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LoveGram: Surprise someone with this!

Hey there, beautiful friend!

Today I send you a striped, multi-colored croquet set, ready for play.

I send you a man wearing an orange beret, riding a green bicycle with a small dog in the basket.

I send you a hummingbird, right outside of the window, like she’s saying “Wheeee!”

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Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram.

In today’s LoveGram, we are continuing our conversation about how to be the one to deepen and elevate your relationships.

Hey — I just noticed those two words: going deep or going higher. Creating more meaning and also more lightness!

This is a new phase in the world and it is time for us to acknowledge that relationships are essential to our well-being and our sense of belonging in the world.

Relationships help us grow.

They challenge us to see more, experience more, and feel more!

Listen to today’s Audio LoveGram all about this topic.

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Two weeks ago, in a LoveGram called “Be The One,” we explored ways to begin conversations so our connection would be uplifting and would cultivate positive feelings. (Instead of connecting via complaint, which can be an unconscious habit for many of us!)

Last week, we explored how to “Press the Pause Button” when we are hurt or feeling angry so that we could intentionally choose to come from a place of love.

Today, we are talking about creating a container that encourages simple adventure, play, and novelty.

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In today’s audio LoveGram, I tell you a story about going to an Open House with my beau, Ian. We aren’t looking to buy a house and we actually never stepped foot into that house for sale, however, driving to that Open House was like a mini road trip!

Simply by “putting a frame around it” or “creating a container” we experienced our time together in an entirely new way. It was amazing!

Instead of simply driving back to his house, which is what we had been doing, suddenly everything seemed technicolor and fascinating.

Look at that! Look at that! We saw all kinds of interesting things as we circled the streets, in search of this Open House.

As it turned out, the Open House was closed by the time we arrived. Haha.

However, we parked in front of it and turned that closed Open House into more novelty for ourselves.

Listen to the LoveGram to hear what we did, because this is something I want YOU to do!!

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I give you several variations on this “adventure” because I want you to commit to something like this with someone in your life.

The next time you and your spouse or child or BFF are slated to spend some time together, I want you to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

I give you some simple ideas that don’t cost any money or require any special landscape! Listen to today’s audio, create some novelty, then please email me and let me know how it went!!

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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 create a magical moment.

You will be so happy that you did!

I can’t wait to hear!!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Here’s a link to the Coldplay song, “Adventure of a Lifetime.”

{Uplift Gifts} Makeshift Vacation

It’s the weekend, my friend. I’m thinking of you and sending some love and a li’l uplift.

What’s on your schedule this weekend? Do you have something fun planned? Is there something you’re excited about?

If not, if you are repeating the same-ole, same-ole, Netflix and pizza or running errands and making last-minute pasta or simply wishing something fun were on the menu, what if you chose to take yourself on a “makeshift vacation?”

A “makeshift vacation” is a way of creating a memorable moment for yourself or someone else by combining just a few elements of vacation, wherever you are. 

It is a great experiential gift! (You can even create fake airline tickets. hee hee)

It can be as simple as pairing an Italian wine with an Italian movie and tying that Sophia Loren scarf on your head.

(When’s the last time you watched “Life is Beautiful” — La Vita é Bella?! It is so good. Make sure you have some Tuscan tissues on hand!)

Maybe you dust off the beach chairs and put ’em in the living room. Then you fill the cooler with your favorite flavor of fizzy water and some deluxe sandwiches. You put on “Beach Blanket Bingo” or “Jaws,” and slather yourself with some sweet-smelling, coconutty sunscreen.

(For added authenticity, turn up the heat and wear your polka dot swim suit or flowing kaftan!)

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A makeshift vacation is silly and simple. It’s a way of bringing some play into your life. (And lord knows, after the two years we’ve had, we all need more play!)

I want you to feel alive and creative.  I want you to feel a renewed energy and the zing of novelty.

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? 

Will you give it a try? 

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Even if you live alone, you can do this.

Even if the people you live with won’t appreciate it, so what? Do it anyway and perhaps you will lure them in. Or, invite yourself to a friend’s house and surprise them with a suitcase full of makeshift vacation.

Listen to me: Even if you’re tired and this sounds like a lot of work, you can and should do this because it is will lift you up.

I promise!

Our Squawky Polly minds are always going to complain and drag their nonexistent feet at the idea of something new. Don’t heed any of it. Novelty is one of the ways we can feel a fresh sense of aliveness and energy! 

Do it, regardless of the squawks!

Let me know what happens!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Bon Voyage, my friend! Happy makeshift vacationing!

P.P.S. In recognition of #the100dayproject, I’m posting a simple Great Gift idea every day on my Simply Celebrate Facebook Page. Visit and check ’em out!