Advertiser Testimonial from Merry Maids

At Merry Maids, our whole philosophy and mission statement is rooted in service to others. It is easy to lose sight of this basic fundamental however, becoming consumed with staffing, financials, logistics, well, you know what I am talking about. We became aware of Dr. Clint Steele and his Pay it Forward movement in the spring of 2013 at a local business breakfast in Scarborough. This basic concept of doing little things for others, in an either calculated or random fashion, was very attractive to me, both professionally and personally. Helping others is nothing new, and all of us do it every day through our business or as friends, parents, leaders, etc. However, this conscious effort to perform random acts of kindness takes little effort on our part, and makes a huge difference. Our business has been growing over the past couple years, and I am convinced that a large part of our success has been our focus on helping others. Is helping others good for business? It sure is. Customers, especially customers in Maine, love to support a company that they know is using some of their money to help other hard working Mainers. The Pay it Forward concept is a fun concept as well, because something as simple as paying for someone’s coffee in line, can make their day and even possibly change their position on human nature! Wow, now there is a lofty thought, but certainly not out of reach. We love supporting Pay it Forward Magazine both through the purchase of ad space, and the promotion of their mission to our staff and customers. It has proven to be a very positive endevour that has sparked enthusiasm in our staff, which has led to greater productivity at work. We are looking forward to continuing to be a part of this awesome project and magazine.
Benjamin Sholl Owner Merry Maids 254 US Rte 1 Scarborough, Maine   04074 207-883-2225


July 19th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness


I love this idea. I first came across it a few years ago but was recently reminded by it in a recent issue of PAY IT FORWARD x 1 Million Magazine. As I interviewed Ben Sholl of Merry Maids, he shared a story about a free house clean they did for a woman who had just lost her dear husband to brain cancer. As they entered the house to do the clean, they were told they could clean the whole house except for the upstairs bedroom mirror. Hmmmm wonder why…well when they got to the bed room they soon realized why they were not to clean the mirror. Written on the mirror, in black marker, were the words from the husband to his wife prior to his death…” I will always be with you honey, I will love you always.” WOW… words from her deceased husband, written with his own hand and she did not want that gone, EVER!!!!

The other day in a networking meeting were challenged ( thanks SHARON LITTLE) to take a dry erase marker and simply write something positive in the mirror for each of us to see each day. I will add, not only us personally but anyone else who uses that mirror. Something positive, something encouraging, something inspiring…so as we look into that mirror we see ourselves and the see the positive wording with that at the same time and associated ourselves with something positive. SO POWERFUL!!!

Today’s act of kindness is for YOU and for those you are the closest. Simple take a dry erase marker ( make sure it is not a Sharpee unless you want it to stay permanently) and write something positive, encouraging, motivational, empowering of encouraging in one, or more, of your mirrors today. Leave it there for at least the next week or perhaps change it from time to time or better yet have each person in your household take turns writing something positive on the mirror each day.


PAY IT FORWARD Friday July 11th, 2013

July 12th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness

Very simple. Make someone smile today. Actually , let’s make it worthwhile, make 10 people smile today. Your choice on how you want to do it. You can leave a note. You can share a joke. You can give a sincere compliment. You can buy someone a coffee. You can simply smile at someone until they smile back. Whatever you want to do….simply make 10 people smile today. PAY IT FORWARD by improving someone’s day today.

Please help share the act of kindness today. Share the email or the post on Facebook but please let’s get the word out and share with as many people as possible. Our goal it to have 100,000 people each Friday performing an act of kindness to someone and expecting nothing in return.

PAY IT FORWARD x 1 Million Ads New Editor-in-Cheif to it’s Magazine

Part of having a great company and a great movement is about having an amazing team. Today, all of us at PAY IT FORWARD x 1 Million, are so proud and honored to add Tam Veilleux to our team. Tam will be coming on as our official Editor-In-Chief at PAY IT FORWARD x 1 Million The Magazine as well as help with our social media.

“Tam is going to be a huge asset to our team. She is creative, energetic, intelligent and most of all she has a PAY IT FORWARD heart”, says Dr. Clint Steele president and founder of Pay It Forward x 1 Million.

