Thanks to 30 wonderful, generous, talented and OH SO kind women i have the HUGE pleasure and BIG joy of celebrating my 40'th birthday (which is on the 24'th) together with you all with having a feast of giving in here!
Every single day this month there will be given a new gift, made by one of these 30 giving and generous people. Together with each gift you will also get the pleasure of getting to know a bit about the maker/giver through some questions that they have answered. It has been such a blessing for me to read their sharings, i know you will LOVE it too!
Each gift post will be open for 5 days and the winner will be announced in here on the following day. Everyone are welcome to enter, the gifts will gladly be sent world wide.
I am so deeply touched by all the goodness, the blessings, that all of you who i have come to know through my blog, have gifted me so i can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday...*smiling...
Vibeke: Are there a specific gift from your childhood that you will never forget?
Alicia: This wasn’t something that I had wanted for a long time, it was more the unexpectedness of the gift that was such a sweet gesture - I always think of it, the skip-it. It was an odd plastic toy that had a loop for your foot on one end and a weighted ball on the other end. The purpose was to see how many times you could skip the weighted ball. It even had a counter to keep track. I remember watching that commercial of an ecstatic girl with her hot pink skip-it over and over again on tv commercials - each time wanting it more and more. I don’t remember directly telling my mom I wanted it - because I was raised very simply and we didn’t want for much. One day - it wasn’t any special day - my mom picked me up from school and when we pulled into the driveway she pulled the hot pink skip-it from the back seat of the car. I was so shocked/excited/thrilled I still remember the moment.
Vibeke: What are the most cherished gift that you have ever been given, and who was it from?
Alicia: I was recently asked this question by a friend - trying to think of a heirloom that had been gifted to me - because that’s what most people seem to mention but I couldn't think of anything. So I thought about something that I was given to me with lots of love and I immediately thought about the kindness of strangers. It is a gift I have received more times that I can count in my lifetime. I am a self-proclaimed nomad, I wander, I explore, I seek - new surrounds - new environments - finding myself in places - lost - unknown - and sure enough when I least expect it and need it the most someone offers me love, support, food, a bed, or a beautiful lesson.
Vibeke: Have you ever, as a child and/or a grown up, secretly opened a gift before you were "allowed" and wrapped it carefully back in again?..*smiling..Alicia: I can honestly say I have never opened a gift before I was “allowed”. I LOVE surprises and love the anticipation that builds before the moment of opening the gift. My mom and sister are the exact opposite, they LOVE to offer hints about the gift before a celebration or offer the chance to open a gift early and I am always adamant that I don’t want to break the magic of the moment and the magic that waiting adds to it.
Vibeke: One of the most precious gifts that i can think of is acts of kindness...of compassion. It can be everything from getting help with a practical thing to a listening ear in difficult times. Have you been given a special act of kindness that you would like to share with us?
Alicia: This bitter freezing blizzard winter of New England has been a fierce and challenging gift. I spent last winter in a mild Texas, so I am out of practice with cold. This year unexpected events have graciously led me to a life in Boston. I was warned about the cold winters but this has been a winter like none other. We have received over 100 inches of snow. The city shut down a few times. We have been stuck inside for days unable to even use public transit. After I few days of being “stuck” I was complaining to a friend who grew up in Boston and they said to me “I know this is hard, this is weather for the development of the soul” It was such an act of kindness in that it gave me so much perspective and truth to what I was experiencing. This winter has forced me to dive into myself/move slower/just be in a way only winter can and I was so grateful to have a friend who helps me learn not from the easy but the challenging.
Vibeke: We are soon finding ourselves to be in the early stages of spring here in Norway now. A season that i am deeply in love with! Every single year it feels just as magical to me to watch how nature awakens back to full life again after a long, dark and cold winter. Spring is so generous in it's GIVING, a season filled with such growth, life and light.
My last question for you is that i would love to learn which season that has a special place in YOUR heart and why?
Alicia: Summer, always and forever, Summer. There is just an essence of being unencumbered that I only find in summer days. Waking up to the already hot baking sunshine, memories of laid back sun drenched days driving to Lake Chelan, reading good books on the beach, swimming until your arms ache, and those quiet nights with luminous stars. Summer is wild and free, something I always want to be.
I am giving away 3 brass bracelets and it is something new I am making and they make me feel so beautiful and sassy and I want other to feel that way as the gloom of winter lifts and the rejuvenation of spring starts to bloom!!
If you want to enter in the drawing of Alicia's lovely gift just leave a comment under this post before the end of march the 31'th. And please do REMEMBER to put with your email address so i am able to contact you if you become the lucky one..*smiling..
The winner will be announced in here on april the 1'th.
The winner will be announced in here on april the 1'th.
The best of luck to all of you
Alicia and me.