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{Uplift Gifts} Last Minute Dad Gift!

 

Hello Simply Celebrate friend!

It’s almost Father’s Day and I have a last-minute gift idea for you.

This is a gift you can make for your father, for your children’s father, for someone who has been like a father to you, or for any favorite father you know! 

It is a no-cost, all-love gift that won’t even take you that much time to make!

Win. Win. Win!

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My friend Tamara has three awesome daughters. I’ve never met them in person, but I’ve loved them from afar whenever I hear stories about them from Tamara.

These three wonderful teens —Cassidy, McKenna + Cori — got wind of my Love List idea some years ago and they decided to make a video for their dad, Steve.

Watch their Love List Video Gift here! 

The first time I watched their video, I was in tears the whole time. It was simply so moving to witness the love these girls have for their Dad and the creative way they expressed it.

You might choose to watch this video to get inspiration for a Dad’s day gift for someone.

Or, you might watch it just because you want to feel that warm tug at your heartstrings.

No matter why you watch it, I hope you’ll be sure to notice how infectious love is. We don’t have to know this family in order to be uplifted by their love.

When people put love into action, the ripples are felt for many miles and many moons.

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For those of you who may want to try a Love List Video Gift yourself — for Father’s Day, birthdays, graduation or other occasions, below are some things I learned from Cassidy, McKenna + Cori. 

A few great tips you can learn from these awesome gals:

  • Go for connection, not perfection. (They let themselves be goofy and didn’t let small glitches get in the way of the joy.)
  • Include just a few heartwarming or fun photos at the start of your video to set the mood.
  • Be completely yourself! (I just love how each of their personalities shines through in the video.)
  • Tag on some outtakes or bloopers at the end. (This part is so much fun!)
  • Set your video to upbeat music that the recipient will love.
  •  Include something unexpected. (The cat talking! The ending shot of their feet!)
  • Don’t wait. The idea is here in front of you at this moment. Think of someone whom you want to pay tribute to and say it now!

If you make a video, I hope you’ll choose to share it with me. Email me here!

For more creative gift ideas like this, order Say It Now!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Don’t think that you need to have any fancy equipment or a videographer to create a Love List video. You know that smartphone in your pocket? It has everything you need! Shoot the video on your phone, then send it to the recipient via email, make a presentation on your computer, or post it to YouTube.  Keep it simple … the point is LOVE!

P.P.S. If making a video doesn’t appeal to you, but the idea of a Love List does, then type or write your list as a gift. Or, write your list on pieces of paper and create a Joy Jar Love List. Use you imagination to present your list!

P.P.P.S. If you have ever made a Love List — or when you make your first one!— please take half a minute to log it on my Million Love List page. (I want to inspire a million Love Lists in my life and YOU can help me reach that goal!)

P.P.P.P.S. Big hugs and special thanks to Cassidy, McKenna + Cori and also to their awesome parents, Steve and Tamara, for giving me permission to share this very personal gift with the world. I’m grateful for their generosity and for the love they share so freely.

P.P.P.P.P.S. Please take some time today to appreciate yourself and to celebrate who you are. Don’t wait another minute to acknowledge your generous heart and your beautiful spirit. I see you. You are absolutely lovable. YOU MATTER!

LoveGram: Who needs extra love today?

 

Hello, friend.

It’s Father’s Day here in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

I’m sending big hugs to everyone who is a dad or who is celebrating their dads or the dads of your children.

I’m sending love to everyone whose fathers have passed away or whose children have passed away. I’m sending love to anyone who wanted to be a dad, but wasn’t able to have children. Or to those folks who are distant or estranged from their dads.

I’m sending love to all the fathers-in-law and father figures.

I’m sending love to you, whoever you are and however you are feeling on this Sunday in June. I’m sending you the strength, support, and hearty laughter that we all could use from a father figure.

I’m sending you fortitude for places in your life where you need it most.

I’m sending you a colorful butterfly, flitting by. (Or, as some little kids say, a “flutterby!”)

Welcome to your Sunday LoveGram. May my words today offer you a few minutes of connection + uplift.

Usually on Sundays, I create an audio for you. But today I want to link to a video LoveGram message, instead. 

This isn’t a brand new video. It is one I created previously, but when I stumbled upon it today, it all felt brand new. It is exactly the message I would have recorded today!

