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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
Cami Walker (284)
Good Giving Weekly - Progress not Perfection
December 7, 2017

CAMI’S WEEKLY MESSAGE
I am practicing letting go of perfectionism. Instead I am embracing progress and allowing myself to make mistakes that help me learn life lessons. I try to stay mindful and notice shifts in energy and connections between my intentions and my actions. During December, we encourage you to give "Outside the Box." Challenge yourself to give without spending money. Be creative and have fun. Take notice of the blessings in your life, and build yourself up with positive acts that are gifts to those around you. Find ideas and comment and add your ideas for Gifting Outside the Box.
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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 at www.29gifts.org

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 your own great giveaway. Past member giveaways include paintings, photographs, crafts, books, gift cards, greeting cards, jewelry, specialty teas, clothing, accessories and more.

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

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

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

PRAYER CAFÉ
Being part of a community is a wonderful opportunity to give to those in need but to also ask for help and support. If you or someone you care about is in need of prayers or positive thoughts, please share on the Prayer Café discussion board.
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Happy Giving!
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[Via Follr.com] Give one thing away each day for 29 days. Share your stories about how it impacts your life to focus on giving. Join the 29-Day Giving Challenge community today. Why? Because to see the world change, we have to do something to change the world. Plus, the best way to attract abundance into your life is to be in a perpetual state of giving and gratitude. Be an important part of the global giving movement that inspires more generosity on our planet.
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Melanie Peters
Melanie Peters (140)
Cami, thank you for posting the Good Giving Weekly this week! My world was just too chaotic to make it happen. Your patience and reminder to let go of perfectionism was exactly what my heart and mind needed this week.
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Cami Walker
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Thanks Melanie. Love you lots!
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Lois Downy
Lois Downy (4)
Day 16 - I found some old cassette tapes with recordings of my husband's kids when they were babies. I borrowed a cassette converter machine from a friend and started digitizing them for my husband, his ex-wife, and the kids (who are now in their 30s). Again, my husband stepped in and helped when I got overwhelmed. So, I gave the idea, the supplies, and the technology. I received the gift of time from my husband. I also now have the opportunity to come up with a thank you gift for the friend who loaned me her machine.
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Lois Downy
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Day 15 - One of the physical therapists at the rehab center I've been going to just became a vegetarian about a month ago. I've been a vegetarian for nearly 25 years so I've been giving her tips. Today I bought an extra package of my favorite veggie burgers and took them to her. She was super excited. Such an easy gesture to make and it really made me even happier than she was.
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Lois Downy
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Day 14 - I found the most perfect necklace made by a local artisan for a friend of mine. She collects heart stones and this looked like a heart stone. I sent her a note making it clear that this wasn't a birthday or Christmas gift, just an "I love you" gift - the random kind that doesn't need to be reciprocated.
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Melanie Peters
Melanie Peters (140)
Your thoughtfulness surely brightened the day of both the artist and your friend. Way to give!
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Lois Downy
Lois Downy (4)
Day 13 - I sent my cousin a box full of pine cones! She was admiring them when she was visiting a couple months ago but didn't have space to any home with her. She received them today and sent me pictures of her holiday mantle piece all decked out with pine cones. She was over the moon. She lives in Texas and she is so excited to tell everyone that they are REAL. My husband was a huge help with this gift. We waited several weeks for the sugar pine cones to become dry enough to knock off the pitch, but that never happened. He looked it up online and found out that you have to bake them to get rid of the pitch, which he did. He also packed them for me while I was swamped working. Such a love!
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Melanie Peters
Melanie Peters (140)
Wow! Remembering your cousin's attention to those pine cones and taking time to send some is a terrific and caring gift. Thank you for sharing.
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Lois Downy
Lois Downy (4)
Day 12 - Today I made time for a walk with a good friend. We have been trying to get together for several weeks now. My real gift was to let her know explicitly how much she means to me.
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Claudia Jordan
Claudia Jordan (145)
I love all of your ideas, Lois. Very clever and inspiring! Keep up the good work!
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Lois Downy
Lois Downy (4)
Day 11 - I have a dear friend who is embroiled in something very painful. I reached out to him and today we were able to talk for a good long time, reestablishing a connection that has been dormant for several years. I think it was a moment in which he needed an old friend - someone who has known him across the years and knows what a good person he is.
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Lois Downy
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Day 10 - I did most of the driving on the way home from Thanksgiving - a gift to my husband who usually takes on that responsibility.
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Melanie Peters
Melanie Peters (140)
I am grateful you shared this story and for your safe travels. Thanks for sharing!
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Lois Downy
Lois Downy (4)
Day 9 - I am taking on a huge project which I am very excited about. I'm trying to get the family together for a reunion in a year's time. Today I brought this idea to the family and they were enthusiastic.
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Lois Downy
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Day 8 - I gave all my grandkids Christmas pajamas today, to kick off the holiday season. We watched our favorite Christmas movie together, which was really everyone's gift to me.
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