That’s me, Alli D. Seigel. This is a picture from our honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What a wonderful experience planning a wedding and getting married was! Everything about my wedding was magical and better than I could’ve ever imagined! However, after the high from the wedding and honeymoon started to drift away, I began to think (I mean really think) about the “real world”. What a dreadful phrase. I mean, here I was, approaching 30,(ahhh!), and what did I want to accomplish in this lifetime? Great and supportive family? Check. Amazing friends? Check. The best husband anyone could ask for? Check check check. Even though I did have all the riches in the world, constantly being surrounded by supportive and loving family and friends, I started to feel a hunger to find meaning and purpose– a desire to help others and do something outside of myself.
And then one day, a few weeks ago, I did something small… I bought flowers for a friend for no reason at all (other than I thought she needed a sweet little pick-me-up). It turned out that she had to cancel our dinner plans and I never got to give her the flowers. But from that little flower purchase, an idea hit me (literally had a light bulb moment): I would do something “nice” for friends and family every day for an entire year, starting January 1st 2009. Then I thought, “ Well, I guess it doesn’t just have to be nice things for friends and family. I should include nice things for strangers, charities, animals, the world… and anything else I can think of.” And so the idea of 365 Days of Goodness was born. 365 Good Deeds in 365 Days. A challenge that has already changed me for the better.