I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘commitment’ lately, synonymous with the word ‘promise’. I’ll be the first to admit that committing to the 29 Gifts Challenge is hard. We all struggle through it. I remember how much easier it was during my first giving cycle; I was miserable and desperately seeking change in my life. (That was a great motivator.) One evening, towards the end of my first 29 days, I nearly had a panic attack when I remembered that I hadn’t yet given. Luckily, I was at 12-Step Meeting at the time and the opportunity to give money presented itself. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how glad I was to be able to give my three dollars that day. Have you ever forgotten your give? If so, share you thoughts on this discussion thread: What To Do If You Forget To Give?’
My mom recently suggested that I re-commit to giving and start on Day One. I have been sick for two months and am under INTENSE financial stress. I am re-commiting to start a new cycle October 10th, and hope you will all join me. When we fully commit to something, often God steps in to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Most who read my blog know I’ve been divorced from my ex Mark for two years now. I’ve lived in Denver, Colorado since we split up and began dating my wonderful boyfriend, Kevin last September. I proposed to Kevin recently and he said YES. On Tuesday (between dr visits) we bought rings and went to the court house to make our commitment with our sweet 84-year-old-friend, Lucy as our bridesmaid. It was her first time being a bridesmaid!
We would love congrats cards sent to the 29 Gifts Corporate Headquarters: PO Box 686, Kimball, NE 69145
We don’t need gifts, and will not register anywhere. If you WANT to send something, we’ll make this easy on you: We are two adults living in a one-bedroom house. We have plenty of stuff. We could use a sofa (the one we have hurts to sit on) and we would like to put a garden in our new back yard. So, think GIFT CARDS from Home Depot, IKEA, West Elm or Target. Honestly, the best gift of all would be prayers and happy wishes from you all. Post comments on this discussion to offer congrats and any marital advice for me. Lord knows my first marriage didn't end ideally. My mom will forward cards sent to the 29 Gifts Nebraska Address Above.
So Let's all take a cue from my mom and re-commit to giving Oct 1-29 and do it together. As 29Gifts.org Community Manager Deb says, "Giving is LIVING!"
Quick Personal Health Update: I had to cancel my Canada trip. Have been at the ER four times in ten days and just got admitted at St Luke's Hospital in Denver to be get my health stable. I got bad news about my MRIs done yesterday and will need to go back on all my medication -- which means pregnancy won't happen for me and I am heartbroken. I would love all the prayers and positive energy that you can send--and all the encouraging comments you can post on this blog string. Please do not email me. It stresses me out when I get tons of email, even when it is nice things. I would love cards sent to the 29 Gifts Headquarters PO Box 686, Kimball, NE 69145 or leave your well wishes here as a comment. Thank you for all of your love, concern and support.
29 GIFTS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
In October, 29Gifters focus on Breast Cancer Awareness: join us as we think Pink for the entire month.
MORE 29 GIFTS NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Teen Group and Story Contest winner is Estefania. If you are age 13-19, join our teen group Teen Group. connect with other young people who are giving and living each day in the 29 Gifts Teen Group.
29Gifts.org Marj @ Large MS Bike Team. UPDATE: Even though the ride is over, you can STILL lend support to fellow 29 Gifter Marjorie's MS Bike Team –the exceeded their of $40,000 fund raising goal! Give What YOU Can and help team Marj@Large and 29Gifts.org create a world free of MS.
RECIPES NEEDED! We are creating a community cookbook and YOU are invited to submit recipes. The book will be called, 29 Gifts Cookbook: 129 Quick, Healthy Recipes That Are Good for the Soul and sales of the ebook will fund our new 29 Gifts Hunger Mission Project. Get submission details here.
HELP WANTED. Looking for a new way to be of service? Please leave a comment HERE if you would like to volunteer on our Special Events Team. We need lots of help organizing, promoting and executing upcoming events where I will be speaking. We hope to book other appearances and group giving events in the same cities. We also need assistance from someone who has implemented successful webinars and teleseminars.
Pittsburgh, PA on Nov 9th: Keynote West PA MS Society Annual Meeting
Dallas, TX Nov 11th: Keynote MS Society Women on the Move Luncheon
Baton Rouge, LA Feb 15th: Power of Giving Workshop at St. Joseph's Academy
Good Giving Today,
Cami Walker, 29Gifts.org Founder and Chief Evangelist
Weekly Wise Words “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. The moment one definitely commits oneself, providence moves too. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." -- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von