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A month of giving can truly change your life! Just ask Cami Walker, or one of the many members who have experienced the joys of mindful giving. Be sure to journal and share your 29 Days of Giving. Tell us about your giving, your receiving, and how giving makes you feel. Tell us what your gifts mean to you, the impact on the recipients and how the challenge impacts your life over the next 29 days. Share the change with the Community to inspire and support others, a gift in itself. Thank you for accepting the challenge. We look forward to sharing your experience!

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Cami Walker
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Good Giving Weekly: FORGIVENESS
April 10, 2018

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

CAMI’S MESSAGE:
We are enjoying Spring showers in Denver. Rain always reminds me that the great spirit urges us to practice acceptance, tolerance and forgiveness. In my 12-Step work with Susie (my sponsor) I am beginning to make amends to people I have harmed (Step 9). My list is not long, but includes a few people I am not in open communication with, like my sisters and my second husband who is my son’s father. I want to make amends for being judgmental, manipulative, abusive, resentful, jealous, enabling and ask for forgiveness. So far I have made index cards with a person’s name on the front and the amends written on back. I plan to write letters to everyone on my list, then attempt to have a direct conversation. I am a little nervous, but trust the right opportunities will present themselves.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I FINISH MY 29 GIFTS?
Review your month and take notice of the changes you see in the quality of your thinking. Are you more positive? Have you noticed a ripple effect from any of your gifts? Many 29 Givers start again at Day One and keep giving because it makes us feel good. I invite you to join our 29 Gifts Community Team and help welcome new members, comment on people's posts and start conversations on the site. If you are interested in joining our Community Team, DM me or leave a comment on this post. You can also organize group gives in your local area. When I was traveling and speaking about 29 Gifts, I organized Flower Power Gives in each city I visited. Read about my first Flower Power Give in Hollywood in July 2008. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-your-give/200908/flower-power-give

WISE WORDS FROM MBALI CREAZZO, Mother of our 29gifts.org Movement
“Magic has a bad rap, and yet without it we are the walking dead. We are never surprised, take risks, or step into the unknown. Without the magic of our lives, we cease to be truly connected. Without Nature’s magic we run the risk of thinking we are all there is, creating isolation, loneliness and a disconnection so immense we may as well be homeless on the street.”
Read more at https://ourdivinemedicine.wordpress.com/2018/02/14/natures-magic/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 29
We still need stories for 29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving, 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. Get submission guidelines and read a sample story. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for April and May. Contact Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Make a financial gift to help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and share http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Twitter @camiwalker29 and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker

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My Flower Power Give started at the flower store.
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Good Giving Weekly: HAPPY EASTER
April 1, 2018

Easter Greetings #29Gifts Community,

I got BAD NEWS this week. Charlie, my 5.6 pound Chihuahua was diagnosed with heart disease. Like me and many others living with Multiple Sclerosis and mental illness, he doesn’t look sick, but he has a pronounced heart murmur and fluid around his heart. His heart is swelling and pressing on his trachea, which causes coughing. Charlie is 14 years old and has been with me for 11 years. My own heart is heavy knowing he will die from congestive heart failure like my cat, Abu in 2009. In the meantime, I am now giving Charlie medicine twice a day and he will need costly ongoing vet care. I may need to do a gofundme or facebook fundraising to help pay for his care.

It is a little cold in Denver, but Spring is in swing. I took Charlie out for a quick walk at and was amazed at the sound of the birds serenading us. Yesterday we walked around the trails by my house and soaked in the sun. Do you need a SIMPLE SPRING GIVE? Put seed or bread crumbs out for birds, go on a nature walk and pick up trash or Spring clean and give away clothing, toys, or household items. Share your own ideas in the comments!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - DEADLINE EXTENDED!
We still need stories for 29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving, 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. Get submission guidelines and read a sample story from me. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GREAT GIVEAWAY: CONGRATULATIONS ELLA GRANT!
You won a signed copy of The Giving Challenge, a book inspired by #29Gifts. What began as a New Year's resolution, a challenge to give a daily gift for a month, thrust author Stephanie L. Jones into an adventure; from befriending a crying stranger at the airport to giving away a pencil collection she started as a child. Learn more about Stephanie and her journey at www.givinggal.com.