Tam is currently a contributing editor to the magazine, contributing writer as well as assisting in social media. Here role now will include the content and layout of each issue of the magazine as well as continued support via social media plus contributing writer.

Tam is an author, trainer and transformational speaker.  She has been changing audiences with wit, wisdom, science and spirituality for several year. Her goal in life is to engage people in creating personal and professional change by monitoring their mindset and manage their own miracles. PAY IT FORWARD x 1 Million fits perfectly within that life mission.

Her children’s book “Molly Kite’s Big Dream” encourages the dream, do, have of life for all ages by teaching the ABC’s of Dreaming.

For more information please visit:

PAY IT FORWARD Friday, July 5th, 2013

July 5th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness


Today’s act of kindness may seem small but it may not be small to someone else AND it may lead to something very big!!!

Here it is…place a dollar bill in an envelope with a note that reads:


If you are in need of some cash please feel free to use this. If you are in a position to be able to add to the money in this envelope please do so then PAY IT FORWARD and give it to someone so they can either use the money or add to it as well.


Enjoy your day and remember to always be on the look out to PAY IT FORWARD!!!!

Please help spread the word. If you are not signed up please do so on our website today and if you are signed up please ask 2 friends to join you. THANKS

PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY- June 14th, 2013

PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY!!!! Today’s Act of Kindness is very simply to give a hug to someone. No reason whatsoever. Simply ask if you can give that person a hug and when they say yes…hug away!!!!
A few years ago I was a practicing chiropractor and acupuncturist. A lady in her early 70’s came in for pain control for a terminal cancer diagnoses. She was very bitter and angry. As treatment progressed I could see she was getting worse. Something told me one day to give her a hug. Each visit there after I gave her a hug. I told her to go home and start giving hugs, as many as she could could all day long. She passed away a few months later. … About a year later I stood at the gas station putting gas in my truck. A man in the car behind me walked up to me and asked if I was Dr. Steele? I said yes. He shook my hand and said THANK YOU!! He asked if I remembered a woman who came in with terminal cancer whom I told to start giving hugs. I stated yes. He said she was my mother. My mother was an angry, bitter woman towards the end of her life to the point we could not get close to her at all. ” I am not sure exactly what you told her about your hugs to her and about her giving us hugs but the last few months of her life were some of the most loving months I have ever had with my mom. THANK YOU!!!!

 Hugs make a difference. Give a hug today!!!! Then we ask that you take the 90 Day Hug Challenge. WE DARE YOU!!!. All details here.

90 Day HUG Challenge

Do we dare? Do you dare?

Do you think a hug can improve your day? Do you think it could improve someone else’s day? Is a hug an act of kindness? Can you PAY IT FORWARD with a hug?

Let me share a story with you….A few years ago I was a practicing chiropractor. In addition I practiced acupuncture. One day a lady in her early 70′s came in with terminal cancer. She wanted to know if acupuncture could help her with her pain or with the cancer. I explained that it might help her with pain control. So we began treatment. This lady was a bitter woman, she was pretty angry at the world. Rarely smiled if ever and was just not a pleasant person. As treatment continued no progress was really being made. I could tell she was heading down hill pretty fast.

One day she came in and for no specific reason I decided to give her a hug. I asked her first, she said yes and I did. She left and the next time she came in I gave her a hug again. I explained to her that the power of human touch and sharing love through a hug might help her…not really know this for sure , I asked her to start giving 3-4 hugs a day to people. She said she would. Not too long after that she stopped coming in and I never heard from her. A few months went by and we were told that she had passed away.

About a year later I was filling my gas tank at a local gas station. A gentleman was behind me in his car filling his tank. As he was he said, ” Are you Dr. Steele?” I said yes I am why. He stopped pumping his gas and walked over to me and shook my hand. As he did he said, THANK YOU!!!

A little confused, I said, “For what?” He said do you remember a patient you told to start giving hugs? I said yes I do. ” That was my mom. She passed away a number of months ago but she was a different woman when she passed away. My mom had become bitter and angry and when you told her to start hugging people she started to change. Her last couple of months of her life were some of the most loving times we have experience with her. She was no longer bitter and angry but instead loving and caring and it is because of the hugs she started giving to everyone. So THANK YOU!!!”

