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Melanie Peters
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Good Giving Weekly

December 13, 2017

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,



CAMI’S WEEKLY MESSAGE

Giving in Down Times and 29 Gifting Outside the Box Ideas

Sometimes, when the news all seems to be bad, when the bank account is running low, when our emotional stores are feeling empty, it is more difficult to feel generous. We find ourselves in a state of scarcity, clutching desperately to what we have, holding it closer and struggling with the concept of giving anything away. In the present economy, many people are stuck in this cycle of scarcity and fear. These are the times when giving can be most important, and can have the greatest positive influence on our state of mind.

By giving of ourselves when we feel least equipped to do so, we create an attitude of abundance that resonates around us. Through our generosity, we are made aware of others' gratitude; mindful giving causes us to be more aware of our own value. This awareness, in turn, bolsters our emotional bank account so we are more likely to continue to feel connected to the bigger picture that exists beyond our own personal circumstances.

The most important thing to remember is that it makes no difference what our esteemable acts are. Whether we drop a coin in a stranger's expired parking meter, or give a lavish gift to a loved one, the potential is the same. It is the thoughtfulness that causes the psychic shift that allows us to recognize that we live abundant lives even in the toughest of times. It is in that moment of intention that we recognize our connection to one another and to the divine spark that allows us to share our gifts. We generate a creative energy from which the Universe creates everything from nothing.

Remember during December we are encouraging you to Gift Outside the Box. Try to give without spending money. Here are some low- or no-cost giving ideas. Please comment to add your ideas.

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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.

Happy Giving!
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Cami Walker
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Giving in Down Times and 29 Gifting Outside the Box Ideas
Sometimes, when the news all seems to be bad, when the bank account is running low, when our emotional stores are feeling empty, it is more difficult to feel generous. We find ourselves in a state of scarcity, clutching desperately to what we have, holding it closer and struggling with the concept of giving anything away. In the present economy, many people are stuck in this cycle of scarcity and fear. These are the times when giving can be most important, and can have the greatest positive influence on our state of mind.

By giving of ourselves when we feel least equipped to do so, we create an attitude of abundance that resonates around us. Through our generosity, we are made aware of others' gratitude; mindful giving causes us to be more aware of our own value. This awareness, in turn, bolsters our emotional bank account so we are more likely to continue to feel connected to the bigger picture that exists beyond our own personal circumstances.

The most important thing to remember is that it makes no difference what our esteemable acts are. Whether we drop a coin in a stranger's expired parking meter, or give a lavish gift to a loved one, the potential is the same. It is the thoughtfulness that causes the psychic shift that allows us to recognize that we live abundant lives even in the toughest of times. It is in that moment of intention that we recognize our connection to one another and to the divine spark that allows us to share our gifts. We generate a creative energy from which the Universe creates everything from nothing.

Remember during December we are encouraging you to Gift Outside the Box. Try to give without spending money. Here are some low- or no-cost giving ideas. Please comment to add your ideas.

1. Get up early and share a cup of coffee with your husband or wife.

2. Volunteer at the library, or donate some books you've already read.

3. Give away clothes you no longer wear.

4. Go for a "trashwalk" and pick up all the garbage you see along the way.

5. Next time you're in heavy traffic, stop and let someone in front of you.

6. Call a friend or family member you haven't talked to lately.

7. Offer to help a coworker with part of their work.

8. Drop a coin in an expired parking meter.

9. Buy a sandwich or cup of coffee for the person in line behind you at the cafe.

10. Next time you're at the store and see a donation box on the counter, donate your change.

11. Read a book with a child or elderly person.

12. Paint or draw on rocks and give away your works of art.

13. Cook or bake something yummy and share it with friends and family.

14. Make a gratitude jar. Put quotes and images that inspire you into a jar, paint or decorate it.

15. Say something kind and uplifting to a friend or family member.

16. Smile and say hello to a stranger.

17. Use old holiday cards to make tree ornaments.

18. Take inspiring photos of your gifts and share them on social media with the tag #29gifts

19. Send texts to friends telling them why you love them.

20. Listen to a friend who needs to be heard.

21. Make bookmarks and give them to your library. Use our free Gift Tags in the Documents section and add ribbon or other adornments.

22. Give the GIFT OF TIME... Life is so hectic. Finding a few minutes to read to your child or visit someone who is ill or in a nursing home can make a world of difference. A little time goes a long way.

23. Give AFFECTION. Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.
Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

24. Give LAUGHTER. Share funny pictures, articles, stories and greetings.

25. Give PRAYER. Send prayers and healing energy out into the world and good things come back to you. Visit our Prayer Cafe Discussion Board.

26. Give FORGIVENESS to someone you resent.

27. MEDITATE and send good energy to all beings everywhere.

28. Give INSPIRATION by finding ways to be of service to someone less fortunate.

29. Give JOY by sharing positive stories here at www.29gifts.org.

Do you have ideas for simple, Outside the Box Gifts? Pleases comment and share them with us now.
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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
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Cami, as always, you are spot on about the impacts of thoughtfulness and consideration. Thank you for continuing to inspire me to give of myself, my time, and my talents. :)
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Cami Walker
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Thanks Melanie. I just updated this post to include a list of 29 Outside the Box Giving Ideas. Please comment and add your ideas.
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Cami Walker
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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.
#" target="_blank">http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/MemberProfile/101366#

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.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/30763

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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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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Melanie Peters
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Good Giving Weekly
November 29, 2017
Greetings 29 Gifts Community,

CAMI’S WEEKLY MESSAGE
During December, we will be encouraging you to give "Outside the Box." Challenge yourself to try to give gifts without spending any money. So often we live in a place of scarcity (particularly financial scarcity) and allow that to be an excuse for not giving. This only perpetuates our sense of inadequacy, and encourages us to focus on what we do not have, or cannot do, which locks us into a self-limiting cycle. It's easy to forget that by giving, we remind ourselves of the abundance in our lives. It is time we take notice of the blessings in our lives, and build ourselves up with esteemable acts that are gifts to those around us. Please comment and add your ideas for Gifting Outside the Box.
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NOVEMBER GREAT GIVEAWAY WINNER!
Congratulations to Shannon Barnard! Shannon is the winner of the 29 Gifts Mandala print.