I hope you will listen to this ten-minute message about Father’s Day and about some alternative ways to think about this Hallmark holiday — especially in regards to reaching out to people who need some extra love on this holiday.

Take a moment, please, to consider someone in your life who may need extra connection today.

Is there someone in your life whose dad has recently passed away? Maybe someone whose dad passed away long ago, but you know how much they still miss him? How about a divorced dad or a widower who might be raising young children on his own? Perhaps you know a dad whose child has passed away? Maybe you know someone who desperately wanted to be a father, but was never able to have children?

Reach out. 

It doesn’t have to be a big deal. You can simply let them know, “I am thinking about you and sending extra love today.” 

And if YOU are the one who needs extra love, be sure to let someone know, okay?

Don’t forget, as Ram Dass said, “We are all just walking each other home.”

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo

Sherry

 

P.S. If you need a sentimental, sweet, simple, or upbeat last minute gift, this one could fit any of the bills! It is my favorite gift this season: The Musical Memory Lane. Here’s a colorful infographic I created for Pinterest that gives step-by-step instructions. Or you can read more here in my blog.

{Uplift Gifts} Make a Musical Memory Lane

 

I have a great gift idea I call the “Musical Memory Lane.”

The idea is to create a gift for someone that is centered around a collection of songs — it could be even just one or two— that have significance to you and this other person. 

Music has a way of connecting us directly to a period of time or an occasion.

I know this, because just a few minutes ago I created an audio note for a college friend. On a whim, I started and ended that recording with songs from the 1980’s — since that is when I met her and when we were at university together.

I want you to try this yourself because adding those songs in really deepened my connection to my friend.

It was like time travel! I saw her playing the piano for me in the big common room. I saw us laughing together as we dressed for an island-themed party. I saw us having burritos and studying together in the library.

Something about music does this. It strikes a chord in us! (hee hee)

Right now, think about someone who is graduating, getting married, or who has a birthday coming up. You could also think about this as a Father’s Day gift for your own dad — or any dad in your life.

But listen, you can also do just what I did: simply add a song to an audio note for a friend.

It doesn’t have to be a big deal! 

Or, if you don’t want to fuss with making an audio recording, you can just copy and paste a link to a music video into a text. Add a few words, “This song made me think about the time we ____. I love you.”

It can be that simple. 

Will you give it a try?

Let me know!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Here’s a link to an article that tells you all about the Musical Memory Lane — some background info plus the how-to, step by step. Or, if you prefer visuals, here’s an infographic posted to Pinterest.

P.P.S. If all that seems like too much, remember, you can simply send one song to someone. That, too, is a gift. Take the time for this. YOU will love it, I promise.

{Video} Will you do this? 

Hello! This 10-minute video re-posted from yesterday’s Facebook Live, includes a request, a poem, and a last-minute gift idea for Father’s day.

I hope you’ll take the time to watch the video and then consider this: Do you know someone who may need extra love on Father’s Day?

Is there someone in your life whose dad has recently passed away? Maybe someone whose dad passed away long ago, but you know how much they still miss him? How about a divorced dad or a widower who might be raising young children on his own? Perhaps you know a dad whose child has passed away? Maybe you know someone who desperately wanted to be a father, but was never able to have children?

If there is anyone in your life who might be feeling an acute loss or grieving on Father’s Day, would you reach out to them with a call, email, or text to let them know that you are thinking about them and sending love. 

(If you wanted to go the extra mile for someone who is grieving, you could include a photo and some loving memories of the person who died. It always help to hear beautiful memories about someone we miss dearly.)

The few minutes it takes you to reach out to someone who might be feeling alone or sad on Father’s Day might mean the world to that person. Sometimes just knowing that someone else understands how we’re feeling can change everything.

Thanks for being willing to consider this today.

 

xo

Sherry

 

P.S. If you are a father or someone who loves a father or you have a father figure in your life or you are a father figure to someone, I’m sending you big love and celebration on Father’s Day.

 

The poem, Shoulders, in the video is copyright Naomi Shihab Nye. 

My friend Linda, whom I mention in the video story about her Father’s Day gift to her children, is owner of Mind Over Matter Coaching. Thank you, Linda!