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{Uplift gifts} Some weekend LOVE in baskets or breakfasts!

 

 

If you celebrate Easter — or even if you don’t!— you can make this weekend even sweeter by adding eggstra love.

For this uplifting and joyful gift you just need a basket and some of those plastic, fillable eggs or an empty egg carton and some chocolate eggs.

Whichever you choose, you’re gonna fill it with a whole bunch of nondenominational sweetness and LOVE.

And, listen, my friend… if you live alone, I am challenging you to create this for yourself! See my P.S. below!

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Make ’em a LOVE LIST basket or LOVE LIST carton!

What’s a Love List? You know how people tell all those great stories + appreciations at funerals? A Love List is a way to SAY IT NOW.

It is a brainstorm of all the reasons you love someone and what makes them unique. It’s what you appreciate. This list can be sweet, funny, sexy, or serious. It can include any number of loving attributes, characteristics, or memories about someone. It is a simple idea with a profound impact.

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The LOVE LIST Basket:

Below are some step-by-step basket instructions to make it super simple — you can easily do this last-minute! (Scroll down past my signature for the step-by-step basket graphic!)

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The LOVE LIST Carton:

Here’s what you do. Get some small plastic eggs that people put in Easter baskets. But instead, you are going to put yours in an empty egg carton! You’re still going to put the Love List strips inside. But this way, it isn’t Easter, it is just because!

How fun would it be to do this for someone you live with? You put the carton in the fridge and wait til they discover your surprise! (Just make sure you have some real eggs around in case they were super hungry for an omelette!)

Scroll down past the Easter graphic to see a photo of the egg carton LOVE LIST!

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Remember, my friend, even if you don’t celebrate Easter, you can STILL use this weekend to express your love to someone in your life.

Why not, right?!

Everyone needs to know WHY they are loved and WHY they matter.

Try to add that in the mix as often as you can, okay?!

Not only will this uplift others and help them feel more appreciated, it will change YOUR life. You will feel a greater sense of vitality and joy. 

I promise. 

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Making these kinds of “I see you” gifts for others has literally changed the shape of my life. My connections to people have deepened over the years.

I feel more positive because I am on the lookout for things to love about people.

It is a lifestyle that we can choose. 

I want this for you, too. 

Hope you will try this for someone you love.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Live alone? I challenge you to make one of these LOVE LIST gifts for yourself. YEP! I mean it. You make think that sounds silly or pathetic … but what it really is, is loving, strong, capable, and incredibly important. If we would all spend just a little more time loving ourselves as much as we love others, the world would be kinder and gentler.  I want to receive an email from you after you create this for yourself, okay? Send me a photo and tell me a little story about how it felt to make and receive. It will truly be a big gift to ME!!!

P.P.S. There are LOTS more creative gift ideas like this in my book, “Say it Now!”

 

 

 

 

 

LoveGram: Voice Your Love

Hello, friend.

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your weekend. 

Here in the U.S. it is Thanksgiving weekend and I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be far away from people we love — especially during the holidays.  

I would love to support you in connecting with and celebrating people in your life — let’s be creative and intentional together! 

Today’s LoveGram is posted here.

Scroll down on that page to find the audio. 

Ever since March, I’ve been creating these Audio LoveGrams as a way to support us all during this pandemic. 

We’re all just walking each other home. And along the way, we can do our best to remember that we can show up for the people we love. We can support them through this. We can offer celebration and connection, even from afar. 

Thanks for being by my side.

I’m here for you, too. 

I send you the smell of pumpkin pie and cinnamon and cloves! 

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

🌺 P.S. If you don’t yet have a copy of my book, “Say it Now,” this is a great time to purchase it and USE it! For less than $10, you get 33 amazing creative (not crafty) gift ideas that you can start using right away for the holidays. If you already own the book, would you consider buying it for a friend as a way to spread the message of meaningful gifts + celebration? It would matter so much to me! 

Joy Jar Redux

Two days ago, I told you a story about a Joy Jar Love List I made for my niece for Graduation. I wanted to share another story with you, in hopes of inspiring you to create one of your own …! 

Here’s another example of a Joy Jar. This was a gift to ME from my teammates at the Burchard Group. They surprised me with it the day my book launched.

I cannot even begin to tell you how much this gift meant to me.

Being able to receive all of that love and support on a day that was a milestone for me, was the BEST feeling ever.

The fact that they all took the time to create this in advance and to shower me with love and support was huge.

AND … receiving a gift that was a gift idea from the book truly grounded me in the joy of these gift ideas. It reflected back to me in a tangible way what it truly means to say it now!

I also wanted you to see that this Joy Jar is basically a mason jar, which you can buy in the kitchen supplies area of stores like Target, Big Lots, or Walmart. Or even a lot of grocery stores.

Also, the notes were printed on plain white paper and cut into strips. If you don’t wanna mess with label paper and color backing, this is an easy alternative. And it is filled with every bit as much love!

To watch a five-minute video with step-by-step instructions for creating a Joy Jar, click here!


 

Raise Your Hand!

Hello Hello!

I need a million people to do something for me!

You may already be one of them.

If not, you may be willing to help!

As many of you know, I recently launched my book, “Say it Now: 33 Creative Ways to Say I Love You to the Most Important People in Your Life.”

The cornerstone of the book — and my work! — is what’s called a Love List. This is simply a list of all the reasons you love someone and what makes them so unique and lovable.

With the launch of the book, I also launched a movement called “Love List Million.” I want to inspire 1,000,000 of these life-affirming love letters.

Yep, ONE MILLION.

I need your help spreading all this love. Will you be an ambassador for this movement? 

Here are some things you can do to help. If you would just do one, I’d be so HAPPY! 

