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Give a gift to 29 Gifts. My co-writer, Angel Stork, and I are looking for new giving stories that are under 2000 words. To submit your story for the book, simply POST it in the Great Giving Stories For Inspiration Discussion Forum here: http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/20587 *PLEASE ALSO EMAIL your submission to 29angels@gmail.com (Microsoft Word or just paste your text into the body of the email)

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Cami Walker
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CALL FOR PERSONAL ESSAY SUBMISSIONS: DEADLINE MARCH 30, 2018
29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving is the much anticipated sequel to Cami Walker’s New York Times bestselling self-help memoir, 29 Gifts: How A Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. 29 Life Lessons includes personal stories from Walker and members of the 29 Gifts global community, self-help prompts, and creative giving tips. Get details and submission guidelines http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108
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Cami Walker
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IN LOVE
a poem by cami walker

Live your dream. Each day.
Find it inside yourself.
Sitting quietly. Waiting.
To be unleashed
in a wild, hurling frenzy of
Fun. Excitement. Joy.
Truth finds you
in the silence,
in the illuminating darkness
inside your belly.
The soft centered woman
you are
is in love—
with herself,
with her body,
with her life.

CREATIVE CHALLENGE: Write a love letter to yourself.
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Cami Walker
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In chapter 12 of #29Gifts I read a piece of prose at a friend's birthday party. My editor chose to only include part of the piece. Here is the full story.

River Rhythm
by Cami Walker

The green river before me makes me forget for a moment all we've done to it. When you see it from a distance, out of its current context, you miss out on its shame. The reddish-orange rusty hubcaps and sunken beer cans. It's sad, sad molecules now something closer to H2WhoKnowsWhat. The swooshing sound of flowing wind on water that helps to drown the sorrow it surely must feel when it remembers what it used to be. Underneath the surface, squishy bright green algae tries to cover the scars left by endless feet wading at its shore.

The yellow leaf that drifts by on top is a symbol of the river's hope that someday soon we'll all wake up and stop filling it full of muck. Even though I didn't know this river at its birth, I have a sense of its former self. Awash with happy flow. Crystal clear with life. Its memory held inside the rocks rubbed smooth with time and the tallest trees that have stood witness to its toils.

I sit here wondering what this river thinks about those who play at its side. Does it look up and see the little blonde boy with the red shorts and sunburned nose and feel proud of the joy it's giving him? Does it giggle when it tickles my feet? Does it wonder at the crazy family with its baloney sandwiches and fritos? Does it marvel at the lovers who've come to make out at its banks? Does it see all this happy activity and think the sacrifices it has been forced to make are maybe all worth it? Its pained state somehow ok?

I lean back on my elbows and close my eyes to ponder what this river knows about each of us. I bet it can testify to more of our lives than we'd believe possible. I bet it remembers the aqua blue headband you wore the day you met your husband on the bridge upstream. It could probably tell you the secret ingredients in your grandma's tart apple pie that she used to bring to the family picnics by the big oak tree on the north shore. I bet the river even knows that you used to steal packs of bazooka bubble gum from the corner store if the cashier wasn't looking when you went with your dad on a quick beer or cigarette run -- you in your yellow and black polka-dot swimsuit with the ruffle across the butt and river sand between your bare toes.

As I dose on the riverbank and let the flowing water ease my sadness, I think to myself what a perfect companion it really is to us all. It listens but doesn't judge. It understands but doesn't preach. It embraces us in familiar acceptance and reminds us that when we're all gone back to the earth and the light that made everything out of nothing, it will still be here. Flowing. Singing our song.
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Cami Walker
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Good Giving Weekly: THE GIVING RETURN
January 10, 2017

CAMI'S MESSAGE
I have been giving a gift a day since March of 2008. I've learned many lessons through my daily giving ritual, but the biggest is the art of mindful receiving. Giving is reciprocal and self-balancing. As you give more, you experience a psychic shift that heightens your awareness and capacity to receive. Often the giving part is easy, the receiving can be uncomfortable.

My first 29-Day Giving Challenge began during a sleepless night. I gave my first gift -- a simple supportive phone call to a friend living with Multiple Sclerosis. I woke up the next day, and the next day after that, feeling excited about what I might give away. I began to notice that the more I gave away, the more abundance I was experiencing for myself. I was overwhelmed by the magical and miraculous gifts I received: I felt happier, healthier, and more in awe with life. I was smiling and laughing more. I committed to keep moving and got stronger. I went back to work part-time after months of being too sick to work. I connected with a community of new friends after several months of feeling isolated, with help from the www.29gifts.org website. And that is only the beginning.

What will happen if you focus your energy on giving for 29 days? What space will it create in your life for new and unexpected things to occur? What shifts might you see in your thinking and behavior as a result? What impact will your gifts have on others? These are just a few of the questions you might be curious about.

By giving mindfully, we tap into the natural reciprocal power of giving and receiving. The returns from our giving are an organic part of the process and it is all coming from that great universal spirit, from which everything is free. We feel more connected to everyone and everything around us, and that is the real giving return.

HOW ABOUT YOU? What returns have you seen from your own giving?

