Day 4 - I brought a bag of random items that I found while cleaning my closet. I came across a couple of purses that my mother-in-law gave me after visiting family in the Philippines a couple of years ago. They are far from my style, but I felt an obligation to keep them. I finally reasoned that it would be better if someone was actually using them then keeping them stuffed in the back of my closet. So I gave it all to a coworker who loves that kind of stuff. She told me she used one of the purses for church on Sunday!
Day 5 - It is starting to get really warm in California and we have put ceiling fans in our bedroom and office, but my mother-in-law kept saying that she didn't want us to go through the hassle of putting one in her room. While she was out of the house, we went and bought one and I installed it for her. She is definitely happy about it now.
Day 6 - Monday is my day off of work, so I usually head to the book store for an iced tea and comfy chair to read in for a couple of hours. When I was leaving the store, a man stopped me and asked me for whatever I could spare because his car had been towed and he didn't have his wallet, etc. I gave him the few dollars I had with me and wished him well. I also ordered my friend's wedding gift. I knew that I would spend a lot since I am not going to the wedding, so I was browsing her registry for the perfect item. It turns out no one has bought any of the bedding on the registry yet, so I just grabbed it all for her. Now she'll have the duvet, the sheets, and all the matching items.
Day 7 - I gave a couple of book bags to a cashier at work who is a single mother with four kids. I didn't need them and I figured the kids would enjoy them. They are in a new school because they just moved and they'll have something "new" to take with them. I also gave myself a gift - a massage. I get one every couple of weeks. It helps with the tension I get from my anxiety, etc. I still feel guilty about spending the money though. I guess you could say I gave myself the gift of not feeling guilty for treating myself. I also gave Kat a good sized tip because she has helped me so much.
Day 8 - Every year my mother-in-law's church has a "Mid Summer Night's Cuisine" fundraiser where all the restaurants in town show up and there is music and a silent auction. The tickets are $60, which is kind of a lot for us, but we talked about it and it is a donation to her church and a gift my mother-in-law will definitely enjoy, so we got her the ticket.
Day 9 - Today I gave a friend a book I just finished reading.
I am having a harder time at this than I thought I would. I guess I thought that since I enjoy doing things for other people, etc., it would be easy. I think that I need to keep myself open and hopefully the opportunities will start coming up more.