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Photo Party!


On Mother’s Day I posted a  dance party video online that was full of goofy fun — my mom, niece, and I dancing in costumes while my 12-year-old son directed us by shouting choreography: “Twirl your hats!” “Spin!” “Nana, do a solo dance!”

I’ve been thinking about how much fun it was to share that old footage with my mom, niece, and the rest of the family. We had some good laughs over it!

And it made me recall something else that happened recently: my dear friend Tricia told me that she had a box full of photos that she had brought from her mom’s house — and so we decided to have a photo party.

We each had a glass of wine and we spent hours looking through photos from all of Tricia’s life.

It was so much fun!

I loved the stories she shared as particular photos sparked long-forgotten memories. I saw photos of her as a little kid with her brother next to the Christmas tree. I saw photos of her riding horses. I saw photos of her dad painting. I saw her family outside by the picnic table back in the 70’s.

I also saw photos from times I’d shared with Tricia several decades ago! “Look at our hair!” “Oh that cabin was so beautiful.” “Remember him?!”

Do you have boxes or albums of photos from years gone by? Or maybe you have ready-made slide shows in your computer files?

Would you consider inviting someone you love to come have a photo party?! It is a wonderful way to get to share stories with someone you’ve known a long time — or maybe a new friend whom you recently met!

You could also ask a friend of yours if they have photos and if you could invite yourself to come take a peek!

Our lives are made up of memorable moments. Share these memories with someone you love!

If you try it, let me know in the comments below what it was like!


P.S. One of the things Tricia has in her big box of photos was this mock magazine cover I had made for her when we both worked at a humane society. (Our nonprofit’s magazine was called Pawprint.) She was leaving to take another job and I remember creating this for her as a keepsake back in 1993! No doubt, I’ve always loved creating one-of-a-kind gifts. It was such fun to see one again after all these years!


Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday.

I’m incredibly fortunate that I’m not only a mom to an amazing son, I am also the daughter of a wonderful mom. Mother’s Day is a time that I feel celebrated by my family and also when I get to appreciate and celebrate my own mom.

But believe me, I don’t take these relationships for granted. I know how lucky I am.

For many people, Mother’s Day can be filled with longing or loss.

It can be a hard day for anyone whose mom has passed away, whose children have died, who were never able to have children, or who may have difficult relationships with their kids or mom. It can also be a hard day for single moms who don’t have a partner to plan a celebration for them or make the day special.

I wrote about this last year in a Mother’s Day blog post. I encouraged everyone to reach out in some way to someone who might be having a hard time. I hope you’ll consider doing that this year, as well. A call or text to say, “I’m thinking of you,” can means so much.

In that post, I also told you about an idea my friend Roberta, a single mom, inspired. I hope it is okay for me to share this idea again right now.

Is there a mom in your life who needs a little TLC or boost of love? It may be your own mom, a friend, a neighbor, or an aunt.

All you need for this gift is a recording device. (You can use your smartphone if you have one!) This gift can be created at the last minute and makes an incredible, everlasting treasured gift.

Click here to read about this simple no-cost gift you can create for a mom in your life who needs some TLC.

I promise you, this won’t cost a dime and can be created in 15 minutes. Whaaaaat? Click on the link above to find out!



P.S. I hope you don’t mind that I’m using an older photograph, which you may have seen before. (My son now shaves his head!) I *really* wanted to send this gift idea out to you today, but am on deadline with a humongous wonderful Celebration Book for an anniversary party. I’m taking a break from the design process to connect with you.

P.P.S. Hi Mom! (One of the many wonderful things about my mom is that she reads every blog post I write. If I ask a question in them, she always responds. Usually with something that makes me laugh out loud.)

Bubble Flash Mob, Anyone?


I made a gift for you: it is a four-minute video filled with bubble joy!

Treat yourself to these few minutes of pure happiness. (Be sure and watch full screen to get all the oomph!)

I had a blast creating it — and I think you’ll smile big when you watch it.

Bubble Flash mobs (bubbles + two or more people + a starting time) are simple, inexpensive gifts we can give to a whole group of people at one time.

They are magical.

You can create this magic.

Would you consider doing this for your next family gathering or company picnic? Can you imagine going to the park, a children’s playground, or a concert and handing out bubbles to strangers?

Could you keep a dozen containers of bubble solution in your garage and be at the ready with a surprise when you see a group of neighborhood children playing?

