Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

“The thing I remember best about successful people I’ve met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they’re doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they’re doing, and they love it in front of others.”
Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

Last week, I spent some time flipping through some videos online. When I’m feeling blah, or in a rut, it tends to be feed my desire for a lil pick-me-up. I love how one video leads to a similar video … if you like this, you’ll LOVE this! I stopped on a video from USA TODAY Inspiration Nation videos. It was the story of an 8 yr. old girl, Alex, from Lakewood, Washington (Woot!! All my old PSCC classmates!!) who decided to make a list of 600 Acts of Kindness to do in honor of her late grandmother. My heart was welling up and right out of my eyes. Another gorgeous tale of love and kindness.

Now, some of you my already know of my great love of kindness that pours out of one particular TV star: Ellen DeGeneres. She is phenomenal. You will find more inspiring stories on her show than any other place I’ve seen. Her motto? Be Kind to One Another. As you know, my respect and admiration of Ellen has gone beyond just watching clips of her show to posting 30 videos up until my 30th birthday (30til30 videos found here!) — asking to have the honor of going to her show and helping hand out the gifts she gives to her audience. There were good and not-so-good moments afterwards. No, I never did receive a call from Ellen inviting me to help hand out gifts. But, I did receive a call at the age of 31, telling me that the 2 tickets I had requested on their website (the same way everyone can request tickets to Ellen). I did get to go, I took one of my best friends, Chris, with me. And his brother, Jamie, came to Cali with us as well! Chris made it on the show for a segment and you can see me, laughing and dancing, next to him in lil short clips. It was magical. 1000%. But alas, I didn’t go to get on the show, I just wanted to be a part of the helping.

After watching Alex, I realized: I’m almost 33, still long for that goal to help Ellen, but why can’t I help here in the meantime? It’s true. So, here’s to the start of something new! Inspired by Alex. And Ellen. And a childhood favorite, Mr. Rogers. It’s about to be a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

#33til33 starts soon!