The Pass It On Project

There are many different types of kindness.

There’s boy scout helping the elderly lady cross the road kindness.

There’s Sir Walter Raleigh throwing a coat over a puddle for Queen Elizabeth kindness.

There’s volunteering your time and donating and collecting items for disaster relief kindness.

In this world there are so many ways that just a little kindness can make such a big difference.

When I asked my husband what he thought kindness was….

…..he said he thought kindness was wives who actually watched the March Madness games instead of sitting on the couch blogging through the entire tournament season,  all while acting like they were watching the games with their husband.


I don’t know if I’m ready for that kind of kindness yet.

But my favorite kindness of all is completely random.

No reason.

Just because.

Because you want to brighten someone’s day when they least expect it.

Because the universe has blessed you extraordinarily and you want to pay it forward. 

To someone else. 

Expecting nothing in return.

That’s the premise behind the Pass It On Project.

it all started with paint

It’s all karah’s idea, you see.

And we are joining kelly and linda and andrea.

The goal is simply this, to leave the world a little kinder than when we found it.

So I have been painting and creating and stickering and wrapping some tiny little bits of kindness to wing their way out into blogland.

And I am sending two of these projects to these wonderful, incredible, inspiring bloggers who have blessed me immeasurably in ways they may never know.

Shirley from Housepitality Designs

Betsy from Coastal Colors

Amy from Buffalo Roam

Andrea from Willow Wisp Cottage

Beverly from How Sweet the Sound

Heidi from Decor and More

Each package contains two canvases.

All I ask is that you keep one for yourself and pass the other to someone who truly needs it.  Someone who is facing a challenge or obstacle or for whom life is a little overwhelming right now.

You don’t need to tell them about me or this silly blog. 

Just tell them it’s from a friend.

Kindness.  It’s so 2012.

Pass it on.

PS  If you have a random act of kindness story, I would love to hear it.

PPS  If you want to start your own Pass It On Project, you can e-mail me.

46 thoughts on “The Pass It On Project

  1. You have no idea how special this is to me. I have admired you and been inspired by you for literally years now, and for you to think of me is, well, pretty cool. My recipient of the second gift will love it just as equally. My best friend, so brave and strong, who’s little boy was born at 24 weeks, 1 lb, 1 oz, and has undergone so many, many challenges in his 5 short years, could surely use a boost right now. I’ve never seen my friend cry or heard her complain about her misfortunes. She’s been nothing but strong and brave for her little guy, and his two siblings. She deserves this, and it will mean a lot for her. I can sum this up best by saying thank you…..a really, truely, heart felt, big cyber hug thank you.

  2. What a wonderful way to make the world a better place – bit-by-bit. I am sure each one of us can think of someone who needs a extra boost. I also think if we would just spend the day smiling at all those that we encounter it would make a difference.☺

  3. KariAnne…I have your “button” on my sidebar of my blog…It says “An Inspiration Every Day”..I cannot say how much I am honored to be a part of this magnificent project, for you are an “inspiration every day”…You are the bestest!

    My thanks to Karah for coming up with this idea..genious!

    I so look forward to receiving your “Pass It On” gifts of love…I have the perfect person in mind to pass it on to and also the next person to continue the act of kindness…I will be blogging about them in the very near future…

    March Madness…well, that’s exactly what it is…Madness!!..A very good friend of mine son-in-law is an assistant coach for UNC/Chapel Hill basketball…so since I am a Chapel Hillian now, I guess I need to cross over and cheer for the Tar Heels…Hope to see UNC and Kentucky in the finals :)…..( hubby picked KY to win..don’t tell my friend!)….

  4. these are adorable! and i think our husbands would get along! my husband actually takes tournament week off work every year using vacation time so he can watch… so that is what he did last week. being the good wife, er blogger, i did not watch a lick of it, and busted out painting the kids rooms! 🙂

  5. What a sweet idea, I love it. Our church has done similar things, we called them AOK’s (Acts of Kindness). Paying someone’s bill in the drive-thru behind you is a favorite for me. I love looking in the rearview as I’m driving away. 🙂

  6. Karianne, you will never know how special this is to me! I’m so touched by your kindness! I have admired you and your blog from the first day I found it! The love and happiness in you and your home shines through your posts! You have definitely inspired me to pass a random act of kindness to someone else! Thank you for this amazing idea! Your canvases are lovely! Thank you and here’s a big cyber hug! Blessings to you!