Watch my short video and then take the idea and make it a gift with your own twist.

Let me know what you think!

Feeling giddy,



Photo gratitude: Black and white photo of my beau, Ian copyright John Nieto Photography.  Color photo of Ian and me copyright Andrea Scher Photography


This blog post is an edited reprint from my Simply Celebrate newsletter in 2011. 

This morning I attended a dance class in the Mission. At one point during the class, Michael Franti’s, “Say Hey (I Love You)” was playing and we were shimmying all over the place.

The woman in front of me was giggling. The gal beside me had a big grin on her face. I looked in the mirror and noticed women of all shapes and sizes, moving to the music in our choreographed dance.

Then suddenly, I burst into tears.

I was struck with this huge wave of gratitude and joy. And I’ll tell you why.

It was simply this: I was dancing.

I spent most of life wanting to be someone who danced. In fact, for almost 45 years I longed to be the sort of woman who could dance.

I wanted to learn choreography or swing dance. I wanted to samba, salsa, or waltz. I used to watch people dancing to musicals on stage or at weddings with their partners and I’d feel this deep desire to be that kind of person.

I was so envious of people who could dance.

But alas, my mind always told me that I just wasn’t that kind of person. In fact, what I got told was that I was as gawky as a nine-year-old, with no sense of rhythm or style. So many years passed by and I never even considered taking a dance class because the fear around it was so strong.

But then, a few years ago, something happened. I noticed that it was Bay Area National Dance Week and that lots of dance studios were offering free classes. Some courage welled up inside of me and I decided to attend a dance class for beginners. It was choreographed dance moves to all kinds of music.

I told myself that all I had to do was to go to the class and endure it. I didn’t have to be comfortable. (Fat chance of that!). I didn’t have to be able to follow the moves. (Ditto that!). I didn’t have to be graceful or have rhythm or anything. All I had to do was manage to be in the class without crying or throwing up.

And you know what? I did it.

I went to class and didn’t cry or throw up. I survived!

That gave me the courage to go again. And again. And again.


Several years passed and this morning, smack dab in the middle of the same exact dance class I started with way back when, I realized something: Here I am, having a great time. Here I am at a dance class and I am comfortable and following all the moves with my own style.

I am a woman who dances.

I saw so clearly how hard conditioned mind works to keep me small and closed. All those years I believed I couldn’t dance.

What else is it telling me I can’t do?

What other lies am I buying into?

Bay Area National Dance Week is actually here again. It started yesterday. If there is something in your own life that you’re being told that you can’t do, I encourage you to use Dance Week as a metaphor for stepping into life in a new (jiggy kind of) way.

I hereby give you permission to just show up to whatever it is you want to be or do.


Here are the simple tools I used to become someone who dances. I tell myself these things every time I want to learn something new:

  • All you have to do is show up and be present.
  • You can even cry or throw up.
  • Be gentle and don’t judge yourself.
  • Just do it and trust that life will help.
  • Enjoy participating.
  • Remember beginner’s mind.
  • You got this. I’m here with you.


I hope you’ll try saying these things to support yourself!

Doing the happy dance as I write to you,



P.S. Please don’t wait to gift yourself by doing that thing you always wanted to do. Dance the night away. Before it’s too late and the music stops.

P.P.S. In a burst of extra courage, I posted a two-minute video from the 2012 Bay Area Dance Week Flash Mob dance I participated in. I was so scared to dance in public! But I did it. You can do it to. Whatever your “it” is! I believe in you.


Photos copyright Christina Shook Photography (Thank you Christina!)


If you’re making an Easter Basket for someone in your life — be it a kid or a kid-at-heart— consider mixing in some love with the jellybeans!

I just wrote a short and simple how-to for Huffington Post on making a Love List Easter Basket. It would mean a lot to me if you would comment + share so Easter baskets all over the world will be filled with loving messages in addition to other kinds of sweets! (Their comment icon is to the top left of the article, under the social media buttons. It looks like a conversation bubble!)

If you email me and tell me that you left a comment or shared that Huff Post link on social media, I will send you a free Love List Ten Pak in appreciation. That’s ten professionally designed Love List templates you can print out, fill out, and give out to friends and family. They’re great when you need a last-minute gift!

Love better! Say it now.