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/https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker/


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 one-time contribution of $29 or $9 monthly, you help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Be a change maker and support 29 Gifts.

GRATITUDE GREETINGS DAY
Today is Gratitude Greetings Day. We encourage you to send a Thank You message to show appreciation for someone in your life. Be sure to share your Gratitude Stories on the Discussion Board. RSVP to join us in our efforts to spread gratitude and giving at https://follr.com/communities/29Gifts/event/50
Free, printable 29 Gifts Gift Tags are available on the website. These are terrific for writing notes of gratitude

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 your intentions on the Prayer Café discussion board.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/30763

Happy Giving!
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Cami Walker
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Just rediscovered this blog post from best-selling author, Jennifer Lee, published after our 2009 #29Gifts Launch party in San Francisco. Lots of great throw back photos from that magical day.
http://www.lifeunfoldsblog.com/category/giving-challenge/
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Melanie Peters
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Good Giving Weekly
November 22, 2017

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,

Welcome new 29Givers. Welcome back if you are returning to our community.

CAMI’S WEEKLY MESSAGE
As we wrap up November, practice giving from the energy of gratitude every day -- not just on Thanksgiving. Notice how freeing it is to give from your full heart. As your life fills and runs over with blessings, remember that staying grateful is how we attract abundance.

Be curious, enjoy the adventure of giving your gifts to the world and stay open to receive something unexpected from the Universe.

If you are looking for inspiration, reflect on these quotes about living thankfully.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." Gertrude Stein
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/301


What are you grateful for today? Visit www.29gifts.org and share your joy with us on our discussion boards.

29 SIMPLE WAYS TO SAY THANK YOU
November is Gratitude Month at www.29gifts.org. Check out our 29 Simple Ways to Say Thank You and Cultivate Gratitude. Have fun and get your give on with this list of ideas.

http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/301


NOVEMBER GREAT GIVEAWAY
You could win a beautiful 29 Gifts Mandala with “You are a gift” in the center. The Mandala was designed by artist Eileen Bradley. Cami Walker is personally gifting one print to a lucky 29 Gifter. To enter, leave a comment on the Great Giveaway Discussion Post by November 28th. The winner will be announced on November 29. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/77

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/


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 one-time contribution of $29 or $9 monthly, you help us revive the giving spirit in our world. Be a change maker and support 29 Gifts.

GRATITUDE GREETINGS DAY
On November 29, join us for Gratitude Greetings Day. We encourage you to send a Thank You message to show appreciation for someone in your life. Be sure to share your Gratitude Stories on the Discussion Board. RSVP to join us in our efforts to spread gratitude and giving at https://follr.com/communities/29Gifts/event/50
Free, printable 29 Gifts Gift Tags are available on the website. These are terrific for writing notes of gratitude and sharing the 29 Gifts spirit. Click on Documents to see what is available.
Happy Giving!
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Cami Walker
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Welcome new 29Givers. Welcome back if you are returning to our community.

As we wrap up November, practice giving from the energy of gratitude every day -- not just on Thanksgiving. Notice how freeing it is to give from your full heart. As your life fills and runs over with blessings, remember that staying grateful is how we attract abundance.

Be curious, enjoy the adventure of giving your gifts to the world and stay open to receive something unexpected from the Universe.

If you are looking for inspiration, reflect on these quotes about living thankfully.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." Melody Beattie

"Silent gratitude isn't very much use to anyone." Gertrude Stein

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart

"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty." Doris Day

"The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it." Michael Josephson

"Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John F. Kennedy

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey

HELP US GROW
We encourage you to invite friends to join you by signing up at http://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 posts about giving and gratitude. Follow me on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker/

What are you grateful for today? Share your joy and stories. Cick on Discussions, then Share Your 29Gifts Experience.
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This is an insightful blog post from Mbali Creazzo, the Medicine Woman who gave me the #29Gifts prescription. Enjoy. https://ourdivinemedicine.wordpress.com/2017/03/30/the-perfect-storm/
The Perfect Storm
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My invitation, my challenge to you here, is to journey into a deeper intimacy with the world and your life without any promise of safety or guarantee of reward beyond the intrinsic value of full pa…
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Do you think the #29gifts book would make a good movie? I talked to my friend Bill, my screenwriting partner from years ago in Los Angeles. He is mailing a copy of the book to a director he knows. Send prayers and good energy. Bill and I wrote a screenplay years ago, but the book hasn't been optioned again since it was first released in 2009.
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Reposting Old #29gifts Welcome Video from 2008
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Ae2oaTusw&t=230s
29-Day Giving Challenge - 29gifts.org
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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 at www.29gif...
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It is always so cool to me to see videos and messages from earlier in the 29 Gifts movement. There is so much inspiration that can be found in all the years of giving. Thanks for sharing, Cami.
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