As she arrived at our house for a party, my stepdaughter, Briana, grabbed my arm and said, "We need to get a picture of this!". She was wearing the bracelet I had made for her and the ring we had created for her. I was wearing the coin ring my sister, Dorie, and a bracelet from my blog friend, Tamera Beardsley. I love this image! It reminds me of how much fun we had that day, hosting her Grandfather's 90th birthday party and a family reunion together. It also goes to show that stepmoms and stepdaughters can share similar style. What goes around comes around...and therein lies the fine art of generosity.
Generosity has been on my mind this week. I spent a couple of days helping with styling for Upgraded Living Magazine and the annual makeover edition. Claudia and the stylish staff at Mecca Salon spent the day generously primping and pampering a makeover nominee. At Montana Blues, Kathi Balasek donated an entire outfit to the deserving young woman she styled. These Chico business women, and all the others who participated, are the definition of generous in our community.
Two weeks ago I had the fun of sharing a giveaway from my here on my blog. Dale Janee generously offered to add one of her Savvy Sleepers to the giveaway. As I was publishing the post on my giveaway, I received a message from Sandy at 'You May Be Wandering' that I had won her giveaway of a luxury EMME travel bag! In the end, Nicole won my giveaway on rafflecopter, and combined my gift card and her cash to purchase a pendant necklace that Scott and I handcrafted from stones we found in Spain (where Dale was traveling just last weekend!). It's really a small world in blogging sometimes, isn't it?
Last week we spent a decadent evening with dear friends. Mike and Mel hosted a gourmet dinner, complete with luxe tablescape, individual menus, gourmet courses prepared by 'chef' Mike, and all the finest details. When we asked what we could bring they said "Nothing but yourselves!" (maybe a bottle of prosecco). We enjoyed meaningful conversation, laughter and the fine art of generosity in friendship.
My favorite work day each year falls on the 'Winter Feast' event, hosted by our Adult Transition Program, where I am fortunate to serve as the School Psychologist. It's such a joy to see their happy faces decorating the classrooms, cooking and baking, and later serving a hearty meal and performing for their families, board members, administrators and community partners. Generosity is alive and well in the hearts of our inspiring students and their dedicated teachers.
As of today I'm off work for the next two weeks and I couldn't be more excited! I think the best way to kick off our holiday vacation is with a party to celebrate my hard-working teams. We will be making some merry at our house tonight! It's my small way of giving back to my teachers, clinicians and administrators, who are so generous with the students and their families.
Generosity is not about big spending or extravagant gestures. Most simply it comes from a desire to share with others from a generous heart. I see the fine art being practiced in life, and in our blogging community, on a daily basis and I'm touched by that. I sometimes see a lack of generosity and I think it's unfortunate, perhaps a missed opportunity for doing good for others and ourselves. When in doubt, I hope to always fall on the side of giving, and I can imagine you feel the same. Let's continue to share and support each other, in life and in blogging, by practicing this fine art. In the end, what goes around comes around, and I hope it's an unbreakable chain of generosity, especially during the holiday season.
Are you practicing the fine art of generosity during the holidays or
have you felt the lack of generosity?
Have you seen its beauty in action like I have?