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for April and May. Contact Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Make a financial gift to help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and share http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Twitter @camiwalker29 and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker

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Good Giving Weekly: NEW WAY OF BEING
March 23, 2018

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

CAMI’S MESSAGE:
I am back in Denver after spending last week in Nebraska with my five-year-old son, Henry Zane. Henry is gearing up for tee-ball, so we spent a lot of time in the yard hitting, throwing, catching and running the bases. We also went through his toys and picked out some he no longer wants to giveaway. We took Charlie and my mom’s Chihuahua mix, Bella on walks, and enjoyed the first few days of Spring, including a brief rain and snow burst.

When Mbali gave me the 29 Gifts prescription in March of 2008, I was desperate for a new way of being. I was in scarcity mindset; addicted to negativity, depressed, diseased, weak, broke, exhausted and spiritually spent. The most valuable thing I gained from my first cycle of 29 Gifts was a renewed sense of self worth and a psychic shift that improved the quality of my life. Each gift brought me a sense of freedom and released bound energy so I experience gratitude and abundance. Ten years and 43,800 gifts later, I am still in awe of the magic moment when I connect with a fellow human being and offer a kind gesture from my heart.

Share a story in our forums. Tell me what you are learning from your giving journey, whether you are just starting out or a returning veteran who gives daily. I recently did an interview for MS and Me Radio Podcast. Please listen and share. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ndPvtZdIcE&t=54s

FRIDAY FLASHBACK
Enjoy and share my Today Show interview, which launched #29Gifts onto the New York Times Bestseller List in 2009.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5f6UrmJBmE&t=115s

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 29Gifts.org
We are celebrating a DECADE of making a DIFFERENCE in March. Please send birthday wishes in the comments and in your social media posts by using the tag #29Gifts. Post your favorite quote from the book, pictures of yourself with your book, images, stories or videos documenting your giving adventures.

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. Get submission guidelines and read a sample story from Cami. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GREAT GIVEAWAY: The Giving Challenge by Stephanie L. Jones
Leave a comment in the Great Giveaway Discussion forum by March 28 to enter to win a signed copy of The Giving Challenge, a book inspired by #29Gifts. What began as a New Year's resolution, a challenge to give a daily gift for a month, thrust Stephanie into an adventure-from befriending a crying stranger at the airport to giving away a pencil collection she started as a child. One month turned into 500 days, and seven years later Stephanie's daily giving is a way of life, changing her in ways she never imagined. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/30940

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for March and April. DM Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. Thanks Melanie for your service and support!
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Make a financial gift to help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and share our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker and Twitter @camiwalker29

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MS & Me Interviews - Cami Walker Author of 29 Gifts
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Welcome to MS & Me! where we discuss the day to day living with MS, treatments, nutrition, fitness, and coping skills with fellow MSers from around the globe...
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Good Giving Weekly: DECADE OF DIFFERENCE
March 17, 2018

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

CAMI’S MESSAGE:
It’s great to see so many new givers. Welcome! As you begin your giving journey, ask yourself how you can involve your family, friends and community in your giving? Here are three suggestions. Please post your ideas in the comments.

1. Make a “coupon” book with your child with 29 gift ideas, like: call grandma, three free hugs, read a book with mom or dad, clean my room, walk the dog, feed the cat, share a toy with a friend, play a game with a sibling.

2. Sort through toys and clothing and gift them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or needy families suggested by your school or church. For maximum benefit, get your children involved in choosing the items and take them with you when you drop the items off at the charitable destination.

3. Make gift bags or baskets with staple foods and toiletries and take them to a sheter or pass them out to the homeless.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES
29Gifts.org is celebrating a DECADE of making a DIFFERENCE in March. Please send birthday wishes in the comments on this post and in your social media posts by using the tag #29Gifts. Post your favorite quote from the book, pictures of yourself with your book, images, stories or videos documenting your giving adventures.

My favorite recent gift is helping my friend, Rich, who has been homeless for almost a year, get a free bike so he has transportation to his new job. He slept on my couch again last week. It has been lonely in Denver since he left Tuesday night. I arrived in Kimball, Nebraska yesterday to visit my son, Henry Zane for six days. Please send prayers for safe travels.

