I'm not really a huge fan of Mondays, but I have to admit...knowing that I get to read about how your roses smelled last week and being able to challenge you with a new task this week makes Mondays not so bad :)
I want to share with you guys how my roses smelled last week :)
Last week's task was to buy a stranger a cup of coffee (or lunch for you non coffee drinkers) without them knowing it was you. Such a small gesture, but I know that all of the recipients of the free coffee had their week made because of you guys!
I drove through the Starbucks drive-thru Tuesday night in hopes of buying a stranger some coffee. I was a little nervous, because no one was in the drive-thru line when I pulled up. So you know how I solved that problem? I drove around the parking lot about 3 times to kill time. Unfortunately, time ran out (I had to be somewhere at 7:00) so I bit the bullet and entered the line. I placed my order and pulled up to pay. Still no one behind me. I was a little sad, not gonna lie! I handed the cashier my card, she ran it through and handed it back. For some reason my coffee took a little longer than usual to make, so I sat for a few minutes waiting. And then, I saw it...headlights behind me! I probably let out a little scream of joy...yeah, I'm pretty into these tasks haha. The girl opened the window to hand me my coffee, and before she could close it I said, "EXCUSE ME!" I handed her my card again and told her that I wanted to pay for the car behind me's order. The look on her face...she looked at me for a second, took my card, and said, "Aww that's really sweet!" I smiled, took my card back, and drove off. I was literally shaking with excitement. It's so nice to know that the people behind me got to enjoy a grande caramel macchiato & a grande salt carmel mocha free of charge - I hope it brought a smile to their faces and made them realize that people still know how to love out loud. I saved the receipt with their order on it and hung it on my bulletin board to remind me that it's not all about me all the time :)
This week's task:
Call someone that you don't see very often and catch up!
Seems a bit easy (it is!), but I honestly can't tell you the last time that I had a "just because" phone conversation. Text conversation - yes, but not a voice conversation. So that's it :) Give your texting fingers a rest, and give someone a call! Let them know you're thinking about them. Don't forget to link up for the coffee task at the end of this post!
For all of you new readers (HI!) here is the rundown on what Smell the Roses is:
How it works:
Every Monday I post about how my roses smelled the previous week (aka: my experience in completing the task). Then at the end of the post, I challenge you guys with a new Smell the Roses task for the current week. There is a link up at the bottom of this post, for you to share your experiences of completing the task of the previous week...hope that makes sense :)
I know that some of these tasks won't require an entire post dedicated to them, so the post that you link doesn't have to be devoted solely to the task - the task just needs to be mentioned and the Smell the Roses button used! Then you check back throughout the week and see how other bloggers' roses smelled :) Easy peasy.
What it is:
The purpose of these tasks are for you to...stop and smell the roses! The tasks will be things that don't take a lot of time or effort, but will give you enough time to slow down and appreciate the lovely little things [sorry, I had to do it ;)] and people your in life.
Part of this blog's purpose is to appreciate every day life, both from my own viewpoint and from the viewpoint of others. I feel like these tasks will give us all a chance to slow down, step back, and take the focus off of our busy-bee schedules (because I know we all can relate to having those) and instead, concentrate on appreciating the simple, every day things/people that are often overshadowed by the day to day responsibilities that we're committed to conquering.
WHEW. Hope you got all that!
If you're interested in smelling the roses with me, grab a button and link up :) I can't wait to read about your experience with buying a stranger a cup of coffee!