It's heeeeeere: the official start of the holiday season. From now until the end of the year it's probably going to be go-go-go for most of you. Places to go; people to see; parties to be partied. Yes, it can be very hectic, but let's not kid ourselves — it's an awful lot of fun as well. Plus, before you know it, it'll all be over and the January chill will be knocking on your door. Maybe we can all try to be in the moment as much as possible through this season so that we can fully appreciate the time spent with family, friends, and loved ones. Oh, and let's not forget about gifts! If you're anything like me, giving presents is just as wonderful as receiving them...maybe even more so. But, there's actually another kind of giving that gets me the MOST excited this time of year — a kind of giving that deals in gestures both large and small, and that gives back in the most amazingly resonant ways. If you've been following this blog for a while, you probably know that I'm talking about our 29-Day Giving Challenge.
I know, I know — it's been a while. And, wow, a lot has happened in the meantime. On a personal level, I'm a new mom and it's been one of the most amazing, beautiful, and — yes — tiring experiences of my life. My husband and I couldn't have asked for a more precious gift than our daughter, Zoe, and our time with her has been an extraordinary adventure, so far. We can't wait for everything that's still to come.
How many times, over the course of your life, have you heard the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day referred to as “The Season of Giving?” We’ve all participated in this metaphorical season in some capacity or another – usually by giving gifts to friends and loved ones. And as anyone knows, the best part about this ritual is seeing someone light up when a gift that you’ve given them really strikes a chord. It’s actually better than getting gifts (okay…most of the time!). Well, recently, I came across something that inspired me to take the idea of giving to another level and I decided that this would be the perfect time to do so, essentially making “The Season of Giving” earn its name. I want to introduce you to Capes Coaching’s 29-Day Giving Challenge.