  1. If you’ve created a Love List — or many Love Lists! — please go to this page and get counted. It will only take you a few seconds to log in each Love List. If you have photos, I’d love it if you’d attach one for each Love List. If you don’t, no problem. This means so much to me!
  2. If you haven’t yet created a Love List, will you make one for an upcoming Graduation, Father’s Day, birthday, or just because? You can download my free printable here. You can also use a greeting card or make a Joy Jar or present your Love List in other creative ways!
  3. Buy “Say it Now” for yourself or for a gift for others in your life. The more people who read the book, the more people who will make Love Lists!!

I truly believe that everyone on earth deserves to know what makes them unique and why they are loved. We live in a culture that is always looking for what’s wrong, what’s missing, and what we need to “fix” about ourselves. Will you help me offer an antidote in the form of voicing love?

Thank you so much for being a part of my community of awesome wonderful people!

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,
xo Sherry

 

P.S. That photo of me above was taken by Andrea Scher at my book launch party last week. Andrea is an amazing photographer based in the Bay Area. (She also makes beautiful jewelry, writes inspiring articles, hosts a podcast, offers online courses, and creates magic of all kinds!) I love the moment she captured with the bubbles floating above my head! Andrea is amazing!

{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! 

Great $8 gift idea for literature lovers! (Plus a happy story about a nun!)

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when I told you about my mom and how she always sends me boxes of books and what a great gift that is? (“Reason #4353 Why I Love My Mom!”)

Well, when my mom read that Simply Celebrate email, (because she always reads my emails, which makes me feel so loved, which makes that another gift, but that’s not the point right now), she immediately wrote to me and said, “We owe all this book lovin’ stuff to Sister Ida.”

Apparently Sister Ida was the person who encouraged my mom to read. Sister Ida was a nun at the school mom attended in Mount Vernon, Ohio. My mom remembers this sister saying to her, “Always carry a book. Read a book a week.”

My whole life I remember my mom saying, “You’ll never be bored as long as you have a book.” (See! That’s the quote on our l’il free library pictured above!) I’ve always carried a book with me wherever I go. And I’ve quoted my mom to my son countless times, ever since he was a baby. Now, my son is not only an avid reader, he is in the writing program at the School of the Arts here in San Francisco.

Suddenly, through my mom’s emails, I’m learning that all of us owe our love of literature to Sister Ida!

 

 

This is her!

Here’s the person who left the Belul clan a legacy of literary leanings.

Thank you, Sister Ida!

 

 

 

 

So you may be tapping your foot right now and saying, “C’mon, c’mon … where’s the gift idea you promised us?”

 

It’s this:

An idea dropped in when my mom was telling me Sister Ida stories. (She kept sending me emails with little snippets, like how she was the teacher’s pet so she got to drive the nuns around on the errands. “They were wearing full nun gear and had huge wooden rosary beads around their waists.” My mom also said she got to go to the convent and she would snoop around, “wanting to find out things like whether the nuns wear regular pajamas!”)

The idea I got was that I would write to my mom’s childhood parish to see if they had a photo of Sister Ida and then I would make a personalized bookmark with Sister Ida’s quote, “Always carry a book.”

Since my mom reads every day, I thought it’d be fun for her to have a bookmark to remind her of both Sister Ida and me!

It took some legwork, but I did finally track down the photo I posted above. And with a search on Etsy, I found someone who makes custom bookmarks.

 

 

For just $5 plus postage … I sent this to my mom, along with the backside message:

 

 

My mom loved it! And it started a whole new swarm of emails about Sister Ida. It was really fun to connect with my mom and hear her stories.
About a week later, I got another box in the mail, with some books from my mom. (And some candy!) If you missed it, the inspiration for my original post about my mom and books was a text from her that said, “A good book and a bag of candy is sometimes all it takes.”

 

Who can YOU send a personalized bookmark to?

 

If there is a book lover in your life who has inspired you, why not make ’em a custom bookmark? You can take a selfie of yourself peeking over an open book or use a favorite photo of you and the gift recipient.

It’s simple to upload your photo and type in some text for the front and back!

I’m not affiliated in any way with this Etsy seller. And I’m not responsible if you don’t like her bookmarks! I just wanted to share the resource I used to make it easy for you. (If you’re crafty, you can also just make your own bookmark!)

You can have the bookmark delivered directly to your fellow book lover. Or, have it sent to you so you can package the bookmark with a favorite current book and maybe some fancy tea to sip along while they read. What a great gift!

 

What legacy are you unknowingly leaving?

 

Thanks to my mom for inspiring this. (Hi mom!) And thanks Sister Ida for inspiring my mom. And thanks to whomever inspired Sister Ida to read!

We truly don’t know the legacy we leave behind. Sister Ida passed away in 1970, when I was just six years old. She couldn’t have imagined there would be something called email newsletters and that she would be the honored subject of one forty-seven years after her death.

But here I am, expressing my gratitude to sweet Sister Ida, who may be responsible for the fact that not only do I love to read, but I also love writing.

Never underestimate who you are + the impact you have in the world!

Happy reading — and gifting — and leaving a legacy,
Sherry

 

P.S. Oh! And my mom inspired me to send a bookmark to the person who helped me track down Sister Ida’s photo. Here’s what I sent to her. Isn’t that fun?

 

P.P.S. I’m rather wow’d by the thought that 47 years after her death, Sister Ida is right here with us in this community of celebrators. That her spirit is alive and thriving through that one single sentence — “Carry a book with you” — that she spoke back in the 1950’s. Think about all of the sentences you’ve spoken in your life. Now imagine that one random sentence was the one that impacted someone’s life to the degree that this one has transformed my mom. And me. And my son. You just never know the ripple effects of your life!