I went to bed last night around 11:30pm, exhausted from a day of cooking & eating, and simultaneously hyped up on coffee & sugar. In an effort to quiet my mind for a bit (and by "a bit," I mean until 4am, when I woke up to go shopping), I picked up an issue of Body + Soul magazine. This particular issue (which is upstairs...and I'm too lazy to go see what month) had an article about Cami Walker, the author & founder of the 29 Gifts Challenge. It was inspiring, and intriguing, and frankly...one of those moments when the universe knocks you upside the head & says "now what are you going to do about it?".
I love this idea, particularly at this time of year. It's a reminder to be mindful about giving. It's a reminder that giving doesn't always involve wrapping paper & bows. It's a reminder that abundance is about giving and receiving. So. I bought the book. I signed up for the challenge online. I told the family the plan...and they're all on board. I love that by starting my challenge today, the 29th day will be Christmas Day.
Today, my gifts included...
*a crate of books for the school where my MIL works
*a calendar for my MIL
*a book for Hope that she expected to buy for herself