So there we are. We got you rolling. It’s Day 31…we threw in an extra one to finish the month and year off!! Of course we have to leave you with a special one. One to last a LONG time. START A DREAMS JOURNAL. You can do it the whole family, with your spouse, one parent and one child, or alone. Whichever feels right for you. All you need is a notebook and a pen to start. If you feel like it decorate the outside of the journal with some artwork. It will let your guard down and ideas flow. The objective is to sit from time to time, with the people you share the journal with, or you can write in it seperately, all your dreams, wishes, hopes and goals. They can be crazy and outrageous or simple. Sometimes it’s easier to write things down than to say them to your spouses or kids. Keep it somewhere everyone can access and read or jot down things when they come to mind but also take the time to reflect together and write shared dreams. Put it on the calendar to talk over once a month…..even over a meal. Enjoy your sacred little book filled with hope…. remembering the power of words and of writing down intentions. Now that idea makes our day! by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber
Help an elder cross the street and ask them how they are. Simple and timeless. While they may not need your help they sure do enjoy the company!
P.S. Do it with your kids. They love doing good deeds.
by Dahna Weber, Deb Gillespie and Liam Weber-Nudel. (really it was entirely Liam’s idea…my 9 year old wonderful boy who is super keen on the Daymaker Challenges and on blogging)!
Ever wonder what you could do with one extra second? We bet you can lift a whole bunch of people’s spirits and maybe even make their day by doing so. At every interaction for the day, take one extra second to do something for whoever you are with. The cashier, the driver in the car ahead of you, your little one, the telemarketer. Often all you have to do is be nice. Listen, don’t cut people off, on the phone or the road. In fact let them in, give them 2 minutes of your time and ask them how they are doing, how hard their job is or where they are calling from. Making all these mini one second interventions will definitely make your day. Reaching out and connecting to others has a way of helping us connect inwards as well. by Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie
You may not know this but….Polaroid is ceasing to sell the instant film real soon. For fun and for posterity why not take your old one out to a party over the next few days and shoot some shots. The idea is to take some great shots and pass them out the people you managed to capture. There really is something retro about the Polaroid and fantastic about having real printed out picture. How many people can you make say cheese and smile in one night? by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber
Many of you have kids who are at home full time or at least for the two weeks over the holiday period. We are often looking at ways to entertain and stimulate our kids. Here’s a suggestion that also does double duty for the Daymaker Challenge. Take your kids to the supermarket and have them pick out a pie from teh bakery department. Jump back into the car and go for a visit to the local fire station. Drop the pie off with a great big smile of appreciation! (fire stations most likely cannot accept homebaked products for saftey reasons). : (
Get the kids if you can to thank the firefighters for their hard work and dedication to helping people. They will likely offer to show you around. What a great opportunity for the kids. If you want to really splash out have your kids make a thank you note prior to heading out! Perfect for all us mothers with kids fixated on fire stations and fire trucks! by Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie
Haven’t you always wanted to be a secret santa? Here’s your chance and today’s daymaker challenge. This is something the kids might want to get in on, too. Pick up a little gift. Something small and inexpensive (under $5). Wrap it up. Take a little walk or drive in the car. And when no one is around and watching you, drop the gift in someone’s mailbox. It is better if you don’t know who lives at the house where you drop the gift. This way it is the ultimate in secret santa giving!
By Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie
We are all in a hurry trying to get that last minute holiday shopping done. We are down to the wire! Now take a step back. That’s right. Take a step back in line, and give your space to the person behind you. You won’t believe how good you will feel. And boy will you make some one’s day! I know it is tough to do when you have a list a mile long of things to do and stuff to by at holiday time. The check out line is long and, the kids are tugging at your sleeve. But believe me. It will be worth it. So go ahead and take a step back!
By Dahna Weber and Deb Gillespie