JANUARY GREAT GIVEAWAY
29 Gifts Community Member Kimberly Kelly, owner of Jersey Wicks, is gifting a 16 oz mason jar all-natural apple scented soy candle to one lucky winner. Leave a comment in the Great Giveaway discussion forum by January 28th to enter. Winner will be announced January 29th.

HELP US GROW
We encourage you to invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. Use our free downloadable Gift Tags by clicking on Documents. Please also "Like" and share our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29gifts on your social media posts about giving and gratitude. Follow Cami on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker and twitter @camiwalker29

CALL FOR PERSONAL ESSAY SUBMISSIONS
29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving is the much anticipated sequel to Cami Walker’s New York Times best-selling self-help memoir, 29 Gifts: How A Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. 29 Life Lessons includes personal stories from Walker and members of the 29 Gifts global community, self-help prompts, and creative giving tips. Get details and submission guidelines
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

Good Giving!
29-Day Giving Challenge
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29-Day Giving Challenge. 6,490 likes · 25 talking about this. Give one thing away each day for 29 days.
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Cami Walker
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Abundance vs. Scarcity: Do You Say Yes?

The most common reply I get when I invite someone to sign up on 29 Gifts and commit to give their 29 Gifts is, "I'm TOO busy. There's TOO MUCH on my plate already. I can't add one more thing to my daily TO DO'list."

The intention of this project is to help people become more conscious and learn to celebrate the gifts they ALREADY give everyday. That book you read to your little girl last night before bed; that's a gift. The dinner you whipped up the other evening for your next door neighbor; yep, that's a gift too. Showing up to work without complaining and doing your job well; you guessed it, it's a gift. It all "counts."

It's hard for people to believe that they actually don't have to add ANYTHING to their daily to do list to successfully complete this Challenge. All that's needed is a shift in perception so you're mindful of the gifts you offer to the world.

If you WANT to share about your experience publicly on our website, we encourage that. It will help you stay conscious if you do so. But other than spending thirty seconds to set up your profile, participating on the community website is 100% optional.

My personal opinion is that when I'm telling myself I'm too busy to say yes to something I want to try; I am in a scarcity mindset. It's totally cool if I say, "I don't want to do that because I'm not interested." Great. I made a choice to say no to something because I don't want to do it.

But if I'm thinking or saying, "That sounds interesting. I'd maybe like to try it but I don't have enough time, money, energy..." I am holding a very limiting belief that is blocking the flow of energy in my life.

TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SAID YES AND SIGNED UP
Congratulations on being open and willing to accept abundance into your life! I predict you will be the recipient of COUNTLESS gifts.

Remember during December we are encouraging you to GIFT OUTSIDE THE BOX. Try to give without spending money. Here are some low- or no-cost giving ideas. Please comment to add your ideas.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/101366

If you'd like to support 29 Gifts in our mission to revive the giving spirit in the world, invite some friends to join you here at www.29gifts.org. Share a giving story, photograph, or upgrade your membership to contribute a voluntary membership fee.

Good giving today!
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Cami Walker
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Giving in Down Times and 29 Gifting Outside the Box Ideas
Sometimes, when the news all seems to be bad, when the bank account is running low, when our emotional stores are feeling empty, it is more difficult to feel generous. We find ourselves in a state of scarcity, clutching desperately to what we have, holding it closer and struggling with the concept of giving anything away. In the present economy, many people are stuck in this cycle of scarcity and fear. These are the times when giving can be most important, and can have the greatest positive influence on our state of mind.

By giving of ourselves when we feel least equipped to do so, we create an attitude of abundance that resonates around us. Through our generosity, we are made aware of others' gratitude; mindful giving causes us to be more aware of our own value. This awareness, in turn, bolsters our emotional bank account so we are more likely to continue to feel connected to the bigger picture that exists beyond our own personal circumstances.

The most important thing to remember is that it makes no difference what our esteemable acts are. Whether we drop a coin in a stranger's expired parking meter, or give a lavish gift to a loved one, the potential is the same. It is the thoughtfulness that causes the psychic shift that allows us to recognize that we live abundant lives even in the toughest of times. It is in that moment of intention that we recognize our connection to one another and to the divine spark that allows us to share our gifts. We generate a creative energy from which the Universe creates everything from nothing.

Remember during December we are encouraging you to Gift Outside the Box. Try to give without spending money. Here are some low- or no-cost giving ideas. Please comment to add your ideas.

1. Get up early and share a cup of coffee with your husband or wife.

2. Volunteer at the library, or donate some books you've already read.

3. Give away clothes you no longer wear.

4. Go for a "trashwalk" and pick up all the garbage you see along the way.

5. Next time you're in heavy traffic, stop and let someone in front of you.

6. Call a friend or family member you haven't talked to lately.

7. Offer to help a coworker with part of their work.

8. Drop a coin in an expired parking meter.

9. Buy a sandwich or cup of coffee for the person in line behind you at the cafe.

10. Next time you're at the store and see a donation box on the counter, donate your change.

11. Read a book with a child or elderly person.

12. Paint or draw on rocks and give away your works of art.

13. Cook or bake something yummy and share it with friends and family.

14. Make a gratitude jar. Put quotes and images that inspire you into a jar, paint or decorate it.

15. Say something kind and uplifting to a friend or family member.

16. Smile and say hello to a stranger.

17. Use old holiday cards to make tree ornaments.

18. Take inspiring photos of your gifts and share them on social media with the tag #29gifts

19. Send texts to friends telling them why you love them.

20. Listen to a friend who needs to be heard.

21. Make bookmarks and give them to your library. Use our free Gift Tags in the Documents section and add ribbon or other adornments.

