Use Your Influence: Pay It Forward Challenge


be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.

From bloggers to readers, and everyone in between, we all have a much greater influence on people than we realize. Someone, somewhere looks up to the decisions we make as well as the products and ideas we promote and stand for. It’s loads of fun sharing projects and ideas with you everyday, but today I want to challenge you to use your influence for something bigger… I want to challenge you to give selflessly this month.

It’s one thing to give gifts to people we love and care about, but giving to complete strangers is a little more difficult. Can you imagine how many people would have their entire day changed by walking out to their car to see a gift card on their window from a complete stranger? Or by paying for someone behind you in line, maybe even just leaving a generous tip and note to “pay it forward”? Out of the thousands of Sugar & Cloth readers, if we each participated in just one random act of kindness this Christmas, and influenced those around us to do so as well, that would be a lot of lives impacted!

pay it forward challenged: Be featured on Sugar & Cloth

To encourage you to participate and help influence the people around you to take part, share your random acts of kindness with me on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #payitforwardchallenge. I’ll feature 5 ideas and readers (or more!) on my blog each week for the rest of the month. Together we can make a big impact, are you willing?

random act of kindness

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13 thoughts on “Use Your Influence: Pay It Forward Challenge

  1. jenny

    this is just what i needed this morning. i woke up feeling dreadful, but now i can channel this energy elsewhere. thanks so much for posting this.. :)

  2. Richelle

    What a great idea. I am an avid reader of the news. I have noticed a definite decline in the kindness and thoughtfulness of our society today. I think that we do have a responsibility as bloggers to make a difference. We have chosen to make our voice heard, and we need to spread positive love to others. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. Gaby [The Vault Files]

    I love this idea, and lately, because I’ve been watching the TV show Touch, the whole pay it forward and how we all are connected in some way, has been on my mind. If you really think about it every single decision we make in our day will have an impact on somebody else’s.

  4. Allison

    I think this is such a wonderful and thoughtful idea. A little bit of kindness goes a long way in making someone’s day a little brighter. Thank you for bringing this up Ashley.

  5. Lori

    Love this! I love the idea of paying it forward. My sister was a recipient of this kind of act once: at a fast food drive thru, when she got up to the window, she found that the person in front had already taken care of her bill. It made her day. And even though December is over, I don’t think it is ever too late to be kind!


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