May your day be filled with sweet things,

P.S. I have a life goal to inspire 1,000,000 Love Lists. Can you help me with this? By clicking over to my Huffington Post article and leaving some likes, comments, and shares, more people will add a Love List to their Easter gifts. The powers that be at HP watch for comments + shares and then they promote articles based on that. So your comments and shares could really help inspire more love in the world! Don’t forget to look for the social media buttons to the top left of the article. The comment bubble is right there.


A tiny bubble gift for a small stranger.

I was shopping this morning at a local Walgreens. The cashier was ringing up all my purchases when I heard the word, “bubbles!” whispered behind me.

I turned around and there was this darling little girl dressed head to toe in pink. She must have been about seven years old. Her mom was beside her, holding a bottle of shampoo she was about to buy.

The girl was looking at my purchases about to be bagged: a pile of small bottles of bubble solution I was getting for Sunday’s Bubble Flash Mob.

I smiled at the little girl and said, “Would you like some bubbles?”

She said, “yes!” and flashed this shy, quick, little smile at me.

The bubble containers were blue, yellow, and pink. I knew which color she’d choose, of course. But I said, “What color would you like?”

She said, “pink!” in the cutest squeaky little voice.

When I handed her the bubbles, she just grinned at me. And she held them up to her mom with glee.

Twenty-five cents. That’s what that little pink bottle of bubble solutions cost. The gift to me of that little’s girl’s smile? Priceless.

We just don’t know when the opportunity for a small gift to a stranger might present itself. I’m glad I was paying attention.

Listen as you go about your life. And if you hear a little whisper — “bubbles” or otherwise — heed the call.

(I love to hear your stories; please share in the comments below! If you’re reading this via RSS or in an email, click here.)




A big bubble gift for many strangers.

Hey. This Sunday, April 2, at 11:11am, I’m hosting a Bubble Flash Mob at Dolores Park in San Francisco, near the Children’s Playground. If you live nearby, please c’mon over and join the fun.

BYOB. (Bring Your Own Bubbles!)

The lovely Andrea Scher of Superhero Life will be co-hosting the party with me.

And my beau, Ian, will be making cow-sized bubbles! (He’s very generous and will let anyone who wants to, try a hand a big big bubble making!)

If you don’t live near me, consider buying a few bottles of bubble solution, heading over to your local children’s playground, and joining in the fun with us at whatever time 11:11am PT is for you.

Gift a few people with bubbles and invite them to your own Bubble Flash Mob. Seriously, even if there are two of you, I promise you it will bring a sparkle of delight to anyone around.

Bubble Flash Mobs are such inexpensive ways to gift a whole bunch of strangers with a whole lot of magic.

Try it.

Let me know.

Post photos below!

I’ll share mine with you next week.



Do you remember a couple weeks ago when I told you about my mom and how she always sends me boxes of books and what a great gift that is? (“Reason #4353 Why I Love My Mom!”)

Well, when my mom read that Simply Celebrate email, (because she always reads my emails, which makes me feel so loved, which makes that another gift, but that’s not the point right now), she immediately wrote to me and said, “We owe all this book lovin’ stuff to Sister Ida.”

Apparently Sister Ida was the person who encouraged my mom to read. Sister Ida was a nun at the school mom attended in Mount Vernon, Ohio. My mom remembers this sister saying to her, “Always carry a book. Read a book a week.”

My whole life I remember my mom saying, “You’ll never be bored as long as you have a book.” (See! That’s the quote on our l’il free library pictured above!) I’ve always carried a book with me wherever I go. And I’ve quoted my mom to my son countless times, ever since he was a baby. Now, my son is not only an avid reader, he is in the writing program at the School of the Arts here in San Francisco.

Suddenly, through my mom’s emails, I’m learning that all of us owe our love of literature to Sister Ida!



This is her!

Here’s the person who left the Belul clan a legacy of literary leanings.

Thank you, Sister Ida!





So you may be tapping your foot right now and saying, “C’mon, c’mon … where’s the gift idea you promised us?”


It’s this:

An idea dropped in when my mom was telling me Sister Ida stories. (She kept sending me emails with little snippets, like how she was the teacher’s pet so she got to drive the nuns around on the errands. “They were wearing full nun gear and had huge wooden rosary beads around their waists.” My mom also said she got to go to the convent and she would snoop around, “wanting to find out things like whether the nuns wear regular pajamas!”)

The idea I got was that I would write to my mom’s childhood parish to see if they had a photo of Sister Ida and then I would make a personalized bookmark with Sister Ida’s quote, “Always carry a book.”

