I haven't been keeping up with this as much as I wanted to, but my goal is to get better at it!
Now that I'm on my 15th day of giving I can easily say that this has made a huge impact for me. I am not sure if I have been "receiving" anything differently but I think my appreciation for the little things have changed. Things like, time to myself, listening to good/happy music, enjoying the nice weather outside, running, reading, and spending time w/ quality people are all things I took for granted at times. However, while being part of this challenge, little things like I mentioned above have been the gifts that I've been receiving and appreciating. Day 13 and 14 have been simple gifts from me. I wanted to give my time to others and be a part of the little thing in their day they could appreciate.
On Day 13 I received a box of cookies from a client thanking me for all the work I've done. I left 1 of the boxes on my pregnant coworker's desk and the other in the kitchen for everyone to have some. (I did keep one box for myself :P) I also had my midyear review for work and had a great meeting with my manager. We spent an hour in her office discussing my performance and she gifted me with so many kind words. I also took that time to let her know how much I appreciate her in my work life and am certain I would not be where I was without her. She has pushed me so much these past 6 months at tasks that are very much out of my comfort zone. Many times I was afraid I would fail but she kept right at it. In the end, she was right and I needed the challenge. I appreciate her so much and knew that I needed to let her know. Last but not least, that evening I was watching the news and heard about a young girl named Rachel who wanted her friends to donate money for her 9th birthday to freshwater projects in developing nations. She wanted to raise 300 dollars. Rachel died in a car crash recently and her mom decided to make this donation nationwide. Right now the amount raised is $560,504.00. Hearing about this really inspired me. How many people, especial 9 years old, would opt out on gifts to raise money? It is apparent that she was very selfless and had a very big heart. It's a tragic to see such a wonderful human being losing their life. However, her spirit still stays here! I'm glad I could be a part of this by donating a merely 9 dollars.
I also made plans with my friend to meet at lunch because she has been stressing out a little about work and home. I wasn't sure if I could give her the right advice but realized quickly that all she needed were two listening ears. She is in the process of buying a home but is a little torn. I told her I would go with her to see the house that evening. The house is AMAZING! I think the reinsurance that she got from me and even her parents made her feel a lot better with the decision. A bonus point - she will be just 1/5 miles from me :)
I went to dinner w/ her and her family and it really made me miss mine so I gave my parents a call just to say hi!
Today is Day 15 of my giving challenge and I already have a list of ideas for gifts to give :)