30 Day Giving Challenge

I listened to about half of Cami Walker’s 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life 29 Gifts on Audible this Spring. It was recommended by Jen Sincero in You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.

I estimate that I give a lot regularly, so I haven’t made a study of it. But the idea was coming back.

Day 1: Yesterday I decided to drop the price on an upright freezer I was selling online and get rid of it already! So, when one of my potential buyers asked if I’d be willing to donate it to the Girls Scouts, I said yes. Another buyer came by before the Girl Scouts. They left without buying, saying they’d get back to me.

The freezer was still here when the Girl Scouts Ranger showed up to collect it. I was thrilled: it was my lucky day and I got to start my thirty days off with a gift I couldn’t have imagined!

Day 2: Today I gave my three youngest kids a trip to the swimming pool for an hour. I don’t love the pool (although I do love taking photos of “the littles” poolside), and spending a couple of hours at the pool is all about them.

As I parked the car the thunder rolled into the area and we didn’t even have a chance to get out of the vehicle. It was 86 degrees and sunny. The tears started. The three-year old said “Look at me! These are real tears, Mom! I’m not fake crying!”

We drove home past Burger King, where I tried to soften the blow with ice cream and french fries. I promised to try again after their dad got home from work.

We got there again around 6:00 p.m. We were able to swim for 25 minutes before distant thunder rumbled through again. We were able to play in the sand pit until 7:00 p.m. It was far from perfect, but an hour at the pool today was my second gift.

I’ll put up a short list at the end of the 30 days.



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