30 ways to bless others on your birthday

30 Ways to Bless Others

30 ways to bless others on your birthday

Since the beginning of the year, I have wanted to bless people and do random acts of kindness every day during the month of my 30th birthday. As I thought about turning 30 on June 19th, there wasn’t really anything I wanted or needed. After Kai passed away, my sister-in-law encouraged others to choose to love and serve others and I knew after reading that post that I was going to do this. I wanted to bless others and honor Kai.

Are some of these things that I would do on a regular basis? Yes! But, several of them, like #7, #27, #29 I wouldn’t. In that aspect it was a fun challenge and I now have more creative ways to bless people. Although I’m not keeping track anymore I hope to continue to bless others on a daily basis. It’s amazing what saying hi to a stranger or bringing flowers to your new hairdresser will do – it surely is easy to brighten people’s day and if we all made more of an effort, this world would be a lot brighter! I realize a lot of these involve money, but there are so many ways to bless someone for free! I’m hoping this post encourages you to do the same!

June 1 – Introduced myself to someone I have never met at church.

June 2 – Gathered trash from others tables after a breakfast meeting and threw it away

June 3 – Introduced myself to a stranger in the elevator at work and asked how they were

June 4 – Bought a friend lunch

June 5 – Gave a friend flowers

June 6 – Put quarters in the carts at Aldi for people to use

June 7 – Gave money to the CVS drive-thru Pharmacy for the next person in line to apply to their purchase

June 8 – Gave a card to my bible study and small group leaders

June 9 – Printed off and placed Target coupons around the store on the products

June 10 – Donated money to a friends upcoming mission trip

June 11 – Gave a friend a card and flowers

June 12 – Hosted and made dinner and dessert for two friends to celebrate their birthdays

June 13 – Gave my new hairdresser flowers

June 14 – Sent out snail mail to a group of ladies

June 15 – Went to welcome our new neighbors (attempt failed)

June 16 – Put coupons for free food and drinks on the menus at sonic

June 17 – Gave a card and gift card to a friend

June 18 – Retrieved and returned carts from people in a grocery store parking lot

June 19 – Made and brought coworkers breakfast

June 20 – Donated to a friend going on a mission trip

June 21 – Brought cookies up to the volunteers at the healing prayer service

June 22 – Approached someone at church who was sitting by themselves to talk to them

June 23 – Gave a girl I just met the Jesus Calling devotional

June 24 – Gave a coworker flowers

June 25 – Donated clothing and household items to Make a Wish

June 26 – Took a friend a meal who just had a baby

June 27 – Put a card, water, and snacks in the mailbox for the mailman.

June 28 – Left encouraging notes on cars in a parking lot

June 29 – Bought a homeless man lunch

June 30 – Gave a card to the front desk at a doctor’s office


  • Shama
    Posted at 08:03h, 02 July Reply

    Caroline, you are such an inspiration! God bless you!

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 08:06h, 02 July Reply

    Love the mailman idea!!

  • Caitlin | belong with wildflowers
    Posted at 08:07h, 02 July Reply

    You have such a giving + beautiful heart. All these little acts of random kindness are so needed in the world. I bet you made a bunch of people’s day 🙂

  • Lauren
    Posted at 08:19h, 02 July Reply

    I love #27! So creative and to someone who I’m sure doesn’t get tons of thank yous…

  • Amie
    Posted at 08:25h, 02 July Reply

    These are great ideas! I can’t wait to do some of these 🙂

  • Kate
    Posted at 08:50h, 02 July Reply

    Love this! You are wonderful. Seriously 🙂

  • Emily @ EatLoveProcreate
    Posted at 08:56h, 02 July Reply

    And you didn’t even include that you showed up at my house with unexpected gifts either! You are such a blessing to so many people! I love your June 9th too. I like to take an extra coupon to a store at the mall or BB&B and hand it to the person behind me sometimes, but I like your idea of actually placing them on the products to be used in Target. That is awesome!

  • dspence
    Posted at 09:01h, 02 July Reply

    What a great list! I especially love #27 🙂 I’ll have to give some a try!

  • Tania // Run to Radiance
    Posted at 09:13h, 02 July Reply

    Happy late birthday! I love this idea…what a wonderful way to honor Kai and to serve others. I am really inspired by this. 🙂

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 10:53h, 02 July Reply

    Oh, Caroline! I am so sorry I missed telling you happy birthday! I do trust your day was blessed and joy-filled, in spite of the pain in your heart. These 30 ideas are WONDERFUL! I loved every one of them, and I applaud you for being so giving and willing to bless others. Surely God was pleased and saw every act of love and service. May He bless you with many more happy birthdays! Lots of love to you. 🙂

  • Kara
    Posted at 11:07h, 02 July Reply

    Caroline, this is so sweet! What a precious way to preserve Kai’s memory. You’ve inspired me to do some random acts of kindness!

  • Angela
    Posted at 11:13h, 02 July Reply

    You have such a great heart girl! Such an inspiration to everyone! I want to get out there and do some random acts of kindness!

  • Amy
    Posted at 11:42h, 02 July Reply

    Love it! I’m sure you did a lot of other things to bless people that you didn’t even do intentionally!

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 12:46h, 02 July Reply

    Love this, Caroline! Know that you bless many people on your blog here too! 🙂 Love your heart!

    Posted at 13:21h, 02 July Reply

    This is such a wonderful post and it made me smile the whole time reading it! You are a joy and an inspiration and a BLESSING to so many of us! Love seeing your sweet light shine for Him!

