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LoveGram: Love in Action

 

Hey there, beautiful friend!

Today I send you this beautiful virtual music player and its whimsical and tender characters reminding us of how quickly times goes by.

I send you its mother duck and ducklings, its stooped-over grandma, and the couple who meet on a park bench and spend their lives together.

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Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram.

The music you hear at the start of your audio LoveGram is that music box, by Jane Bordeaux.

Today’s LoveGram is just about ten minutes, a little shorter than usual, because for many people in the United States this is Thanksgiving Week. That means, extra travel, extra connections, extra cooking.

So, my message is a tad shorter, but as much from my heart as always.

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

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On Friday, I had the pleasure of offering a workshop to forty-plus really wonderful women. We explored the topic I shared with you last week, “How to Make the Holidays Your Own.”

One of things that touched me the most is the people who said to me afterward, “Thank you. I needed permission to make the holidays a little less stressful and a lot more meaningful for myself. Reflecting on this gave me some ideas to talk to my family about.”

That’s what I am hoping for YOU. Remember that this is YOUR life and you can be the one to initiate conversations with your family and friends about what you need!

If you missed that LoveGram, you can listen here. Or, you can read an article I published. (Make sure you journal about the questions in there!)

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If you listen to this week’s LoveGram, you will hear more about this. But also, about a new favorite topic of mine: “Yes is not theoretical,” which I learned from my Zen Sangha this week.

Love is not passive. It is an action word. This week, as you connecting with family and friends, I hope you will be intentional about who you are, how you show up, and what you bring to the table.

(Ha Ha, I wrote that and immediately thought PIE! But really, I meant the metaphorical table!)

I explain more in the audio!

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Sending gratitude to you for who you are.

I see you.

I see your generous heart. 

I see the ways you care and how you offer love. 

As always, I’m grateful to you for being on this journey with me.

As Ram Dass says, “We are all just walking each other home.”

You don’t have to do it alone! 

We are here, together.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Oh! Here’s the workshop I mentioned in today’s audio! It is hosted by a wonderful organization, Reimagine. We’re celebrating The New Black Friday! Bring your children, family, or BFF’s! Come in your pajamas and put LOVE INTO ACTION!

LoveGram: Make the holidays your own

 

 

Hello beautiful friend. 

Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram. 

Today I send you a tiny brown bird with a yellow belly. 

I send you a shiny penny on your path. 

I send you a dark sky overhead, studded with stars. 

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Thank you for being here with me. 

I love that we get to share these conversations. 

I’m grateful for the times you respond and let me know what you are thinking about or how the audio landed for you! 

I’m grateful when you listen and reflect all on your own. Or, maybe you talk to someone in your circle about the ideas here. 

It means a lot to have a chance to share what’s on my mind with YOU! 

In today’s LoveGram, we are creating space to think about the upcoming holidays. 

For some people this time of year can be stressful and exhausting. For others, it feels too quiet and lonely. The holidays can be extra happy and bright. Or, they can feel like a drain on time, energy, and money. 

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

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There’s no judgment AT ALL for whatever your feelings are about the holidays. I hope you will offer yourself the gift of being able to assess ’em without feeling like there is a “right way” to feel or be. 

There’s not! 

It is essential to give ourselves room to choose who and how we want to be in our lives — even at the holidays!

So, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t or can’t choose to go along with some age old rituals that other family or friends love. 

It just means we can be intentional about choosing — and not simply stumbling through all the holiday happenings in a trance, as if this is a play and the script has been finalized. 

I hope you will take 15 minutes to listen. 

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Thank you for being here and being someone who cares deeply about living a life that is aligned with who you are and your true values. 

Thank you for who you are and for your wonderful, loving heart! 

Listen to your audio LoveGram now.  

I’m grateful to be on this journey with you. 

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, come to this free workshop in Mill Valley on Friday, November 18th. I want to meet you!! We’ll be talking about how to make the holidays more meaningful. AND, I will be walking everyone through the joyful process of creating a LOVE LIST! Register here!

P.P.S. Just published an article in Kind Over Matter on this very topic! Find more reflection questions here! 

 

LoveGram: Who do you want to be today?

Hey there, beautiful friend!

Today I send you a double rainbow.

I send you a four-leaf clover right there, where you are about to step.

