Are you new to 29 Gifts? Ask questions and learn more about this remarkable challenge. If you are a seasoned giver, share your giving experiences and insights to help others begin the change that 29 Days of Giving can bring.
There are only two requirements of the challenge:
1. Mindfully give one thing away every day for the next 29 days
2. Journal your experiences. You can keep your own private journal, but we encourage you to post them on the site daily. Please attach photos whenever possible. We'd love to share your giving journey!
Hello Karen, the 29 Gifts site offers a lot of options, but hopefully you will find that posting your daily updates in Share Your 29Gifts Experience to be motivational and requesting special prayers or intentions in the Prayer Cafe to be uplifting.
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.
I estimate approximately 50,000 people have heard about this project based on book sales, media attention and viral activity we can track in very rudimentary ways. I wonder what percentage of people *wanted* to say yes, but couldn't because of their scarcity mindset?
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.
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.
I am having some trouble navigating the site. I am getting spammed with emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. How do I turn these off? I also read somewhere that you can create your own blog page here. How do I do that? Grateful for any help you may provide.
Hi Nancy, you can change your email settings in My Account (the downward arrow next to your profile pic.) In settings select "Notifications" you can select or deselect any of the options you like. Not sure about how to create your own blog. There is a follrsupport community that you can join and they may have the answers there. I use WordPress for my blog and then share my posts in the 29 Gifts discussions. :)
Feel free to begin giving when you are ready. It does help to have read the entire book to understand the terrific impacts the 29 Gifts Challenge can make. Be sure to journal your giving and intents. Happy giving.
What "counts" as a gift? Gifts can be ANYTHING you offer with mindfulness and positive intention. Clean out your closets and give away clothes, shoes or handbags. Give material items, like money or food. Give time, smiles, compliments or simple prayers . Read to your child. Play with your dog. Pet your cat. Pay for someone's coffee or lunch. Don't forget to make some art and write stories about your #29Gifts experience and share them here at www.29gifts.org.
I'm so glad to see this community & site are back online. I've never participated in the challenge before, but I put it on my 101 Things in 1001 Days list a few years ago because it seemed like a neat concept. I'm reading Cami's book right now and already feeling inspired. But does anyone have any tips for a complete newbie who has never done this before? I am most worried about not coming up with something to give on a day and breaking the streak. Cami's gifts, as I read about them, seem so genuine and natural. I feel like it's bad to have in the back of my head "if you can't come up with something some day, just make a Kiva loan or donate to a charity." I'm an ISTJ; I guess I'm getting hung up on worrying that I'm not doing things right before I even start. Help? Advice? Tips?
Don't worry - just start and everything will work out. There are so many things you can give - a smile and a kind word, you could pick up litter, put your neighbour's dustbin out for them, plant a flower for the bees to enjoy, donate to the charity shop, feed the birds, recycle more - anything and everything counts - be kind to yourself too. There is nothing to worry about, there is no right or wrong and a loan on Kiva is a BIG thing to do - it is helping someone to help themselves. What works for me is to give, whatever it is, with real love . Relex, enjoy and go for it.