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Plant a Kiss, Too!

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In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s work,18 bloggers set out to “Plant a Kiss” in the world on April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen!

Today all of us are posting about that experience.  

Plant a Kiss Blog Hop Party

This was my second Plant a Kiss celebration.  Last year I met with a few local creatives to make a labyrinth on the beach for others to find. It was one of the highlights of 2012 for me.  This year, I wanted my kiss to keep the same spirit of celebration but knew I would be celebrating on the coat tails of a long journey that took me up the middle of the U.S. and back again over three weeks.  I made self-care a priority for the day, but balanced that with a deep desire to share myself with others in a meaningful way. Since GIFT is my word for the year, I wanted my Kiss to be about giving.

The target for sharing my kiss this year was on the other side of the North Atlantic Ocean in Guinea, West Africa.  If you have looked around on my website, you may have discovered The Benkadi Project page I have dedicated to work being done in the capital city of Conakry and in rural villages there.  I didn’t pick the Benkadi Project out of a book or by running my finger across a map to choose a place. I chose it because I met a man, Fodé Cameron, and a woman, Helen Bond, last Summer who are doing beautiful work there and I wanted to somehow be part of what they were doing.

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On my trip to Wisconsin, I stayed with her….Helen Bond.  As luck would have it, my travels took me to her area on a day when she was hosting an event to help build biosand filter units for families through her non-profit, The Benkadi Project.  The event featured West African drumming and provided education about the work they were doing.  The Benkadi Project was planting major kisses that night by being one shy of reaching their financial goal to build 50 units.  The water treatment will serve 50 families of 10 people for 10 years.  That is 1,825,000 days of clean drinking water.  I adored getting to be part of that!

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For Plant a Kiss Day, I celebrated the good will I got to be part of and sent well wishes in the form of a meditation to Helen and the team she will be taking to Guinea later this week.  As part of my celebration, I lit a candle and spent some time playing a drum that was made by Fodé.  I also spent the day drinking water mindfully, being grateful for the easy with which it arrives to me anytime I need it and for the fact that it is safe and satisfying.

This year’s Plant a Kiss was very simple, but I think that is the beauty of giving.  It can be just a thought, a wish, a prayer or can be traveling across an ocean to make a difference.  It is amazing the feeling of love it can bring to your heart when it is based in genuine caring.  I think that is probably why it is called Plant a KISS.

If you found your way to this page or have been hopping along visiting others who are part of the Plant a Kiss party, I would like to encourage you to thing of some way you can Plant a Kiss, too.  Close your eyes right now and invite a simple act of giving to come into your heart.  Let your mind work out an easy way to implement that, then join us!  Let’s make the world a bit love laden today.

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If you would like to know more about The Benkadi Project, you can….

Get the Details of the Water Initiative

Follow Benkadi Project on Facebook

Become a Supporter

Read a Past Newsletter

Visit Plant a Kiss 2013 where you can find links to all of the participating bloggers and hop around to see how each woman was uniquely inspired to celebrate Plant a Kiss Day.

Special thanks to Sherry Richert Belul of Simply Celebrate for inviting me to be part of this event, I have felt blessed by it!

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Radio Show {Take Two}

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Two weeks ago, I was a guest on Lucid Waking radio show.  Several friends wrote in to say they were not able to get the link to work, so I am reposting some of the details about the event.  It might be better timing for some of you to listen as we get deeper into the holidays.

By listening to The Spirit of Giving interview, you will discover….

  • the dynamics of giving
  • how to avoid giving burn out
  • when not to give
  • how to expand the gifts you have available
  • how giving leads to getting

Special thanks to my dear friend and partner in giving, Jessica of Hearth Roots.  She has been a great sounding board for my giving  journey and has blessed me by sharing her own.  That kind of sharing is really at the heart of the Spirit of Giving.

Lucid Waking Radio….click to listen.

 

Spirit of Giving with Lucid Waking Radio

I had a great time sharing my story about the Spirit of Giving last night with Rev. Shar of Lucid Waking Radio.  A few months ago I had an epiphany about what giving meant to me.  I would love to share it with you in more detail. WHY?  Because giving in this way has brought me more joy than I have felt my entire life….ever.  And if my experience and what I have learned could bring some higher level of joy to you, that would be an even bigger gift.

Speaking of gifts, I make a special offer on the call that I would love to share with you. 

By listening to The Spirit of Giving interview, you will discover….

  • the dynamics of giving
  • how to avoid giving burn out
  • when not to give
  • how to expand the gifts you have available
  • how giving leads to getting

Special thanks to my dear friend and partner in giving, Jessica of Hearth Roots.  She has been a great sounding board for my giving  journey and has blessed me by sharing her own.  That kind of sharing is really at the heart of the Spirit of Giving.

 

 

Creativity Tribe is celebrating YOU!

About two weeks ago, I had an epiphany…a HUGE AH-HA!  And my epiphany spurred my dear friend Jessica of Hearth Roots to have a ricochet epiphany! We both had strong callings to explore a spirit of giving in our lives.  We have been visiting with each other about the effects of exploring giving and that has brought new layers of excitement to our new practices.

I have decided to explore what GIFT means to me this year.  It will be my One Little Word for 2013.  But I didn’t want to wait til the new year to practice giving in big ways.  So, I am going to get my gift giving jive on by giving away an e-course I had originally listed on Etsy about a month ago.  I have reworked it so that instead of a course, it is now a party with more goodies, with lots of creative hands coming together to offer YOU a gift for the holidays!

That’s right, I have been busy planning a holiday party. It is my very favorite event of the year…and I have been doing it for years!  This time, I decided to go big…I mean really big.  Like WORLD WIDE.

The StressLess Holiday Cheer Party
Kicks off December 7th… the First Friday in December
Register for this FREE Creativity Tribe Event and receive your party package beginning December the 7th via email.

Your party package will include…

  • the back story for how the StressLess Holiday Cheer Party got started.
  • DIY instructions for creating the main project of the event, an intentional art candle designed to help you set your personal focus for what is important during the holidays.
  • a guided meditation to assist you in setting your intention for the upcoming holidays.
  • a list of ideas for easily incorporating the intentional art candle into your daily life to help battle the chaos and busi-ness of the holidays.
  • examples of candles created during other  intentional candle parties of the past.
  • notes of encouragement from the Creativity Tribe Cheer Squad who want to support your efforts to stay focused on your intentions this holiday season.
  • weekly Holiday Cheer spirit boosters to help you stay on track with your intention into the new year.

StressLess Holiday Cheer Party: Give Yourself the Gift of Peace

Get your name of the VIP list for the end of the year party all the Creatives are talking about!
The course kicks off December 7th with goodies coming your way for a few day into the New Year! 
If you know someone who could use a little holiday cheer, feel free to share this page with them. The more the merrier!

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Speaking of gifts….AEDM has been a HUGE gift to my life. I want to thank my fellow artists and Leah for spinning this beautiful energy with me this month.  I look forward to the last couple of days like a coveted dessert!

Found this sweet little cast iron piece today tucked into a window at the antique shop.

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