25 Days of Giving Day One: Pay A Stranger A Compliment


Greetings from the land of Gemini Girl in a Random World, better known as Siberia. It’s that time of year again, and instead of posting porn-inspired Elf on the Shelf pictures like everyone else you’re connected to on Facebook, I thought I’d try something new this holiday season.

This is not my idea of a good time. Image via fb-troublemakers.com

Inspired by a genuine lack of desire to fill our family advent house with candy (soooo pre-gluten-free 2011), I decided it was time to mix things up a little and stuff each tiny compartment with a good deed. I’ll admit that at first, my children were disappointed with the change, but there’s nothing like the threat of carefully placed, age-inappropriate mom comments on their Instagram feeds to get everyone moving in the same direction.

After working through the 25 days of kindness-inspired tasks for my kids to fulfill, I thought…”Why not extend the invitation to do good to friends, family, and the thousands of three people who still follow my blog?” So if you’re here, right now, reading this post instead of maxing out your credit card buying stuff during the Cyber Monday free shipping window that you can conveniently access on every single other day of the year? You’re in the club.

So here we are at Day One: Pay A Stranger A Compliment. I chose something easy this morning because it’s the simplest things in life that are most meaningful. O.K. I just made that up. In reality, a pyramid scheme full of cash raining down on you from selling fake annuities to the elderly can be pretty great too, but I’m pressed for time.


It feels good to do good. Plain and simple. So join me on my journey to make someone happy today by paying a stranger a compliment, because it’s fun, easy, and your smile will be as wide as the person you choose to help.


I, Gemini Girl, have interrupted my non-existent scheduled programming to bring you the 25 Days of Giving Challenge. Please join me in my quest, over the next 25 days, to make people happy. I’ll share stories of giving escapades that will be sure to wow, impress, or at least not annoy anyone who chooses to participate. Each Day of Giving option will be conveniently brought to you via email if you follow this blog. And if you’re already a follower? Pass it onto your friends. If we work together we can change the world, or at least dramatically improve my hit ratio.

42 responses »

  1. Yay! A blog from you after so long…. And for the next 24 days too; sweet! I’m in the club – just have to find a stranger to compliment (I hope someone is worthy). And no, I’m not into shopping on T-Day, or Black Friday, or cyberMonday — because everyday is potentially a shopping day, plus I’m a snob who doesn’t want to hobnob with the plebeians. 🙂

    I look forward to tomorrow’s instructions. Thanks, Stacie!

    • I’m curious to hear feedback. I haven’t made it out of the house today but will find my stranger at the gym tonight or the grocery store later today.

      Thank you, as always, for commenting Stella. Love you!

    • Isn’t it better to be in the club rather than waiting outside in a ginormous line in your stilettos and mini skirt freezing your a_ _ off? Compliment away Suzette and thank you for the read and comment. Hope you’re well. =)

  2. I love this idea! I have to take my son to an appointment today, so I’ll try to pay a stranger a compliment. That’s tough for an introvert, but I’ve done it before, and I can do it again. I look forward to seeing what other good deeds you have planned.

    • You can do it! Just use your Carrie Rubin blog persona and it will feel like you’ve just acquired a new superpower. Thank you for your retweet and your support. As an aside, WordPress just let me know that my stats are “through the roof!” today. Compared with, ummm, zero anything looks good. Happy Holidays my friend!

  3. I am so impressed with this idea, Stacey!!! Why didn’t I think of this? I am going to try this out with my own family! Thank you for your inspiration today.

    • Awww, you do so much for your community that I’m sure you’ve already got your version of this organically. Love to see you here, hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the holidays. xoxo

  4. Random acts of kindness? Yup. Love it. I always call the checkout chick by the name on their name badge. It’s a hoot. Only a couple have fainted. They are all trained to start with “Hey, how are you?” of course, so I shoot back with “Really good, insert name here, how are you today? How’s your shift, just starting or just ending? Gee it’s hot, huh? Have you ever tried these biscuits? Really good.”

    It’s worth it to see their jaws drop. One even said “How do you know I’m called Tracee?” I suspect she’s one TV dinner short of a feast.

    I usually stop when security start to look threatening.

    Hey – I’m a stranger. Compliment me! Oh, fuck, that was yesterday. I need to get in sooner.

  5. I love this, and I would’ve done it. But I didn’t go out yesterday. At all. Maybe I should’ve said something nice to the UPS guy, but he just rang the doorbell and left before I could even get to the door.

    • I imagine that you’ll treat this challenge like a race, Amy. I know you’re fast, and I’m betting you’re also a little sly too (but in a super-nice way). Great to see you here, and so happy for your new marriage. You need to look us up when you come back! =)

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