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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: 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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Cami Walker
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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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Cami Walker
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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.

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. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker and twitter @camiwalker29

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Giving is our goal at www.29gifts.org. By making a voluntary contribution, you 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. Be a change maker and support 29 Gifts.

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The Alchemical Gold
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“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.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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Good Giving Weekly: NEWNESS
January 24, 2018

Greetings 29Gifts Community,
Welcome if you are new. Welcome back if you are a vetran returning to share your experience.

I am back in Denver Colorado after spending almost a week in Nebraska visiting my son. I came home Sunday during our first significant snowstorm of the month. Travelling in that weather is stressful and slow-going so I was relieved to arrive at my house after a major grocery shopping trip with my friend Bob.

What NEW THINGS have you embraced so far In January? I have made a few new friends at recent support groups. I am having dinner at my house tonight with my new friend Dani, and plan to try a new recipe.

This month I have tried to walk new routes with my 6-pound pup, Charlie and started coloring in book of mandalas. I have also tried to pump up my meditation and prayer power by reading the Prayer of Saint Francis and a Daily Devotional for Women in Recovery each morning.

"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life."

YOU HAVE TO RIDE THE WAVES OF LIFE
Several people have asked me where to find this story about my breakup with Mark, my first husband. It is a great example of the highs and lows of life ebbing and flowing. http://follr.com/communities/29Gifts/viewpost/45962

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 announced January 29th.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/30940

29 GIFTS IN THE NEWS
Good interview with some fun throwback photos:
http://fashionablefem.blogspot.com/2011/09/exclusive-interview-29-gifts-author.html

GREAT GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, author or business owner who would like to share your gifts or services with our community? Contact Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a great giveaway.

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. 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 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

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Giving is our goal at www.29gifts.org. By making a voluntary contribution, you help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Sign up for free, then click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Be a change maker and support 29 Gifts.

Good Giving!
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[Via Follr.com] 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. 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 bestselling self-help memoir, 29 Gifts: How A Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. Get details and submission guidelines http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/7410
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Good Giving Weekly: HALT
January 17, 2018

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,
Welcome to our new givers. Today I travel from Colorado to Nebraska to visit my son, Henry Zane for five days. He lives with my parents in Kimball--a small town in the south western corner of the panhandle. Please send prayers for safe travels. Several of my close friends in 12-step recovery have reminded me of HALT, an acronym that means don't let yourself get too:
Hungry
Angry
Lonely
Tired

This is simple advice. When I am stressed I have no appetite and I lose weight quickly. I have to make myself eat, even if I am not feeling hungry. Low blood sugar is a problem, so I have to eat lots of small meals and snacks. Dark chocolate covered almonds are a recent favorite.

Anger is often the root emotion that fuels anxiety and depression. Freud defined depression as, "anger turned inward." I like to get creative to deal with anger. I walk and practice yoga. I journal, write poems, draw, color, collage and paint. I listen to music and dance.

"Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty," said Mother Teresa. Sometimes I feel lonely when I am surrounded by people. I have to be present to embrace the joys of solitude.

Tiredness limits my ability to cope with life. Fatigue is one of the most disabling symptoms of multiple sclerosis. If I don't rest and sleep enough, my pain levels get out of control. Meditation, reading, hot baths and aromatherapy all help relieve insomnia.

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 announced January 29th.

29 GIFTS IN THE NEWS
Check out #29Gifts on Oprah.com http://www.oprah.com/spirit/cami-walkers-29-gifts
Cami Walker blogs for Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/get-your-give

GREAT GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, author or business owner who would like to share your gifts or services with our community? Contact Community Manager Melanie Peters to sponsor a great giveaway.

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. 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 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

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Giving is our goal at www.29gifts.org. By making a voluntary contribution, you help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Sign up for free, then click on the “Upgrade Your Membership” link in the upper right-hand corner of the Home Page for details. Be a change maker and support 29 Gifts.

Good Giving!
The Giving Prescription
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After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Cami Walker lost the ability to walk and was spiraling into depression until a spiritual teacher gave her a prescription: Give 29 gifts away for 29 days.
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Vivianti Santosa
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Cami, I cannot find your story "You Have to Ride the Waves of Life" anywhere. The link connected to the main page and not the article.
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Cami Walker
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i just posted a link on the home page.
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Jutta Dindorf
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One day without gift :-(
I started again, but first I will read the book again. I´m be back soon.
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Don't stress. Missing a day isn't the end of the world. Mbali suggests starting your giving over at Day 1 to release the energy from your ritual.
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Jutta Dindorf
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Day 6: I spend 3 Gift Cards (Aromamassage) for a draw (tombola) . The mother of an eleven year old boy with epilepsy and cerebellar hypoplasie need a car, having place for a wheelchair.
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Melanie Peters
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Wow! That is some thoughtful and very appreciated giving.
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Jutta Dindorf
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Day 5: Today is my gift special. I had a situation to yell at someone, but today I take a deep breath and say nothing. I´m very proud of myself. The second gift was for me, I take care of me.
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Melanie Peters
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Oh, peace for yourself and another is one of the most powerful gifts possible. Way to give!
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Jutta Dindorf
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Day 4: Today I spent time for a friend who need someone who listen to her.
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Jutta Dindorf
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Day 3: Today I spend a cup of coffe for anybody. - In my favorite coffee shop is a food bank. When I pay my bill I can also pay a coffe for the food bank. Everybody can take the coupon and drink a cup of coffee for free.
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Renee Zimmerman
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I love this! I have never heard of a food bank in a coffee shop but that is a great idea!
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Melanie Peters
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That is really cool! More businesses should give ideas like this a try. Thank you for sharing.
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