#4 Random Act of Kindness

Scatter Kindness

#4 Random Act of Kindness – 100 day challenge.

I asked 100 people to participate. These Act of Kindness are in the participants own words and the only purpose of this challenge was to scatter kindness.


Here is Erica’s R.A.K.

A Random Rescue

Yesterday, October 24th, I “randomly” adopted our 3rd rescue dog.  I never gave a 3rd dog a thought seeing that the two rescue dogs we already had seemed to be perfect.  It wasn’t until there was a certain Facebook post from Lakeshore Paws that caught my attention.  I have to start off by telling you that I see and share almost all of the Lakeshore Paws FB posts regarding the need of fosters or adoption….all of them tugging at my heart, but not with the brute force that this particular FB post had done.  It wasn’t the typical post with a picture of a cute dog and how badly he would love a forever home…nope!  It was just a FB post of their adoption flyer.  But this flyer was different….the amount of dogs/cats squeezed onto this 8×10 flyer was what caught my attention.  I thought to myself…’wow, I have never seen this many dogs on their flyers before’….and in that moment a memory flashed into my head of my husband and I riding in the car and him turning to me and saying he was thinking about getting another dog.  So I clicked on the flyer and browsed through the many dogs pictured and only one popped out at me…almost as if it was a larger picture than all of the others.  Pippa was her name.  A Boston Terrier/Pitt Mix rescued just a few days earlier. That morning, before work, I decided to “secretly” make a stop at Lakeshore Paws to have a visit with Pippa.   I spent a few minutes with her and realized that there was NO WAY I would be able to leave her and never come back.  I briefly explained my “secret ops” situation to the lovely volunteer and told her I would be back later.  Walking to my car, I immediately texted my husband….

Text: { I was naughty and went and looked at a dog at Lakeshore Paws }

Within seconds, my phone rings.  “What kind of dog is it? What does she look like? Is she still there?…”  Within an hour, we were back at Lakeshore Paws…and within a few hours after that…Pippa was at our house for an “in-home” trial with our two other dogs.  She is a perfect fit and we are so happy we can give her a forever home that she deserves.

We have renamed her Ivy and she has two sisters, India and Isis.

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Have a Flan-tastic Day and Scatter some Kindness,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I am going to enjoy sharing these with all of you that read my blog.


# 2 & 3 Random Act of Kindness – 100 Day Challenge

Scatter Kindness

Scatter Kindness

#2 Random Act of Kindness – 100 day challenge.

These Act of Kindness are in the participants own words and the only purpose of this challenge was to scatter kindness.

Here is Monica’s R.A.K….

I sent a note to a teacher at a local daycare.  (she taught both my children).  My girls both loved her and she has become a  friend.  She is young and doesn’t really know what she wants to do in life – she went to school and got a degree in business while working, but now realizes she wants to work with children but has a business degree.

She has confided in me some days of her frustration.  I just decided to send her a note to give her encouragement to just go for your goals and dreams while you are young.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy…happy blogging!!

monica RAK


Random act #3 = No activity, no response.

When I made a request and got no response, I will just list it like this.


Have a Flan-tastic Day and Scatter some Kindness,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  A personal handwritten note can mean so much, especially with today’s electronic technology.


A little piece of the magic

It was a vision in 2008 after attending the Disney Institute.

How can I bring a little piece of the Disney magic to my business?

Fast forward 2013


Have a magical day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me: I am writing this post in the early morning on my balcony at the Boardwalk WDW




It all started innocently

Click here  for an awesome article about our Main Street USA in NWI Times  today.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I believe music can change your mood.

I’m proud of my town, Valparaiso, IN

(click here to read more)

On February 13 -17, 2012 Valparaiso Indiana will be participating in the Random Acts of Kindness week.  (click here). One more reason I am proud to live and work in this town.  We plan on participating, hope you will join in too no matter where you live.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I believe in resolutions, just not on January 1st.

Was it Fate? – Continued

If opportunity knocks open the door

If opportunity knocks open the door


As we drove into our subdivision, about 2 feet off curbside was another Fairy opportunity. Perched in the hot sun behind a little make-shift lemonade stand were two adorable little girls. Since Fairies always try to stop at lemonade stands, this one was not going to be an exception.

The smiles on the faces of these two little girls would have required a wide-angle camera to capture. The mom and the grandma ran to get their cameras and with great pride the Fairies posed with these two lovely little entrepreneurs, glasses of lemonade in hand.

Before long several neighbors walked over to see what all the commotion was about.

What was it all about?

It’s all about the KIDS!

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me: I have never smoked.

Was it Fate? A Flanagin Fairy Story


We had just attended an event as the Flanagin Fairies, while driving home we noticed the gas tank was dangerously low, so an unscheduled stop at the nearest gas station was a must. It was definitely a sight you don’t see every day, a Fairy in all her finest pumping gas.

What happened next makes the time and preparation invested in being a Fairy, all worth while.

A fellow customer took a double-take at the strange site of a fully costumed Fairy pumping gas and began to strike up a conversation. He asked what we were doing, one thing led to another and he asked to take our picture with his little boy, who was still in the car. Fairies love pictures, so we began to pose in all our Fairy loveliness. We gave his 4-year-old son autographed photos and the dad thanked us for being so nice to his family. And then it happened….

He began to explain that they were on their way to the cemetery to visit the grave of their newborn twin and that his son was not feeling good about it. He thanked us for bringing the needed distraction for his son at such a sad time. Holding back the tears, we waved goodbye as they drove off.

Was it fate that brought us to this particular gas station on this particular day and time?

We think so.

Lesson: You never know when life will deliver an opportunity to make a difference.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me: I’m 1/2 German and 1/2 Swedish.

The magic and enthusiasm of the Disney Institute workshop is over, now what? This blog is about exactly that,  for a small bulk mail business in Indiana.

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