I send you a tiny bug, inching its way across the sidewalk, doing its best to get where it wants to go.

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Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram. 

In today’s LoveGram, I share a very simple practice with you that you can do in the morning —or any time at all— to help you remember who you want to be in the world.

You will love this tiny tool!

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

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This practice is deceptively simple.

You’ll see.

If you try it, you will feel a big impact from just a little bit of “work.”

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[Spoiler alert]I know that some of you may prefer to read rather than listen. So, I’m gonna give you the nuts and bolts right here.

Ready?

What you want to do right after you’ve awoken in the morning — while you are having your tea, when you are out on your run, while you are in the shower, while you are simply sitting watching the morning begin, or whatever — is to take a few minutes to think about all the things you have on your plate for the day.

THEN … ask yourself this question: “Who do I want to be?”

Do this for every activity on your schedule.

  • Who do I want to be when I have that Zoom call with my work?
  • Who do I want to be when I have lunch with my sister?
  • Who do I want to be when my kids come home from school?
  • Who do I want to be when I have that challenging conversation I’ve been dreading?

My mentor, Brendon Burchard, suggested you assign three specific words to how you want to feel. If you have a meeting with your boss, maybe you want to be confident, collaborative, and open.

For that difficult conversation I mentioned up above, maybe you want to be brave, honest, and loving.

When you are with your children, after dinner, perhaps you want to playful, open, and present?

That’s it!

Or, as they used to say at the end of Looney Tunes, the-the-that’s all folks!

If you want to hear a more in-depth explanation of why this is so powerful, listen to your audio LoveGram now!

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Thank you, as always, for being here. I love sharing life with you.

I know you. I see your generous heart.

I know you want to bring more life into your life.

I applaud you for being this kind of person. The people in your life love you for this, too.

Be intentional.

Be courageous.

Be willing to step out of the same-ole, same-ole and live into who and how you want to be.

You will be so happy that you did!

I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

LoveGram: Tap into This!

 

Hello beautiful friend!

Today I send you the mini-carnations I  bought on a whim at the grocery store. According to my paint chip color wheel, their color is “pink ladies.”

I send you something that catches your eye — and that you say “yes” to as a way to celebrate your beautiful self.

I send you the waltz from “Amelie,” which you can listen to for free online because of this magical world we live in.

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My audio LoveGram for today is more conversation about how we learn to love better.

Today, we continue our conversation from last week about how we can choose to intentionally prioritize the people in our life and how we practice this day by day.

(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’m going to keep the written part of today’s LoveGram short because I want you to listen to the recording. (Sometimes I give it all away in writing, don’t I?!)

I think there’s some good stuff to think about. And I would love to hear YOUR thoughts after you listen.

Some questions we are exploring today:

* Can we learn from method actors how we can self-identify as people who are great at loving others?

* What keeps us from celebrating ourselves and all the good things we do and are?

* Do we celebrate others when good things happen for them?

(Oh, and if you missed last week’s LoveGram, you can find it here.)

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Hey, I know that the past two years have been filled with grief, loss, loneliness, and disappointment.

I understand.

I also know that this is exactly why the people in our lives really need us to tap into the part of us that is willing to see them, uplift them, and celebrate them.

It’s all too easy to connect by complaining or commiserating about the hard stuff. 

We can find a different way to connect. 

We can connect through meaningful conversation, through appreciation, and through intentional celebration of what is good. 

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Thank you for sharing my values of appreciation, love, and celebration.

Thank you for being someone who cares about creating more color and celebration for yourself and for others.

Part of today’s LoveGram was sparked by someone in our community reaching out with her thoughts. If you think there are other aspects to loving better that we could explore, email me!

I’m grateful to you for being by my side. As Ram Dass says so perfectly, “We are all just walking each other home” — through this pandemic and beyond!

I’m here for you.

I see your beautiful heart.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Here’s that waltz from the movie, Amelie. It is called Comptine d`un autre ete – l`apres-midi. So beautiful!

 

{Celebration Superstar} Meet Christina!

 

I hope you are having a good week, my friend. I hope you are feeling loved and that every day you’ve been noticing something beautiful in the world, maybe a tiny bird or someone’s smile.

