January 18, 2013
I signed into Facebook a few weeks ago and saw this status update posted on my friend Erin's account: "2013 Creative Pay-It-Forward. The first five people to comment on this status will receive from me, sometime in the next calendar year, a gift-perhaps a book or baked goods, or a candle, music-a surprise! There will likely be no warning & it will happen whenever the mood strikes me. The catch? Those five people must make the same offer in their FB status and INBOX ME their current address." I've always thought the whole Pay-It-Forward concept was such a cool idea, so I went ahead and re-posted this on my Facebook wall. I had five friends respond, and already sent one of my friends her gift and she loved it! Her exact words were, "Checked the mail today and I opened this from Lisa today! Made my day! I have been wanting a necklace like this for a long time! Thank you so much! You know me so well!" She also said that she was "grinning ear to ear about it." 

I'm so pumped to get the other 4 people who responded their gifts, but I probably have to spread them out a little since I'm a student who is only working part-time right now.  Some of the best things about this type of Pay-It-Forward are that the gift goes to one of your friends and that you have such a long time to do it that your friends might not expect it when it comes.

Below is my friend wearing the necklace she got from me:

Here is another close up picture of it from the seller's store, which is called FashionCrashJewelry. (The seller was awesome and very helpful, by the way!)

I'll try to remember to post the other four gifts for the Pay-It-Forward 2013 I'm participating in.  

Have you ever Paid-it-Forward?  If so, in what way did you do it?  Please share in the comments section below!

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