The Unexpected Gift...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Last Saturday a card arrived at my doorstep from an undisclosed sender.  I didn't pay it any mind at first as I receive several Christmas cards a day from friends and family.  When I opened it, the message read... "Just because someone thinks you're a wonderful friend, mom and woman" and inside was a gift card to Anthropologie... one of my favorite stores in the whole wide world! I nearly fell to the floor!  It was so unexpected and moved me so deeply... someone actually took time out of their lives, reached deep into their pockets during the costliest time of year to let me know that they love and appreciate me!  Clearly this was not about a 'thank you' as there was no sender disclosed to thank, instead, this selfless, random act of kindness inspired me to reflect on what this sender's intentions were really.  Sure, they care enough about me to send something so sweet... something they knew tugged at my heart.  After all, I love shopping and I love Anthro so what could be better right?  But really, it was much more than that.  I began to think about many people in my life that have gone through recent hardships and could really use a selfless random act of kindness themselves... very much like the one I'd received.  Imagine if every recipient of a RAOK like this pays it forward to one other person... the world would be a better place!  So today... I decided to pay it forward to a dear friend who's had a rough year.  I think of her often with sadness knowing that this year, as many of us celebrate Christmas, she will be spending her first without her daddy whom she recently lost.  I can't even image that feeling... so I knew she needed a little holiday cheer this year!

So the reason I wanted to share this with you is because I'd love to challenge each and everyone of my beautiful readers to reach deep in your hearts and think about how you could brighten someone's day... I'm sure that if you look around, you know many who could use a little RAOK in their lives right ? Why not take a moment to do something nice for someone else... just because!  It doesn't have to be big... it doesn't even have to cost money.  Just something unexpected to let someone else know they are loved!  I'd love to hear all about your RAOK.  Please leave a comment below or tag me in any of my social media sites Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.  You can use hash tag RAOK if you'd like.  I'd love to read all about the good you are doing this holiday season. 

I now keep this card on my nightstand... I love that it's the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning and when I drift off to sleep.... And when I'm having a bad day, it is there as a reminder that I matter...

Thank you all so much for reading... for your beautiful comments... and most importantly for your continued support here on FMM.  Wishing you all the happiest of holiday seasons with your loved ones.  XOXO Carla - FMM


  1. I cannot tell you how much I love this post :) RAOK are just the best! They give you such a warm feeling to receive, and to give as well. Just one small selfless thing can literally make someones month :)

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

    1. Thank you so much Amy... I was so inspired by this amazing RAOK that I figured I'd pass I on :) xoxo