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 email@example.com or call 720-285-6783.
GO GRATITUDE Gratitude is a powerful spiritual tool. It opens your heart and increases your capacity to receive gifts from the universe. The Law of Attraction tells us what you focus your attention and energy on expands.
Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin. Fuel your zest for life by staying mindful of the bounty you experience each day. Sit down and make a gratitude list. Here is mine for today. Add a comment on this post and tell me what you are grateful for today.
1. Charlie My Amazing Therapy Dog 2. My son, Henry Zane is thriving living with my parents in Kimball, Nebraska 3. 12-Step Meetings and my awesome new sponsor 4. Meditation and prayer 5. Melanie Peters for the time and energy she gives as our Community Manager and site administrator.
If you have read or listened to 29 Gifts, you know I struggle with mental health challenges. Depression, anxiety, and insomnia have been my companions since I was a young child. I have been clinically diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder. I am also an addict/alcoholic in recovery. I live with Multiple Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia, so physical pain, fatigue, cognitive problems and other disturbing symptoms hound me.
I had my first panic attack when I was eight. I was in the back seat of our old Suburban with my two sisters. My dad was driving us into the Rocky Mountains for a vacation in Estes Park, Colorado. It was snowing and it was dark out. The only thing I could see was the blowing white flakes and the steep drop off the side of the mountain on my left side. I started to cry frantically and hyperventilate. My heart raced and pounded, I started to sweat and I felt crippled.
I still have panic attacks, but I have learned how to redirect my thinking toward more positive patterns. I breathe deep, belly breaths and focus on the feeling of unconditional love.
I have to work hard to stay sane. I need therapy, medications, group therapy or 12-step meetings and lots of supportive friends and family. I also need creativity flowing, yoga, walking and eating healthy.
I try to resist the urge to throw myself a pity party when I am triggered. Setting up camp in anger, resentment or fear always leads to emotional unrest. Instead, I focus on gratitude, love, abundance, serenity and joy.
What are you grateful for? Comment on this post and tell me one or more things you are thankful for today.
It is easy to be grateful with so many wonderful people in my life. :) Five things I am grateful for are: freedom, opportunities for education, books, chocolate cheesecake, and the ability to watch the sun rise and set each day.
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. 1 Make a Gratitude list daily 2 Say "Yes" to friendship and let people know you care with kind words 3 Give someone a meaningful compliment 4 Share an article or story with about gratitude here at www.29gifts.org 5 Give a gift certificate or refer someone to a business, service or product -- like books, art and more 6 Bake or cook something special and yummy and share it 7 Make a donation in the appreciated person's honor or to their favorite charity 8 Start a Gratitude journal 9 Write thank you notes, letters and send cards 10 Text a thank you message 11 Pray for people 12 Gift a beautiful flower, rock, or shell 13 Bring someone a coffee, water, tea, soda 14 Do something nice for a stranger anonymously 15 Smile at everyone you see. 16 Forgive yourself, and someone you resent 17 Do something for a friend that is unexpected 18 Do a Gratitude Meditation - there are thousands on YouTube 19 Be free and enjoy our great giveaways 20 Give peaceful voicemail messages 21 Give someone a nice note -- use our free Gift Tags or if Notes Cards in the Documents section 22 Share an article or story with about gratitude and let friends know that is how they make you feel 23 Give joy. Practice doing things that make you happy 24 Give a hug, Embrace yourself if you have nobody to hug. 25 Give love, Tell people you love them, 26 Give a hand shake and the gift of friendship 27 Say Thank You as many times as possible 28 Do something nice for yourself 29 Do something kind anonymously
Enjoy sharing your own giving ideas here by commenting on this post.and sign up at www.29gifts.org. Go Gratitude.
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The most common reply I get when I invite someone to sign up on 29 Gifts and commit to give their 29 Gifts is, "I'm TOO busy. There's TOO MUCH on my plate already. I can't add one more thing to my daily 'TO DO' list."
The intention of this project is to help people become more conscious and learn to celebrate the gifts they ALREADY give everyday. That book you read to your little girl last night before bed; that's a gift. The dinner you whipped up the other evening for your next door neighbor; yep, that's a gift too. Showing up to work without complaining and doing your job well; you guessed it, it's a gift. It all "counts."
It's hard for people to believe that they actually don't have to add ANYTHING to their daily to do list to successfully complete this Challenge. All that's needed is a shift in perception so you're mindful of the gifts you offer to the world.
If you WANT to share about your experience publicly on our website, we encourage that. It will help you stay conscious if you do so. But other than spending thirty seconds to set up your profile, participating on the community website is 100% optional.
My personal opinion is that when I'm telling myself I'm too busy to say yes to something I want to try; I am in a scarcity mindset. It's totally cool if I say, "I don't want to do that because I'm not interested." Great. I made a choice to say no to something because I don't want to do it.
But if I'm thinking or saying, "That sounds interesting. I'd maybe like to try it but I don't have enough time, money, energy..." I am holding a very limiting belief that is blocking the flow of energy in my life.
I estimate approximately 50,000 people have heard about this project based on book sales, media attention and viral activity we can track in very rudimentary ways. I wonder what percentage of people *wanted* to say yes, but couldn't because of their scarcity mindset?
TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE SAID YES AND SIGNED UP: Congratulations on being open and willing to accept abundance into your life! I predict you will be the recipient of COUNTLESS gifts.
If you'd like to support 29 Gifts in our mission to revive the giving spirit in the world, invite some friends to join you here at www.29gifts.org. Share a giving story, photograph, or upgrade your membership to contribute a voluntary membership fee.
We are practicing Self-Love and Self-Care this month. I have been observing my thoughts and realize I have a lot of negative thought patterns. This 29 Gifts Challenge is about progress, not perfection. Give yourself a break and forgive yourself today. Check out https://my.happify.com/hd/6-ways-to-forgive-yourself/
Please send prayers and healing energy to California. Mother Nature is expressing herself in an angry outbreak of more than 15 wild fires. I have close friends--a family of four--in Santa Rosa who evacuated on foot and barely made it out alive. They lost their home and were not able to save any belongings. Some friends are starting a fund raiser for this family so I will share that information soon. I am terrified by the destructive force of fire, but understand it is Mother Nature's way of purging.
GIVE AND GET HAPPY 29Gifts.org member and travel blogger, Jennifer Schlueter, tells us how the 29 Day Giving Challenge helped make her happier. Watch and share her video http://www.discoveringlegacies.com/29gifts
GREAT BOOK GIVEAWAY Kimberly Arms Shirk defied all odds as she survived being severely burned and nearly killed by 13,000 volt electrical line accident and today tells her story of determination and hope in "Remote Fears and Silver Linings." For your chance to win a copy of Kimberly’s book, comment on the Great Giveaways Discussion Board before October 28th. Winner will be announced on October 29th.
PERSONAL ESSAY SUBMISSIONS WANTED 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
SUPPORT 29 GIFTS Giving is our goal at 29 Gifts. To help in our mission you can support 29 Gifts by upgrading your membership. 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.