GREAT GIVEAWAY: The Giving Challenge by Stephanie L. Jones
Leave a comment in the Great Giveaway Discussion forum to enter to win a signed copy of The Giving Challenge, a book inspired by #29Gifts.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/30940

GIVING H.O.P.E.
Hope is one of the most powerful gifts you can offer or receive. H.O.P.E. can be an acronym for Hearing Other People’s Experience. Here is a FUN FLASHBACK from 2011, an interview with World Wide Good News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBUseu4mnKk

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. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for March and April. DM Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. Thanks Melanie for your service and support!
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Make a financial gift to help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and share our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker and Twitter @camiwalker29

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Good Giving Weekly: HAPPY RE-BIRTHDAY
March 10, 2018

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

CAMI’S MESSAGE: SEND BIRTHDAY WISHES
I am excited to say that 29Gifts.org is celebrating a DECADE of making a DIFFERENCE in March. Please send birthday messages in the comments on this post and in your social media posts by using the tag #29Gifts. Post your favorite quote from the book, pictures of yourself with your book, images, stories or videos documenting your giving adventures.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. My facebook and instagram feeds lit up with images of empowering sisterhood and shared experience. I did not march or protest, but instead spent the day doing intensive self-care because I have felt depleted and a little depressed recently. I cooked some good food, rested, meditated and sent out peaceful energy to all beings everywhere.

Monday, March 5 was my son, Henry Zane’s fifth birthday and my re-birthday; four years since I stopped drinking alcohol. I wasn’t able to get back to Nebraska for Henry’s parties, bummer. He had a hotwheels party. Today my sponsor Susie is hosting a little potluck and a Mixed Nuts Recovery Meeting at her condo in my honor. We will eat, share some fellowship and talk about the joy of living free from addiction and coping with emotional and mental health challenges.

GREAT GIVEAWAY: The Giving Challenge by Stephanie L. Jones
Leave a comment in the Great Giveaway Discussion forum to enter to win a signed copy of The Giving Challenge, a book inspired by #29Gifts.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/30940

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. Get submission details and read a sample story from me titled, You Have To Ride the Waves of Life. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Vieost/74108

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? Contact Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. Thanks Melanie for your service and support!
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Make a financial gift to help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and share our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker and Twitter @camiwalker29

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Good Giving Weekly: A DECADE OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE
February 26, 2018

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,

HAPPY MINDFUL MONDAY
I had a manic Monday morning struggling with MONKEY MIND and ANXIETY over some upcoming medical tests on Wednesday and serious money stress. Please send prayers if you need a simple gift today. The day started bad. I almost burned my apartment building down making lavender stress relief tea because I left the burner on when I got involved in my morning phone conversation with Susie, my 12-step sponsor.

I wake up insanely early most days. Sometimes I call the hours between 3:00 and 6:00 am my PERCOLATION PERIOD. Ideas pop in and out my head so fast it is impossible to get all of my thoughts onto the page or articulate coherent communication. I often have panic attacks in the morning--not a fun way to wake up. Today I awoke at 4 am in physical pain so overwhelming it was hard to make my mind move in a positive direction. I got up, took a hot bath, did some yoga stretches, breathing and used my TENS Unit for 30 minutes while I meditated and sent out gratitude to each of you, my loyal readers, friends and followers.

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, predominately used for nerve related pain conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia, in my case. #TENSunits works by sending stimulating electrical pulses along the nerve paths to help prevent pain signals from reaching the brain and also help stimulate your body to produce higher levels of its own natural painkillers, called Endorphins. I think it is helpful for anxiety and depression too when used daily for at least 30 minutes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 29GIFTS.ORG!
After cleaning the burn marks off my kitchen wall, I scribbled madly in my paper journal for an hour before I realized March 2018 is our 10th birthday. The website turns 10 and the book turns 9. March 5th is also my son, Henry Zane’s fifth birthday and my four year stop drinking anniversary. We have been MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR A DECADE. During March, a time of rebirth and renewal, I will be sharing new stories and encouraging you all to DIG DEEP and tell us what you are learning during your current cycle of giving. Comment on this post and share your thoughts about one or more of these prompting questions:

*How are you practicing giving with intention and consciousness?
*What changes have you noticed in the quality of your thinking?
*What unexpected things are you receiving from the universe?
*Are you experiencing resistance, burn out or struggling to come up with ideas?
*Have you seen a ripple effect from any of your gifts?
*How are you involving your family, friends and community in your giving?