Since my mom reads every day, I thought it’d be fun for her to have a bookmark to remind her of both Sister Ida and me!

It took some legwork, but I did finally track down the photo I posted above. And with a search on Etsy, I found someone who makes custom bookmarks.



For just $5 plus postage … I sent this to my mom, along with the backside message:



My mom loved it! And it started a whole new swarm of emails about Sister Ida. It was really fun to connect with my mom and hear her stories.
About a week later, I got another box in the mail, with some books from my mom. (And some candy!) If you missed it, the inspiration for my original post about my mom and books was a text from her that said, “A good book and a bag of candy is sometimes all it takes.”


Who can YOU send a personalized bookmark to?


If there is a book lover in your life who has inspired you, why not make ’em a custom bookmark? You can take a selfie of yourself peeking over an open book or use a favorite photo of you and the gift recipient.

It’s simple to upload your photo and type in some text for the front and back!

I’m not affiliated in any way with this Etsy seller. And I’m not responsible if you don’t like her bookmarks! I just wanted to share the resource I used to make it easy for you. (If you’re crafty, you can also just make your own bookmark!)

You can have the bookmark delivered directly to your fellow book lover. Or, have it sent to you so you can package the bookmark with a favorite current book and maybe some fancy tea to sip along while they read. What a great gift!


What legacy are you unknowingly leaving?


Thanks to my mom for inspiring this. (Hi mom!) And thanks Sister Ida for inspiring my mom. And thanks to whomever inspired Sister Ida to read!

We truly don’t know the legacy we leave behind. Sister Ida passed away in 1970, when I was just six years old. She couldn’t have imagined there would be something called email newsletters and that she would be the honored subject of one forty-seven years after her death.

But here I am, expressing my gratitude to sweet Sister Ida, who may be responsible for the fact that not only do I love to read, but I also love writing.

Never underestimate who you are + the impact you have in the world!

Happy reading — and gifting — and leaving a legacy,


P.S. Oh! And my mom inspired me to send a bookmark to the person who helped me track down Sister Ida’s photo. Here’s what I sent to her. Isn’t that fun?


P.P.S. I’m rather wow’d by the thought that 47 years after her death, Sister Ida is right here with us in this community of celebrators. That her spirit is alive and thriving through that one single sentence — “Carry a book with you” — that she spoke back in the 1950’s. Think about all of the sentences you’ve spoken in your life. Now imagine that one random sentence was the one that impacted someone’s life to the degree that this one has transformed my mom. And me. And my son. You just never know the ripple effects of your life! 


You may have read my March 6 post inviting folks to honor the lovely, whimsical, generous-hearted, inspiring author Amy Krouse Rosenthal by participating in an event called Plant a Kiss.

To join in, people just needed to commit to offering some kindness to the world between March 7 and March 16. and then share their story of that kindness on March 17. (That’s today!)

Some of you who have been hanging around me for many years, may remember similar events back in 2012 and 2013.

What makes this one different is that Amy was in the dying process as we were planting our kisses.

She passed away on Monday, March 13.



If you don’t know Amy’s work, please watch this Beckoning of Lovely video. Listen to Amy read from the book Plant a Kiss + watch the book come to life through Peter Reynold’s colorful illustrations. Enjoy Amy’s conversation with Andrea Scher. And finally, read this Modern Love essay, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”

The planet lost a bright beacon of light. But Amy’s irresistible love for life and joyful spirit will live on through the large body of work she left us. It also lives on in the hearts of everyone who loved her.

This week, more than 100 of us celebrated Amy with our Plant a Kiss acts of Kindness. You can see links to many of the stories by visiting the official Plant a Kiss Kindness Project web page.

Keep reading to hear my own Plant a Kiss story …


I want to tell you three stories about how Plant a Kiss Day 2017 brought kindness into my life as I was offering it.


Small acts with big heart 

After my previous blog post, I received a number of beautiful and uplifting emails from people telling me that they had taken to heart my suggestions for offering kindness on Amy’s behalf. Each time I opened an email or someone posted online, my heart lifted with joy.

I want to thank everyone who donated books to Project Night Night or who wrote a Love List for someone with cancer who needed a boost. I also want to thank everyone who offered other acts of kindness in Amy’s name.

One of my favorite emails was from Linda in Soquel, Ca, who told me she ordered copies of Plant a Kiss to donate to Project Night Night. What I loved most was the note Linda included to me. She said, ” I know two books may not be a lot, but it is the small kindnesses of many that make a real difference.”