  • Síochána Arandomhan
    Posted at 13:23h, 02 July Reply

    That’s so fantastic! what a great idea!

  • Haley
    Posted at 13:55h, 02 July Reply

    I love this so much! Needed a little inspiration in this area 🙂 Thanks!

  • Candace
    Posted at 14:08h, 02 July Reply

    Wow, Caroline, I love this! What a neat way to celebrate your birthday and honor your nephew. Beautiful.

  • Krystal
    Posted at 14:14h, 02 July Reply

    This is such amazing idea! Thanks for posting this. I was thinking of doing something like this for our boys on Infant Loss Day in October and having all our friends and family doing random acts of kindness that day.

  • Elisha
    Posted at 15:24h, 02 July Reply

    Great list girlie! xo

  • Lisa
    Posted at 15:27h, 02 July Reply

    What a fun way to celebrate your birthday and honor Kai. I love the idea of printing off coupons and leaving them around Target!!

  • Allison
    Posted at 17:22h, 02 July Reply

    This is the sweetest thing!! I’m sure you blessed so many people with these small acts of kindness. I’ve always loved the quote about doing small things with great love! 🙂

  • Katie
    Posted at 17:40h, 02 July Reply

    Caroline! You are amazing! What a generous and beautiful person you are – inside and out! You are such a Christ-like example for all of us! 🙂 xo

  • Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    Posted at 14:07h, 03 July Reply

    I love this. It reminds me of Ann Voskamp’s 1000 gifts. 🙂

  • Jaclyn
    Posted at 08:11h, 04 July Reply

    Happy Birthday!!! I turned 30 back in October – so we’re not that far apart. 🙂 I absolutely love that you posted this – thank you for pulling at my heart strings to be more Christ-like – maybe you should have this as a weekly blog topic and we can all share what our weekly blessing was. OR, maybe I’ll actually start my own blog one day and do it…;-) Have a fabulous 4th and restful weekend!

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 21:42h, 05 July Reply

    Caroline, this is so wonderful that you did this. I have been asking God to show me ways to bless others and He really does reveal opportunities to make a difference.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

  • Tiffany (A Touch of Grace)
    Posted at 13:56h, 07 July Reply

    Wow. Caroline that is amazing. You are such a warm soul and I can imagine you made so many people’s days brighter. How thoughtful of you to do so many great things last month!

  • Beka
    Posted at 15:00h, 07 July Reply

    This brought tears to my eyes and immediately made me think of the verses where Jesus said that “it is more blessed to give than to receive”. Life really is full when we bless others. I’m going to have to do this for my 30th birthday because you already read my post about how I’m ridiculously obsessed with my birthday. =)

    I’m glad you had such a great time serving others.

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 20:53h, 07 July Reply

    I wasn’t able to comment the other day when I first read this post. As July is my birth month I’m using your example and find it such a wonderful way to look at each day. Also, I’m going to use this with a few of my clients who are dreading upcoming months due to anniversaries of stillbirths and health problems. I feel that focusing on the positive does not allow the dread of the past to have much strength. Thank you for this wonderful post.

  • Charity
    Posted at 11:59h, 10 July Reply

    What a wonderful way to spread the love on the day you celebrate when you were born. This is truly selfless. You are such a sweetheart Caroline.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 20:29h, 12 July Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea so much!!! I am turning 32 next month; unfortunately August only has 31 days, but maybe I’ll just have to do two things one day 🙂 (Or I could pretend to be only turning 31…ha!)

  • Brittany
    Posted at 15:55h, 11 September Reply

    Such a great idea to celebrate!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 18:07h, 11 September Reply

    Love that for your birthday you gave! Such a beautiful reminder!

  • cuteheads
    Posted at 20:17h, 11 September Reply

    I absolutely love this idea! I’m 31, about to be 32… Maybe I should do 32 blessings ❤️ great idea!

    The Cuteness

  • Jen @ living in His way
    Posted at 08:19h, 12 September Reply

    This is really cool! My 30th is in a couple years (also in June), I think I might try this! Thanks for sharing

  • Amanda @ Green Tea + Cotton
    Posted at 09:58h, 12 September Reply

    What a wonderful idea to do for your birthday! My husband and I share the same birthday and we never know what to do or what to get each other. This is an idea we can incorporate! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 11:03h, 12 September Reply

    What a beautiful way to honor him and celebrate your birthday! Just wonderful!

  • Brittany
    Posted at 17:37h, 12 September Reply

    This is so amazing! What a blessing you are to be a blessing!

  • Alicia
    Posted at 18:30h, 12 September Reply

    What a great way to celebrate! What a blessing you are to those around you!

  • Lisa Gegolick
    Posted at 23:03h, 12 September Reply

    It took me to the end until I realized I found your link in a ‘party’ thread, then I realized right away that THIS is what life and celebration is all about. I so admire that you’ve turned a loss into motivation to lift other people up and bless them. Happy belated birthday to you!

  • Lorinda
    Posted at 09:33h, 13 September Reply

    This is such an increadibly thoughtful thing to do. Yes, a lot can be done without even spending money, sometimes a smile can make someones day – a celebration indeed.

  • Misty
    Posted at 16:01h, 13 September Reply

    I really love the thought of making your birthday about others instead of yourself <3

  • Christine
    Posted at 16:21h, 13 September Reply

    Such an awesome idea, Caroline! So thoughtful! Thanks for sharing and being an inspiration! xox

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