Gift giving is one of my favorite things. Of all time. Ever. I love making gifts. Wrapping them. Sneaking them to the recipient. Never telling how I knew it was what they wanted or how I got it without them knowing. No, these secrets must be kept sacred.
I'm not much for wandering isles hoping to find something that will do as a gift. I MUCH prefer thinking of the person, who they are, what they mean to me, what I might give them that they never knew they wanted before they held it in their hands (assuming I'm as smart as I think I am). I gather ideas and pieces in little sacred piles in my mind and in my house and when the pile has whispered to me that it is complete, I find the perfect box and go about puzzlepieceing the components. Usually. Sometimes the gift isn't something that can fit in a box. Sometimes it's a letter of appreciation. Sometimes it's lunch out. Sometimes it's encouragement. I try to give these things and want to give them so much more. Even gifts to myself once in a while (like time with friends too-long-not-seen next month. My heart could burst with excitment!!).
To me, the most radiant gifts are those that call to a softer, sweeter, more exuberant life of the recipent. That honor the creative impulses within tight schedules and to-do lists and foster a sort of enthusiasm for life that was likely there already but that could always be revitalized with a little shot in the arm. And so it is in that vein that I'm doing a little gift giving with you, my treasured readers. I want you all to feel the energy of creativity and inspiration for the coming new year. (I'm working up a good long read about resolutions I'll share with you soon...why I don't do them at the new year and why I love doing them whenever I want. How they can be a whack in the shins with baseball bat and how they can be the deep breath you didn't know you needed. They are a blessing and a curse and it's all about perspective.)
I'll cut to the chase. There are many awesome online classes in the ethers these days. So many promising and inspiring options!! (I never cease to be amazed at the marvelous tool the internet can be!) This week, I've picked three of my current favorites that I will be giving away a seat each in.
First, there's a goofball who breathes in too much mountain dust and snow to be classified as completely sane...which is probably why his ideas are all so whackily cool. Micheal deMeng is offering a super approachable mini course that will demystify his paint techniques. The first session of his new Art Labratory series of online classes is called "Color Washes" and looks to be a smashing good time. Guaranteed you'll find a bagillion different applications for his paint alchemy! I'll be giving away a seat in his class along with his cool new colorfan of washes.
And lastly, my "Shifting Ground" e-course is what has my heart these days. I'm constantly scribbling notes and ideas and inspiration for the journal-keeping focused workshop. It is not a superficial class though I will present all material in an uplifting and inspiring manner. It is a deep exploration into soul work. The good, bad and ugly will all be warmed in the light of inquiry and I will present so much food for thought, so much for you to take to the page and converse with, to get clear on. I will be giving away two spots in this class - one for you and one for a friend.
All you need to do is leave a comment here. Tell me what you would give if you could give anything to any one. The sky is the limit. Don't be shy! I'll enter each person who has commented into the random drawing. On Thursday, December 23rd, I will announce the winners and hook you up with your new adventure!
There you have it! Three gifts at once! Be prepared to be surprised!
note: all winners and class selections will be chosen randomly. You will get the one you were meant to get.