GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY 4.0 with Kim Pfennigwerth and Darlene Beck Jacobson.

Hooray for July 15th! It is our fourth annual GSA Day or Give Something Away Day.

I am packing up a house and doing some serious pondering over which items stay and which go. It isn’t easy shedding 39 years of collecting …stuff. And while we have moved quite a few times, we’ve never gone through such a drastic cleaning out.

Children’s elementary school pottery – staying. Grandmother’s heirlooms some going to family members and a few staying.

Far too many kitchen items, going. Beloved knickknacks from over the years – a very good many are going. May the joy they brought me – go to others.

With so many items in every room – this move shows it is time to be practical. Time to simplify. We will appreciate the end result. So I am choosing what will still bring joy when I see it each day while at the same time looking for places that accept donations for many things that may help others.

But the absolute best thing about Give Something Away Day is something I talk about each year – something that cannot be measured. Giving something away is a kindness and kindness is a magical element. It is an action with absolutely no expectation for anything in return. What ‘something’ have you given away lately? What magic was gained from your kindness? Spending time with a friend? Holding the door for a parent with a load of groceries who is also holding a child’s hand? Reading to a child? Go ahead and plan on giving something away. It is guaranteed to lighten your mood and heart.

Hopefully, you will make Give Something Away Day fun too. Darlene and I would love to read your comments or plans.

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P.S. I have two pair of ‘somethings’ that I am giving away this year that feature two friends’ work. The two Bunny Book Club picture books (Bunny’s Book Club & Bunny’s Book Club Goes To School) written by Annie Silvestro and the first two Mia Mayhem paperback chapter books (Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero & Mia Mayhem Learns To Fly) illustrated by Leeza Hernandez.

Buuny book                      bunnybook2

Take a bunny who loves the library and sharing bookish adventures with his animal pals then add a friend who is a bit fearful of her first day of school and this same bunny and pals come to support her and make many new friends. That is the fun you will find in Bunny’s Book Club and Bunny’s Book Club GOES TO SCHOOL!

MiaMayhem1                                                                        MiaMayhem2

Mia Mayhem is a new chapter book series starring Mia Macarooney. Mia is known for leaving mayhem behind her wherever she goes. To her surprise she receives a letter inviting her to a very special after school program. Even more exciting, Mia learnsshe is a superhero and that her parents are too. These first two books introduce adorable Mia and start her on the path to learning her superpowers.

Darlene Here: I also have TWO items to give away in a drawing. A paperback copy of YA historical novel THESE SHALLOW GRAVES by NY Times Bestselling author Jennifer Donnelly and a 30 page critique of an MG or YA novel in progress. Share your give-away experiences and be entered to win.  If there is something specific you’d like to be considered for, please let us know so we can make the give-away more meaningful to all.

Here’s a description of THESE SHALLOW GRAVES:  Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.
Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.
The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.
The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

donnelly cover

When you give something away…you get back much more in return.

17 thoughts on “GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY 4.0 with Kim Pfennigwerth and Darlene Beck Jacobson.

  1. Kim and Darleen, You have inspired me with “Give Something Away Day.” I will give away my extra Kindle to someone who loves to read.

  2. I have to tell you, ladies—reading this post had an aspect of making me feel a bit queasy. “Why?!” you ask? Because I KNOW at some point in the not-too-distant future I’ll be having to pack up and pare down and—-AAAAAAAGH! lol

    Good luck with the move, Kim (just a different home or a different state?), and thank you, gals, for the generous giveaway 🙂 You can count me in for Kim’s since I don’t need a critique! And I know that, as it does pretty much everyday, an opportunity to give will come up 😀

  3. Moving again, Kim?! And farther away! My next door neighbors (who I adore) moved to Bluffton SC and love it there. I hope you like your new home. Maybe it’s the thing to do because I have been bagging all sorts of things for donation. We used to move frequently and haven’t done so recently and things really pile up. Hope everyone is staying cool!

    • Hi Wendy – We bought a house late last year in North Myrtle Beach to be our retirement home (and closer to two of our children) though Jim isn’t quite retired. We just bought a good-sized RV and parked it at a nearby campground for when he needs to be in VA. It’s been a hectic few years but I am looking forward to getting settled and writing with one of the channels as my backyard. There are many benefits to giving things away. I have a very happy husband who has been set free from hours of outside Christmas decoration set up.

  4. Thanks Kim and Darleen. Very inspiring post. You’re also generous with your kind thoughts and words. Now I’m ready for action. I’ll try to treat every day like it’s Give Something Away Day!

  5. As a private educational consultant I do academic tutoring, SAT prep, and college coaching. I reserve a few hours for pro bono work, giving away my time to help kids who can’t afford my services.

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