GIVING H.O.P.E.
Hope is one of the most powerful gifts you can offer or receive. H.O.P.E. can be an acronym for Hearing Other People’s Experience. There is great power in sharing your stories, poems, photos, music or other artwork with the world. Here is a FUN FLASHBACK from 2011, an interview with World Wide Good News. 29 Life Lessons, my second book, is shaping up nicely. I can’t believe I have been working on it for so many years!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBUseu4mnKk

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. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for March and April. DM Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. Thanks Melanie for your service and support!
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Make a financial gift to help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. "Like" and share our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker and Twitter @camiwalker29

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It’s February 25 and I am on day 25, which is Sunday. I tried to let a woman go in front of me in line at the grocery store. Then I looked around the parking lot to bring
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Good Giving Weekly: GIVING UP
February 13, 2018

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,
Happy Valentine’s Day. Do you know what your heart desires? What beliefs, ideas or habits can you GIVE UP that will bring you closer to the life you want? Are you yearning to try something new, creative and fun? Try writing a love letter to yourself and post it in the comments. Mine is a poem.

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.

SATURDAY GIVING SPREE
February 10th, I made a pot of coconut curry chicken soup for my church food pantry. My friend Ramona and I made food for a church brother whose wife died so we dropped that off on the way. We serve a warm meal free to anyone in need and people can get canned or dry goods, meat and produce. I stopped into a 12-step meeting first and shared about the fourth and fifth step work I am doing with Susie, my sponsor. Step 4 is write a searching and fearless moral inventory (fears and resentments) and 5 is admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

There are patterns in my inventory, but they are all classic behaviors and traits that I share with my fellow alcoholics and addicts: Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Abusing, Denial, Victimization, Self-Pity, Judgmental, Resentful, Selfish, Afraid, Sick, Diseased, Jealous. On the flip side, my character assets that I want to nurture, include: Creative, Sensitive, Intelligent, Communicative, Caring, Giving, Funny, Quirky, Loyal, Friendly, Open Minded and Trust worthy.

I gave people at the pantry 29 Gifts Tags and some yummy oranges. I greeted people and helped clean up. I reconnected with a man named Rich who has been homeless for six months. He was at the October pantry and he remembered me. We had a major snowstorm in Denver so it was freezing. Our church serves as a warming site so homeless people can get free food, coats, boots, sweaters, hats, scarves--many handmade by our church knitting circle.

WISE WORDS FROM MBALI CREAZZO, Medicine Woman and Mother of our 29gifts.org Movement.
"One of my favourite gifts to give is presence. We are living in a world of such high technology where people are distracted all the time. The biggest gift you can give is presence and witnessing."
Read the interview: http://blog.exclusivebooks.co.za/an-interview-with-mbali-creazzo/

WHAT IF I MISS A DAY OF GIVING?
Simply renew your commitment and start over with Gift 1. Starting over is the suggestion of Mbali, who gave the 29 Gifts "Prescription" to 29Gifts.org Founder, Cami Walker. Don't stress and don't quit. Starting over does not mean you failed; it is a way release the energy from your giving ritual and allow it to rebuild. We also suggest you sit down with your giving journal and reflect on your day. Was there a moment you offered a gift unconsciously or opportunities you didn't act on?

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for March and April. DM Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. Thanks Melanie for your service and support!
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

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. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Make a voluntary financial gift to help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. Please also "Like" and share our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker and twitter @camiwalker29

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Good Giving Weekly: GIVING PAINS
February 6, 2018

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING GIVING PAINS?
Giving is not always easy or intuitive. There are days I don't feel like living or giving generously. Sometimes my gifts are not accepted or appreciated. It reminds me that detaching from our expectations to hear, "Thank you," or other words of acknowledgement is part of the 29 Gifts Challenge.

During my first giving cycle in March of 2008, I nearly quit several times, but stayed motivated by writing through my giving pains--procrastination, resistance, perfectionism, and more. It helped me to make connections with other givers, share stories, poems, prayers and giving ideas on www.29gifts.org.

In the beginning, Mbali suggested I GIVE AWAY ONE THING I felt was scarce; something I believed I could NOT LIVE WITHOUT. I chose money during cycle one because my Multiple Sclerosis and mental health problems limited my ability to work and attract abundance. In my current cycle, ten years later, I am focused on giving unconditional love and acceptance for myself and others.

