One bite at a time together: Give. (project 31)

If you’ve been following along with this series where I am working my way through Tsh’s ebook One Bite at a Time, you know that I’ve constantly encouraged you to join in at any time.  The projects don’t have to be done in any order, and you don’t have to feel like you are way behind…because there is no such thing. You can buy the book here for just $5!

Well, I’m taking my own advice this month and skipping ahead a little bit.

Normally, I should be on Project 29: Switch to gentle, eco-friendly hair care.  But, I knew that with a hospital stay this month, and all the prep, coordination and general stress it would bring with it, I wouldn’t be able to truly give that project the time and energy it deserved.  My plan was to take before/during/after selfies of the process.  But I just knew it wasn’t going to happen this month.

That, and I’m secretly terrified to wash my hair with vinegar.  Not gonna lie.

When I skipped ahead a couple of chapters, I was delighted to see that “Give” was right around the corner.

If you’ve ever been to my blog, you know that giving and philanthropy is kinda my thing.  In fact, my tagline is “Life doesn’t always go as planned.  Help others anyway.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve encouraged readers to give.  Even just a little bit.  You aren’t being asked to save the world all by yourself.  When lots of people give a little tiny bit…it adds up really quickly.

In fact, the sweet readers of my humble little blog have given bits and pieces at a time to the tune of just under $23,000.

I can tell you that the average donation is less than $10.  I can tell you that many times those donations come at the end of the paycheck.  Out of the budget.  With sacrifice.  Truly.  The emails speak for themselves.

And I can tell you that it all added up to one, great BIG.

Opportunities to give

In December, I’ll be hosting my big annual fundraiser (the adoption fund of a Reece’s Rainbow child), and I’d be delighted if you stopped by and checked it out next month.  It is by far one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have ever done in my life.

Not to mention humbling.

But in the meantime, I will be hosting The Happy Day Project next week.

You can read more about it here, but the idea is that every day you are assigned a task to spread happiness.  You know, right before the hustle and bustle of overflowing tables, and perfectly appointed decorations, and gifts all tied with care.

Each day is simple.  Each day is different.  You can do as much or as little as you’d like.  But I would encourage you to join in.  Even if you are busy.

Especially if you are busy.

Here’s a sneak peek of the tasks for next week:

It’s good to do something outside of ourselves.

And it’s a great model for our kids.

Will I see you there?


Jeannett Gibson is a mom to four and wife to one who loves color and believes in story. She loves to tell you hers and wants to hear yours, too...because there is really no sense in wasting our suffering or not sharing in each other's joy. She blogs, fund raises, and sometimes even gets her crafty pants on at Life Rearranged.

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  1. I love these sorts of things. It’s so easy to do something small for someone, but how often do you remember to do it? I know I don’t. I’ve got a card in my bag I keep meaning to slip into a book at the library or etc, but I don’t remember to do it!
    Seriously though, don’t be afraid to use the baking soda/vinegar hair washing method. I’ve been doing it for 2 1/2 months now. (For me at least) there wasn’t even a greasy transition period. No weird smells either. And you can always go back!

  2. I am with ya on the vinegar and baking soda thing, I am always wanting to try it but chicken out. Reading this reminds me of a few letters and thank you notes of my own I need to write this week.

  3. Needed this reminder. Thanks.

  4. Love this idea. Would love to join in the fun.

  5. What a great project! I think it is perfect for the start of the holiday season for us as well. We haven’t been as good at giving as I would like. There are so many charities that are speaking to me right now, that it is hard to give fully to all of them. Thank you for the reminder how important it is.

  6. I love these. Will join in as much as I can.


  7. I will absolutely join you in these Happy Days! I am very much in need of this project & may be recruiting my sons to join me.
    As for the hair, I have naturally curly (& often frizzy) hair. I am 10 months into using baking soda & water to “wash” & cider vinegar & water for the ends. I have gotten more compliments on my hair in the past few months than I can remember 🙂 It is totally worth it. The first couple of weeks can be rough because your hair feels like it is misbehaving. Remember that it is actually your body relearning how to produce the oils it should naturally.

    • My hair is curly too and is part of the reason I was worried about trying it…I wasn’t sure it would work for non-straight hair! Thanks…I’ll be more confident when I try it!

  8. In fact, my tagline is “Life doesn’t always go as planned.

  9. My plan was to take before/during/after selfies of the process.

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