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Do you live in the SF Bay Area? Join me!

 

I am so excited to be leading a workshop with the wonderful and energetic Kate Farrell at the Mechanics’ Institute this coming Saturday from 11am-1pm.

We are going to be exploring Storytelling as a Gift in the beautiful historic San Francisco setting!

Everyone who participates will learn about crafting a story that can be a personal gift to someone you love!

JOIN US!!!!

Register here by 10am on September 24th!

Some gifts for you …

 

Happy holidays!

I see you. I see your generous heart and your loving spirit.

Thank you for who you are.

In appreciation, here are some gifts from me to you:

  • I send you peace, love, and ease.
  • I send you a long nap in the middle of the day, your cats snuggled beside you.
  • I send you Grandma’s quilt wrapped around you as you read a great book.
  • I send you laughter with your best friend as you sip cinnamon tea.
  • I send you the memory of your childhood and the sound of your mother’s voice late at night.
  • I send you a kiss on the forehead.
  • I send you a deep sigh of letting go.
  • I send you a heart that can hold your grief just as confidently as it holds your joy.
  • I send you the surprise of colored lights as you turn a corner where you thought it was pitch dark.
  • I send you striped candy canes and the smell of pine.
  • I send you a pillow scented with lilac.
  • I send you deep sleep.
  • I send you a sky full of twinkling stars who hold your secret dreams.
  • I send you oceans of release.
  • I send you long meals with people you love.
  • I send you clove scented candles and flickering flames.
  • I send you a hot bath with eucalyptus bubbles.
  • I send you a space of time to sit and gently watch the sun set.
  • I send you the giggles of children.
  • I send you your own heart’s squeal of delight.
  • I send you buttered toast on a quiet morning before the sun rises.
  • I send you the sound of snow crunching under your feet.
  • I send you the smell of a newborn’s sweet cheeks.
  • I send you a box filled with hope.
  • I send you one more breath, one more moment.
  • I send you here, now, all okay.
  • I send you the deepest love for who you are and for your sweet heart.
  • I send you peace.

No matter what you celebrate, may it be cozy and full of love. 

Seek celebration—even in the dark corners,

xo Sherry

{Uplift Gifts} 💕 Video included!

 

A couple weeks ago, I told you about an amazing LOVE LIST quilt that my dear friend, Rachel, surprised me with.

We all know how meaningful it can be to receive a gift that is made with love, right? I told you that story in the hopes of inspiring YOU to create something filled with imagination and heart for someone dear to you this holiday season.

Well, guess what? I just received a video that Rachel made for me as another surprise gift! It’s a video about the making of the quilt and my receiving it.

I’m sharing this with you today to inspire you to consider ways to “double the goodness” with your gifts like Rachel did.

Can you take a photo or video of someone with your gift —like Rachel did for me? Could you have a “Part 2” to the gift and you give it to them a few days after they receive your gift? Is there a way you can share in the gift down the road?

Give yourself the challenge of adding even more creativity and surprise into just one of the gifts you give this winter. I know you will have so much fun!

Creativity, surprise, and whimsy are all wonderful ways to connect to ourselves and the people we love!

You’ll really love this video! Rachel is quirky and creative! You’ll see. Watch the video here. 

{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.

July Celebration Superstar: Alison Luterman

 

Happy Sunday! I’m writing to you from my mom’s house in Ohio! This is the first time I’ve seen her in a year and a half. It is so wonderful.

Full disclosure — I recorded today’s audio LoveGram while I was still in San Francisco. I knew that I would be so caught up in all the joys of being with my mom, that I might not be mindful of the days. That happens here. It is a sweet little time warp.

So, to make sure I still got to connect with you, but also made it doable for me, I recorded and uploaded the audio in advance.

How are you doing this week? How is your heart? How is your energy? You are on my mind!

This morning I send you permission to make something easier for yourself. What can you do today that will make tomorrow’s task more doable? (I like to think of this as helping out your future self!)

I send you the way it feels to see the face of your loved one after way too long without them.

I send you watermelon juice, dribbling down your chin.

I send you a big butterfly flitting by — pale yellow with black swooshes.

Today, my LoveGram is about this month’s Celebration Superstar, Alison Luterman, and some of her ways of bringing appreciation and celebration to the people in her life.  Also, be sure to listen because I read a thought-provoking poem that she wrote!

