Saturday, 23 January 2010

Paying It Forward

PLEASE NOTE - This challenge has now closed. Thanks to those who are participating.

In February of 2008, I took on a Pay-It-Forward Challenge and I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for another one after seeing this post on Meredith's blog just before Christmas.

I have committed myself to this challenge as I think it's a lovely idea and it reminds me of the movie - Pay It Forward - where three acts of kindness are done without expecting anything in return. Each recipient of those 'acts of kindness' must then choose three different people who they, in turn, do an 'act of kindness' for and so the process continues and expands. However, this Pay It Forward challenge requires five acts of kindness instead of three.

Why not share in spreading the love via a gift of kindness too?

Here are the rules of the game - I’ll be sending a snail mail package to each of five recipients and they, in turn, will pay it forward by sending snail mail packages to five others under the same rules, thereby continuing to spread the love. (Who knows where our acts of kindness will ultimately end up?) You can select your five recipients any way you want, and there’s no pressure to send a particular kind of package or gift. The gifts may be very small and need not be expensive at all. They don’t even need to be bought (hint, hint to all of the artists and crafters out there). There are no deadlines and no need to fact no pressure at all. After being chosen, you can opt to post about the Pay It Forward challenge straight away on your own blog and get the ball rolling or, you can wait until you receive your Pay It Forward gift package from me.

SO, if you would like a painted gift from me, please leave a comment on this post. You must state that you would like to participate in the challenge which means you promise to pay it forward to five other people, if you are selected. At the end of this month, I will choose five names in a draw. These five bloggers will be notified that they have been selected and they can then send me their snail mail addresses.

Remember, there is no time limit or deadline with this challenge so I do hope you will give it some consideration and help to spread some love.

I received the Pay It Forward gift below from Meredith a few days ago and I was absolutely thrilled with the goodies she sent me. I felt so spoiled to find the following inside a beautifully collaged box - a delicate pink scarf, some shells, fabric swatches, handmade soaps, some gorgeous photos taken by Meredith, some postcards, and sidewalk chalk which, I put to use the very next day (more on that in an upcoming post). Thanks so much, Meredith!

As timing would have it, just yesterday, I received this wonderful book in the mail from one of the recipients I sent a gift to way back in the 2008 Pay It Forward challenge. It was not expected at all so truly a lovely surprise. Thanks, Ben!

Love, light and peace


  1. I'd love to take part in your PIF challenge. What a lovely package you received, I can imagine the excitement unpacking it

  2. Serena, I would truly love to participate in this as I LOVE Paying It Forward.

  3. Serena
    This sounds wonderful and very doable. I would like to participate in this and promise to pay it forward to 5 more people. PS I am adding you to my friends blog. I always enjoy visiting you.

  4. I think this is a wonderful challenge and I would love to be part of it. Please count me in...Shelly

  5. Hi Serena,

    I am back! :)
    I love this idea and would love to participate too. :)


  6. This is another great idea.

  7. Oh, Serena, you have quite a talent for artistic display and photography! The contents of that package look so much lovelier than when I sent them off, LOL. But I'm so glad you liked them and looks like you've got plenty of participants for the next leg of the challenge.

    It is so cool to imagine the package over the ocean in Australia now. :) Thanks so much for participating!

  8. Oh I love this... even if I don't get a gift, I'm going to do this anyway. Blessings to you! xx


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