I said your welcome and finished pumping my gas, got into my truck drove down the street and started crying like a little baby. I had no idea telling her to give those around her hugs would make a difference. I thought it might but I had no idea. This man totally touched my heart by sharing that story with me and something I will never forget. Prior to that time in my life I rarely gave hugs…since that time I give many, many hugs each and every day.

So here is what we are doing and I challenge you to take me up on this. Not only do I ask that you take me up in this challenge but I ask that you challenge your family, your co workers, your friends and neighbors as well to take the challenge.

I PROMISE YOU THIS!!!! It will change your life for the better…and if it doesn’t I will give you a full hug back guarantee!!

Take the challenge.

Challenge starts on June 28th, 2013 and runs til September 28th, 2013. By the way this is the same day my 1 million acts of kindness goal ends. So I need your help….PLEASE. If 9,000 people take this challenge I will reach my million acts of kindness. Will you help and will you take the challenge to change your life for the better not to mention the days of so many others?

To take the challenge simply do this.

Please go to our face book page and go to the events tab. There you will see an event for the 90 DAY HUG Challenge. Please attend and make a note on the challenge. Then please invite your friends. ALL OF THEM. And not only invite them but tag the pictures on their wall, post on their wall, scream it out via twitter…pick up the phone, anything and everything.


Thanks so much!!!!


Let’s change the world…one hug at a time!!!!

Our Local Heros Day A HUGE Success….

Thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever OUR LOCAL HEROES DAY.

Together we touched over 2,000 lives for the better. 2,000 Acts of Kindness. WAY TO PAY IT FORWARD!!!!

A special thanks to Todd Egan ( Denver, CO), Laurie Brown ( Boynton Beach, FL), Julie Hanson ( Las Vegas, NV), and JoEllen Clive ( Portland, Maine).


June 7th PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY: A Game of Tag…: )

June 7th, 2013 PAY IT FORWARD FRIDAY Act of Kindness:

Remember that feeling of a child…being young , carefree, easy to be alive. Playing outside with your friends until your mom or dad had to practically drag you back into the house. One of those games, all kids used to love to play, and still love to play, is tag. So today let’s PAY IT FORWARD by helping others bring back some awesome child hood memories with an adult version of the game, tag. : ) Simple as this. Walk into your office or perhaps into a meeting or even just walking down the street and touch someone on the shoulder and say ” tag…your it!” Then step back and watch what happens. In almost every case where I have done it, a big smile has come over their face and if anyone is around who hears it, they all smile and take a step back as if to say…your not tagging me. Then the game begins. See what happens from there. A lot of fun and really nothing needed to do it except someone to play with. Try it today and see what happens. You will LOVE IT!!!

Can Writing a Letter Change Your Life?

Below is a response we had for our PIF FRIDAY from May 24th, 2013


I have been dating a woman for the last two years. A very special person in her life, who lives very near, and I have not had a very close relationship. At times even strained. This PIF Friday I decided to take your challenge and PIF. My note was to this person. I simple stated what I appreciated about this person and chose a couple of qualities of which I admired in this person. That evening when this person got home from work the note was opened, read and immediately tracked me down and thanked me. We began to talk. Casual at first but soon this conversation got deep. At this point some things were said of which I could have been hurt by but instead I found myself looking at this person from a different perspective, the perspective that this person has some great qualities and has a big heart. So instead of reacting I listened. I told myself that this person must really care because of the advice ( which was needed btw) that was being given. I left that conversation feeling as thought not much had changed in our relationship. However the next morning my eyes were opened. I heard what this person was telling me and was so grateful for it. This person and I now, believe it or not, in less than a week are close. I spent the next couple of days speaking with this person on a deep level for several hours and texting each other about some deep hurts and issues. I even asked, ASKED , for some help from this person in one area of my life. WOW….in less than a week we went from a very superficial, casual , at times trained relationship to now someone whom I call friend.

Writing this letter not only helped me with this relationship but because of this new relationship it has helped another very , very , important relationship in my life and has helped me to grow immensely in less than a week.

I NEVER would have guessed all this would have happened because of a simple letter. Thank you so much and I will be definitely be paying it forward each Friday!!!!

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