Carolynn is the author of the blog The Anchor & The Bird . I’ve been following her for a little while now and fell in love with her daily good deeds project. What an amazing idea! I think my favorite good deed I’ve read was when she was out eating at a restaurant and told the waiter to anonymously put the bill for a cute little old couple’s dinner on her tab. I mean how awesome is that? I asked if I could interview her and share her perspective on giving back. I hope you love this project as much as I do.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Carolynn Cecilia, I live in New York City, make my living as a nanny while studying fiction writing. I am also the author of the blog The Anchor & The Bird which I started in June of 2009 as a way to make sense of my dueling personalities. Part of me {Carolynn, The Anchor} is grounded and pragmatic, but the other part {Cecilia, The Bird} is a whimsical hippie.

 Is it [a daily good deed] awkward sometimes, or always rewarding?

It has been awkward a time or two. I once stopped a stranger on a busy Upper West Side street and gave her a bouquet of flowers. She thought I was trying to sell her something and it took some convincing to make her take them, but once she let her guard down she smiled wide and thanked me for my “spirit”. I will be honest and say that they are not  all rewarding. Some people leave you with a sense of nonchalance when accepting a free movie pass or museum ticket, but then a good deed comes along that is so fulfilling the positivity envelops any residual disappointments.

Do you have an ultimate good deed you want to do?

I would absolutely LOVE to do something international. Volunteer in a developing country building homes or distributing supplies. I’m at a loss of where to begin, but I think it about almost every day.

Do you have a difficult good deed you want to do and plan on doing at some point?

I have been trying to put together my first benefit, but I live on a nanny salary so even covering the basic costs have been a bit of a roadblock and I don’t want any donations to go toward the cost of the event. I’m still working the details out

What is your favorite good deed you’ve done so far? 
That’s a tough question. Volunteering at Woodstock Animal Sanctuary was amazing. As was spending a morning playing dominos with AIDS patients in the village.

What is your favorite song on your playlist right now?

I’ve been reading Life by Keith Richards while simultaneously listening to The Rolling Stones. It’s epic. Rocks Off has become one my favorite tracks of all time.

Any advice to people who’d like to do good deeds, but need some encouragement?

This may be the toughest question you’ve asked. I’ll let both of my personalities answer it:

 Carolynn: Do we really live in a world where people need to be encouraged to do good? Sigh. 
Cecilia: The Sufi poet Rumi said, “Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.” I’ve come up with 137 ways so far and your welcome to use any one of them. And don’t listen to Carolynn. She’s just tired and cranky.

4 Responses to Meet Carolynn…

  1. sherri lynn says:

    I love her blog! Her deeds are so inspiring! This was a great interview :)

  2. That’s a really interesting idea…it makes you wonder if you could do it…

  3. Hannah says:

    LOVE this interview. And LOVE Carolynn and her blog.

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