Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alyson --Living My Five

So, the last two weeks I’ve been on deadline. Having just finished DARK FLAME (book 4 in THE IMMORTALS series), I barely stopped to catch my breath before diving into a short story for the KISSES FROM HELL anthology due, erm, tomorrow!

And it’s not like you need to be a writer to understand what life on deadline is like, anyone who’s ever had an assignment due—be it a paper for school or a project at work—knows how it pretty much consumes you, and in my case, allows for very little time outside.

And yet, when I committed to my Five, I knew a lot of them would have to be done from home since there are times when entire weeks pass and I’ve barely left my desk. But over the last two weeks, the few times I did make it past the front door, I tried to make it count.

So on the random acts of kindness and charity front I picked up random pieces of litter, held doors for the elderly, people with arms full of bags, people pushing strollers, or just because. I tipped someone for their service who was clearly not expecting it, and when I got news of some money coming in, I gave money to the first hungry/homeless person I saw on the street.

As for my vow to donate something every time I buy something, well, I bought some new clothes for fall and ended up giving away close to triple the amount (as evidenced in the photo below) to the Goodwill, which just happens to be North America’s leading nonprofit provider of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.

Did you know that in 2008, local Goodwills collectively provided employment and training services to more than 1.525 million individuals?

I love knowing that my bag of donated clothing will help play a part in that!

So, that’s it from me, how about YOU? Are you Living Your Five??

PS- Did you see Kay’s water saving tip below? I am so getting one of those faucets!


  1. How wonderful that you still managed to fit some great Five progress in during crazy deadline time! Those baby steps sure work. I think the one in one out rule is the key to uncluttered happiness, so hooray for taking it above and beyond.

  2. I love your Five progress this week, Alyson! You are so great at spontaneous goodwill - it just pours out of your generous spirit. And thanks for the Goodwill stats! That's where we do all our donations too. Well, other than books/CDs/DVDs which go to our local library. :-)

  3. Wow! Impressive stuff on Goodwill. That's amazing. I need to round up stuff for donations, especially with the cold weather coming on...

  4. This is so great! I have to get my five done yet.... I just need to DO IT!!! :)