A woman who found an uplifting note and a $5 bill in a book she bought in Target has decided to 'pay it forward' by doing good deeds for others.
Ashley Jost, 27, who lives in Columbia, Missouri, was passing the books section in a Target store, when she remembered she had signed up to a reading challenge with her friends.
When she started to read it, she noticed a $5 bill inside and a note from a random woman which prompted her to carry out acts of kindness for others.
Ashley Jost, (pictured), who found an uplifting note and a $5 bill in a book she bought in Target has decided to 'pay it forward' by doing good deeds for others
The handwritten note was from a woman named Lisa who told the reader to 'practice some self-care' by buying something nice with the $5 bill she left inside the book
The handwritten note from a woman named 'Lisa' read: 'To the person who buys this book: I am having a tough day. I thought maybe I could brighten someone else’s with this little surprise.
'Go buy a coffee, a donut or a face mask. Practice some self care today. Remember that you are loved, you are amazing, you are strong. — Lisa.'
Jost said she was started a challenge with her friends in which each had to read at least 10 pages a day for 75 days. The book she bought was Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis.
She told KOMU: 'I keep hearing this book is an easy read and kind of inspirational, so I thought okay, 17 bucks, I'll just grab this book and it'll be my first read of this challenge.'
She put the book down to check on her dog and when she returned, she noticed something on the ground.
Jost added: 'Five dollars fell out, and it took me a second where I was like, 'Wait, what just happened?.
Describing the moment as 'surreal', she added: 'I read it once, and I read it again and I thought, "dang this is really neat.'"
Jost bought the book in Target as part of a challenge she undertook with her girlfriends to read ten pages of a book each