(Click on either link up above, then scroll down on that page until you see the audio player. Press PLAY to listen to the love!)

Alison Luterman is a poet, teacher, playwright, improvisor, lyricist, student of singing and music, and enthusiastic collaborator.

Ali is also dedicated to deepening her relationships and finding new ways to show people that she supports them and loves them.

That’s why today I’m raising a glass to her and recognizing her as my July Celebration Superstar, a monthly recognition for people who embody the spirit of Simply Celebrate and Say it Now.

I’ve long been a fan of Alison’s poetry, which is a celebration of being human.

As well, get this: Ali has been writing and performing personalized songs for people in her life. She wants people to be celebrated in a unique way that shows them she sees them and that they really matter.

Ali wanted to make sure that I added a note that she creates those customized songs along with a collaborator, Steve Chiasson. “Steve is a skilled singer-songwriter who composes the melodies and makes my lyrics better. I couldn’t do this alone, and I don’t!” Alison says.

(I love that it was so important to Ali that she celebrate Steve in this process. That is another example of her generous heart and her spirit of noticing the impact people have!)

Another couple things that make Ali such a Celebration Superstar is that she has made Love Lists for people and she really gets the importance of them. She’s also been such a wonderful support for me regarding my book, “Say it Now.”

(For those of you who are new to Simply Celebrate, a Love List is simply a list of specific reasons why we love someone. It shows that person the impact they’ve had on our lives and why they matter.)

Two more things I’m celebrating about Ali: 

* She’s exemplified the e.e. Cummings quote, “It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.” I’ve seen the way that Ali is brave being herself. Writing poetry is just one way. That’s a biggie. But she also does improv and sings/plays the piano.

* Ali is on the lookout for how to find more joy in life. AND, she is completely authentic — allowing all the other human emotions to travel through her. That’s the real celebration spirit.

As always, thank you for being here and for your own ways of being a Celebration Superstar, which I know you are. (Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here!) 

Thank you for the ways you are on the lookout for how to love better and enjoy more!

Thank you for your heart and goodness. I see it!

 

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

{Uplift Gifts} Twice the Fun

 

If you listened to Sunday’s Audio LoveGram, you heard that I was celebrating receiving the trademark for the phrase, Love List. (Wheee!)

For those of you who are new, a Love List is simply a list of specific reasons why we love someone. It shows that person the impact they’ve had on our lives and why they matter.

In that audio, I told you that creating Love Lists is a practice of learning how to focus on love and how to train our brains to look for the positive in people. Love Lists have helped me with anxiety and depression. They are meditative. And, they obviously make great gifts to give.

But there’s one other thing they can be: an uplifting and connecting activity to do with someone!

The idea is to sit down with a friend and create a back-n-forth Love List for a mutual friend. It gives the Love List added energy and gives you extra motivation to create this gift.

I know this, because my friend Tricia and I created a Love List together while we were on retreat in Lake Tahoe recently. Her boyfriend owned the place we stayed in and I wanted a special way to let him know how much that meant to us to stay there.

So, I invited Tricia to create the Love List with me.

Click here to listen to the two-minute audio Tricia and I created for you while we were making this Love List together.

You can hear how happy we sound. And how surprised we both were at the impact on us.

We were also giddy with joy at the thought of hiding the Love List for her boyfriend to find next time he visited his place in Tahoe. Haha. We put it with his hiking and ski gear in a locked cupboard. (See photo up above!)

I want you to try this yourself because this is not only a beautiful gift to give, it will deepen your connection to your friend. That’s what happened for me and Trish!

Will you give it a try?

Let me know!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Don’t leave without listening to this two-minute audio Tricia and I created while making the Love List together. Give it a listen. I think it will inspire you and make you smile!

 

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.

Don’t wait; Say it Now

It is my two-year book birthday for “Say it Now!” 🎉

More than ever, I am dedicated to the message of this book, which is that it is essential to express our love and appreciation to the people in our lives.

Please do not wait. Please do not think, “I’ll do it when they turn 50,” or “I’ll do it when I have more time to focus,” or “I’ll do it when I’m struck by some inspiration.”

The title for this book came from my own experiences of having attended countless funerals during which people would tell these amazing stories about the person who had died. They’d share photos and express their thankfulness for how that person had changed their life.

They would give so many beautiful and specific reasons why the person who had died was so beloved.

