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!
Gift 5- My daughter hurt her hand yesterday. So I helped her with her chores and transcribing her homework but it wasn't a chore for me. Normally adding extra activities to my day makes me feel irritated and more tired than normal. But I was happy to help her. It gave us time together and I was teaching her that chores aren't the worst thing in the world by having a positive attitude and getting the job done quickly. 👩🏻👧🏻
Gift 4- I made a choice to give time to youth even though time and energy are in very short supply in my life. It is time for action 2 of the Women's Marchs' 10 Actions In 100 days. For my action, I decided to host a "huddle" for youth who will be eligible to vote in 2018 or 2020. The kids in the local high schools walked out of class after Trump was elected. I want to give a handful of them a place to come and share ideas and take action on issues that they will soon be voting on. It started today with planning the huddle, but could be a 4 year commitment. Not sure I'm ready for tha, but for now I want to support these youth!☮🖖
Gift 3- I was chatting with someone who has been working for us for about 5 months. He mentioned that he rarely got headaches since he stopped smoking. As we chatted, I realized that no matter how long he had smoked or how long ago he had stopped, he deserved congratulations on his life changing efforts. When our conversation came to a close, I sincerely congratulated him. I could tell he felt good about stopping and was happy to be recognized.🏆
It has been a while since I posted. I didn't have Wi-Fi while I was on vacation. But I kept a written log. However transferring it to digital seemed daunting and soon I got so far behind that I wasn't even adding to the written log. But it is time to start recording my experiences again. It is such an important part of the process. So I am starting over: Gift 1- today I focused on small but kind gestures throughout the day.; calling a friend who lives far away., calling my mom, offering to make tea for my husband, etc. and I focused on that giving attitude whenever I started to feel over tired (Ive had back and head pain this week and it is running me down). now it is bed time and I feel better emotionally than I have felt for several weeks. 💐🖖
Gift 12. The last couple of gifts have benefited me as well as those that I gave to. But today's gift is just for me. I made a choice to change my frame of mind. I'm really surprised at how easy it was. I chose not to be in a frenzy about getting ready to go out of town tomorrow morning. I chose to spend the evening in a relaxed state of mind and to go to bed at a regular hour and not to burn myself with worry as I was trying to fall sleep. If something gets forgotten it's not the end of the world. Most important is that I remember to bring my medication, and that is ready to go. So we are off tomorrow morning on our holiday adventure which includes no cable and no Wi-Fi so the left next several days of gifts will have to be handwritten. And will require some thought and creativity as tihe only people I will see for the next several days are my husband and daughter. I am looking forward to the challenge. Until next time take care. 🏕
Gift 11. Today as I listened to a leader in our new 4h club talk about leadership and responsibility training for our youth officers; the challenges of being the sole adult in charge and the many aspects of leadership that need to be taught, I knew I had the perfect gift to give her. I told her that I had been working on a leadership "party" for the club my daughter used to belong to.. I told her I would be happy to do the activity in the new club. I have already done lots of research for teambuilding games, responsibility training games and trust games. Not only did I offer to work on organizing the event, but I also offered to have it at my business which has a big room where we could have our "party". This one is another gift that gives back to me because I love teaching and watching kids learn🙂
Gift 10. I took my friends out to coffee with a gift card that I had gotten for my birthday ( never mind the two of them got there early and paid for themselves, it's the thought that counts). We had a great time. I think it's a special gift for all of us when we get to go out together. It is healing to be able to talk about our lives with special friends. And it's often so hard to find the time. It was really something I needed since grandma is in the hospital. She had to Have a second surgery and I am really needing good wishes for her and good karma in my life. Being with my friends brought my spirits up. Thank you to them for the gift they gave just by being there.
Gift 9. Yesterday. Grandma fell and had to have hip surgery about two weeks ago. I haven't been able to visit her, I'm not good at sending cards, and she hasn't felt well enough to talk on the phone. So last night, I had my husband and daughter sit with me on the couch and make a 'feel better soon' video which we emailed to my dad because he is with her and will be able to show her the video on his iPad. I know it will brighten her day.
Oops posted 6 and 7 on the activity page not here Gift 8. I love that there are companies out there which make candy using natural ingredients. But my family doesn't eat much candy (besides chocolate-yum). So I don't have much opportunity to support these companies or enjoy sharing this treat with someone who will like it, however my employers keep some around the office for children who come in. Today when I was shopping, I found a bag for an amazing price. I was so excited to find some I could afford and I will donate it to the office. It makes me so happy to think of smiling children enjoying their treats!