If this hasn’t been such a good week, I hope that there’s someone in your life who gives great hugs. And I hope you’ve been extra kind and gentle to yourself. I hope you make some tea with honey. I hope you go look at the stars and wear your favorite knitted scarf. 

No matter how you are feeling when you read this email, I hope it makes you smile and remember that, no matter what, we can create a tiny bit of celebration. (Even when things feel dark and hard. Especially then!)

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Do you remember last week when I wrote to you about the joy of creating a Super Supper?

(No problem if you don’t remember. Click here to read!)

A few days after I sent it, I received a note from Christina Shook, a friend whom I’ve known for more than 20 years.

Christina wrote to tell me about a “Fakesgiving Celebration” she hosted! (Don’t you just love that name?!)

Christina told me that she’d seen some turkeys on sale at the market and so she bought one. She said, “Then we invited some new friends over for dinner. We did the whole (but simplified) Thanksgiving dinner thing — stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce. We set the table fancy, too, of course. It was a hoot!”

You can imagine how delighted I was to hear Christina’s story.

I immediately emailed her back and asked, “What do you think it was that enabled you to go from ‘Let’s have turkey’ to ‘Let’s have Fakesgiving?’ How did you make that delightful leap?”  

Christina responded, “The leap from turkey to Thanksgiving seemed like a clear path. What are you going to do with 20 pounds of turkey?! You kinda have to share it. Turkey is a naturally celebratory dish that must be shared!”

She said, “One thing leads to another, just like how you described your Super Supper. It’s like that book, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie…”

(Ha ha. In that book, a boy gives a cookie to a mouse and it leads to a glass of milk and a straw and more … and more!)

Christina gave some details: “First the turkey. Then the guests. Then the big tablecloth. Then the candles. Pretty soon you’ve got a Fakesgiving happening!”

She said, “Our friends enjoyed it entirely and they brought the pies. And, of course, we all expressed gratitude and made toasts— which you kinda have to do, with the whole table set with bounty and friends.”

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Bravo, Christina! What a Celebration Superstar, right? She took an ordinary turkey and turned it into an extraordinary Fakesgiving dinner filled with special touches, joy, gratitude, toasts, and bounty! 

Here are some elements of this story that delight me:

  • Christina followed each of the little ideas that dropped in. She didn’t say, “Nah, that’s too much trouble to get out the good tablecloth or to dig out the candles.”
  • Christina named the event. Sometimes, simply putting a name to something cements it in our minds as unique and special. We see it differently.
  • Christina invited others into the joy.
  • Christina made sure to pause during that dinner — offering toasts! — to acknowledge the moment and to intentionally celebrate her friends and the bounty.
  • Christina knew that her story would make me happy, so she took the time to write and tell me, thus spreading even more joy!

[Here’s a message just for her: Christina, I am celebrating YOU today! I love this story. I love that you followed the bread crumb trail of creating joy! Woot woot!]

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  • I also want to celebrate a couple other things that I know about Christina. For one, that she is a talented photographer who intentionally brings beauty, love, and compassion to her work.
  • I am also celebrating that she is a caring and loving mother and wife. Through the years, she’s always kept family at the center of her world and have made people a priority in her life.
  • Christina has also been a living example of “Say it Now,” by reaching out to me often to thank me for my work or to request a letter for someone during my Birthday Kindness Project.

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Please join me today in celebrating Christina.

I hope her story might inspire YOU in some brand new way this week. Will you allow a Give a Mouse a Cookie experience to come to life in some unexpected way?  

Listen, this pandemic has weighed us all down with so much grief, illness, and discouragement.

YOU can be the one to lift others up. YOU can be the one to bring tiny moments of you. They don’t have to look like a big ole turkey and a table full of friends. Those moments can be 100% unique to YOU. 

I started this letter to you with the word, “notice.” I want to end it with that same really important word.

Please notice what wants to come through you. Notice the little nudges you get. Follow them. Trust them.

Look for the sparkles and tiny pinpricks of light. They will lead you to that experience of turning ordinary days into an extraordinary life. 

I love you and am cheering you on, always.

Thanks for who you are. YOU  MATTER!

Seek celebration — even in the dark corners,

xo Sherry

{Uplift Gifts} Super Supper

 

Hello! I’m thinking of you and sending some love and a li’l uplift.