Inevitably, those friends/family would feel regret that they hadn’t shared all of that with the person before they’d died. And I would always think, “We should say it now.”

I’m imploring with you to take this message to heart. If anything, this pandemic has reminded us that we just don’t know what’s around the corner. We don’t know how long we have — or how long the people we love have.

Mother’s Day is just a few days away. What if you committed to giving a mom in your life a gift that goes way beyond chocolates and a store-bought card?

What if you chose to tell just ONE PERSON — your own mom, your grandmother, your step-mom, your mother-in-law, a friend who is a mom, someone who has been like a mom to you — WHY they have made a difference in your life.

My book is filled with creative ideas for doing just that. Most of the ideas don’t cost much (if any) money. Most of them are really simple. You don’t have to be clever or crafty to create them. But their impact is profound.

These are the types of gifts people keep and remember for the rest of their lives. Because these are gifts of connection.

I truly believe that what people want MOST in the world is to feel like our lives matter. We want to feel like we’ve made a difference — not because of our awards or accolades— but because of who we are to the people we love.

Will you commit to giving that to someone?

I’d be so grateful if you would buy my book + choose a special gift idea for this mom in your life. You’d be getting 33 meaningful creative gift ideas, which you can use over and over!

If you already have my book, would you consider buying a copy and giving it to a friend or putting it in a local Little Free Library?

I’d be deeply appreciative of your help in spreading the “Say it Now” message!

But, please don’t let that $12 get in your way of expressing your love! You can also download my free Love List ToolKit, which gives you everything you need to create a one-of-a-kind loving gift in just minutes.

The toolkit comes with printables, prompts and presentation tips. You can download it here. 

If even that feels like too much, please do this: think about one way that someone has touched your life. Call or text that person and TELL THEM.

“You are on my mind right now and I’m feeling so grateful for who you are and for your big heart. I’m remembering that time I had the flu and you talked to me on the phone for two hours, telling stories that made me laugh and forget how bad I felt. That is just one example of how amazing you are.”

Imagine how you would feel right now if you got a call or text like that? Wouldn’t it make your whole day?

Don’t wait. Life is fleeting; say it now. Okay? Promise?

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

💜  P.S. It’s super fun to create Love Lists with other people. I’m hosting an hour long Love List Party on Saturday morning at 8am PDT. I’ll be sharing prompts to make it EASY AS PIE! Stay tuned for Zoom details or email me + I’ll remind you!

💜 P.P.S. If you know someone with a big heart who enjoys appreciating others, would you gift them with my book, “Say it Now” so they can enjoy brand new ways to spread sunshine and goodness? I’d be so GRATEFUL for your help spreading this message. ??

💜 P.P.S. It’s fun to celebrate “birthdays” of things we’ve created, of our animals, and of ANYTHING. What kind of birthday could you create to add some extra celebration to your life?

 

LoveGram: Think Smaller

 

Hello, my beautiful friend.

Today, I send you the wonder and striking beauty of bursts of purple flowers along the morning walk.

I send you the feeling of energy in your body as your legs carry you across the blocks of your neighborhood and as your hand raises up to wave to the neighbor in the houndstooth cap with the joyful crooked grin.

I send you the orchestra of birds — sounds like dozens of different ones! — who greet you along the way.

I send you these words to carry in your pocket all week: ease, simplicity, smallness, effortless.

Today, my LoveGram is about how we can offer love and appreciation to someone in our life — and do it in a way that takes little time, but is filled with big big heart.

Yep, today we are talking about Minimal Viable Product (MVP).

 

Listen here!  Just scroll down on that page until you see the audio player.  

 

Pause to think about simple ways others have shown you love + how it fueled you. 

Get quiet and consider someone who may need a boost of love this week. 

Trust your own inner wisdom.

Trust your goodness, creativity, and blooming joy. 

Know that you can find ease in the ways you express love. 

 

Thank you for listening, today.

Thank you for your kind heart, which I see and know!

 

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

💓   P.S. This week’s challenge is to think of at one person whom you want to send some love to for Mother’s Day. Hold that person in your mind and commit to finding the smallest, most easy way to tell them how you feel. I’ll send some ideas later this week. But also, your mind will start to work for you and ideas will likely drop in! Remember, we are going for small, small “songs” of love, like Lhasa De Sela.

 

💓   P.P.S. The book I mention in this LoveGram is “Effortless” by Greg McKeown.

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