31 Acts of Kindness in 31 Days: Did Potter Make It?

In honor of my August birthday I decided to try and perform 31 Acts of Kindness in 31 Days. I always try and be nice when I can (holding doors, giving up my seat, etc.) but I figured this would force me to find new ways to help people that I might not have thought of before.

These were my guidelines:

  • I’m unemployed right now so the Acts will cost little to no money. I kind of like that restriction because it will hopefully help me realize how much of a difference I can make it someone’s day without it costing anything.
  • The acts will vary in size and effort…Many will be small gestures. Again my hope is to make a difference in someone’s life and create personal habits that can last forever.
  • I’m going to publicize them on my social media channels. It’s not to draw attention to me – It’s to hopefully inspire others to do the same.

So how did I do? I had some successes and some failures. Here is my list:

  1. Interrupted some tourists to tell them where to get off the light rail – The stop they were planning on would require a MUCH longer walk
  2. Picked up poop left by another person’s dog (the full story)
  3. Used a gift card I had to take a friend who is also out-of-work out to lunch
  4. Told a stay-at-home mom at the playground about all the cool/cheap/free stuff I’ve found for kids this summer
  5. Gave up my seat on the bus so a guy could sit with his kid
  6. Let someone who seemed rushed at the grocery store cut in front me.
  7. Did some positive trolling – The Internet is FULL of negativity, so I intentionally surfed around complimenting people.IMG_4825
  8. Saved an octopus at Seahurst Beach in Burien (video here)
  9. Gave up my seat on the Light Rail for someone who didn’t necessarily need it (BTW I had to ask 5 people before someone took me up on it – People are very suspicious of kindness!)
  10. Left nice notes for people at work
  11. Helped a friend with their job search
  12. Picked up trash outside the Museum of Flight
  13. Gathered photos we’ve taken of friends and family and sent to them
  14. Complimented a stranger (which is way out of my comfort zone but felt good!)
  15. Donated to Goodwill
  16. While sharing a house with 10 people scrambled to get our family out at 6am because the Tiny Humans wouldn’t quiet down (so everyone else could sleep in)
  17. Helped a friend with some Social Media Marketing for his company
  18. Held the door for an overwhelmed parent (even though I wasn’t going that way)
  19. Invited a person who had been circling at the mall to follow me to my parking space so they could have it
  20. Sat in the car for 45 minutes so my Tiny Human could finish his nap
  21. Got free tickets to Wild Waves from work and passed the extra one on to a huge family in the parking lot
  22. Helped a friend get a handle on their email with some tips so they didn’t have 7,000 unread messages
  23. Candy and I invited friends to my parents house (who had power) for dinner during the blackout
  24. Shared a fundraising post for a friend online
  25. Picked up debris in my parents yard after the windstorm
  26. Donated gently used baby stuff to a friend in need
  27. Signed up to be a volunteer at the Tiny Human’s school

I had a lot of fun doing it but there were a couple areas I feel like I failed in. The most obvious is of course that I didn’t quite get to 31 Acts. I’m not going list any excuses, I just didn’t quite make it (at least not with specific Acts I could remember).

The other failure came down to posting on Social Media. I had every intention of posting about every Act every day, but my chaotic life got in the way. The goal was of course not to make myself look good, but to inspire others to possibly do nice little things for those in their life.

I really enjoyed it. There has definitely been a mindset change for me and I think I will regularly do more nice things for others than I have in the past. And next August I’m going to try and do 31 Acts in 31 Days again in honor of my birthday. You should try it too, even if your birthday is in February! Just be ready to step it up for Leap Year.

#31ACTS31DAYS: DAYS 11-20

I’m now over 2/3 of the way through my 31 Acts in 31 Days challenge. Get my report from the first 10 days here. Since then I have…

  • Saved an octopus at Seahurst Beach in Burien (video here)
  • Gave up my seat on the Light Rail for someone who didn’t necessarily need it (BTW I had to ask 5 people before someone took me up on it)
  • Left nice notes for people at work
  • Helped a friend with their job search
  • Picked up trash outside the Museum of Flight
  • Sent friends great photos I have taken of them and their kids
  • Complimented a stranger (which is way out of my comfort zone but felt good!)
  • Donated to Goodwill
  • Went Internet Trolling with positive thoughts:

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I still have more acts than days left in the month but I’m determined to get it done! Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Tracy Morgan to Host ‘SNL’ in 1st Show Since His Accident

This is not going to be a popular opinion BUT….Comedian Tracy Morgan is about to make a huge mistake.

NBC said on Monday that Tracy is scheduled to host “SNL” on Oct. 17th in one of its first new episodes of the fall season. This is a publicity stunt, I just hope the NBC brass have taken Tracy’s future into consideration.  Will this be the show where fans look at him with those pitiful, sorry, he’s-so-sad eyes?

