As some of you know, we have a tradition where we add names to a bucket every live video on Facebook. The names we add are completely random. We add 2 or 3 names to the bucket every time our viewer number goes up during the live. Typically you will see us say in the comments “Roll Call Y’all” once we see the viewer number go up. That’s just how we let y’all know that we are adding names to the bucket. It is completely random and we just pick the names we see come across the comments as they come in. We can’t help how we see the names come across and we know from experience that it can be different on every device. To the majority of our friends on our page, the bucket is something they look forward to.
When we first started, and we had a whole lot less people watching during our lives, we would manually write the names on paper and put it in a bucket. It’s not possible for us to do it that way anymore, so that’s why one of us does it in the comments so that the other can do the craft with y’all.
Every name we pick during the live goes into the “Big Bucket”. Twice a month we draw a name out of the BIG bucket and send a gift to that person.
We got the idea to add names to our bucket from our friend Melanie with “Lolly and Lu Designs” on Facebook. The more we thought about the bucket, the more we loved it.
There is a REASON for all of it that means a great deal to us!
There is a children’s book called “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud. You can find it right here (affiliate link) if you want to read it.
“All day long everyone in the whole wide world walks around carrying an invisible bucket.”
The book goes on to explain how everyone has a bucket that is filled by kindness, good thoughts, positive actions, love, and the respect you have for others. Not only can you fill your own bucket, but you can fill others buckets as well.
“You can also dip into a bucket.”
You can dip into someones bucket with negativity, being mean, unkind thoughts, and negative actions. The book specifically mentions bullying as a way to dip into others buckets.
“When you hurt others you dip into their bucket, you will dip into your bucket too.”
“Many people who dip have an empty bucket. They may think they can fill their own bucket by dipping into others, but that will not work.”
The book explains how no matter your age you should always make the effort to be a “Bucket Filler”. It explains all the ways you can do that by giving specific examples of loving and kind actions.
Y’all fill our bucket every day! Your love, support, and kindness fuels our desire to keep creating and dreaming even bigger. YOU ALL make us feel good about what we are doing! YOU FILL OUR BUCKETS! Doing the “Roll Call” during our lives is a way that we can give back to as many of you as possible. We hope, if even for a second we are able to fill your buckets too!
The message in this children’s book isn’t just for children. I think as adults we need a reminder every once in a while that kindness will always stand out above all else. Negativity and unkind actions will always leave us feeling like our bucket is empty.
We always want to make the choice to be “Bucket Fillers” not “Bucket Dippers”.
And that is the sentiment behind our Bucket Drawings during our Lives!!
With all our Love,
Lizzy and Erin
*All of the quotes in this blog post are directly from the book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today” by Carol McCloud. We highly recommend this book. It is a simple yet impactful message of how kindness can alter your reality, a message not just for kiddos, but for us as “Grown Ups” as well.*