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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 in this forum. 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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Ellen Branstiter
Ellen Branstiter (40)
Day four: I did what I could around the house for my partner who was on a streak of working seven days straight this week. Day five: I reached out to my parents. Both of these acts were emotionally fraught, as my relationships with both my partner and my parents are strained right now. I am happy I gave, and I actually was able to release a lot of emotions regarding my partner that I had been carrying as I helped him out, but my reaching out to my parents was a dead-end. Some giving will be easier than others, these weren't the easy days.
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Ellen Branstiter
Ellen Branstiter (40)
Day three: I gave to myself today. My work/school/side hustle load is getting intense and changing drastically this month. Living a fairly isolated life to begin with, the blessing of working from home can feel like a curse some days and my depression has let me make a lot of excuses for barely scraping by financially and not working at the caliber I know I can. Today I started my new 5 am routine - I did time blocking and tweaked this schedule until everything fit comfortably into a M-F work week. I almost never stick to a schedule and wind up scrambling on the weekends. But today I got up when the alarm went off and stuck to all the time chunks. I meditated for the first time in years, worked out, showered, walked my dog twice, and am currently waiting on the oven because I even cooked a healthy meal for dinner. Tonight I intend to meditate again before bed, but for now I still have a few hours left to study and maybe relax with a little TV. It wasn't perfect, but I know I will get more and more done as I get used to this. I am so proud of myself for stepping up for myself, and I hope to take that gift of those feelings I gave to myself and carry it into the next few days and weeks until this lifestyle change becomes my new normal.
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Beca Webber
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Hello! I just began the giving journey yesterday, given that February is my birthday month, and I am typically very self absorbed during this time. So far, I've given a couple new packs of socks to a crises worker who gives necessities to those in need as well as sticky notes to my mom who needed some. Even more powerful I think are a couple of emotional things I've given the past two days. First, I gave myself permission to move on from a toxic relationship, and second, I forgave someone without them needing to ask for forgiveness. I am grateful to have this community to be able to discuss and read inspiring stories from others.
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Ellen Branstiter
Ellen Branstiter (40)
Day two: Today is the last day before payday, I have $1.27 left after bills. As someone who gets paid per page as a transcriptionist, this feeds my money scarcity mindset when dollars equal pages. I know I get paid tomorrow, so I donated $1 to TeamTrees.org, a charity I support and one that I know I can donate just $1 to. As i pulled out my wallet to get my debit card, imagine my surprise when I found $2 in cash (I rare carry cash, and though I paid with cash last week, I swore I spent it all). Funny, releasing that only dollar I thought I had and I found two. I gave the $2 to my partner who pays in cash for his meals at work. It's not much, but with his discount, that's almost half his lunch today.
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Ellen Branstiter
Ellen Branstiter (40)
Day one: I work independently from home and have devised a spreadsheet to help me document my work. I decided today to share that with my fellow remote workers through our community forum. At first I didn't know if the gift felt adequate, but I know it's what I had to offer today. An hour later I connected with a fellow co-worker who I had not interacted with before and she checked out my profile bio, realized I'm starting a blog and said that if I needed any help she was willing to mentor me. In turn I went to her website and found out we had quite a lot in common. if I hadn't shared that spreadsheet, I probably never would have interacted with her and now I have somebody excited for me to succeed and as my first follower to my new blog!
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Lisa Ingram
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Hi everyone - just finished the 29 gifts audiobook while on a bit of search for some self development and was immediately inspired by the 29 gifts giving concept. Although I have a great income from a career I have worked very hard to achieve, I struggle to give to others which after much reflection is the result of having been raised by a single mother that struggled to provide. I starting working at age 13 to pay for those things that my mother was unable to provide. I am looking forward to starting this challenge whole heartedly!

Day 1 - after hearing Cami talk about giving to Kiva I decided to check that out. I came across a single mother of 6 and rice farmer in the Philippines trying to purchase a sanitary toilet for her family in the amount of $200. She needed $50 to achieve her goal, which I contributed.

