the jam was “off”, my son said the pate smelt “funny” and my husband commented on the cracked china – oops!

Good Deeds week 9th -15th June

Good deedsThis little project started on the 16th April when I read a book written by Judith O’Reilly called “A Year of Doing Good”. On the day I began the book, I started to note down any good deeds that I did for others as an experiment. I managed at least 1 deed a day until the end of April, so vowed to try and continue the challenge. Along the way I met Harula who took up the baton and now on a Sunday we both post our weekly diary of Good Deeds. Others are joining too, it’s such a positive thing to try to do. So without further ado here are my deeds for this week.

June 9th – Hopped to Harula’s blog today and read her very inspirational blog. Followed a link to the Happster blog and loved it for anyone seeking a dose of happiness. I love this meeting place that we are creating on a Sunday. E-mailed a friend to wish her well as she leaves her job this week.

June 10th – My morning helping out at the local school, took along an extra pair of hands today, so two of us helped out. Picked up litter on our way home. My guest author on the blog this morning wrote about falling in love with an asylum seeker and its difficulties, gave her some publicity. Was chuffed to see a copy of Fleet life with my monthly book reviews on the magazine table at the chiropractor clinic when I had an appointment today.

June 11th – A work day today, tried to do a bit extra work so my overworked colleague has a little less in her pile. Nipped into the supermarket in between taxi driving the children, was extra friendly to the check out girl after the customer before me was rather grumpy, put a smile back on her face.

June 12th – A slow day today and just a book to finish for a review. A bit frustrated because the “Like” button on all the WordPress pages I go to today is stuck on “loading….” Have tried to tweak my computer but it doesn’t help, it leaves me feeling incomplete, I should use the opportunity to write comments instead, but I don’t want to on all the sites, feeling a bit Bah Humbug!

June 13th – Started a new book and added the details to Goodreads as I couldn’t find it on their records, hopefully this will help the author with a bit more publicity. Posted reviews from yesterday’s  book. Hooray the “Like” button is back working again on my WordPress family sites, I’m back in action. Later I put some money in to a donation box at the shops.

June 14th – Remembered a friends birthday and wrote out a card, took it to the post box. I took a bag with me to put litter in but at first I felt really stupid about being seen picking up litter. I heard a car approaching so didn’t pick up the first piece, the second piece was too near a group of workmen for me to feel comfortable stooping down to pick up someone else’s rubbish. I berated myself as I passed the third piece, vowing to pick up the very next piece that I saw. I nearly missed it, but dived down at the last minute to remove a scrap of card. I held it tight like a trophy and walked on depositing it in the bin next to the post box. Triumphant I posted my letter and headed back home on a circular route avoiding the workmen. I scooped up four more pieces of litter and dropped them all in my wheelie bin as I arrived home, I felt more comfortable now with my good deed and I smiled to myself. Later I spent 2 hours trying to set up a new DVD recorder for my parents, it was complicated due to their “Freeview” box and the “easy, automatic setup” just wouldn’t work. Technical jargon confuses me and Google was no help as the lap top took too long to load. I tried but failed.

June 15th – It’s the “Power of Smile Day” according to the Happster blog (see above link), so I re-tweeted their post. Set up another post for a blog tour promotion as it coincided with a book I read today.

So what do you think? Is doing a good deed a day something positive which could bring happiness to all our lives? Can it make us a better person? Do we really stop and think about being grateful when others do good deeds for us? I know we will all have different perceptions of what a good deed is, but I think that stopping and thinking about them a little more can only be a good thing.

Week 3 of good deeds…

Congratulations Harula on another week of the challenge.


With joyful celebration I share my third week of Good Deeds, a challenge I am taking one week at a time, with the intention of allowing it to grow and flourish into a full year, and perhaps beyond!

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Monday 3rd June

Successfully removed a live tick from one of my students who’d been for a relaxing walk in the woods alone, only to return with unwanted company:-) Wrote a carefully worded email on behalf of another student regarding payment issues which, due to her difficulty with the language, were not yet resolved. Posted a review for an author, Harry Steinman, on Do read it…the book I mean:-) It’s excellent!

AND good deed(s) received: Received lots of blogging love and appreciation for a poem I posted called ‘The Kindness Drum’ – thanks everyone!

Tuesday 4th…

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Good Deeds June 2nd – June 8th

Good deedsWe’ve started the ball rolling! My new friend Harula has had two people say they will join us in this year of Good Deeds challenge which was inspired when I read ” A Year of Doing Good” by Judith O’Reilly. How about joining us?

June 2nd – My weekly catch up with fellow challenger Harula led me to reblog her post here on my blog to show everyone the amazing Good Deeds that she managed this week. I hope we can inspire more people to join us in this challenge.

June 3rd – Back to school this week and I can tick off my Good Deed today when I volunteer at the local school for an hour and a half. Am busy setting up book launches and drafts for the next issue of Fleet Life, plus trying to finish reading another book.

June 4th – Dropped round some sponsorship money for a friend who is going to run a “Race for Life” in a few weeks in aid of breast cancer. My friends daughter started running 3 or 4 years ago while her mum was dealing with the disease, now fully recovered my friend runs along side her daughter raising much needed funds for the charity. This year they have a good friend who is in a hospice whilst they run, please spend a moment sending support for anyone that you know who is suffering at this time.

June 5th – Finished reading another book and wrote reviews, drafted a new guest author post ready for Monday. Robyn will be telling us about herself and her book of memoirs.

June – 6th Bought raffle tickets sent home from the children’s school thus supporting a very local cause.

June – 7th Had a completely mad start to the day when I popped a load of washing on to wash only to realise that my son’s only pair of school trousers were spinning around getting very wet in the machine and he needed to be wearing them in 45 minutes. Frantically reprogrammed the machine to rinse and spin and agonised for 20 minutes until it released the door, shoved the trousers into the tumble dryer for a speed dry then ironed them with a hot iron, they were only slightly damp when we left for school, hey-ho! Helped a man pick up his shopping that he had dropped in the supermarket. Posted a popular book review and got lots of hits on my blog so I must be sharing the book with lots of people.

June – 8th A lovely sunny day today, I was able to take my reading out in to the garden and was surrounded by the birds and insects whilst I read. Nipped out to the shops and left a donation for a Diabetes charity at the supermarket.

Check out my fellow Good Deed challenger Harula and see what she’s been doing this week,

Week 2 of good deeds…

Please read about the wonderful blog that Harula is wrting each week in her own Good deeds challenge, and Great News! more people are joining us! Will you be next to take up the baton and run with it?


Here is my second week of Good Deeds, a challenge I am taking one week at a time, with the intention of allowing it to grow and flourish into a full year, and perhaps beyond!

For the original post see:

Monday 27th May

Had a long conversation with one of my students over lunch, giving it my full attention even though I was feeling quite stretched as the morning session had run over, and I wasn’t yet fully prepared for the afternoon.

AND good deed(s) received: A fellow blogger left a comment on my previous good deeds post saying she would join the fun! Hooray:-) Thanks so much…

Tuesday 28th

I agreed for a South Korean teacher, who happened to be staying here in the community too, to join in on and observe one of my lessons. She wanted to see how I combine teaching English with personal…

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