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"What Would Nana Do?" 2018

"What Would Nana Do?" 2018

"What Would Nana Do?" to me is a reminder to be kind. To love those around me fiercely and unconditionally. To laugh loudly, smile often, sing along to all the songs you love, and wear your heart on your sleeve. It's a reminder to put others first, and to treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect. It's a reminder of my sweet Nana and all the things I wish she didn't have to miss.


Nana and I used to go to the fair every year together to pig out on fair food! 

Nana and I used to go to the fair every year together to pig out on fair food! 


My Nana, with her heart of gold, passed away in the beginning of 2013. Not a day goes by that I don't miss her. That I wish she were here to chat with, to get advice from, and to share the memories we are making with. Something I still struggle with to this day is why God had to take one of the kindest human beings from this planet, while so many others get to stay. Why her? Why then? I know I won't get answers wondering these things (not here on Earth, at least) but I still wonder them nonetheless. 

Nana loved spending quality time with her family. And LOVED eating out! 

Nana loved spending quality time with her family. And LOVED eating out! 

If you had the honor to know Mary Cordell (a.k.a. "Nana", a.k.a. "Shannequia", a.k.a. "Jackie", a.k.a. "Jackrabbit") you may get where I'm coming from. My Nana had a lot of redeeming qualities, including her amazing cooking, her love for singing, and her devotion to her family and church. My Nana put just about everyone else before herself in every way, and that's one of the things that I admired the most about her. Sure there were times that I thought "Nana WHY are you letting so-and-so take advantage of you!?" and I wanted to shout at said so-and-so's (there were many) and shake my finger at them (okay, maybe more than just shake a finger at them) for taking advantage of my kind-souled grandma. But looking back, she just honestly couldn't help herself. That's just the person she was, she didn't care if something put her behind, inconvenienced her, or caused her to not be able to do the things she'd like to do. If she could help someone in whatever way they "needed" help, she did. If she could make someone's day, she did. If she could put a smile on your face, she did.

Nana was so proud of Zack and so happy to see him graduate in San Antonio, TX. She loved all of her grandchildren so much! 

Nana was so proud of Zack and so happy to see him graduate in San Antonio, TX. She loved all of her grandchildren so much! 

My Nana was able to be/do all those things because of her unfailing faith in Jesus. No, she was not always the person I knew her as. And no, she did not do the things she did to "impress" Jesus or anyone else for that matter. She was who she was because she always strived to be more like Jesus, as best she could at least. And to show herself, Jesus, and those around her that despite her sins, her love for Jesus trumped everything. Her love for Jesus was bigger and greater than any sin she'd ever committed. And THAT'S something to admire.

Last year, in honor of my Nana's birthday, we held the first "Random Acts of Kindness Challenge" and we had almost 50 entries!!!! On top of that, Joel and I did about 50 random acts of kindness ourselves! I LOVED seeing everyone participate and come up with their own ways to spread kindness in a world that can ALWAYS use a little more love.





THIS YEAR, since Nana would've been turning 74, my goal is to get 74 entries from YOU GUYS!!!!!

Big or small, ALL random acts of kindness are important and can easily be incorporated into your day-to-day! You can make someone's day a little (or a lot!) better with just a small act of kindness!

check out 100+ ideads of Random Acts of Kindness below! 


  1. Perform random acts of kindness from Friday, August 10 to Friday, August 17
  2. Document each random act of kindness with a video or photo.
  3. Post your video or photo to your Instagram feed or Facebook page, and tag Letters From a Good Friend and use the hashtag #whatwouldnanado
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 as many times as you want for unlimited entries!!
  5. **BONUS ENTRY** for each time you share about the challenge/this blog post on a FB post or Instagram story/post (limit 1 a day) and encourage your friends/followers to join in! (*Must tag @lettersfromagoodfriend and use #whatwouldnanado on post!)

(*If you would like your act of kindness to remain anonymous, just private message me your entry!)

(**If you can't document your act of kindness with a photo or video, just write a little description of what you did in a post on Instagram or Facebook, and still tag me!)

*Must be following @lettersfromagoodfriend on Instagram

or "like" Letters From a GOOD Friend on Facebook



As you get ready to perform your RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS, you might be saying to yourself "I have no idea what I should do!?" or "I don't have extra money to spend on other people!" or "This is going to be too hard!" BUT I have solutions for all of those things!! Check out my list below of "FREE" "CHEAP" and "BIG" random acts of kindness that ANYONE could do!! 




  • "heart attack" someone's front door/bedroom door (cover it with heart-cutouts)
  • help an elderly person get their groceries into their vehicle

  • make a cute bookmark to leave in a library book

  • babysit for someone you know who needs a break (even if it's just while they catch a shower or do something in their own house!)

  • write a list of awesome things about someone (and give them the list!)

  • write a note of appreciation to the local Police Department, Fire Department, a bus driver, teacher aide, etc.

