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Make Today Unexpected

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Summer-of-Service-Challenge_Week-13_Famous-Footwear_Make-Today-Unexpected Do you ever feel that one day runs into the next without a lot of difference between them? This week's Summer of Service challenge, sponsored by Famous Footwear, is about making this week—starting with today!—unexpected. Here are 11 ways to do that. If you have more ideas, please share them in the comments!

  1. Make today loud by screaming with excitement when good things happen.
  2. Make today pop by wearing bold colors.
  3. Make today frisky by... well, I'll leave that up to you 😉 .
  4. Make today playful by flirting with your spouse.
  5. Make today lyrical by playing and bringing classical music to life in your home and making up and telling fun stories to your children about what the music means.
  6. Make today glamorous by being beautiful on the inside!
  7. Make today fearless by stepping outside your comfort zone to serve someone you may not know well or at all.
  8. Make today heroic by being someone's hero in whatever way they need to be saved, served, or made to feel special.
  9. Make today huge by making a triple batch of cookies and surprising your kids with some when they walk in the door from school, sharing some with your neighbors, and giving some to your friends as a thank you just for being in your life.
  10. Make today electric by shocking someone. Call someone you haven't talked to in a while. Drop in on someone unexpectedly just to let them know you care about them. Do something for yourself that you don't typically do that will make you feel really good.
  11. Make today dangerous by taking a leap of faith. Only you know what that will be, but do it. You know you've been wanting to for a while. Don't hold back!

These ideas were prompted by this fun video by Famous Footwear!

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • What other ideas do you have for making today unexpected?
  • What are things that get in the way of adding variety between the days in your week?
  • What are ways to overcome these challenges?
  • How has making today unexpected made a meaningful difference for you? For others?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Summer?

Make a meaningful difference this summer by taking the Summer of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here's how you can participate:

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week's challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week's challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
  • Grab the SOS button in the sidebar and put it on your blog or social networking site.
  • Enter to win each week's giveaway. Click here to check out this week's prize from Famous Footwear.
  • Click here to join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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