Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The Wouldbegood Diary // Months 1-4


I have umm'ed and ahh'ed about starting this mini-series but after seeing so many people sharing their 'good deeds' day in, day out on social media I thought that at worst people will see me as just another goodie two shoes bragging about how kind they are.
However, I have to start this off by saying this is by no means who I am or what I hope to achieve by writing these posts. I don't even like myself half the time let alone think I'm some super kind rockstar. Each year on my goals list I write down ''Do more charity work/make a bigger difference in the world''. I am not majorly well off, I earn under 9k per year and have the responsibilities of a house to pay for but I am of the mind that no matter how much or how little we have we can always share that and do more for our planet and those on it.
Inspired by the Wouldbegood's of E.Nesbits book series about the Bastable children, here is my little log of some of the things I have done over the past four months, which I hope will show others how easy it is to do more and maybe give you some ideas of little things you might do to make a little difference too.

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January

4Ocean Bracelet Subscription
Technically I signed up for the 2018 subscription to 4Ocean in December, as this year there is a new special bracelet being released in collaboration with a different cause each month. 4Ocean are an organization who are clearing the oceans of plastic waste and creating bracelets using the recycled plastic, of which you can buy to help fund their efforts. To learn more about the company click here.

Born Free Adoptions x 3
See below.

Art Supply Package for Women Matta
 I had seen in December that people were being asked to keep the fronts of their Christmas cards to send to women's prisons etc for crafting sessions, so I emailed around and got in touch with Women Matta. I had a lot of new, unused art supplies, adult colouring books and stuff for jewellery making so Mam and I put a box together and posted it away to them.

Used Stamps for RSPB
 Throughout the year Mam and I both cut off and keep any stamps that may come on letters, cards or packages and in January pop them into an envelope and send them off to the RSPB! They use the stamps to make money back and put the money into helping our Albatrosses out at sea. There are many different organizations who do something similar so check out your faves and see if they do too. Find out more here.

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February

4Ocean Bracelet Subscription
As above. The bracelets are $20 per month with around $5 shipping to the UK. Meaning all in I pay around £18 a month for this subscription.

Born Free Adoptions x 3
See below.

Monetary Donations
Included in this are some donations to folks currently living homeless, optional charity donations that can be added to your cart when paying for online purchases from places such as eBay, contributions to fundraisers from animal rescues I follow on Facebook and more.

Race Lion 20k Virtual Distance Challenge
  I completed my first ever virtual 'race', a 20k (12.5 mile) hike to help raise funds and awareness for the ever amazing Born Free. On the day I was very lucky to have Mam and Dad join me for the majority of the hike too and all three of us have arthritis (Dad has Spondylitis), I also have asthma and on the day was struggling through laryngitis which was fun haha.
A portion of my entry fee went to Born Free and then I raised £50 in sponsorship money via JustGiving. My page is still open if you would like to contribute or if you would like to see the proof of my route.

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March

4Ocean Bracelet Subscription
As Above.

Born Free adoptions x 3
At the start of this month, I took out two new adoptions with Born Free. I had one that should have ended in December, however, it for some reason automatically renewed and I didn't want to be rude and cancel it so I've kept it for another year too haha.
With each adoption, you only pay £2.50 per month which is way less than most people spend on coffees, trips to cafes/restaurants or takeaways etc. I don't drink coffee/tea or really do any of those other things anyway, so of course, my money is much better off going to help the brilliant Born Free in their animal conservation efforts.

Monetary Donations/Charity Purchases
Included in this are sponsors for friends who had taken part in events such as the Dechox, a little haul of goodies bought from the British Heart Foundation store, entering an Easter raffle at Pets at Home for Adoption for Pets, buying a fox necklace where profits went to help a hunt saboteur group fix their vehicle, a cat pin badge in aid of Cats Protection charity and more.

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April

4Ocean Bracelet Subscription
As Above.

Born Free Adoptions x 3
As Above.

Book Donations
Recently I bought a set of books online but when they arrived they weren't quite what I had expected. The company were overly kind and sent me a full new set and so I wanted the original books to go to someone who would enjoy them, without selling them because technically I had two sets for the price of one. My Mam has found them a loving home with the kiddos of someone she works with so I'm glad to spread the Oz magic on.
I also had a big stack I had stored away to sell but have taken them over to the British Heart Foundation store as that's where I often by books from myself.

Other 'Donations'
I had some bits and bobs that were also in storage, such as brand new photo frames still in packaging, some gorgeous ornaments I've had no room to display and some other things which Mam has taken for someone she knows who is having a tombola.

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Thankfully there has been no need for me to rescue or rear any birds this year so far and fingers crossed that stays that way - not that I mind helping at all but I'd rather they all stayed safe and healthy in the first place. Other tiny things I've done to help the planet are my regular bits like keeping the birds fed and watered, signing/sharing petitions, picking up rubbish when out and about (in January I also had to jump the wall into the river to pick up a huge plastic bag of mouldy bread that had been dumped, seeming for the birds to eat but would have made them ill) and the like.
December is always my most giving month and as you can see, over the year so far it seems I have sadly done less and less. Although I have had a bit of a rubbish month or two I pledge now to make this a turning point and get back to doing as much as I can. I'm excited to say I have signed up for my second 20k virtual hike which I will be completing while I'm in Disneyland Paris - you can check out my sponsor page for that here if you'd like to.

I hope this post is taken as it is meant and not as showing off in any way. In no way do I think myself anything special at all. These are basic things that all people should be doing if they can and I hope they might give ideas of ways to help our world for anyone looking. Tell me what cool ways you have given - be it in time, money or whatever else - lately! I'd love some more ideas.
Oh, I also have a volunteer opportunity too but like I say, the past few months haven't been the best both health and home wise, so fingers crossed that will become a reality in the 2nd half of 2018!


7 comments:

  1. I don't see these types of posts as showing off at all... I think it's great to do good deeds, and talking about them only encourages and inspires others to do something themselves. By you writing this post, you've shared about charities & causes others may not have even heard of - that in itself is a positive thing.

    You've given, contributed to, and dedicated yourself to some wonderful things in the first quarter of this year. I get the feeling that you aren't necessarily one to take compliments & praise in abundance (I could be wrong - obviously), but it is inspiring all that you've done Danielle. I will definitely try to contribute to your next virtual race also (although that'll likely be next month!).

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    1. I'm glad you got what I was going for. haha
      Thank you so much. I really hate praise and compliments and I very rarely share things I do because I don't do them for attention, but purely because I want make a difference in our scary little world. So I simply wanted to give people ideas and share other causes to support.
      You are so, so kind - I appreciate you a lot.

      xo

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  2. I am so glad you're doing this and sharing these Danielle because it's so nice to see and it gives other people ideas for ways they can help / different gift giving ideas for family and friends. I love the 4Ocean bracelets so much, I am definitely going to try and get one when I can - love the subscription idea that you went for too. Hope you're doing OK and I am so sorry I am so behind with blog posts. - Tasha

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    1. Ah thank you Tasha. I was so nervous about publishing it because I seriously don't do any of it for attention or praise so was worried people would think I was showing off. The 4Ocean bracelets are lovely, very 'my style' of jewelry.
      Stop apologizing!! Just look after yourself <3

      xo

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  3. What a lovely idea for a post! It really goes to show that it doesn't take a lot to help, and make a difference. I donate to Born Free and Cat's Protection monthly, as well as donating clothes and books to charity. I'd like to do more though - you've inspired me! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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