Day Thirty

Today is the final day. Day 30!  Which means tomorrow is my 30th birthday. I have so enjoyed the past thirty days- coming up with the ideas, finding the perfect images and of course completing the tasks. I hope even if you weren't following along completely, you were inspired to show a bit more kindness to those around you.  

Many times while dining out Ryan and I have discussed how fun it would be to choose someone in the restaurant and anonymously pay for their meal. But that's where it's ended. Just us talking about how "someday, when we have more money..." I can imagine how happy + grateful we would be if someone showed such an act of kindness to us. I decided to end the Thirty Days of Kindness with this gesture because it's something I've always wanted to do. I don't know why it's taken me thirty years to figure out that doing the things you talk about, dream of or aspire to only requires one step: doing it. It's simple. 

So tomorrow, on my 30th birthday Ryan and I are going to sit down at a restaurant. We're going to laugh and talk about the gifts we need to wrap + the fudge we need to deliver. We're probably going to discuss the advent activities we've missed this week due to Oliver's sickness and decide where we can fit them in. And then, we're going to look around to the other people sitting in the booths and tables. We're going to choose someone from the crowd and anonymously pay for their meal. And I bet when we're leaving we'll wonder what in the world took us so long.

Please come back here tomorrow for a special birthday treat from me to you. 

You won't want to miss it.


  1. children and I have done this at breakfast one time. For an old vet whose wife was in the hospital. Somehow we got friendly through our meal and chatted to him sitting at the table next to us. I went up to the counter afterwards and paid for his meal...for lots of different reason. My children loved it and we talked the whole drive home what he must have thought. We hope it made him smile.

    I have loved reading and participating in your challenge most days! Thank you and have a wonderful birthday!!

  2. Happy birthday!
    What a wonderful way to celebrate your own birthday!

  3. A stranger once did this for me and my little family about 2 years ago. It was right after my twins were born and we decided to brave a diner and take the 3 kids out for breakfast. I was nervous the whole meal that we were disturbing the patrons of the almost-empty restaurant. There was a man seated in the booth behind us, he was rough around the edges and covered in tattoos. I was certain that he must be annoyed with us.
    When we got our bill, the kind waitress explained that he paid for our bill and left a generous tip for her. He had already left the building when we found out.
    It was a valuable lesson learned that day, not just about judging others based on appearance, but in the power of anonymous acts of kindness.

  4. What a perfect way to end this kindness series. I have loved this so much! Thanks for the inspiration, Danyelle!

    A kind stranger did this for us just a few months ago. It was such a surprise and left Spencer and I both a little choked up. We've talked about paying it forward, but have yet to make good on our intentions. We need to do that!

    I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  5. i have loved this series! the images have been beautiful, and the acts of kindness simple and meaningful. thank you for the inspiration. it's such a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. please tell us how your dinner goes tomorrow!

  6. I have really enjoyed reading your 30 acts of kindness - so inspiring and yet most of them so simple. Enjoy your meal tomorrow and have a wonderful Birthday. I have loved being in my 30s and I'm sure you will too! xx

  7. That sounds like a perfect dinner with a generous random act of kindness for dessert. Thanks for making the world a better place.


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