Good Stories + Good People = Free Stuff — The Olive The People/OliveBox Collaboration

April 29th 2015

Story originally written and experienced: February 10th 2015

The box was just sitting there.

Tucked away in the inside corner of my building.

Only noticed due to the striking green letters on the front and the a label listing my name.

 “O l i v e B o x”

I read, complete with a sticker stamped with my address.

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I peered


And picked it up.

“I guess this is mine,” I thought to myself as I embarked on my everyday













Flight commute.

Not an exaggeration.

The struggle is ridiculously real.


I unlocked my door upon arrival,










My mail on the counter and immediately went to my room.





Just so I could


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The mysterious package and see what was inside.

Me in about 3 seconds.

Me in about 3 seconds.


And that’s when I saw this:

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Still no clue.



Pushed << back the tissue paper and saw this:

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Tell me more, tell me more.



And finally dug a little deeper and found a note from a blog follower of mine that I had never met before that said this:

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I was completely taken aback.



And responded whole-heartedly with an Instagram post that said this:

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And then I took off.

Went on a long run. Whipping past New York City traffic, brainstorming as I   z o o m e d   past bakeries and made an active effort to think.

Because I wanted to make my follower proud.

Just as they hoped and assumed I would when they wrote it in their letter.

And I really did want to make good use of the gift. And get good results too.


I stopped and paused under an overpass.

When the idea struck me at a crosswalk on 34th street and FDR drive.

This was it.

I knew what I wanted to do.

And after finessing the thought for 3 entire months.

I can finally, finally tell you this:

I’m going to give you free stuff.

And here’s why and how:

Kindness is contagious.

And surprising someone with it is too.

Thing is.

What I loved most about receiving this unexpected surprise was that it came with a sidebar conversation from the sender telling me that my blog. My writing. My shameless adventures. And my willingness to do any of this at all.

Inspired them.

Made them laugh.

And they wanted me to know.

And hearing that. Knowing that. And being rewarded for it too?

Meant a whole hell of a lot.

And then I thought.

What if.

A lot of people could feel this way?

We’re all damn good people. And appreciate people who are just as damn good.

So why not take that idea.

And give it a storytelling twist?


I contacted the company who sent me the box. And asked if they wanted to do something great together. And after zero deliberation at all.

They said yes.

And together we created a collaboration just for you that looks like this:

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It’s true.

You’ve got good stories about awesome people.

And we want to hear about it.

Whether the story is 3 sentences or 3 pages.

Makes no difference to me.

Think of the people.

T-y-p-e out the story.

And send it to


I’ll read it.

Choose my 3 favorites.

Collaborate with you and post them on my blog (so everyone can dig your crazy cool story.)

And then?

I’ll send a surprise OliveBox for free to the person you wrote the story about and send them a personal note telling them what you said—just to make their damn day.

Just like my follower made mine.

But that’s not all.

Regardless of if your story gets posted, if you send a story? I’ll send YOU a letter (from MY original OliveBox!) with a free gift in the mail just for telling me something great.

I can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Let’s do this.

Ready? Set. Write.

– Olive