Blog : Beauty + Joy

{Replay + Invite} What if you had 24 Hours to Live?

Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Book Launch Party Wednesday evening for Alex Franzen's new novel, "So This is the End: A Love Story." It was fun to see some familiar faces and also to meet some of you for the first time! Alex read a beautiful excerpt from her book and told a

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Add oomph for out-of-towners

Want to add some awesome oomph to your friend or family's visit to your hometown?  If they're staying at a local hotel, call a few days ahead of time and ask the front desk if you could drop off some sweet treats and/or flowers and if they'd deliver them to the room your friends are staying in.

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Create Joy with a Self Care Date!

Need a little TLC for yourself? Grab some paper and a pen and listen to this 30-minute audio conversation I had with Lauri Mackay, proprietor of Lauri's Lemonade Stand. Lauri has just launched her book, "Positivity Happens: Creating Happiness and Finding Hope Through the Art of Holiatry." I th

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{Gift idea!} Next time you go away, leave this behind!

I want to tell you about an amazing couple and a creative gift idea they shared with me recently! Maggie and Lacy live in a beach town in Oregon and have been together for five years. For as long as I’ve known them, I have never heard either one say one word that is negative or mean-spirited ab

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Will you help me celebrate my mom’s 80th birthday?

My wonderful mother, Becky, turned 80 last week Friday, April 27th. I've been asking everyone I know if they'd be willing to send a card to my mom for her birthday. I wanted her to receive cards, before, during, and after the actual day so her birthday celebration goes on and on! I'm hoping if

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Who needs your gift of intention today?

Remember in last week's newsletter I told you that I had woken up with a line from Mary Oliver’s poem in my head: “What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I also told you that I was headed to Josephine’s Cabin for an overnight retreat. As always, having th

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Ask yourself this one question

(Reprinted from a Simply Celebrate newsletter, April 5, 2018)  I'm packing up right now to take myself on my quarterly overnight vision retreat. This is a gift I give myself to get perspective on my life. No internet. No phone service. Lots of meditation, reflection, and contemplation. (And m

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Poetry and Conversation with Maya Stein

  Last week my dear friend and amazing poet, Maya Rachel Stein, joined me on a live call to share some poetry and talk about how the ideas in the poems could be used as teaching moments in our daily lives. I often use Maya's poetry with my coaching clients because her work is beautiful, yet

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Quick tip to “Love Better!”

You know me ... I'm all about "saying it now," expressing our love, and celebrating, right?! But I want you to know that I realize how busy you are, how tired you get, and how time just slips away until ... oops! drat! ... we've missed our sister's 20th anniversary, our cousin's 40th birthday, ou

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