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I am a author, artist, healer and entrepreneur. I live with my dog, charlie in Denver, Colorado. I am the author of the New York Times Bestselling book 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving can Change Your Life. I worked in advertising for "the big boys" for a long time, helping companies who already have millions of dollars make millions more. Now my focus is on being the Chief Evangelist for the 29 Gifts movement. For interviews or other inquiries, contact camillaswalker@gmail.com or call 720-285-6783.

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Please pray for peace to prevail in our world.
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YOU HAVE TO RIDE THE WAVES OF LIFE
Several people have posted comments asking me where to find this story. It is a great example of the highs and lows of life ebbing and flowing. http://follr.com/communities/29Gifts/viewpost/45962

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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 here.
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[Via Follr.com] You Have to Ride the Waves of Life Cami Walker People often ask me how Mark and I broke up. This answers that question. This is an older story of mine--one that might make it into my second book. In 2009, after six months of cloistering myself to get the 29 Gifts manuscript done, I was spent on every level, physical, emotional and spiritual. I called one of my best friends, Lisa, and begged her to come visit me in L.A. for two weeks. I missed her long dreads and smiling face. Lisa also h
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In chapter 12 of #29Gifts I read a piece of prose at a friend's birthday party. My editor chose to only include part of the piece. Here is the full story.

River Rhythm
by Cami Walker

The green river before me makes me forget for a moment all we've done to it. When you see it from a distance, out of its current context, you miss out on its shame. The reddish-orange rusty hubcaps and sunken beer cans. It's sad, sad molecules now something closer to H2WhoKnowsWhat. The swooshing sound of flowing wind on water that helps to drown the sorrow it surely must feel when it remembers what it used to be. Underneath the surface, squishy bright green algae tries to cover the scars left by endless feet wading at its shore.

The yellow leaf that drifts by on top is a symbol of the river's hope that someday soon we'll all wake up and stop filling it full of muck. Even though I didn't know this river at its birth, I have a sense of its former self. Awash with happy flow. Crystal clear with life. Its memory held inside the rocks rubbed smooth with time and the tallest trees that have stood witness to its toils.

I sit here wondering what this river thinks about those who play at its side. Does it look up and see the little blonde boy with the red shorts and sunburned nose and feel proud of the joy it's giving him? Does it giggle when it tickles my feet? Does it wonder at the crazy family with its baloney sandwiches and fritos? Does it marvel at the lovers who've come to make out at its banks? Does it see all this happy activity and think the sacrifices it has been forced to make are maybe all worth it? Its pained state somehow ok?

I lean back on my elbows and close my eyes to ponder what this river knows about each of us. I bet it can testify to more of our lives than we'd believe possible. I bet it remembers the aqua blue headband you wore the day you met your husband on the bridge upstream. It could probably tell you the secret ingredients in your grandma's tart apple pie that she used to bring to the family picnics by the big oak tree on the north shore. I bet the river even knows that you used to steal packs of bazooka bubble gum from the corner store if the cashier wasn't looking when you went with your dad on a quick beer or cigarette run -- you in your yellow and black polka-dot swimsuit with the ruffle across the butt and river sand between your bare toes.

As I dose on the riverbank and let the flowing water ease my sadness, I think to myself what a perfect companion it really is to us all. It listens but doesn't judge. It understands but doesn't preach. It embraces us in familiar acceptance and reminds us that when we're all gone back to the earth and the light that made everything out of nothing, it will still be here. Flowing. Singing our song.
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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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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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i just posted a link on the home page.
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“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” ―Maya Angelou
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Good Giving Weekly: THE GIVING RETURN
January 10, 2017

CAMI'S MESSAGE
I have been giving a gift a day since March of 2008. I've learned many lessons through my daily giving ritual, but the biggest is the art of mindful receiving. Giving is reciprocal and self-balancing. As you give more, you experience a psychic shift that heightens your awareness and capacity to receive. Often the giving part is easy, the receiving can be uncomfortable.

My first 29-Day Giving Challenge began during a sleepless night. I gave my first gift -- a simple supportive phone call to a friend living with Multiple Sclerosis. I woke up the next day, and the next day after that, feeling excited about what I might give away. I began to notice that the more I gave away, the more abundance I was experiencing for myself. I was overwhelmed by the magical and miraculous gifts I received: I felt happier, healthier, and more in awe with life. I was smiling and laughing more. I committed to keep moving and got stronger. I went back to work part-time after months of being too sick to work. I connected with a community of new friends after several months of feeling isolated, with help from the www.29gifts.org website. And that is only the beginning.

What will happen if you focus your energy on giving for 29 days? What space will it create in your life for new and unexpected things to occur? What shifts might you see in your thinking and behavior as a result? What impact will your gifts have on others? These are just a few of the questions you might be curious about.

By giving mindfully, we tap into the natural reciprocal power of giving and receiving. The returns from our giving are an organic part of the process and it is all coming from that great universal spirit, from which everything is free. We feel more connected to everyone and everything around us, and that is the real giving return.

HOW ABOUT YOU? What returns have you seen from your own giving?

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 will be announced January 29th.

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 about giving and gratitude. 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 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
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

Good Giving!
29-Day Giving Challenge
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29-Day Giving Challenge. 6,490 likes · 25 talking about this. Give one thing away each day for 29 days.
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Good Giving Weekly: Exercising Creativity
January 3, 2018

Greetings 29 Gifts community. Happy January and joyful NEW year. This month we encourage you to stretch yourself creatively each day. Embrace the energy of newness to birth something big in 2018; perhaps a new business, product, hobby or book.