  7. I adore this, adore it!
    I try to do this in my daily life but on a much smaller scale. You’ve got me thinking I might need to expand my reach a little.
    Your husband’s response cracked. me. up. I can’t wait to share it with my husband, who I know, is going to love it 🙂

  8. This is just the best idea and I am so honored to be a part of it. I can’t wait to see this beautiful canvas and pass it along to a friend who needs it… and then send out two of my own! Thank you, bloggy friend, for including me.

  9. Karianne, are you feeling all of the love? I hope you are. I am a firm believer in the old saying “what goes around, comes around”. You always graciously shine your light into the world, and the warmth of that light must surely be returning back to your world.

    Thank you for thinking of me in this special way. I am proud to be enjoying this project with you and all of the others. A smile is such a simple gift, and one that we can all easily share.

    Love to you from me.♥

  10. How wonderful! I’m working on a Pay it Forward project right now…may the world be blessed in some little way by these gifts!!!

  11. This is such a fantastic idea! I’m sure all your Pass it On recipients will be thrilled with the beautiful canvases you sending to them 🙂

    Acts of kindness “just because” are the best 🙂

  12. You have created some stunning art pieces here for some very lucky recipients! I’m envious, but I should just go make some myself. It’s not like I don’t already have everything on hand.

    Like the post said before me, I try to do small things all the time and always bigger stuff at the holidays. However, a few years ago my step-sister had battled Leukemia and was struggling with multiple conditions that developed AFTER she went into remission. To cheer her up, I was able to get us tickets to be in the audience at the Oprah Winfrey show. My step-sis wasn’t able to see very well because of the chronic dry eye she developed, but she didn’t care. She was just happy to be somewhere that wasn’t a Doctor’s office(ironically, it was the show that Dr. Oz was on when he announced he was getting HIS own show. LOL!)

    She’s gotten much better these days, but she still talks about it and I’m happy that I was able to give her a life long happy memory.

  13. Karianne, I feel so blessed to be a small part of this chain of kindness… and am already thinking about how I can pass it on. 🙂 You are a wonderful witty talented inspiration to so many of us ~ and I know these blessings will come back to you ten fold!
    Hugs my friend and I look forward to hugging you in person at Haven!
    xo Heidi

  14. What a sweet idea and what a nice surprise for your recipients and their recipients!
    I try to do random acts of kindness if not daily then weekly. I’m a lunch lady in a school district with 30% of our students receiving free or reduced lunches. The kiddos that receive said lunches can not buy extras unless they put money in their accounts. Occasionally I’ll have a student bring in a bag of pennies thinking that at lunch they’ll be able to buy a treat. But the funny thing is they never ask they just know they can’t have the extras. For those students or families who are just having a hard time, I put money on their accounts. I love the look in their eyes when I tell them they can have a treat once they finished their lunch. It’s priceless.

  15. With so much negative and disheartening news in our world, this post is like a breath of fresh air. It is so true that it is more blessed to give than to receive and just hoping/knowing it may give someone that little lift they need is truly a gift in itself. I love doing the unexpected for someone and your post has inspired me to step it up. Thanks so much, Karianne!!

  16. I’m on Linda’s pass it on list, and I can’t wait to receive it, but not because I want to horde a wonderful treasure, but because I know there is something coming and that then I will be passing something on.


  17. How nice of you! Wonderful idea. I try to live in a constant state of kindness thinking/awareness, always looking for some little act of kindness to bestow. It really does give one purpose in life not to mention the good feeling that comes with giving.
    May you receive many blessings in return!

  18. Well that is the greatest idea.. I was just discussing kindness with my Mom last night. Those surprises will surely make those sweet bloggers happy happy. Hope your having a grand week.

  19. What a wonderful idea and how lucky are the chosen ones……….for me kindness is thinking of someone instead of yourself. I tried to think of others most of the time, yeah you maybe thinking Jo-Anne you never seem to think of yourself and that is a fair enough argument I do have a tendence to put myself last…………but hell I am a mother…………lol

  20. a beautiful way to express gratitude and honor friendship.P.S. I hope you will post this on today’s Thursday Favorite Things blog Hop. xo

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