I want to share a celebration experience from last week that I hope might inspire you to copycat me. I call it Super Supper.

And, it is super simple.

Here’s how I stumbled into this experiential gift: My son, Kayne, was home from college and spent a couple weeks living with us again. It was the best! I enjoyed his humor, positive energy, and lively conversations so much.

One afternoon, I was feeling a rush of gratitude for him and decided to make a special dinner that I knew he liked. That was the very start of what became a Super Supper.

Once I had the plan to make a yummy dinner, then little ideas dropped in, one by one:

  • I’ll use the pretty tablecloth that we usually save for “good.”
  • I’ll set out the crystal wine glasses and buy Kayne some of that “fake wine.” (Sparkling juice in a fancy bottle.)
  • Maybe I’ll get some tiramisu (our family’s favorite fancy dessert!)
  • Maybe I’ll print out little appreciation notes for people and place them by each tiramisu dish.
  • Heck, let’s add a red ribbon to the wine/fake wine bottles.
  • I’ll light some candles on the table.
  • Oh! I’ll light candles in the living room and bathroom, too.
  • Won’t it be cozy if I turn on the “fireplace” in Netflix?!
  • Won’t it be funny if I make a “Happy Last Supper” sign since we have an inside joke about not knowing when he will return to college. (So, every dinner is potentially our last supper!)
  • Won’t it be fun to add some background music of French pop songs since Kayne has been studying French night and day?
  • I think I’ll wear that fun cloche with the red flower!

So, can you see what happened?

What was just an ordinary Wednesday evening family dinner got turned into a celebration — with very little added effort. 

If you look closely at each of those items, they aren’t expensive or time consuming. I bought some Martinelli’s sparkling cider, which costs less than $5 and I bought some red velvet cupcakes (they were out of tiramisu!) which were also less than $5.

The rest of everything — including appreciation notes and the silly sign — didn’t cost anything and took literally less than 20 minutes to pull together. (I’m not counting the cost or time of cooking dinner, since we would have done that anyway!)

Here’s the best part of all of this: With each little idea that dropped in, I could feel my energy rise and I got happier and happier.

I felt such joy as the idea unfolded and as I made it happen. It wouldn’t even matter to me if no one else noticed all those little touches, because I got to enjoy each one.

This is what I want for you.

I want you to feel alive and creative. I want you to feel generous and thoughtful. I want you to feel an added skip in your step. I even want you to feel a little goofy.

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You don’t have to create a Super Supper that looks anything like mine. But what can you do to turn your ordinary dinner into something that feels novel and fun?

I love the double entendre in my company name. Simply Celebrate  means “celebrate in a simple way.” It also means, “Hey, just do it. Don’t think about it too much. Jump in now.”

The Super Supper is one of those “classic Simply Celebrate” ideas that you can choose to do with stuff you have around the house. Just add a little creativity and watch what happens!

By the way, I’m calling it Super Supper, but feel free to tweak it if you want and create a Lush Lunch or Bountiful Breakfast instead!

I want you to try this yourself because you will experience firsthand how simple it can be to add a little zest and whimsy to your life. 

And really, don’t we all need more things to make us smile right now? 

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Will you give it a try?

Even if you live alone, you can do this. Even if the people you live with won’t appreciate it, so what? Even if you’re tired, you can and should do this because it will lift you up.

My mentor, Brendon Burchard, says, “common sense is not always common practice.” We know a lot of things that will help us feel uplifted and that will connect us to people. However, we need to DO them in order to get the benefits!

Please don’t just read this and think, “Yeah. That might be fun.” I really want you to try it. I want you to experience it, step by step, as the fun fills you up. 

Let me know what happens!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. I have a little added layer of joy to my Super Supper story. Remember how I told you I had to buy red velvet cupcakes because the bakery was out of tiramisu? Our family had a running joke while Kayne was home about “what the heck is red velvet?” “Does anyone like red velvet foods?” “Should we try it?” Thus, it brought me silly joy to purchase those red velvet cupcakes knowing they would make everyone laugh. (I bought some chocolate cupcakes as a backup!)

P.P.S. My red velvet cupcakes did make the family laugh. But get this: unbeknownst to me, my son also bought red velvet cupcakes for dessert, thinking it would be funny. AND, he bought chocolate cupcakes as a backup, too! We had so many cupcakes it looked like a child’s birthday party! (Note to self: add that to my running LOVE LIST for Kayne!)