If you don't have a big vision, don't stress, just do SOMETHING small each day to stimulate your ENGERGY FOR LIFE.. Write a poem or story. Try a new kind of exercise. Do guided imagery or meditation. Go to a museum or gallery. Read a book. Make a collage or vision board. Play with a child. Take photographs. Draw or doodle. Color, paint or sew something. Grow or cook yummy food. Pause to appreciate mother nature and breathe in fresh air.

In celebration of self-acceptance, enjoy this poem. Share your poems, stories, quotes or prayers in the www.29gifts.org discussion forums.

PATH OF PURPOSE
a poem by Cami Walker
Well being. Nurturing spirit. Trusting mind.
Holding heart. Feeding body.
Simple priorities.

The reason for being? For staying? For me?

Inspiring. Motivating.
The common pursuit of personal truth.
Whatever that means.

How? Following the mission means keeping it in sight.
In range but just out of reach.
Staying on the path of purpose. Feet planted. Rooted.
The hard part.

Living passion. Breathing certainty.
Reaching out when you feel like curling in.
Hiding. Ducking away.
Finding balance between the need to shelter yourself,
and your desire to serve the collective.

How? Somehow. However it's speaking to you.

Feeling yourself. Accepting your everyness.
The joyful. The enthusiastic. The creative. The loving.
And the furious. The sobbing. The obsessive. The crazed.

EMBRACE CHANGE
Many people who read or listen to #29Gifts assume I am still married to my first husband, Mark. We split up in 2009 just a few months after the 29 Gifts book was released. I wrote a story about our breakup, called, You Have to Ride the Waves of Life. You can find it in the Great Giving Stories for Inspiration forum.
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/20587

29 GIFTS IN THE NEWS
Check out #29Gifts on Oprah.com. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/cami-walkers-29-gifts

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. 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. 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 about giving and gratitude. 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 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
http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/ViewPost/74108

SUPPORT 29 GIFTS
Giving is our goal at www.29gifts.org. By making your 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 29 Gifts Home Page for details. Be a change maker and support 29 Gifts.

Good 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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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 here at www.29gifts.org.
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Good Giving Weekly: Monkey Mind
December 27, 2017

Greetings 29 Gifts Community,

CAMI'S MESSAGE:
My monkey mind woke me up at 3 a.m. I am in Kimball, Nebraska visiting my parents and my 4-yer-old son, Henry Zane. It was fun to be here for Christmas. Henry was so excited when he got out of bed Christmas morning. He sped into the kitchen where my mom and I were drinking coffee and yelled, "Did Santa come?"

Henry has been nice, not naughty, recently. He even went to bed early on Christmas Eve without arguing because my mom told him Santa wouldn't come until he was sound asleep. He ran to the Christmas tree in the living room and began pawing through the packages underneath.

"I think Santa might have left your gifts downstairs this year," my mom hinted. He ran full speed downstairs into the family room and jumped for joy when he saw his full stocking and three wrapped gifts by the fireplace. One gift was small and the other two were large enough we had to use holiday-themed garbage bags to wrap them.

Henry started by emptying his stocking out onto the carpet, then reached for the smallest box. "I think Santa brought me a tablet, like I wanted." He clapped and almost jumped out of his skin while he opened the gift box and saw the little blue Kindle. He loved the punching bag and toy car garage that were in the larger packages too.

When I struggle with monkey mind thoughts race, tumble and bounce through my brain like ping pong balls. I am usually tired, but can't rest or even relax. Today I lay for 30 minutes in my mom's cold, dark guest bedroom, but my eyes didn't want to close again, so I got out of bed took a hot shower and made a noble attempt at meditation.

If I have a lot on my mind, I ruminate and worry a lot, causing anxiety, depression and insomnia. Often my worries relate to missing my son. His father is my second husband, Kevin. Henry Zane lives in Kimball, Nebraska with my parents and I live four hours away in Denver, Colorado. Henry spends two weekends a month in Colorado with his dad, but our marriage ended when Henry was nine months old. We do not communicate, but are cordial when we see each other. I try to travel to Nebraska once a month for a few days and visit Henry. He doesn't like to talk on the phone, but my mom does her best to facilitate communication between visits.

I am struggling with obtrusive memories and flashbacks from my traumatic pregnancy, delivery and postpartum year that left me too spent to mother my own child. Henry was born about a month early and he suffered from opiate withdrawal because my doctors kept me on pain medicine during my pregnancy.

Henry had to be on Methadone during the first few months of his life, and he was placed in foster care when he was released from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). The department of human services was notified when Henry was born addicted. The social workers determined that neither Kevin or myself were fit parents at the time of Henry's birth. We were living in an extended stay hotel and neither of us had jobs yet. Both of us are also alcoholics and I have a long history of mental health challenges.

I remember overwhelming guilt when I first saw baby Henry with a feeding tube and catheter in his tiny head. He was sensitive to light and sound and he would cry shrill, high pitched squeals when the pain of withdrawal kicked in.

Many people who read or listen to #29Gifts assume I am still married to my first husband, Mark. We split up in 2009 just a few months after the 29 Gifts book was released. I wrote a story years about our breakup, called, You Have to Ride the Waves of Life. You can find it in the Great Giving Stories for Inspiration forum. http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/20587

29 GIFTS IN THE NEWS
Check out #29Gifts on Oprah.com. http://www.oprah.com/spirit/cami-walkers-29-gifts

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. 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. 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 about giving and gratitude. Follow Cami on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/camillaswalker.

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

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.

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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Please send prayers for safe travels for me and the thousands of other people on the roads for the holidays. The Serenity Prayer is my favorite prayers. Do you have a go-to prayer you use in times of distress?
The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next.

Amen.

(prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr, 1892-1971)
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