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#30DaysofGOOD Challenge: 24. Go to a Neighborhood Business You've Never Been to

Each month, we challenge our community to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. September's challenge? To connect.

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for September? To connect with other people. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Go to a neighborhood business you've never been to.

I've become one of those girls that's afraid to open up the hood of a car. I don't know how it happened, considering I learned how to change a tire and fix my brakes when I was 16. But having my dad just a few miles away gave me the luxury of being one of those anxious girls who doesn't have a clue where the closest mechanic is.

Thanks to this challenge, I found out he's just a block away.

I got a flat tire last weekend, and, as always, I left it until Monday morning to figure it out. Instead of calling up AAA or my dad, I drove the one block to a place I'd never been: 4Ever's Automotive Services. The name, the classy graffiti on the wall, why had I never been before? They pulled the screw out, fixed the tire, then checked out the rest of my wheels. What service for only $10! The owner was chatty and it looks from their Google page like he'll even show me how to change the oil myself.

Confronting my fears has never been so easy. And maybe next time I walk by, I'll wave hello and ask about the funny sound coming out of my air conditioning.

- Carolyn Sams


Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Call someone instead of texting, or text someone instead of posting on their Facebook wall.

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