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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-285-6783.
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.
Please give two gifts to www.29Gifts.org today. Invite a friend to join us here today so we can grow. And submit a story for book two by the New August 30, 2017 deadline. Here are submission guidelines again. This is a 10th Anniversary edition of 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life. The book turns 10 in October of 2019. My co-writer, Angel Stork, and I will are looking for new giving stories that are 1500-2000 words long. We already have a number of strong submissions, but want more accounts from you 29Gifters. To submit your story for the book, simply post it in the Great Giving Stories For Inspiration Discussion Forum here: http://follr.com/Communities/29Gifts/Discussion/20587 *Also email your story to 29Angels@gmail.com
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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.
My dear friend Marc Rose died early Wednesday morning. Please send prayers for his friends and family. Marc was the music director at my church. Today was our first Sunday without him and I cried through most of the service. I know Marc is in heaven singing and he is no longer in pain. It is still hard to say goodbye.
HELP WANTED: I want to form a Community Team on www.29gifts.org to help with things like welcoming new members, commenting on people's posts, organizing group gives, events and media. I need support with outreach to spread the word about the book and grow membership at 29Gifts.org. There are almost 7,000 friends of 29 Gifts on facebook and I need help redesigning this page. If you are interested in serving on the 29 Gifts Community Team, please leave a comment on this post.
FREE Gift Tags and Note Cards are available in the documents section. Print and use them to accompany your gifts. They're beautiful and help spread the 29 Gifts mission to revive the giving spirit in the world.
SHARE YOUR STORIES. My co-writer Angel Stork and I are looking for more great giving stories for book two. If you need inspiration, read the stories that have been submitted (including some new ones from me). Click on the "Great Giving Stories for Inspiration" Discussion. This is where you submit your story and you can also email email@example.com.
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.
Give me a gift today and order a new #29Gifts book for a friend. Amazon.com is the easiest place to order. I suggest the paperback because it is the newest edition. If cost is an issue you can get used books. Please share your giving stories here in the Discussion forums. It is going to be 100 degrees in Denver and my house is still torn apart from the flooding mess. Send me some prayers, please.
My apartment flooded at midnight due to a broken water line under my bathroom sink. Have been awake since then dealing with the disruption and a serious mess. Maintenance had to come turn off my water for a while and a carpet cleaner was here at 2 am to pull out the soaking wet carpet pads, then steam cleaned the carpet. My carpet is now being blown dry by a few loud, huge industrial fans. It sounds and feels like I am on an airplane. They can't replace the pads until the carpet is dry so that won't happen until tomorrow. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed and frustrated right now, but trust there is some higher purpose for all this drama and upheaval.
Share your stories in the "Great Giving Stories for Inspiration" Discussion. There are stories up from me and other www.29gifts.org members . All stories will be considered for my second book. Invite friends to take the 29 Gifts Challenge with you and use this site to #connect with givers around the #world. Click on Documents and you can download beautiful giving tools: 29 Gifts Tags and Note Cards.
Good giving and peace to all of you today. Please send some prayers and good energy to me and my dog Charlie