We’ve all seen it. Often times when a performer isn’t well, she continues to perform and audiences suddenly have a changed perception of them. They are no longer amazing and are now looked at as tragic.  

He was critically injured in a car accident just a year ago and now Tracy Morgan will return to host “Saturday Night Live” in his first announced performance since the accident.

Now, I like Tracy Morgan. He has been an incredibly successful comedian. Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock and countless writing projects. BUT he has had a long road to recovery. What if he lost his spark?  I’d rather remember him as the goofy guy on 30 Rock.  

He said in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show in June that he hoped to return to comedy when he was able, adding, “When I’m there, you’ll know it. I’ll get back to making you laugh. I promise you.”

Let’s raise a glass to good health and pray that I’m wrong and he’ll appear healthy when he hits the SNL stage this fall because social media trolls will tear him and NBC apart if he’s not.

Podcast Episode 38: An Update On Our Job Search

In this episode:

  • Candy finally shares a story from a job interview that she was afraid to post on Facebook
  • Our Tiny Human is a smart ass
  • Listener sent us a list of “awkward questions for couples to answer together,” so we did

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Thank you for checking this out! There are 3 ways to listen:

  1. As a podcast! If you want to subscribe through iTunes you can use this link. If you use other podcasting software you can use this link.
  2. In an App! Our podcasts are posted through audioBoom. If you download the Free App for Android and iOS devices you can listen right from your phone or tablet. Once you install, just search for “candyandpotter” and follow us. You’ll get the new episode in your app each day.
  3. Simply click the player above in this post. New episodes will be posted here on our blog daily. The one downside of this method is it doesn’t work as well on mobile devices. You can also subscribe to the blog on the left side of the page and you’ll get an email when we post something new. It looks like this:

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THANK YOU so much for listening. And if you enjoy it please share it with anyone else that might like it! -Potter

#31Acts31Days: The First 10 Days

I’m now 10 days into my 31 Acts in 31 Days challenge. It’s been fun! Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  1. Interrupted some tourists to tell them where to get off the light rail – The stop they were planning on would require a MUCH longer walk
  2. Picked up poop left by another person’s dog
  3. Used a gift card I had to take a friend who is also out-of-work out to lunch
  4. Told a stay-at-home mom at the playground about all the cool/cheap/free stuff I’ve found for kids this summer
  5. Gave up my seat on the bus to so a guy could sit with his kid
  6. Let someone who seemed rushed at the grocery store cut in front me.
  7. Did some positive trolling – The Internet is FULL of negativity, so I intentionally surfed around complimenting people.

Is it true that 10 days in I’ve only completed 7 things? Yes. It’s mainly because I’ve been waiting for opportunities to arise. Now I’m starting to plan some ahead of time. Thanks for following along – I’m sharing in hopes others will be inspired to go slightly out of their way to improve someone else’s day!

31 Acts in 31 Days

In honor of my birthday this month I’ve decided to perform 31 Acts of Kindness in 31 Days.

I try and be a good citizen so I’m sure I do 5-10 Acts a month in general, but why not step it up and create new habits? I think this will be a chance to not only do nice things for people when it occurs to me, but to think further about what else I can do to improve the lives of others.

I’m sure I’ll face some challenges, like how do you mow a stranger’s yard without getting yelled at for trespassing?

Here are the guidelines I’m working with:

  1. The goal is 31 Acts in 31 Days. Even though that works out to one per day I’m not necessarily going to get one in every day – Other days will have multiple Acts.
  2. I’m unemployed right now so the Acts will cost little to no money. I kind of like that restriction because it will hopefully help me realize how much of a difference I can make it someone’s day without it costing anything.
  3. The acts will vary in size and effort…Many will be small gestures. Again my hope is to make a difference in someone’s life and create personal habits that can last forever.
  4. I’m going to publicize them on my social media channels. It’s not to draw attention to me – It’s to hopefully inspire others to do the same.

If you’d like to follow along subscribe to this blog or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat (potterradio). And thanks for your support!

Podcast Episode 37: How Is Candy Still Alive?

In this episode:

  • As we reminisce about the 4th of July we wonder how Candy survived her childhood.
  • Did we find Potter’s obituary?
  • Candy’s being a TV Snob about a specific show.

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Thank you for checking this out! There are 3 ways to listen:

  1. As a podcast! If you want to subscribe through iTunes you can use this link. If you use other podcasting software you can use this link.
  2. In an App! Our podcasts are posted through audioBoom. If you download the Free App for Android and iOS devices you can listen right from your phone or tablet. Once you install, just search for “candyandpotter” and follow us. You’ll get the new episode in your app each day.
  3. Simply click the player above in this post. New episodes will be posted here on our blog daily. The one downside of this method is it doesn’t work as well on mobile devices. You can also subscribe to the blog on the left side of the page and you’ll get an email when we post something new. It looks like this:

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THANK YOU so much for listening. And if you enjoy it please share it with anyone else that might like it! -Potter

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