Linda added, “We each don’t have to change the world. Just add some kindness.  Maybe we change our little corner of the world.  You probably know the quote by Mother Theresa, ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.’  And, just maybe, those ARE the great things, after all.”

Doesn’t that just sum it up?



Circle of Giving

My second story comes with permission of Lelle in Australia. Lelle raised her hand when I offered a free Love List Making tele-session to coach someone through making a Love List for a loved one with cancer. During our 30-minute conversation, Lelle revealed 21 things she loves about her friend Birny.

I formatted the list, added some photos, and sent Lelle a beautiful PDF she could print out and give to Birny to remind him of the good things he has brought into her life via their friendship.

This Love List was a gift for Birny. But it was a huge gift to me, too. Getting to spend the time on the phone basking in Lelle’s stories of loving moments and stories of friendship was such a treat. And I do believe it was a gift for Lelle, too. She said, “This was wonderful. The process opened my heart.”



Ripple Effects 

My favorite kindness has been hosting and gathering the beautiful community of Plant-a-Kissers. More than 100 people joined the Facebook group and committed to offering kindness in honor of Amy.

Any time I would start to feel sad at her passing, I would pop into this group and think about all the love that is alive in her name.

Yes, it was a deep honor and joy to host the Plant a Kiss events as book promotions for Amy and Peter back in 2012 and 2013. But this year’s event — organizing kisses of kindness to celebrate Amy’s life — has brought me a deep sense of connection to kindred spirits from all over the world.

It has reminded me that one of the best ways to “make the most of our time here” is to connect with others, through kind, joyful, and generous acts.

Thank you for bringing us together in love, Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

I hope you will read the stories. Click here for the Plant a Kiss 2017 links. Keep checking back throughout the day on March 17 as new stories will be added all day long.


A few days ago I found out that the author and joyous liver-of-life, Amy Krouse Rosenthal has terminal cancer and not long to live.

Amy published a heartbreaking and beautiful piece in the New York Times Modern Love column titled, “You May Want to Marry my Husband,” which is a loving tribute to him in the form of a dating profile. It’s hard to read without weeping, but read it, please.

Amy is author of “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” “Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal,” “Plant a Kiss,” and more.

Those of you who have been following me and Simply Celebrate for a long time may remember that in 2012 and 2013 I hosted Plant a Kiss Days in honor of Amy. Women bloggers planned a variety of kind acts in the world and then shared their stories on April 29, Amy’s birthday.

We are reviving Plant a Kiss this week in order to send Amy love and light by offering the world kind acts.

Will you join us?


How you can participate:

Commit to sending a Love List to someone with cancer or to a caregiver of someone with cancer the week of March 7-14 in honor of Amy. 

Or, choose a kind act of your own:

  • Donate “Plant a Kiss” to Project Night Night or a children’s charity.
  • Pick up trash in your neighborhood park.
  • Hand out flowers on the street to strangers.
  • Hide art for people to find.
  • Visit someone in a nursing home.
  • Cook dinner for someone who is lonely or ill.
  • Fill in the blank with your own kindness idea: __________!


Tell me about it. 
Will you email me to tell me you are committing to this?




One more important thing:
My own Plant a Kiss Day kindness is that am offering three free Love List Creation Sessions to people who want to create a Love List for someone with cancer or a cancer caregiver.

I talk to you on the phone for 30 minutes to brainstorm your Love List items and promise you at least ten to twenty items for your list. I will then send a PDF you can print for your friend or loved one.

I love doing these Love List coaching + creation calls. I’ll give the sessions to the first three people who email me and tell me for whom they want to create the list.

In love + kindness,

Plant a Kiss art is copyright Amy Krouse Rosenthal and HarperCollins Publishing. 

Reason #4353 why I love my mom

I keep ongoing audio recordings of reasons why I love people in my life.

Here’s what I recorded today: Reason #4353 why I love my mom: I just got a text from her that says, “A good book and a bag of candy is sometimes all it takes.”

Doesn’t that quote just tell you so much about my mom?

(In all transparency, I don’t know if that was actually #4353. I just make up the numbers according to what feels right on any given day.)

But here’s what I really want to say about this. My mom always sends me books she loves after she finishes them. This is the BEST gift. First of all, I love to read and good books just show up all the time in the mail from her.

Second of all, it is fun to get real mail.

