I read Cami's book and decided to begin the 29-Day Challenge back in February of last year while I was in my first trimester of my pregnancy, my husband away at ARMY training, and my 1st year of teaching. I didn't make it to Day 2.
I have committed to starting this journey again. I am at a very different point in my life. I am a stay-at-home mama to my beautiful 10-month old baby, living on a military base 8 hours away from all of my family and friends, trying to be supportive of my husband's military endeavors.
I do not have any close friends here. In fact, I hardly ever leave the house. I realize that this isolation is only feeding the darkness and uselessness I feel. So, I am taking on this challenge again.
I started my day with the committment, and the affirmation that I will "give abundantly." That is just what came to my heart when I woke up.
I kept waiting to see what I would be able to give today. I woke up energized, and that lasted all of 20 minutes. I was very lethargic, and felt very sad today. By the time my husband came home from work at 5:00, I thought that this Challenge would have to wait for another day, because I did not see any opportunity for any gift I could give.
After a dinner at Chipotle ( a treat for us to eat out!), I went on Craigslist. I do this often to see jobs and pets in the area. ( Another story for another post). I saw a job listing for an online news reporter. My husband's battle buddy's wife is having a very difficult transition to our post, and is a recent graduate with a degree in broadcast journalism. Being in a small town compared to California, where she is from, the opportunities are very limited. I called her to tell her about the opportunity.
After talking with her, I realized that this was my gift of the day.- Telling a friend about a job opportunity in the area. It definitely was not of the grand scale like I had planned. And, then I realized that maybe that is what I was supposed to receive from giving that gift. That not all gifts are elaborate. It made me realize that maybe all of the little things I do each day are not so mundane after all.
Today I am thankful for:
1. The opportunity to start over
2. Chipotle burritos
3. Clean sheets
Ready for Day 2 : )