{Uplift Gifts}: You Had Me at Hello

 

I hope your week has been going well. I’m thinking of you and sending you warm greetings. Imagine that you can see me and I’ve got a big smile on my face as I wave to you. Imagine that I am squealing with happiness as I say your name.

Have you ever thought about what a gift it is to greet someone — on the phone, on a video call, or in person— with enthusiasm and joy? 

My most recent article in the wonderful website, Kind Over Matter, is all about the gift of a loving HELLO!

Click here to read this essay and find out five easy steps for a memorable you-had-me-at-hello greeting for someone. 

Listen, I know you think this sounds simple.

It IS!

But we all know that sometimes it is the smallest things in life that bring the greatest pleasure. 

Commit to giving this gift to people in your life. (Yep, it is a gift!)

Most of the best gifts in life are the energy and attention we intentionally and freely offer.

Will you give it a try?

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. For those of you who have followed along with my Sunday LoveGrams, you know that my son has moved out to attend college. I wrote this Hello article before he moved out. At the time, I certainly knew (and felt) the importance of his enthusiastic hellos, but I had no idea how much more important that memory would become for me. He’s no longer here every day to greet me in the way I talk about in the article. However, before he moved out, he made me a video of him saying “Hello Mom! Welcome to the house,” with his bright smile and laughter. The gift he gave me lives on in my heart.

{Uplift Gifts} Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Days

Hello Friend!

I hope you’ve been having a good week. I hope you’ve been treating yourself kindly. I hope you’ve shared some moments of spontaneity and laughter with people you love.

If you listened to my most recent Sunday Audio LoveGram, you know that I just spent a couple weeks in my hometown in Ohio, staying with my mom.

In that LoveGram, I talked about pausing to enjoy simple moments with people in our lives and remembering that our lives go by quickly.

Well, I certainly got to experience both of those things during a visit with my longtime, dear friend, Lisa. (Pictured above!)

Lisa and I have been friends since 1977, ever since her family moved into the house across the street from mine. That’s 44 years! (“Where has the time gone?! Can we possibly be this age?”)

Lisa’s mom still lives across the street from my own mom. And, since Lisa lives in Cleveland, just a couple hours away from our hometown, we make it a point to see one another every time I am in the area.

Of course, seeing my wonderful friend is always a huge gift. No matter what we do while together, we both get to cherish this decades-old friendship.

But, as you can see from those photos above, there is something that we’ve been doing over and again that adds some extra oomph to our time together. It is that zip-a-dee-dooh-dah element that marks our meetings in a way that makes them extra memorable.

You can probably guess what it is!

Ever since we’ve been teens, we’ve taken photos in which we are wearing our hair the same way, sporting the same clothes, or donning some funny accessory.

The very first time we did this was for that photo of us as cheerleaders. We deliberately braided our hair in the same way on opposite sides of our heads so we could mirror one another!

It’s silly, right?

Sure.

But you know what else it is?

Connecting.

Sometimes lighthearted, “unimportant” rituals we have with people we love can exactly the thing that deepens our relationship.

Think about this for yourself.

Do you have a friend with whom you always meet at the same coffee shop? (Pre-pandemic, that is.) Do you always bake snickerdoodles with your mom and you each pop one in your mouth while it’s still burning hot? (Ouch! But also, ha-ha!) Do you and your cousin always greet one another by both belting out Bruce Springsteen’s line, “Baby we were born to run!” at the same time?

Make no mistake, these moments are gifts.

That’s right. Some of the very best gifts we give one another are experiences that help us feel close and connected.

I’m pretty certain that laughing with someone we love over an ongoing joke or sharing silly adventures are things we will remember way more than most tangible gifts.

It’s important that we start understanding this at a deeper level.

The positive energy we bring and the joys we experience with people we love are long-lasting gifts. They are touchstones.

Pause right now. Think about the people you are closest to and consider if there are rituals or habits or we-always-do-this things that can be treasured like jewels on the necklace of your relationship.

The idea is to start holding these experiences as beautiful gifts. When you share these moments with someone, be sure to pause and “put a frame around them” by saying something that expresses your joy and appreciation.

