Tag Archives: little things

And apparently E-cards work!

10 Apr

I just was mentioned on Twitter with a link to the blog post of my friend who I sent the E-card to:

Feels so good that I could make someone’s day just with a little thing like that!

And check out her blog to see some truly uplifting and encouraging stuff. It will make you smile. Guaranteed.

Free E-cards are the way to go

10 Apr

Sometimes when I am reminded how much I miss someone or love someone, it is nice to send a card “just because.” However, every once in a while, it needs to happen quickly or I don’t have a stamp, so it can be tough.

That’s where free e-cards come into play! While there are many websites online that allow you to send e-cards to friends and family, it’s nice to know that you can do it for free any time of the day with 123 Greetings.

For example: try sending an e-card to your friend to tell them you’re thinking about them. Or your mom and dad to tell them thanks for always being there. Or to your kids to tell them you love them.

A little encouragement can go a long way.

Today’s choice of card… one with a funny little rooster telling a friend to have a happy day! Just what she needs.

And remember… they are free, so you can send as many as you want!

Royal Caribbean… really treated royally

22 Mar

Although I have been away from the keyboard for the week, I have a good reason. As you may remember in my post about saving money on vacation, I have been on a cruise to the Bahamas for my senior spring break with 15 of my closest friends.

The Cruise Girls

Not only did I successfully exceed the challenge of enjoying a relaxing week, but I also relished in being treated like a queen. Wow, does Royal Caribbean do it up right, or what?!

The service was absolutely incredible! From what I discovered, they have something called Gold Anchor Cruise Service where they choose to go above and beyond the call of duty while guests are on the ship (and at various ports).

For example, our room attendant, Ryan, left us this little guy on the bed at night when Ryan came to set up the ladders for the bunk beds while we were at dinner.

Woof, woof

However, the most impressive part of the week was the  Food and Beverage Staff, including our hilarious waiter, Rodante. He always made sure that we had exactly what we needed and way more than enough of our “yum, yum” (aka dessert).

See…

Rodante & the "yummy, yummy por da tummy"

In fact, on the last night, we requested sprinkles, and although he couldn’t find any, he brought us a plate of chocolate and white chocolate shavings (which obviously are 10 thousand times better than regular sprinkles).

Not only did they serve well, but they could sing well, too! Jesus, another waiter, serenaded my roommate (and lovely cruise planner), Beth. Maybe the singing wasn’t quite up to par with the original, but we liked his version of the song better anyway.

Musical Stylings of Jesus (pronounced "Hey-soos" not like "Gee-zus")

Overall, the cruise was super memorable and those employees definitely deserve a hand for dealing with our messy rooms and hungry appetites all week. Way to go!

Have y’all ever experienced service like we did on a cruise or anywhere else? I’d love to see who else is really making guests feel special!

THX THX THX

2 Mar

Dear thxthxthx.com,

Thank you for… well… writing thank you notes. They are charmingly witty and entertaining. I always can count on the randomness in your life. In case you’re wondering, today I am thankful for chocolate animal crackers. They are so much better than regular animal crackers. It makes me feel like a kid again when I eat the elephant’s nose before anything else.

Much love,

Lauren

Pay It Forward

25 Feb

First thing that comes to my mind about Random Acts of Kindness… the movie Pay It Forward. Where Haley Joel Osment takes on the challenge to change the world by paying forward a favor to three people, rather than back to one.

Ever since that movie I have always been a huge proponent of Random Acts of Kindness, or RAKs for short. They make the person’s day and ultimately make your day for making someone else’s day (as I make you confused with all of this “making”).

All in all, that’s a win/win!

There is an organization called the “Random Acts of Kindness Foundation” where people can share their stories about RAKs and also get ideas of RAKs for other people. As I was looking through them, I realized how often I witness RAKs or benefit from them.

So here is my RAK story of the week that you can adapt for people in your life:

On Monday, I woke up in the middle of the night very nauseous and with a horrible sore throat. I also had awful dreams, so needless to say, I didn’t get a whole lot of good sleep. After class, I left immediately for work. When I arrived, there was a little surprise on my desk!

My boss, Brittany, brought everyone in the office a Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato! I had never had one before and if you haven’t either, let me just tell you: it was divine. Running on no sleep and having a rough day, there was nothing better than being reminded that someone was thinking of me. Just what I needed!

Photo courtesy of Jessica Henry's mad iPhone picture-taking skills.

It reminded me of how much fun it is to be the receiver (and the giver) of RAKs. I absolutely love to surprise people with little gifts or notes when they least expect it. I think my favorite RAK is probably the easiest of all time… receiving a nice “hello” or a smile from someone who I don’t know. Kind of like when people don’t even realize they are doing anything for me by having a huge smile while they walk through campus. But, you know what they say: smiling is contagious!

It makes me want to be intentional with “paying it forward” by passing on the RAK to someone who needs it. You never know who really needs a good smile on their face that day.

I’m making a list of people to pay it forward to, but I’m open to suggestions!

What are the best RAKs you have ever received? Or given for that matter?

Plant a seed of niceness

24 Jan

As I was brainstorming what my first blog post would be about, I was procrastinating searching for ideas on Twitter. While I follow my favorite celebrities and just about every person I have ever met, I also follow my fair share of actually beneficial “Tweeps.” I love to find little precious morsels on Twitter that can truly brighten my day.

Little did Chick-fil-A Leadercast know, I would be reminded that it really is about the small things you do for people.  This video of Linda Kaplan Thaler talks about how Aflac went from a nothing company in Columbus to a household name, merely because of a man saying “thank you” in a big way.

Oddly enough, I worked at this Leadercast event for a UGA organization but wasn’t able to see Kaplan Thaler speak. Fortunately, my recent job offer/accepted position at a PR firm that does social media for Leadercast has led me back to this video – and I sure am thankful.

It’s incredible to know that without any hair off her back, Kaplan Thaler was able to impact someone’s life in such a positive way – that one seed of niceness eventually bloomed into the biggest thank you that she could ever imagine. With it, bloomed Aflac’s enormous success.

The great thing about all of this is that she had no idea it would ever come around to benefit her in the end. She didn’t agree to lunch for any greatness of her own. There was nothing truly in it for her. She merely did it to be nice and help someone out.

Now, as I watch this video, I am truly impacted in knowing that “being nice really is all it’s quacked up to be.”

It makes me wonder… who will you take to lunch today?