Third of all, it connects me to her because then we can talk about the books we’ve read!

Fourth of all, once I finish the books, I can donate them to our Little Free Library.

Last, but not least, she does, in fact, often send candy along in the boxes of books!

Thus, that text I mentioned came after I had written to tell her that I had just finished one of the latest books she sent. (I think I was thanking her for “A Man Called Ove” by Frederick Backman— a great novel about the power of community.)

Our text exchange made me stop and truly appreciate how much my mom’s thoughtfulness means to me. I don’t want to take it for granted. She’s been sending books to me for as long as I can remember. It is simply part of the fabric of my life.

And in fact, when I was little, my mom always encouraged me to read. This was really important to her since she grew up in a household without books.

Check out the tribute quote for her that we put on the little free library outside our house:

So listen. If you are a reader and you happen to buy your books — used or new — ask yourself whether there someone in your life to whom you can send your finished books.

Maybe you have a sister, nephew, or best friend who would love to be connected to you in the way I am to my mum?

Passing along your literary treasures is an amazing ongoing gift.

And sure, throw in a bag of chocolate kisses once in awhile, too! Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Happy reading,


P.S. Check out A Man Called Ovo if you haven’t read it. You can borrow it from your local library. Or maybe you’ll find it at a Little Free Library!


Do you know someone who has a troubled heart this Valentine’s Day?

It could be someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one through death, divorce, or break-up.

It might be someone who has lost their job or is struggling with global or political issues that have left them stressed or fearful.

Or, maybe you know someone who is depressed or overwhelmed?

What if you used Valentine’s Day as a reminder to reach out and put love in action?



What to do for someone with a troubled heart?
I just published an article on Huffington Post with some ideas of gifts for people with troubled hearts. Please read, comment, and share. And choose one thing on the list to do for someone in your life who needs a love boost.

I also just posted the replay of our wonderfully fun workshop last week during which my dear friends from The Creativity Caravan helped participants come up with ten amazingly creative and specific prompts to write a Love List. Sit down with a piece of paper, think about someone with a troubled heart, and create your Love List on he spot with this audio workshop. (You don’t have to opt in and we’re not selling anything — it’s just part of my mission to help spread pinpricks of light!)



A balm for future hurting hearts?
I want to spend a few minutes on something that isn’t very popular to talk about, but which is something that is one of the greatest gifts we can give people we love: planning for our death. To me, planning our death is the last gift we can give people. And it is one that can help soothe and heal traumatized and grieving hearts.

I’ve had that awful experience of someone I love dying and there’s nothing in writing anywhere about how they want to be buried or what kind of service they want or even how to contact their friends or find their financial accounts. It can be so awful to try to figure all of that out while also grieving.

So last fall I took a class my friend Jane was offering and I created a binder that has everything in one place. People I love know to grab that if I die. It has my will + health forms + friend contacts + funeral wishes. I am still updating it and adding things like social media legacy wishes + where to find important stuff. Doing this is not morbid at all. It feels so loving!

And the crazy thing is — those of us in Jane’s class really had FUN. We laughed a lot. We also supported each other through some hard questions. Jane brings a lovely warmth + ease + compassion to this essential planning process.

For me, remembering I am going to die helps me be here NOW. It helps me get clear on what is important to me and what legacy I want to leave. Others in the class expressed the same thing.

I got Jane on the phone after the class was over so we could talk about ways in which the class impacted me and transformed my life. If you have 15 minutes, I’d love for you to listen. This conversation may change the way you think about death.

If this topic interests you, you can also attend a free online talk Jane is offering on February 13th at 11am PT/2pmET called 5 Things to Do Right Now To Save Your Loved Ones Headache and Heartache After You Die.”



What if you’re the one whose heart is troubled?
If you’re having a hard time, be sure to reach out to someone you love and ask for what you need. My spiritual teacher, Cheri Huber, always says, “Don’t let the voices get you alone in the dark.” What she means is that the voices in our head can be very cruel. They often kick us when we’re down. They tell us we don’t deserve love or that we can’t reach out because we’ll be a dark cloud. Don’t listen to any of that rubbish!

It can be such a gift when someone opens up to us and invites us to express our compassion and love. Let yourself receive whatever good things are available; you deserve it.

Here’s to love of all shapes and sizes,


P.S. If your own heart is troubled or if you just need a sense of connection, listen to this short audio I created. It contains one of my favorite lines of poetry ever: “You do not have to be good.”