The Most Important Valentine I Ever Gave…

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

As I was planning my 2015 calendar at the beginning of this year, I knew I wanted to do something different for Valentine’s Day. My husband and I have been married for almost four years now (and together for eight), so the thrill of having a nice meal or receiving small gifts isn’t as appealing as it once was. Additionally, as a motivational speaker, I have been spending more and more time on the road over the last several months getting to meet and visit with awesome people all across the country, so I knew I wanted to turn Valentine’s Day upside down!

My assistant Karlee and I brainstormed ideas including new video content or snail mail to our clients, but neither of those options felt quite right. If you know anything about me, you know that everything I do comes from the heart.

Then, a few weeks ago, I received a call from my buddy Adam. Adam created this amazing product last year called the Acts of Good Journal. It’s brilliant (and I can’t wait to share more about it)!

“Shannon! We are going to take a day and perform random acts of good around the city for Valentine’s Day. Want to join?”

I couldn’t believe it! It was music to my ears. I cleared my schedule immediately.

So, this past Monday, Adam and I traveled around the city delivering gorgeous flowers donated by Dan Meiners. We were like two kids in a candy store and so happy to spend our day making a difference for someone else.

Our stops included:

  • A military wife’s home. Her husband has been deployed to Iraq 4 times in the last 4 years.
  • A high school teacher whose son was recently hit by a train.
  • An employee at a children’s hospital in Kansas City who has been working 70-80 hour work weeks over the last several months to deploy a new software for the hospital.
  • The CEO of a major charity in Kansas City who has been working tirelessly on a big project.
  • A woman who has spent the last few years taking care of an ailing parent.
  • A woman who donated her free time to helping woman create healthier lifestyles.

At each stop, I was reminded that life is so precious and even the smallest acts of kindness are greatly appreciated. Frankly, these valentine’s were the most important I’ve ever given.

An act of kindness doesn’t mean you have to deliver flowers to someone. It can be a genuine compliment, a text, buying someone’s coffee or just taking a moment to appreciate someone for all of his or her hard work.

What kind of Valentine will you give this year? Leave a comment below! XOXO.

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