A toilet which I take for granted on a daily basis and can’t imagine not having and helping a single mom made me feel compelled and happy to have helped fulfill this desire for her family. I feel grateful to live in a house where we have running water and multiple bathroom. I hope this brings this family lots of happiness.
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Cami Walker
Cami Walker (354)
wow. great giving
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Michele Galasso
Michele Galasso (2)
Hi all. i'm new to this group and i'm not sure how to start. i feel like the things that i do regularly will not count. i often give away food, clothes, smiles & compliments so i feel like it would be cheating to count any of this as gift.
also, i'm wondering about the journaling... i requested the 29 gifts journal to be sent to me via email. do i use that journal and/or journal directly here in the discussion forum?
any helpful hints would be appreciated.
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Katherine McCoy
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Hi there! My name is Katy McCoy and I hope that I am writing this in the correct area. I'm documenting DAY ONE, GIFT ONE of my 29 Gifts journey on this forum to keep myself accountable and to share my story.

Cami, I read your book in a single afternoon at a coffee shop. Not only was it inspiring, it truly lifted my spirit and encouraged me to take the reins of my own life. I've been anxiously awaiting April 1st to begin my challenge, and now that it's finally here I feel overwhelmed with the amount of gifts I want to give.

My day hasn't gone exactly according to plan. I made a life-changing decision to invest in myself. In 90 days, I will be a certified success coach with licensing in Clinical Hypnotherapy, NLP, Time and Emotional Healing techniques. Today, I chose myself as the recipient of my gift. I'm choosing to believe in myself, trust that if I take action it will be rewarded, and allow myself to enjoy this journey without overwhelming fear regarding money, what ifs, or should haves.

I'm feeling very, very good about today and I'm thankful that I chose myself today. I know the importance of pouring into myself before pouring over onto others, so although I hadn't planned to be the recipient of my gift today, I'm grateful and pleased with my choice. May tomorrow be a new day full of possibility with DAY TWO, GIFT TWO.

Cheers,
Katy Grace
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Cami Walker
Cami Walker (354)
GOOD GIVING WEEKLY: HEALTH UPDATE
February 17, 2019

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

Valentine's day I spent 14 hours in the emergency room before I was admitted for an acute Multiple Sclerosis flare. Also struggling with #depression, #PTSD and #anxiety. Sunday I had a 3 hour MRI under general anesthesia.The results show two new enhancing lesions in my brain, one in my left frontal lobe and one in the right parietal lobe.

This flare started about three weeks ago. I am having cognitive problems. Can't focus or concentrate. My speech is slurring and I am having trouble finding and spelling words. My ears are ringing. In a lot of pain and dealing with severe spasticity. Vision is blurry and having vertigo. I am having problems walking and have been falling. It takes me an hour to write one paragraph. In short, I'm a hot mess.

I started IV steroids yesterday and have one more infusion tomorrow. The steroids make me anxious and agitated, but a few hours after the first dose, I was able to walk a little bit with assistance. I am working with physical and occupational therapy in the hospital. The doctors are also giving me Marinol (marijuana pills) for pain instead of opiates. I am using my CBD cream, gummies and vape pen. So glad I live in Colorado where cannabis is legal.

I give 29 Gifts Gift Tags to all of my nurses and doctors. You can download Gift Tags to print and give away. Just go to www.29gifts.org and click on Documents.

ASK QUESTIONS
Welcome if you are new to www.29gifts.org. You will get more out of your #29Gifts experience if you interact with me and others online. Do you have questions for me about how to get started or keep your giving groove goings? Post your question in the comments and I will reply.

