Summer Solstice Gratitude in Action with Tania Marie

Sunset Walk Vintage Lake 5.28.18 #2

I’ve just finished being a part of a “summer solstice gratitude in action” challenge organized by the beautiful Tania Marie. It began June 11th and ended yesterday, June 21st. Thought I’d share publicly as it was wonderful to take part. Thank you for organizing this Tania! You can read more about Tania’s reason for this by going here …

Summer Solstice Gratitude Giveaway

June 11 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. For a nurturing and wonderful night’s sleep. I have such busy days that sleeping good at night is a true blessing!
  2. That my kindness meter kicks into high gear with perfect timing as it just feels better to be kind and patient instead of grumpy and inpatient.
  3. That Lillian got to spend 2 weeks with my Mom and step-father. I truly needed respite and she needed a break too!
  4. That I got to see my younger brother after not having seen him for 13 years. Time and going within heals old wounds.
  5. That there are kind and trusting people in our condo community who have me cat or dog walk for them. This eases financial pressure considerably.
  6. For those who share loving kindness by way of contributing to Lillian’s latest fundraiser. It is allowing us to attend the annual Chromosome 18 family conference that is held every year.
  7. For the loving kindness and support of my mom and Frank as it provides relief and respite.
  8. That we all (Team TLC, The Romano Duo, and my brother, Robert) took a sunset walk as it was a beautiful and peaceful time for us to experience together.
  9. That I have confronted my fear of “asking” as it benefits the one I have asked and myself for giving and receiving are one in the same.
  10. For the doggie kisses that Yonce gives to me (one of the dogs I get to walk) as I relish the unconditional loves she showers on me.

Giving in Action

As Thomas and I were making our way out of the parking lot, headed to take him to camp, we came across a mom having difficulties backing out of her parking spot due to a construction vehicle partially obstructing the path. I noticed the driver of the vehicle was not offering to guide her safely to backing out of her space. I placed my car in park, got out, told her I would guide her. And, I did just that. We were running late; yet, that did not even matter. I could sense her frustration and confusion and I wanted to help.

June 12 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. For conversations and connections with others as we all bless one another.
  2. For my meditation practice as it teaches me patience, peace, and acceptance.
  3. For dancing as it inspires me.
  4. For fun music as it inspires me too.
  5. For nice long showers as I find showers incredibly refreshing.
  6. For dark chocolate because it’s so Yum.
  7. For rainbows because they are magical.
  8. For wonderful, moving, and enlightening books to read.
  9. For cameras as it helps me capture the beauty of nature, animals, and people.
  10. For beautiful Mother Nature as she is my confidant.

Giving in Action

Thomas attended Wilderness Camp today. At drop off, a family had their pet pig with them with a cute little leash. This amazing fellow, Pixel, had such a beautiful and joyful energy. Watching his little tail wag with joy brought me so much joy. He even sniffed my toes with his cute little snout!! During afternoon pick up, I told the dad, “Thank you for bringing him with you for everyone to enjoy. He has a beautiful energy.” I hope he’s there tomorrow!

June 13 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. For a much needed soak in the hot tub as it is soothing to the muscles.
  2. For a nice cool swim in a gorgeous swimming pool as being in the water is inspiring and indescribably good.
  3. For having plenty of delicious and healthy food to eat.
  4. For my soft plush robe as it’s comforting and comfortable.
  5. For opportunities as they help me keep going.
  6. For fans on hot summer days.
  7. For air conditioners on really hot summer days.
  8. For candles as they are magical.
  9. For incense as the smells are soothing and inspiring.
  10. For smiles as it causes another to smile.

Giving in Action

I bought Thomas a special sandwich for his lunch tomorrow at camp.

June 14 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. To the Great Basin Institute for giving Thomas a scholarship to attend camp this week as he doesn’t get to participate in many activities due to my lack of funds.
  2. To trees that provide a cool shade on a hot summer day because it just feels so delightful.
  3. for peppermint tea as it soothes the body and senses.
  4. for Nature … time spent in nature and the soothing and invigorating effects.
  5. for my mindfulness and meditation practice for I received an email that caused me to get sick to my stomach. If not for these practices and nature I would not have processed it in the healthy way that I did in just a few hours.
  6. for fresh fruit, specifically, cantaloupe. Had some today and it was extreme yum!
  7. for my two kids, Thomas and Lillian, as they have taught me and continue to teach me more than I could have ever imagined and dreamed.
  8. for friends who I can send a message beginning with, “something told me to email you or your name came to mind”, and it is clear afterwards why.
  9. for listening to internal messages as they prove to be the Way of Knowing.
  10. for the anticipation of planned events as it’s simply a layer of frosting on the cake of life.

Giving in Action

I ran into another resident as I was headed to take a dog for a walk. I invited her to walk along with me. When we parted; she said thank you and chatting with me always uplifts her.

June 15 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. for my laptop computer – that it keeps on going after 9 years!
  2. for quiet alone time as it soothes my soul
  3. for the way nature speaks to us as I am deeply moved when I’m in a place of listening.
  4. for fresh squeezed orange juice because it’s just so yummy!
  5. for the ease of texting as it makes some things simpler.
  6. for stretching the body and muscles for the release it provides.
  7. for dancing to my favorite music because it inspires me.
  8. for dried seaweed because it’s so yummy and filling.
  9. for crayons, colored pencils, and paints for which to create fun and beautiful heartwork.
  10. for the fresh and alive feeling after a long shower.

