Yay! It's day one.
Today's 'thing' was inspired by my friend Jennifer P. in California.

I decided that I would buy a stranger lunch today. I reeeeally wanted to chicken out and just go through a coffee drive-thru and buy the person behind me a coffee, but I decided I needed to do something a little scarier in honor of day one. I know I'm ridiculous. This isn't scary to most people. But this is totally out of my comfort zone, and I'm not really sure why. All I know is that as I was driving to Subway my heart was pounding and I started getting a little pittie. (That's code word for sweaty in my family.)
But I just rolled down the windows and turned up the old radio and made myself drive straight there. I got in line and ordered my sandwich. I was starting to feel a tad bit relieved that no one was behind me in line. I mean, what if it was some old cranky person who got offended because I wanted to buy them lunch? Or someone who just flat out said no? Or some creepy guy who thought I wanted his bow-chicka-wow-wow?
I was so consumed with the 'what-ifs' that I was completely ignoring Subway Ivan (his name really was Ivan) who had asked me twice if I wanted a drink with that. And I also didn't notice that suddenly someone was behind me in line. The moment of truth.
Well, fellow Birthday Experimenters, I did it. I bought a stranger lunch. She was this really sweet girl who seemed super surprised that I would pay for her 6 inch veggie on honey wheat. She put it in her purse and said "Thanks. I guess this is my lucky day." Subway Ivan and the rest of the folks in Subway had stopped everything they were doing to watch us. So I just stuttered and said "Y-You're welcome. I guess it is."
And that's it. I thought I was going to give this big flowery speech about how I'm doing 30 things in 30 days and I'm trying to enjoy life more and scare myself a little bit. But I didn't. I just awkwardly paid for a strangers lunch, and you know what? I LLLLIKED IT!
I don't even know her name. But I hope she enjoyed her sandwich as much as I did today.

See you tomorrow!


  1. Jenna, I have a lump in my throat. You inspire me to be brave and thoughtful about my actions. You have always been that way to me. Love you.

  2. Jenna - you did it! That's excellent. I love the idea of "paying it forward". I hope you inspired your new friend you bought lunch for today pay it foward to someone else.
    Okay - here's my contribution to your 30-
    --share your testimony with a stranger (outside of a church setting)
    --help someone out to their car at the store (probably a senior citizen)
    --show your patriotism in a public setting (kind of open for you here)

    Good luck on your mission - as this is your mission field for the next 30 days

  3. Jenna, You crazy delightful woman you. So this is what happens when people turn 40? They get all nutty and brave? I am sending this into The Ellen Show. No, really I am. You know me well enough to know I'm no Pinocchio. Here I gooooo.........

  4. Done and done. I wrote the Ellen Show about your Birthday Experiment and I sent her a link to your blog. If anyone can show the world your talent and heart, it's her. You know how much I share your love of all things creative and your desire to live life to it's fullest. I aspire to be as brave and kind as you are. One day you will be paid to do the things you love. I hope Ellen's people know a good thing when they see it.

  5. Wow, I love the thought that Ellen might get involved with your story. I hope that happens! Thanks Alisha for taking this initiative!!


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