Love on People

The Giving Challenge- Day #39 and #40

Do you ever have one of those days where you run from appointment to appointment and the entire day you feel like you’re forgetting something but can't quite remember what?

That was me yesterday.

I rolled out of bed at 6:15 for a 7:00 appointment with my trainer. Hence the reason I'm looking mighty fine in the picture. Those training days come early and girl got no time to do hair and makeup. It's come as you are. Workout hard and move along.

From there, God bless my client Harold, he met me for breakfast after my workout. Isn't it great when people love you as you are?

Harold is my longest client. I originally showed up at his office eight years ago to help him get organized. Then he hired me as his coach. Every week we meet for 30 minutes to work on his goals. Did I mention Harold is 70 something?

Can I be like him when I'm older?

Still working full-time and always working to improve himself, setting and accomplishing goals.

For years he talked about starting a foundation in memory of his daughter. It was a big goal for him.

And guess what?

He did it! With help of friends and family, he started the Cheryl Lyn Welter Family Charitable Foundation. They raise funds to help local schools pay for much-needed items.

Yesterday we not only met for breakfast but he also bought a stack of copies of The Giving Challenge to give to donors of the foundation.

I'm ecstatic for the message of simple ways to give continues to spread and the book is being used in a variety of ways.

As I was checking out I noticed fun strawberry lemonade cupcakes decorated in pinks and yellows with lots of sprinkles. I picked up two. A gift for my neighbor girls.

I sped home, hopped in the shower and attended back to back calls until late afternoon.

Back in the car and a 30-minute drive I arrived at the chiropractor. While I was getting therapy I remembered I was within ten minutes of our favorite rib place. I finished therapy and drove over and picked up two slabs of ribs. A great surprise for the hubby.

On the way home I called to chat with my mom. I think we'd go the whole week without talking. When I arrived home I said my goodbyes and bounced down the stairs to cuddle with the hubby for a little while. I fell asleep.

When I awoke the ribs were cooking and we enjoyed a nice meal. At 8:00 I walked upstairs to snuggle under the covers and get a little reading in. By 9:00 it was lights out. I really didn't have a choice. I think I read the same page eight times.

I woke up this morning and you know my first thought? I forgot to post a Giving challenge yesterday! I'd given in various ways throughout the day but totally forgot to post.

So here I am on a Saturday reliving my Friday for you all to explain that sometimes I'm so involved in living and giving (and sleeping) that things on my list just don't get done. I could beat myself up over missing a day, and as a recovering perfectionist, I'm tempted to do so but I'm not going to.

So today I've decided I'm wrapping up The Giving Challenge. The last three days wrapped into one. Why? I don't want to spend Easter Sunday on social media.

So here is the final challenge. Love on people. Everyone you encounter today and tomorrow. Greet them with and show them, love. That includes yourself. Sounds simple but there are many people that cross our path that are hard to love. Love those people more!

It's my sincere hope the last 40-Days you've given a little more. That you found ways to make a difference that maybe you would have past up prior to the challenge. Did you become more aware of those surrounding you? Maybe you became a little less judgmental and more patient.

It's my desire that you continue on this Giving journey, looking for ways to give each and every day. If you haven't already, feel free to join my Giving Challenge group.

Thank you for your love, support and engagement over the past 40 days. It's been a joy.

Happy Easter. John 3:16

Blessings,

Stephanie

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About the Author:

Stephanie Jones and her husband, Mike, live in Northwest, IN and enjoy lake life and travel. Stephanie is the author of The Giving Challenge-40 Days to a More Generous Life (on sale NOW!), a speaker, life success coach, and a daily giver. Stephanie empowers people to change their life through giving.

You can contact Stephanie by email at Stephanie@GivingGal.com

 

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