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LoveGram: You can get through this.

 

 

Hello beautiful friend.

Today I send you a sweet song from the seventies. (Literally!)

I send you the sound of the wind through the trees at the end of a long, hot day.

I send you a chipmunk, scurrying across the porch — bringing a smile to your face.

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Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram

I was visiting my mom last week and pulled out a big ole bin of 45’s. Are you old enough to remember those? They are the little records with one popular song on Side A and one not-so-popular song on side B.

Today I start your LoveGram playing a snippet from one of those oldie-but-goodies. Hope you like it!

Aside from stumbling across records, this week I also stumbled across an Evernote file labeled, “Hard stuff. Loss. Beauty.”

So, in today’s audio LoveGram, we talk about a few reminders about what to do when things feel hard.

I read you what I found in that file. Hopefully it will be as helpful to you as it was to me.

There were some great reminders that are helping me over a few bumps in the road, for sure.

(To listen to the audio, just click over to this page, scroll down, and hit “play” on the audio player.)

 

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Here are just a few teasers — or maybe you could call ‘em the CliffsNotes. (Yep, weird name, right? I always thought it was Cliff Notes.)

  • Feel your feelings; don’t stuff ‘em down.
  • It’s okay to tell someone that you are going through a hard time or that you are sad.
  • People want to be there for you. You are not burdening them.
  • The hardest part is initially taking off the armor.
  • Someone else has gone through what you are going through; find their guidance and let it support you.
  • Expressing stuff helps it move through us. It feels good. I promise.
  • Let yourself be human! We all have a whole range of emotions. That’s what makes us who we are. Let’s accept all the joy, all the mess, and all the tears and all the smiles.

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We humans are so odd, aren’t we? We know that we always feel better when we are vulnerable and we let someone support us. But wow, it can be hard.

I’m here to encourage you.

Listen to my audio.

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Thank you for being by my side. I’m here, walking with you, through all the ups and downs.

You are not alone.

You are loved.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

LoveGram: Be Gentle with Yourself

 

Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram.

Today I send you the smell of cinnamon.

I send you a warm, gentle hand resting on your shoulder. (And a little loving squeeze!)

I send you a strong and beautiful weeping willow tree, which whispers to you all the ways you are strong and beautiful, too.

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How are you doing, my sweet friend? How is your heart?

I know there are so many hard things happening in the world — and in many people’s personal lives. I know there are losses of all kinds that everyone is grappling with.

I’m here with you. 

I’ve been talking to you the last couple weeks about my own journey of practicing “not hiding” when things are hard. I’ve been getting out from behind Cardboard Sherry and asking for help from people I love.

This is so important.

In today’s LoveGram, we talk about some other simple practices we can do to take care of ourselves when we are going through difficult emotions or life challenges.

You’ll see that these are also loving ideas you can offer to people you know who may need emotional support.

Because, of course, when we feel uplifted ourselves, we can offer a hand to someone who needs it.

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You know me, I am all about the really small slices of time that we can live into because tiny moments of care and love for ourselves are always possible. (When I start thinking days or weeks or months, it is too overwhelming!)

A moment of self-care, gentleness, or beauty is always possible.

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Here’s the link to today’s audio LoveGram.

(To listen to the audio, just click over to this page, scroll down, and hit “play” on the audio player.)

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I want to thank you for being here with me. Even though we may never have met in person or even corresponded, we are traveling this path together.

We are energetically supporting one another.

You are not alone. Nor, am I.

As Ram Dass so perfectly said it, “We are all just walking each other home.”

Thank you for being by my side, my friend. It matters. YOU MATTER.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. This past week, the Mango Publishing Author Panel I facilitate was focused on “Navigating Grief of all Kinds.” The two authors shared some simple and gentle tools to supporting ourselves through any kind of grief — death, illness, job loss, divorce, empty nest, disappointment, etc. Watch the replay as a self-care gift to yourself.