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):

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 submittingย 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. ย 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.

Comments
  • February 6, 2014

    This is such an incredible thing you guys are doing! You are definitely an amazing couple! It’s astonishing how a small gesture can make all the difference in somebody else’s life. And that letter…OMG it pulled on my heartstrings

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  • February 6, 2014

    Love this story and what a great idea!! I look forward to seeing how things roll out (get it?!?)

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  • February 6, 2014

    what an amazing napkin note! def a tear jerker!!!
    and, i love your way of paying/ painting it forward! so awesome!
    xo, mama lola

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  • February 6, 2014

    You guys are awesome. That is all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • February 6, 2014

    That’s awesome! LOVE it!

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  • February 6, 2014

    Ok, that is totally amazing. Really. DO NOT MINIMIZE WHAT YOU ARE DOING! Homes are important. Colour is important. Being kind is important. This is really awesome. Totally love it.

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  • February 6, 2014

    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

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      • February 22, 2014

        Absolutely! We could be your Ottawa arms! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Tia
    February 7, 2014

    Love it! Para, good karma, every day heros… all wonderful!!

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  • February 8, 2014

    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!

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  • Melissa
    February 16, 2014

    Thoughtful and amazing!

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  • February 18, 2014

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • February 21, 2014

    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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