22. Give the GIFT OF TIME... Life is so hectic. Finding a few minutes to read to your child or visit someone who is ill or in a nursing home can make a world of difference. A little time goes a long way.

23. Give AFFECTION. Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.
Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

24. Give LAUGHTER. Share funny pictures, articles, stories and greetings.

25. Give PRAYER. Send prayers and healing energy out into the world and good things come back to you. Visit our Prayer Cafe Discussion Board.

26. Give FORGIVENESS to someone you resent.

27. MEDITATE and send good energy to all beings everywhere.

28. Give INSPIRATION by finding ways to be of service to someone less fortunate.

29. Give JOY by sharing positive stories here at www.29gifts.org.

Do you have ideas for simple, Outside the Box Gifts? Pleases comment and share them with us now.
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Melanie Peters
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Cami, as always, you are spot on about the impacts of thoughtfulness and consideration. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to give of myself, my time, and my talents. :)
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Cami Walker
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Thanks Melanie. I just updated this post to include a list of 29 Outside the Box Giving Ideas. Please comment and add your ideas.
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Chittal sundaram
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Today I had the chance to give some gifts. I visited a few people next door and also neighbours. I asked them how they are. They are feeling better now. Thanks for your prayers. I also had the chance to play with a girl 5 stones but I have forgotten how. The girl giggled as she too does not know how to play yet. But she is learning. She was happy to have us spend some time with her.
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Melanie Peters
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Those are wonderful gifts! Way to give!
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Debra Stang
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I received a gift that really touched me. The woman who lives next door to me speaks Spanish and I speak English. We've exchanged smiles but haven't been able to go much beyond that. I take a medicine that makes my hands tremble. It's hard for me to get the trash out to the dumpster. About a week ago I was trying to lift a heavy bag while controlling the shaking in my hands. The woman next door saw me from her window and rushed out to take the bag from me. I tried to tell her she didn't need to do that, but she was insistent and carried the bag to the dumpster. I thanked her both in English and the few words of Spanish I know. She just smiled, put a hand on my shoulder, and said, "It was the right thing to do." I hope I remember her kindness the next time I see someone struggling physically or emotionally.
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Cami Walker
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Welcome. Thanks for sharing. Don't miss Flower Power Day Sept 29th. Click on Documents to download our free Gift Tags.
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Melanie Peters
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That is wonderful. We can all be inspired when we know something is "the right thing to do." :)
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Chittal sundaram
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I visited two friends last week. They were happy to see me and my girl. We shared some experience washing clothes, taking care of kids. Also I had the chance to chit chat for some time forgetting all my worries. I also had visited my friend for chanting nama for prayers.
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Cami Walker
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CALL FOR PERSONAL ESSAY SUBMISSIONS
DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving is the much anticipated sequel to Cami Walker’s New York Times best-selling self-help memoir, 29 Gifts: How A Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. 29 Life Lessons includes personal stories from Walker and members of the 29 Gifts global community, self-help prompts, and creative giving tips.

29 Life Lessons tells the story of the growth and evolution of a global goodwill movement. It is part memoir, part self-help workbook. Some of the stories will have visuals to support them, such as photos, drawings or other art. Authors Cami Walker and Angel Stork artfully weave colorful giving stories from the 29 Gifts global community members to illustrate the transformative power of giving in all areas of our lives.

The following nine “Slices of Life” categories are used as sections to help organize the content for the reader. In addition to moving “real life” giving stories, each book section will include prescriptive giving tips and creative "lessons" to help readers more fully open themselves to the natural reciprocity of the universe.

*Personal Growth and Self Love
*Health and Well-Being
*Creativity and Self Expression
*Calling and Career
*Abundance and Wealth
*Family and Friendship
*Love and Romance
*Spiritual Growth
*Community Connections

Cami Walker founded the www.29Gifts.org movement in 2008. She lives in Denver, Colorado with Charlie, her 5-pound rescue dog. Her writing has appeared in O magazine, Oprah.com, Women’s World, Psychology Today and others. Walker was interviewed on the Today Show, NPR, and many podcasts.

For 29 Life Lessons, Walker will collaborate with co-writer Angel Stork, an original member and contributor to www.29gifts.org. Stork has been a spiritual teacher and coach for 30 years. She is a published author and blogger living in Northern California.

HOW TO SUBMIT
Sign up at www.29gifts.org and post your 2,000-word personal essay in the "Great Giving Stories for Inspiration" discussion category. Please also email your submission to 29angels@gmail.com.

SAMPLE STORY
You Have to Ride the Waves of Life by Cami Walker
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Cami Walker
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I added a deadline and links to a couple of sample stories.
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