  • leave a happy note for your garbage man/mailman

  • give a stranger a genuine compliment

  • spend time with an elderly family member

  • leave a funny note in a library book

  • donate items to a local homeless shelter

  • leave an encouraging note in the diaper aisle, for a mom/dad to find

  • clean up litter

  • cut a neighbor's grass

  • leave a GOOD review for a local small business

  • tell a manager when you have GREAT service somewhere

  • visit a nursing home

  • tell a friend why you appreciate them (in detail!)

  • call an older family member just to chat

  • leave an encouraging note on a public bathroom mirror

  • let someone go in front of you in line

  • walk dogs at a shelter

  • donate old blankets and towels to an animal shelter

  • return stray carts to the store or the cart-coral

  • take someone's dog on a walk (someone who you know has been really busy!)

  • give a shout out on social media to someone who inspires you or makes you happy, or even a local small shop that you love!

  • pack your spouse's lunch (and leave a cute note in there!)

  • make a special, fun lunch for your kiddos

  • do a family member's chore for them

  • volunteer somewhere

  • leave encouraging notes in chalk on a sidewalk

  • pray for someone

  • donate blood

  • write a letter to someone who is deployed

  • donate your hair to Wigs for Kids

  • let someone have the good parking spot you were about to park in

  • hold the door for 10 people

  • do a friends' dishes while you're at their house (or any other chore!)

  • make your spouse their favorite meal just because

  • give your spouse a back or foot rub

  • run an errand for a friend/family member

  • volunteer to help teachers set up their rooms at a local school

  • give hi-fives to people you pass on the sidewalk

  • make someone laugh

  • help a friend with lawn work

  • send a nice email/message to someone (think co-worker, a new member at church, neighbor, cousin you don't talk to very often, etc)

  • give a friend's dog a bath



  • hand out pre-stamped "thinking of you" cards for people to send to someone they love

  • pay for a game of bowling for someone at the bowling alley

  • leave a bag of diapers on the doorstep of a new mom

  • take a homemade meal to a friend, just because

  • Leave flowers by your mailbox with a sign that says "FREE: Take for someone you love!"

  • Give a $5 grocery gift card to the person in line behind you at the grocery store

  • take snacks/treats to the local Police Department/Fire Department (prepackaged food is best!)

  • send a thoughtful card to someone

  • leave bubbles/chalk/hula hoops/etc at a local playground

  • "Ding-Dong-Ditch" someone you know (with a box of ding-dongs!)

  • buy a cheap bouquet of flowers, and pass them out to strangers telling them to have a good day 

  • leave a few quarters taped to the lid of a washer at the laundromat with a note "for you"

  • leave tennis balls at the dog park

  • tape a bag of popcorn to the redox with a note for the next person

  • send someone a thank you card 

  • pay for the coffee for the person behind you at the coffee shop

  • make a neighbor or friend a special treat, just because

  • leave a little happy surprise for your mailman/dog walker/etc

  • hide $1 bills (with notes) in the toy aisle of the Dollar Tree

  • pay for a book of stamps for the next person who needs them

  • leave an unscratched lotto ticket taped to the gas pump

  • take treats to pass out at the dog park (ask the owners before you give them out though!)

  • leave detergent or softener at the laundromat

  • give your umbrella to someone that doesn't have one on a rainy day

  • leave quarters taped to parking meters

  • make someone a handmade gift just because

  • take a new coworker/member at your church/person new to the area to your favorite local lunch spot

  • leave $1 taped to the vending machine at work

  • pack a lunch for a coworker friend




  • mail someone a "box of sunshine" (all yellow things!)

  • leave a $20 gas gift card at the gas pump

  • tip BIG to a waitress/waiter

  • buy lunch for an older couple at a restaurant

  • bring donuts or cookies to work to share

  • buy someones popcorn/drink at the movies

  • pay for someones gas at the gas station

  • take your spouse on a surprise adventure just because

  • send someone "just because" flowers

  • pass out flowers at a local nursing home

  • surprise someone with a gift that you know they've been wanting

  • donate food to an animal shelter

  • leave a case of waters at the front desk of your gym for other members

  • pay for someone's groceries at the store

  • send pizzas and chips to the local Police Department/Fire Department

  • buy school supplies for a friend/family members student

  • give someone you know tickets to a local event

  • take school supplies to teachers at a local school

  • take treats to a local nursing home or hospital for the nurses there

  • pay for a stranger's pedicure at the nail salon

  • pay for the adoption fee for an animal at an animal shelter

  • pass out free waters at a local outdoor event (think ballparks, running events, etc)

  • donate money to a local charity

  • anonymously send a family in need a gas gift card/grocery gift card


August 2018 Guest Post: Two Under Two

August 2018 Guest Post: Two Under Two

a weekend in Galveston, Texas

a weekend in Galveston, Texas