Monday, September 1, 2014


Hello!  My name is Shannon and I'm a 44 year old real estate agent and homeschooling mom of three children (August, Martha and Hazel), two dogs (Maude and George), and a small flock of chickens.

I had mixed feelings, 5 years ago, about turning 40. I wouldn't say I was feeling old (5 years later, I still don't), and I certainly wasn't dreading turning 40, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel different as that milestone approached. I think it was because I could clearly remember when my parents turned 40 (I won't lie, back then, 16 year old me thought it was a pretty huge number)...and I realized my own children were probably paying attention to everything I was doing at this "old" age as well.

As a result, I reflected upon the many trials and countless blessings of my 39 years, and decided to do something big as I approach turning 40 (on June 30, 2015)...something that I hoped would make many people smile.  And that something was the Kindness Countdown.

And so, I completed 40 random acts of kindness over the 40 weeks leading up to my birthday...for complete strangers (and a few people I knew) and documented them here to entertain and hopefully inspire others to spread kindness in their lives.

It was a lot of fun, and a pretty big success! The Kindness Countdown Facebook group has grown to over 750 people, all following along for the positive news articles I've continued to share there. It inspired my family and I to always keep an eye open for someone needing a helping hand, and a lot of the kind things we did over those 40 weeks have become family traditions and healthy habits.

And sooooooo....I'm doing it again!

Over the next 45 weeks, my family and I will once again be completing acts of kindness to countdown to my 45th birthday (June 30, 2020)! But this time it will be bigger and better...45 kind acts we can't wait to share!

I hope you'll follow along!

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(And if you know of anyone looking to buy or sell a home in Wisconsin, give me a call (414.698.1747) or shoot me an email (!)

1 comment:

  1. I just heard about your acts of kindness & wanted to find out more so came to your blog. Just want to say thank you for making this world a better place. Great to see you teaching your children the same. Its a great idea & hopefully you inspire others to do some as well because every little kindness counts. Haven't seen too many comments so I just wanted to let you know its a wonderful thing & much appreciated & I know it makes you feel good as well.