Random Acts of Paint

Random acts of PAINT!

I love the idea that when something good happens you to, you should pay it forward. I feel like if more people tried to live by this one simple philosophy, our world would be a better place.  Sometimes just a simple act of human kindness can go a long way.

I came across the Suspended Coffees facebook page recently, and this movement really reminded me that there is still some good in a world that at times seems to be filled with negativity & ignorance.  I absolutely ADORE this idea & wish it was more widely adopted here in Canada (I’m looking at you Timmies). In it’s most basic form, the movement, founded on the idea of a “suspended” coffee is simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who cannot afford a warm beverage.  But the wonderful thing about an idea this simple and pure, is that is has the side effect of inspiring people to do more.  One glance at the facebook page and you’ll realize that “It’s about more than the coffee”.

This story in particular caught my eye:  (I should warn you in advance – it’s a tear jerker):

Young couple out for a meal has their dinner paid for and receives this note to pay it forward.
A young couple were out for a meal, when they received this note.
(via facebook)

I know right!?!  You can’t say I didn’t warn you…such a beautiful thing for a perfect stranger to do for others!

And it got me to thinking…

We started this blog simply as a means to document our journey. So that when all was said and done and our Dreamhouse was complete, we’d be able to look back one day and see how we got there.  To laugh at the challenges that we hit along the way, and re-live the joys of achieving the milestones.  We never expected to have anyone really take notice of it, or have the opportunities to connect with the amazing brands we have.  So we thought…maybe we should pause for a moment and find a way of giving back to the universe.

As you all know, we were chosen to be members of the 2014 PARA Blog Crew after submitting this video outlining what we’d do with a year’s worth of free paint. Unlimited paint for a year is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s A LOT of paint. And what do you do when you’re looking for a way to pay it forward and have access to more paint then you know what to do with?? You share it!

SO today we’re introducing Random Acts of Paint – a series we’ll be running throughout the year where we’ll be realizing the paint dreams of a few of our family, friends, & YOU our loyal readers and then sharing them right here on the blog. Have something you need painted?  Send us your story and who knows, we might show up at your door – rollers & brushes in hand!

Okay….so I know it’s nowhere near as inspiring as what the amazing team at Suspended Coffees is doing, but if we can share a little PARA paint to help brighten someone’s home & bring a smile to their faces, then why not?

Have you been touched by a random act of kindness lately? Are you planning to pay it forward? Leave us a comment & let us know!

To find out more about the Suspended Coffees movement, visit their website or facebook page or follow them on twitter @SuspendedCofees.


25 thoughts on “Random acts of PAINT!

    1. Awww, thanks Sabrina!! I know – I totally welled up when I read that note for the first time. It’s amazing how a little can go a long way for someone. It’s such an awesome feeling to see how something you’ve done can bring joy to someone else – but then you know a little about that too! You did an incredible job on your brother’s master bedroom. 🙂

  1. You guys are the BEST! What an amazingly generous thing to do. Please let me know if you need any help — Sue and I would be more than happy to help you pay it forward. xo

  2. This is an amazing idea! In highscool, we read the book ‘Pay it Forward’ and as a class project we had to do our own Pay it Forward project… but it means so much more when you CHOOSE to do it, and aren’t told to do so!

  3. Amazing! What a super idea and how wonderful you are to think of it! I couldn’t agree with you more about the world being a better place if more folks adopted the “pay it forward” attitude. Oh, and your dream house looks incredible! 🙂

  4. Amazing! This post really made my day. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately hence my somewhat negative and melancholy post. I think there is always room to be kind to others and to pay it forward. I think what you are doing is so kind and thoughtful. Very inspiring! xo

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