**THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED!!!**
AND THE WINNER IS …
Hello dear vintage lovers, and happy GRATEFULNESS GIVEAWAY FRIDAY!!!
Yes! It’s approximately 8AM Friday morning as I type these words and I feel like I’m gearing up to visit my favorite amusement park, I’m SO excited for today’s story of gratefulness and adjoining giveaway to say THANKS! for your support of vintage fashion through Sammy Davis Vintage!!
Today’s giveaway isn’t only one of the most generous I’ve had the blessings to offer you [just take a look at the pic above to see what’s being offered!] but the giveaway is a demonstration of just how far [but close]vintage love can travel thanks to the beauty of the Internet.
I featured this week’s giveaway sponsor Peg & Amber in my Shop Finds a couple months ago, and much to my delight, the dress I featured from her shop SOLD to one of you vintage lovers! The vintage brains & beauty behind Peg & Amber — Amber! — messaged me a sincere thanks. I wrote back to continue the discussion, and our email exchange revealed that we were a.) the same age b.) both from Pennsylvania and c.) WENT TO THE SAME COLLEGE!
I know, crazy! You vintage lovers will probably agree that “the world is a small, small place!” While Amber and I never crossed paths in the collegiate environment, thanks to a simple email exchange and mutual love for vintage, we digitally bonded as if we had actually met during freshman orientation and been friends ever since.
This week I kickstart my gratefulness giveaway with a story on why random acts of kindness rock love into the lives’ of others and that of our own. I can’t wait for you to share your recent experiences of kindness and its random potential for feel-good vibes spread far & wide shared in the comments to enter today’s giveaway!
Keep reading after the jump to learn how to enter to win this amazing prize pack from Peg & Amber Vintage!
Thank you ALL in advance for entering today’s giveaway and as you’ll read in today’s gratefulness story, inspiring random acts of kindness in us all! See ya’ll [and perhaps share your stories of random kindness?] on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr & YouTube.
Can’t wait for one of you to win today’s EPIC VINTAGE PRIZE PACK!
I AM GRATEFUL FOR … RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
“The love you get is equal to the love you give.”
The above is a line from The Beatles song “The End,” musing on how everything we create in this world will eventually equal what is naturally created for us. In simpler terms, “what you give is what you get.”
I’ll be the first to say, “Just give it love” when we are frustrated by our circumstances, experiencing uncomfortable emotions or are feeling all-around disconnected from our natural abilities to “feel good,” no matter the moment.
I believe that giving those moments of negativity self-love and love through connection to others will help to alleviate the tension and overtime, condition us not to “feel bad.”
Recently I’ve been reminding myself not just to give moments I don’t like love, but to give love all the time and at RANDOM moments, too. The spontaneity of giving is as exciting as receiving, and we are conditioned to default first to LOVE of others which is the greatest love we can ever give ourselves.
So what’s a random act of kindness, anyway? It’s an act of selflessness given by us to another that is unexpected and not necessary for us to give. It could be as simple as baking brownies for our neighbors not because it’s their anniversary, birthday or another “expected” holiday — but just to say hello, and “Would you enjoy some chocolate with me?”
Logging onto our email or Facebook accounts to send a message or leave a wall post “just saying hi” is a random act of unexpected kindness & connection. Sending flowers to our moms not on her birthday or Mother’s Day, or finding the perfect vintage dress for a friend and buying it for her “just because you couldn’t pass it up” is thinking above and beyond the “me” in moments when the easier path is just to think of ourselves.
And random acts of kindness need not be given just to those you know already. My favorite random acts of kindness are demonstrated to complete strangers: Because whether we know them or not, we are connected to every single person on this planet through the unity that is “being human.”
This I try to remember in moments of judgement: We are all the exact same, experiencing the same emotions but simply within different life circumstances of fate and our choosing.
I just finished ultra-marathon runner Dean Karnaze’s book RUN!, where in one chapter he writes on his “random acts of kindness runs,” where he carries $10 one-dollar bills and strategically places them under the windshields of 10 cars he passes.
When the owner arrives at his car, he’s pleasantly taken aback by this “random dollar” on his windshield. It’s like a tooth fairy leaving you money under your pillow as an adult — what feelings of excitement and abundance!!!
Paying the toll of the car behind you, sending cards of “thanks” without a holiday or cultural celebration inspiring it, buying lottery tickets for your entire office staff … these are the random acts of kindness which make people feel so good to be alive and in you doing so, inspires that same amazing feeling of inner-wealth, health & gratitude within you, too.
I am the first to admit that while I believe in giving all scenarios love, I do not step outside of myself to simply give for the sake of giving often enough. I recognize that I sometimes give with expectations of a return, or that I “share” with others not to make THEM feel good, but to make ME feel good.
Today’s post is to inspire me to think of being random and 100% selfless in my acts of love, and not just because “what I give is what I get.” But because what I give is what others get, first.
I can’t wait to demonstrate a random act of kindness today and hopefully, everyday forth! Thank you to all for inspiring me to inspire YOU … and myself!
**Photo Credit: 32 Random Acts of Kindness**
THIS VINTAGE PRIZE PACK FROM PEG & AMBER VINTAGE INCLUDES …
This week’s GENEROUS vintage prize pack from Peg & Amber Vintage includes three very special and very unique vintage pieces … including 2 ’70s maxi dresses in beautiful summer shades of yellow, and a practically posh leather satchel shoulder bag!
(1) ’70s Buttercup Yellow Maxi Dress w/ Peter Pan Collar (approximate size medium/large, 30 inch waist)
(1) ’70s Sun Yellow Floral Maxi Dress (approximate size medium, 28 inch waist)
(1) Black Leather Shoulder Satchel Bag
HOW TO ENTER GRATEFULNESS GIVEAWAY #10
For a chance to win the entire vintage fashion prize packed listed above valued at $49, you must enter between today [Friday, July 8th] and by midnight on Monday, July 11th.
You can only enter once, and all winners will be drawn at random using the site random.org. Winners will be announced by Wednesday, July 13th.
Enter by answering the following question in the comment fields or Facebook comment fields below this contest post:
**Describe a random act of kindness you’ve experienced or given to another!**
OTHER IMPORTANT RULES
**Entrants/Winners must be legal U.S. residents of the lower 48 states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) and at least 18 years old as of July 8th, 2011.
**For full contest rules and regulations can be found here
SPECIAL THANKS TO GIVEAWAY SPONSOR PEG & AMBER VINTAGE
GET A 20% DISCOUNT ON PEG & AMBER VINTAGE USING THE CODE **SAMMYDAVIS**
Sammy Davis Vintage Gratefulness Friday Giveaways are made possible thanks to the generous donations of online vintage sellers.
To spread vintage love, I host these giveaways to not only introduce one lucky winner to the world of vintage, but to introduce all of you to an online seller with other vintage finds that you may want to give a happy home.
Please support the Gratefulness Giveaway sponsors by visiting their online shops and saying hello!
Thank you for supporting vintage sellers to spread vintage love!
HAPPY ENTERING & GOOD LUCK!!!!