If you don’t already have rituals or zip-a-dee-doo-dah memorable moments, consider creating them.

What can you repeatedly do with your friend or family member that brings a smile to your faces? It can as simple as what my friend Lisa and I do — taking selfies when we are at TJ Maxx and trying on furry vests, neon pink faux leather coats, or Americana scarves and purses.

Will you give it a try?

Let me know! Tell me what adds some zip to your friendship!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

Connect with people you love


 

For those of you who are in the United States, I wish you a beautiful Thanksgiving week. I know this is a challenging time for many of us who can’t be with the people we love because of the pandemic. Our traditions and rituals are either altered or impossible this year. 

However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still find meaningful and joyful ways to show our love and gratitude to friends and family.  

Below are some simple ways you can connect and celebrate, even from afar! 

Set aside some time on Thursday or Friday (what I call “The New Black” Friday) and choose one thing from this list and commit to it. I promise, you will be glad you did!  

🍁 Phone ’em  

Choose an hour or two to do nothing but dial phone numbers of people you love and miss. Surprise them with a phone call simply to say, “I’m thinking of you and wish I could be there in person, but I want you to know how much you matter to me.” For added zing, play them a song (your own instrument or something from a playlist) that has meaning to you both or invite others in your household to chime via speaker phone.  

🍁Share photos

Dig through your old photos — printed or digital— and find one (or many!) from a previous Thanksgiving in which you got to be in person with loved ones. Text, email, or mail a copy of that photo to someone in it and share a single line about your memory. If you are meeting people on a video call, you can bring a printed photo to show them. Sharing visual memories is a great way to relive them! 

🍁Show they matter 

Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, I encourage people to spend at least part of the day staying home and making Love List Gifts — gifts made from lists of specific reasons you love someone! I always host a workshop to offer prompts and presentation tips. This year, I’m hosting my workshop through the Reimagine Gratitude Gathering. You can register for “Gift of Love: Gratitude in Action here. More information down below my signature. 

🍁Get inspired  

Last week, I facilitated an author panel called “On Being Glad and Grateful.” During our hour together, Irene O’Garden, Ronnie Walter, and I shared some ideas for how to celebrate Thanksgiving in new ways during this pandemic.  Watch the replay of “On Being Glad and Grateful.”

I send you virtual hugs of big Thanksgiving love! May you feel love, connection, and joy no matter with you are or who you are with. Know that I am walking this path with you! 

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

P.S. Here’s the link to my Reimagine Workshop, Gifts of Love: Gratitude in Action on Friday, November  27th at 10am PST/1pm EST, sliding scale pricing starting from $0-100. 

P.P.S. Maybe you want to connect with someone you love this weekend, but it is difficult for some reason? We can do our best to show up for the people we love — even when we are struggling to connect or when someone is going through something so unimaginable we don’t know what to do. Here’s a link to my 20-minute Facebook Live conversation with author Marlena Fiol about “Showing up for People — Even in Difficult Times.” 

Simple “love-in-action” idea for New Year’s Day (or anytime!)

I’m packing to head to my wonderful mom’s house back East. But I wanted to connect with you briefly before I left.

First of all, I want to wish you a very happy New Year. May 2020 be filled with warm and loving connections to your favorite people in the world. 

If 2019 had some grief-filled or disappointing moments, I hope that you are not alone with those feelings and that you have a community of support.

May you find comfort in nature, in the passing of time, and in small moments of kindness or gentleness that find their way to you.

May you feel loved.

Speaking of feeling loved … I want to share with you a very simple and very beautiful idea that Elizabeth Bernstein told me about. I met Elizabeth earlier in the year when she interviewed me for a column she was writing for the Wall Street Journal about connecting with strangers.

I immediately delighted in Elizabeth’s bright, curious energy. We ended up talking about all kinds of things and she happened to mention a ritual she does at New Year’s.

I loved the idea and circled back with her last week to see if we could share it with YOU!

Here’s a link to a 13-minute audio that you will really enjoy. This is all about the New Year’s ritual Elizabeth does every year as a way of offering gratitude and love to everyone in her life.

Please listen and consider making this a tradition for yourself! It doesn’t have to be on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day. It can be anytime at the start of January. Or … anytime at all!

If you do this, will you let me know?!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,
xo Sherry