My 28th & 29th Gifts
I made it!! I am so thankful for this challenge. I thought I would begin today with all that I have learnt over these past 29 days….
One of the things I have learned at uni is that it is really valuable to give children specific praise and feedback. That was my gift and intention today. What a wonderful learning experience this was – everyone loves praise, it feels good, it motivates and it builds confidence. Rather than a simple “good work” I made sure that I told the children “why” their work was good. For example:
Well done – I really love the questions you have created. It shows me that you listened and you really understood the task. Plus you used the “who, what, when, where, why & how” question prompts which means you are going to get some really good information for your report
What I observed is when I gave the children specific feedback it made them feel proud of their work, they took more ownership and it really motivated them. It was really enjoyable seeing them so eager to do well and excited to show their work.
That evening I picked up my best friend, we went out to dinner and a movie and had a wonderful big chat. It was such a great way to end a busy first week at school.
Today my husband and I had a big cleanout of our wardrobe, the result: -
2 garbage bags full to go to my Dad to use as rags when working with his machinery
2 garbage bags full to donate to charity
We both tried to be ‘ruthless’ with our giving. Kristen is very sentimental and likes holding onto things and there are some items that I’ve been holding onto too. When we got a little stuck I posed the question “ok – if we were going out with friends tonight would you want to wear that?” if the answer were no, we decided to let it go!
We also reorganised all of our drawers – what a wonderful feeling to be able to open them, find what we are looking for and we actually have room to put clothes away now!! Bonus
Later in the day we had friends visit us from Sydney (we met them on a trip to Bali – the day I purchased the 29 gifts book actually). They were visiting theme parks close to our house, we offered to pick them up and drive them up Mount Tamborine – where we had coffee and a bite to eat. We then drove them to their apartment, so they could shower and change, then we went out to our favourite Tepanyaki restaurant for dinner. Their friendship is a gift, I love the feeling when you meet new people, you click and get along like you’ve been friends for years. (Last night we were reminiscing about how we all met - I offered to take a photo for them...a kind gesture resulted in a great friendship!!). They are in the process of buying an apartment in Sydney and we’ve been invited down for a holiday later this year!
Finally I would like to thank everyone for your lovely comments along my giving journey – I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to share in this experience with me and I have really enjoyed your kind words and encouragement.
Also – Thank you to Cami for having the courage to write what I now consider to be the best book I’ve read! And for the inspiration to create this website so we can all share our giving experiences!
I’m sending love, happiness and blessings to you all!!