We all have gifts we can share - things we're interested in, things we're good at, things we know about, talents that people may not be aware of. Using our gifts helps us to connect to people and places in our community.
We want to hear about how you're using your gifts to connect with people and places in your community... Do you help out neighbors with yardwork or shoveling? Do you belong to a group that talks about books, movies or vacations? Maybe you like to volunteer with kids or help out at an animal shelter? How do you get connected?
We want to hear your stories (and the stories of people that you support) - please share a few words about what you like to do and where you share your gifts.
If you have photos of yourself in the community, you can share those on the SDS Network as well.
I pet and horse-sit. I have a horse and I love doing art, especialy embroidery mainly from horses and animals.
Hi Korey -
You sound like you really like animals. How did you get started doing pet and horse-sitting? Do you have any pictures of your art? It would be cool if you could post them to this network.
I have a quick little comment, but still one I think is worth sharing. I have a friend name Terri who I have known for almost 30 years. I first met Terri when I moved to Madison WI. I was someone that was paid to help Terri out where she needed. After I was done "working with" Terri, both our lives moved on in different directions.
We didn't talk for several years, however Terri called me one day out of the blue and from that point forward stayed in contact with me regularly. Terri would ask me about my family, about my pets, about how work was going and all kinds of other things that she wanted to know. She wanted to know because she cared. I couldn't believe all the things she remembered from so many years ago. I always welcomed Terri's calls and once we were talking and decided that friends really should see each other too
Terri and I for the pastt 5 years have made sure that we we have a "girls breakfast out" every month. We talk, we laugh, we eat, we share stories and then we go to work. Yes we go in the wee early morning hours when the sun is coming up. When I think about Terri, I think about the gift she gave me. Terri helps me to recognize what real friendship is all about and how important it is to keep them fresh and alive. She reminds me that it's not o.k. to let the business of everyday life get in the way of friendships that really matter. That is Terri's gift to me and I bet she has provided that same gift to others. I told Terri once that she had a gift and what I thought that was; she just smiled. I don't think she recognized it as a gift but I sure did! Thanks for letting me share.
what a great story, Carrie! It reminds me of the friends that I've been "too busy" to see... I think I'll do something about that today- thanks!
Deb, I've always loved horses and all other animals. I finally got my own horse for $200 because he just healed from a broken hip by being kicked by a draft horse. I weighed less then so I could ride him, as I grew he healed. I fell off him once, that's how I got my brain injury, but I still love to ride him. Horses are better friends than people are. I never had a pasture so I boarded/kept him at a neighbor who has several horses of hers & other peoples. She (Niki) is now on of my best friends. I always helped her, & still do, with ranch work. Example: feeding horses, stacking hay bales, pulling & cutting Cockle Bur bushes, Cleaning tack/barn/horses, & many other stuff. I feed & cared for all the horses when She went on trips. The word got around, so I cared for other neighbors horses, dogs, cats, chicken, fish. But I never Babysit for humans. I was in 4-H projects including horses & now I will be a 4-H project leader (teaching kids with horses). My minor in colledge was Animal Science/Horses.
I've also been in art my entire life. I majored in broad area art at UWRF. I also did photagraphy, drawing, painting, & cross-stitching that I made from printing one of my photos. Then I made a grid on it & numbered the squares by the colors they were. Then it took a long time to use my gide & finish my hand-made cross-stitch. In colledge I took many different types of art classes. Only two teachers told me I should start a carrier in that type of art. One was Graphic Designing on computers. The other was Embroidery. In that class I made a weaving by looking at a photo of my dog.
With my embroidery machine first you design your embroidery on the computer, then you send it to the embroidery machine that's conected to the computer. Now I'm slowly learning all the things the computer sistom can do & they keep upgrading the programs & machines & other equipment. I get personal lessons at home & I'm a member of group lessons at a embroidery store (JoAnne Fabrics).
I will send you a photo of me & some of my work later.
If you have a picture of the handmade embroidery you made from putting the grid of your picture on fabric and then cross stiching I would love to see it! I did something similiar once with a "pointalism" project. I transferred a picture to paper using a graph and then filled in the colors with points of magic marker color. It was really cool! I would love to see how your project turned out! You sound like a person who is very gifted in the arts and with animals. Very nice story, thanks for sharing!