Giving in Action

I let a friend treat me to lunch without feeling guilty about it. I gave her a grateful, “Thank you!”

June 16 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. for good, healthy food and the way it lifts the soul.
  2. for fresh ginger cause it soothes an unhappy tummy.
  3. for kleenex to blow my nose as it just feels much better than paper towels or toilet paper! HA!
  4. for pencils. I love writing with pencils.
  5. for computers as it allows me to share creative ideas, writings, and photography.
  6. for gazpacho because to tastes so good! So refreshing!
  7. for frozen wild blueberries as I adore adding them to a bowl of cereal and the way it freezes the almond milk a bit.
  8. for dried fruit because it’s like eating candy! YUM!
  9. for lamps as I love the comfy, cozy feeling of a lamp illuminating a corner.
  10. for movie night with my kids as it’s been a tradition since they were wee little ones.

Giving in Action

Thomas and I went to dinner at a Pay-What-You-Can Cafe at the Reno Buddhist Center’s Blue Moon Cafe. The theme was “A Taste of India” and it was so delicious! All money collected stays with the Center.

June 17 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. for a resilient body as I had a bad fall last night and am thankful for a mostly healthy body.
  2. for ice and cold packs to soothe an injured body.
  3. for a cool breeze that lightly brushes across the body.
  4. for a summer rain to wash away irritants and cool things off and begin anew.
  5. for pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast because it’s so YUMMY.
  6. for my comfortable sheets and bed because it just feels good.
  7. for a son that trusts me in a way to confide in me something huge and it blesses my soul.
  8. for friendly neighbors as it makes for a pleasant living environment.
  9. for our car, Rosey, as she continues to get us the places we need and want to go.
  10. for a yummy refreshing salad because it just pleases my tummy!

Giving in Action

After making a purchase at a store that only has plastic bags, I declined the bag and put my item in my purse.

June 18 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. for friends who truly see me, truly know me, and love me.
  2. for fresh pineapple cause it’s so good!!
  3. for date days with my kids as its been a tradition since they were one year old and holds deep meaning for us. (They are 12 and 16 now.)
  4. for head rubs. Cause. Head rubs. Ahhhhhhhh …..
  5. for vegan cheese …. So Yum!!
  6. for the apple carrot vegan muffin I had for lunch as it was so delicious.
  7. for essential oils and the healing and uplifting they bring.
  8. for opportunities to share loving kindness because it just feels good.
  9. for the quick ability to research using the internet because it’s convenient and saves time.
  10. for the refreshing and infusing benefits of coconut water.

Giving in Action

I had a tender conversation with Thomas, my 12 year old son; in which I made sure he knew that I love him no matter what and I will always support him no matter what. I may not agree with him; yet, I will ALWAYS support him.

June 19 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. for the power of faith and Knowing because when I am in the power of faith and knowing; no thing is impossible.
  2. for rainbow carrots because they taste good and they’re so pretty!
  3. for libraries and all they stand for because my family has benefited incredibly much from the library.
  4. for coconut chai tea because it tastes so good.
  5. for spring water because it’s pure and feeds and quenches my body.
  6. for coconut oil as we have so many uses for it around our house.
  7. for cloth bags as they can be used for so many different things.
  8. for naps when the body is asking for one …. because it feels good to listen to the body.
  9. for chunky peanut butter. Yum!
  10. for hot and sweet jalepenos because they taste soooo Good!

Giving in Action

I complimented a neighbor.

June 20 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. for dark chocolate as I find it incredibly pleasing.
  2. for fresh fruit and vegetables for how they nourish the body.
  3. for these fingers with which to type this list.
  4. for acceptance of things which I cannot change for it allows me peace.
  5. for our car, Rosey, as she gets us where we need and want to go.
  6. for supportive and loving friends.
  7. for the home in which we live as it keeps us warm or cool and dry and safe.
  8. for the community in which we live as it’s incredibly beautiful.
  9. that my little family has three published books under our belts!
  10. for the blessings and kindness we receive each day.

Giving in Action

I walked a neighbor’s dog in a last minute situation.

June 21 2018:

Gratitude in Action

I Am Grateful:

  1. for my Faith and Knowing as it inspires me.
  2. for beautiful sunset walks as nature soothes and uplifts me.
  3. for fresh fruit juice as it’s incredibly refreshing.
  4. for tinted all natural lip balm as it gives my lips moisture and color!
  5. for olive oil as I love using it as a moisturizer – feels so good!
  6. for pure and raw shea butter as it has so many wonderful uses and I LOVE the way it smells.
  7. for the beauty and intoxicating scent of the Stargazer Lily.
  8. for the beauty and intoxicating scent of wild honeysuckle … Just dreamy!
  9. for the beauty and taste of raspberries.
  10. for the music of the songbirds as it’s beautiful and soothing.
  11. for Writing …. as it is my Soul’s Song …. xoxo

Giving in Action

While swimming I rescued 2 ladybugs and a moth. YAY!!

Blessings,
Camilla
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Amazing news! My 16 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” is published. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 12 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.

And my book published in 2012, D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance; which reached #2 in the Self-Help Category and #1 in Special Needs Parenting on Amazon.

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