195. Going out of your way for someone…



Literally in this case.

The end of term is upon me and the last week or so has been a frantic rush of finishing assessments and trying to tie up loose ends. Including having students staying at the end of the day today to complete a 2 hour assessment in the unforgiving heat.

So when one of my students complained they had an hour or more of walking to get home because they’d stayed late, I gave them a lift home. (Something I would never normally do for professional reasons.)

So that’s today’s random act of kindness… or stupidity – depending on your perspective!

give someone a lift


193. Send a letter…


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post a letter

Action 183 was sponsoring a child through ActionAid, today I received the welcome pack and it explained that the level of involvement was up to me. I’d figured that the Direct Debit would go out of my account and I’d get an update now and again, followed by further suggestions of how I could contribute.

However, the pack I received contained quite a lot; it asked me what further information I’d be interested in and suggested I write a postcard to say ‘Hello’. It took longer than I expected to make a collage for the front of the postcard, but hopefully it’ll be worth it because I know that an interesting bit of post always puts a smile on my face.


192. Celebrating Mandela Day

Yesterday would have been Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday. Mandela Day was launched in 2009; an initiative to honour his work and encourage action to address social injustices.

For my part I’ll be planning a lesson to educate the next generation about what he did and what they can do. The resources were easily accessible on the Mandela Day website.

To find out more visit: http://www.mandeladay.com/


189. Use less


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One thing I’ve noticed is people committing to using less water by reducing the length of their morning shower, so I thought I’d give it a go today. I’m not convinced it was quicker; I forgot to look at the time before I went into the bathroom!

However, while I was showering I realised that the notion of using less could be applied to most things: I used less shampoo and less conditioner, which made no difference at all to the cleanliness of my hair, but will help conserve resources and may save me a few pennies that I can then put to better use!

Use Less

188. Have a hero!


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Having stumbled across the My Hero website today (http://myhero.com) I felt compelled to share. I wanted to be a part of this website, with its mission statement:

The mission of The MY HERO Project is to use media, art and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. MY HERO empowers people of all ages to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world.

What a fantastic idea!

But how to contribute:

I wanted to write an entry in the guest book, but I don’t know who my hero is… 

I thought about teaching a lesson from the teachers’ section, but it’s awkward at this time of year…

I went with making a donation to support the running of the site and recommending it to you guys! But I’m also going to think more about the people who influence and inspire me and appreciate that.


186. Being a better shopper



I tried on a number of items today in different shops… and then I hung back up all the things I didn’t want and saved the sales assistants a tedious job!

As I was paying I also dug through my purse and dropped some change in the collection tin for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.


breakthrough breast cancerDoing little things every day to try and make life a little better somehow is what it’s all about; the more I do it, the easier it’s getting… :-)



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