All of this is on my mind because my own giving pains have flared up again. I turned 45 today, February 6, 2018. Yesterday was the anniversary of my last suicide attempt, a story I have told only at www.29gifts.org. The day before I turned 37, I took an overdose that could have been fatal. My friends and family saved my life. On a happy note, March 5th is my son, Henry Zane's fifth birthday and four years since I stopped drinking again.

YOU HAVE TO RIDE THE WAVES OF LIFE
Here is the story of the 2010 suicide attempt. You will also find a call for submissions for my second book, 29 Life Lessons: Reflections on Living and Giving.
http://follr.com/communities/29Gifts/viewpost/45962

FUN FLASHBACK
I dug into the 29 Gifts video archives and found this talk that I gave at the 2008 National MS Society Conference in Chicago. I was still writing the 29 Gifts book. This was the first of many speaking engagements to raise awareness and funds for the MS Society.
https://www.facebook.com/29Gifts/videos/1058080526072/

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, writer or entrepreneur who would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for February, March and April. DM Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway. Here is a link to her profile page. Thanks Melanie for your service and support!
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/245672

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[Via Follr.com] CALL FOR PERSONAL ESSAY SUBMISSIONS. People often ask me how my first husband, Mark and I broke up. This story answers that question. This is an older story of mine--one that might make it into my second book. 29 Life Lessons: Reflections On Living and Giving. 29 Life Lessons 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. Read the sample story below and get details and submission guidelines.
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Good Giving Weekly: HAVE A HEART
January 31, 2018

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,

CAMI'S MESSAGE
Today my heart swells with GRATITUDE because new givers are sharing stories from all over the world. Welcome if you are new or returning to www.29gifts.org. Please introduce yourself, share your intentions and stories in our forums. Click on Discussions to explore.

WISE WORDS FROM MBALI CREAZZO, Medicine Woman and Mother of our 29Gifts.org Movement
"With the second full moon in this month, on January the 31st also a super moon, the window of darkness will close and the light shall emerge, and we shall have vision. The old ones tell me this. A period of relief from the chaos will bless us, it seems. Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream..."
Read Mbali's blog post https://ourdivinemedicine.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/the-alchemical-gold/

FEBRUARY 2018 FOCUS: HEART HEALTH
As we move deeper into winter during this month of love, offer gifts each day to yourself or others that support a happy, healthy heart. This list of 29 ideas will get you started. Comment and share your own suggestions.
1 Carry a water bottle to ensure drinking 60 ounces of water
2 Write a Gratitude List of 5 (or more) things you are thankful for
3 Quit smoking or other heart-stopping habits
4 Fire up the grill or oven for dinner, instead of frying or eating processed meals
5 Take the stairs instead of the elevator
6 Make dates to walk or workout with a friend
7 Try a new hobby
8 Give those dark green veggies a chance when selecting your sides
9 Cut back on caffeine
10 Practice yoga or meditation each day --find lots of guided help at http://www.beliefnet.com/wellness/meditation.aspx
11 Get at least 8 hours of sleep
12 Accept something or someone that challenges you
13 Say, "I love you," to those you care about
14 Make a list of reasons why you love yourself
15 Share a story about a gift that warmed your heart on our forum
16 Welcome new members on 29gifts.org
17 Make a new friend
18 Organize a Wellness Walk over your lunch hour at work or school
19 Give donations to the American Heart Association or other charities you like to support
20 Eat dark chocolate
21 Boost your Vitamin D -- Get 20 minutes or more of natural sunlight exposure each day
22 Smile more
23 Spend time doing something creative
24 Eat high-quality fats like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado or nuts
25 Read something inspiring
26 Listen to music you love and dance
27 Adopt or foster a pet
28 Share something that makes your heart feel open and happy with a stranger
29 Watch a funny movie (laughter is great for your heart)

JANUARY GREAT GIVEAWAY WINNER
Congratulations, Dale Abair! You are the winner of the 29 Gifts January Great Giveaway! Thank you to Kimberly Kelly of http://www.jerseywicks.com for sponsoring this month's giveaway! Would you like to share your product or service with our community? We need giveaways for February, March and April. Contact Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a giveaway.

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Good Giving!
The Alchemical Gold
ourdivinemedicine.wordpress.com
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it wil…
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Reposting this week's message to help more people see it. Try these HEART HEALTHY meal ideas.
https://recipes.heart.org/
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http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/18008/health-condition/heart-healthy/
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http://www.foodnetwork.com/healthy/photos/favorite-heart-healthy-recipes
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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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