DO SERVICE
Join our volunteer 29 Gifts Community Team. Help welcome new members and start conversations on www.29gifts.org. Leave a comment if you are interested. 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.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-your-give/200908/flower-power-give

SHARE YOUR STORY
Write a 2,000-word personal essay submission 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. 29 Life Lessons includes personal stories from Walker and members of the 29 Gifts global community, self-help prompts, and creative giving tips. Get submission guidelines and read three stories from Cami.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, author, healer or entrepreneur who wants to share a product or service with the #29Gifts community? Contact me to sponsor a Great Giveaway.

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. "Like" and Share http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Follow Cami on Twitter or Snapchat @camiwalker29 and at https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker. Click on Documents to download free 29 Gifts Note Cards and other fun giving tools.

Good Giving!
Cami Walker
Chief Evangelist, www.29gifts.org
Flower Power Give
www.psychologytoday.com
My Flower Power Give started at the flower store.
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Cami Walker
Cami Walker (354)
Good Giving Weekly: EMBRACING CHANGE
December 29, 2018

Greetings #29Gifts Community,

Since the Winter Solstice and recent full moon, I have been reflecting a lot about embracing change. Solstice is about rebirth and turning toward the light. Yes this is Winter, our coldest time of the year, yet days are slowly growing longer, allowing us more time to be active. In ancient Gaelic societies this would be the time of year when old ideas are discarded, old intentions reframed or remade entirely. In the spirit of returning to the light and the beginning of a new year, here are some new things to try:

29 NEW THINGS TO DO IN 2019
Read a new book
Cook a new recipe
Take a nature walk
Meditate
Take a trip somewhere new
Plant a flower or tree
Write a poem
Say thank you
Forgive someone
Give a sincere compliment
Invite a new person to coffee
Pray for peace
Smile at a stranger
Paint, draw or doodle
Volunteer
Hike a new trail
Rescue a dog or cat
Snap a sassy selfie
Sing a song
Laugh more
Look up at the stars
Feed a homeless person
Tell a new story
Write yourself a love letter
Visit a new church
Go on an art date at a gallery
Make a new friend
Try a new hobby
Give yourself a gift

PERSONAL NOTE
I am back in Colorado after spending a few days over Christmas in Nebraska. I had fun with my parents and son, Henry Zane. Santa brought him the talking stuffed hamster he wanted. It repeats everything you say. I still have stitches in my mouth from my December 20 oral surgery. They come out January 10, then two months for the bone grafts to heal before they can finish my implant. Thank you to those who helped me raise funds. I will owe a final payment in February, my birthday month. Your financial gifts also help Trooper (my rescue dog) train to be a Therapy and Service Dog. Please give if you can and share this link in the spirit of community!
https://www.gofundme.com/help-cami-break-free-from-ptsd-ms

ASK QUESTIONS
Welcome if you are new to www.29gifts.org. You will get more out of your #29Gifts experience if you interact with me and others onlline. Do you have questions for me about how to get started or keep your giving groove goings? Post your question in the comments and I will reply.

DO SERVICE
Join our volunteer 29 Gifts Community Team. Help welcome new members and start conversations www.29gifts.org. Leave a comment if you are interested. 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.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/get-your-give/200908/flower-power-give

SHARE YOUR STORY
Write a 2,000-word personal essay submission 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. 29 Life Lessons includes personal stories from Walker and members of the 29 Gifts global community, self-help prompts, and creative giving tips. Get submission guidelines and read three stories from Cami.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

GIVEAWAYS WANTED
Are you an artist, author, healer or entrepreneur who wants to share a product or service with the #29Gifts community? Contact me to sponsor a Great Giveaway.

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Please invite friends to join you at www.29gifts.org. Use the tag #29Gifts on your social media posts. "Like" and Share http://www.facebook.com/29gifts. Follow Cami on Twitter or Snapchat @camiwalker29 and at https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker. Click on Documents to download free 29 Gifts Note Cards and other fun giving tools.

Good Giving!
Cami Walker
Chief Evangelist, 29gifts.org
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