Random Act of Kindness: be the reason someone smiles today.

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Hiking the Patapsco Valley State Park

Random Act of Kindness

~ Be the Reason Someone Smiles today ~


As much as I would like to take credit for the rock, I can only take credit for the picture. Seen, loved, and photographed during a hike in Patapsco Valley State Park - on the Maiden Choice Trail I believe. Such a simple idea with a powerful impact. 

Have you made anyone smile today? If not, it is not too late. Turn to your significant other and/or your child(ren) and let them know how much they are loved. Knock on your neighbor's door and tell them how much you appreciate them. Text a goofy selfie to someone you care lots about. Pick up the phone and chat with that one friend you've been meaning to call ... 

By the way, there are several communities in Howard and Baltimore County that are located just outside the State Park. Trails, wildlife and tranquility are practically at your doorstep. Are you looking for your dreamhome near Patapsco Valley? I am not only a hiker, but also an ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative - and have the skills, the endurance, and the passion to help you find it. 

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16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


 All photographs are my own and I'd like to keep it that way. All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.




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Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Andrea: Smiling is infectious and can help lighten a mood or diffuse a situation. We should all strive to do more of it.

May 03, 2019 07:23 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Kids in our neighborhood have painted and distributed many rocks.

It is a great idea. 

May 03, 2019 08:02 AM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

This rock definitely made me smile, such a neat idea that my kids are eager to copy! We frequently go hiking, too, they'll enjoy leaving a few rocks behind and spreading kindness. 

May 04, 2019 03:16 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                             Thank you Andrea. 

May 04, 2019 07:17 PM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. What a neat picture and even better thought. Special.

May 05, 2019 04:15 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

That would have been such a fun find on a trail! I agree, random acts of kindness always result in smiles - for both parties.

May 05, 2019 04:26 AM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Andrea Bedard random acts of kindness are welcomed by everyone.... 

May 05, 2019 04:49 AM #10
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Excellent advice, Andrea. Passing on a smile costs nothing, but it can pay day long dividends.

May 05, 2019 08:04 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Andrea Bedard - certainly takes very little effort and shouldn't cost anything.

May 05, 2019 12:08 PM #12
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

A great and worthy goal we should have on our everyday list.  Thanks for sharing. Just a thought - a great little project to paint little rocks like that and pass them out. 

May 05, 2019 03:55 PM #13
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

No greater feeling than making someone else happy! For some reason it's even better it it's a stranger...maybe because you never know just how bad their situation is and how much you may have changed it for the better.

May 06, 2019 08:58 AM #14
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Not sure how I feel about writing on rocks, but hiking in the woods is sure to put a smile on my face!

May 06, 2019 07:14 PM #15
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

That is definitely a worthy goal.Thanks for sharing.

May 06, 2019 08:24 PM #16
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Andrea Bedard You yourself are an inspiration to me! All the best - Lynn

May 06, 2019 08:45 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Andrea what a nice post and I am so glad Kat Palmiotti  the Trail Specialist already found your post:)Endre

May 06, 2019 10:39 PM #18
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Andrea, your post made me smile. It would be so fun to find a rock like this along a trail. Making someone smile costs us nothing and can change their entire day. I love your outlook!

May 07, 2019 04:39 AM #19
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Congratulations on the feature - your title attracted me, and your reminder to share smiles with those around us is timeless.

May 07, 2019 08:01 AM #20
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

There are a million little ways + infinite more to practice kindness on a daily basis and to be the reason someone smiles today. Most cost nothing but a few moments of time and the impact is huge. Thank you all for stopping by and making me smile today! 

May 07, 2019 11:11 AM #21
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

We can make a difference in someones day. A simple thing like a smile can make them feel noticed. Everyone likes to be noticed.

Thanks for sharing.

May 08, 2019 02:12 PM #22
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

It can be pretty easy to make someone's day more pleasant. I esp like to do this when encountering pp that have rote jobs--like a grocery sacker or coffee shop server.  A bit of conversation breaks up the routine!

May 09, 2019 07:28 AM #23
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