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End the Year with LOVE !

 

Hello Beautiful Friend!

It’s the last day of 2021 and you are on my mind.

I’m feeling so grateful for us being able to walk, side by side, through all the ups and downs of life.

I know this past year has been filled with a lot of uncertainty, loss, and disappointment. And, also, it has also been filled with connection, joy, and love.

Whatever you have experienced, and however you are feeling right now, I want you to know that you are not alone and that I honor your journey. I trust your path. I see your goodness.

Because you are here with me, I know that you share my values of friendship, family, connection, love, creativity, and self-expression.

I wanted to pop by today to remind us all that we have the choice to focus today on these values. We can turn our attention to simple gratitude and to love. We can end this year by practicing living what we value most.

I don’t say that in the sense of “don’t feel your feelings” or in some silly Pollyanna way. I say it in the purest sense of gifting ourselves with a few moments of basking in thoughts and memories that feel good.

I say it because I love you and I want you to remember that joy is a practice.

Celebration is a practice.

Love is a practice.

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So, as we end the year, I want to share with you something off the top of my head that I posted to social media yesterday. It is an example of what happens when we turn our attention to love.

I had a simple urge to share a photo of our upside down Christmas tree. When I went to Instagram to post the photo, I was overcome with a feeling of appreciation and deep love for my son, Kayne.

I listened to that feeling and let myself write from that place.

Here’s what tumbled out into that post: 

{❤️ Reasons why I LOVE my son}

He’s home for the holidays and nothing makes me happier than when I step in the house + he’s there, at the kitchen table, studying French. He always looks up and says in a happy, hearty voice: “Welcome home, Mom!”

(Sometimes he says it in a squeaky mouse voice or a sing-song voice. Sometimes he draws out all the vowels, so the phrase lasts a loooooong time!)

I love that sometimes he does handstands in the living room. Sometimes he sings silly made-up verses. Sometimes he makes funny faces in the mirror. Sometimes he pretends to be our cats talking. Sometimes he looks up how to properly pronounce words like caprese, ratatouille, or Carcassone.

I love that he is quirky — and completely unapologetically himself.

That’s us in front of our #upsidedownChristmas tree.

I love that he singlehandedly selected which of our dozens of ornaments should be hung this year + then he specially designed it. (You can’t see it, but the whimsical bird looks like she’s flying toward the pickle to eat it. Just one example of the pockets of stories on our tree!)

Every year since he was little, I asked my son to pick out an ornament. Usually they reflected his current interests — a chess board from when he was seven, a musical note when he took piano lessons, a kung-fu kid from middle school years.

As he got older, ornament choices got a bit more unconventional. See that pencil dangling from the bottom? That represents the year he got into the SF School of the Arts Writing program. There’s also a crumpled up essay from his first year in college.

So, this post is just a random rambling as thoughts dropped in. YOU can DO THIS, too. I call it a LOVE LIST + it makes an amazing gift.

Maybe at New Year’s Eve dinner tonight, you write 3 things you love about each person + slip ’em under the plates? Maybe you get a jar and fill it with slips of love? Maybe you print a photo and send in a card along with some things you love? Maybe you text someone, wishing them the best and telling them something lovable about them?

There’s really nothing more fun than LOVE! Sending oodles of it your way today — into 2022 — and always.

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In case you are brand new to my world, let me tell you a little more about the LOVE LIST:

The Love List is simply this: a list of specific reasons that you love someone. It is the ways this person has impacted your life + the reasons they are unique in all the world.

A Love List is sweet, funny, sexy, or serious. It can include any number — from five to fifteen to fifty — of loving attributes, characteristics, or memories about someone.

A Love List can be created with photos, in a Joy Jar, in fortune cookies, scribbled on a sheet of paper, attached to flower stems with  ribbon, taped to the back of dollar bills— or in countless other ways!

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So, today on New Year’s Eve, I want you to know that you are on my mind and that I am sending you love and peace.

I’m also here to remind you to take care of yourself by intentionally thinking some good thoughts. Maybe do what I did and look at a photo that makes you happy. List the reasons why it makes you feel good.

And, if you have the energy to do so, please throw some light out to someone who needs it.

Please consider mixing some extra love into your New Year’s day. Use your imagination and see how you can combine a Love List with something you are doing with others.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

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.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!

 

Wishing with a Friend

 

I want you to meet my friend, Alexa whose mission in life is to help you make your wishes come true.

Alexa is a jewelry designer and author of the book, Wishwork: Make a Wish, Do the Work, and Watch It Come True.

I met Alexa recently because a friend of mine, Carrie, was wearing a bracelet during a video call and she told us how excited she was that there was a pretty capsule on the bracelet, designed to hold a tiny scroll with a wish on it. Carrie said she could already feel like her wish was getting closer, simply by choosing to write it — and wear it.

I was enchanted by the idea of “wearing our wishes.”

Carrie inspired me to  visit Alexa’s website to order a wish bracelet for a girlfriend as a thank you gift. As soon as I popped on Alexa’s website, it occurred to me that I knew her: she was a fellow Mango Press author!

I contacted Alexa immediately and ordered a couple bracelets as special gifts. The friends I gave them to really loved them!

 

 

Listen to our Conversation on Alexa’s Wishworks Podcast

That connection with Alexa prompted her to invite me to be a guest on her Wishworks podcast. Yay! Yes! Alexa and I had so much fun. We talked about what it means to show up exactly as who we are, the process of living in happiness, and how to celebrate no matter what.

I think you’ll love this podcast episode and can listen here.

 

 

Wish with a Friend for the New Decade

After spending an hour with Alexa during the podcast recording, I just knew I wanted to introduce her to you. We conjured up an idea to offer you a way to share the joy of a Wishworks bracelet — and wishing process — with a dear friend of yours.

Alexa has generously offered to give my Simply Celebrate community a buy-one-get-one-half-price discount on any of her beautiful bracelets! That way you can make a new decade wish for yourself and also invite a friend to wish, too!

If you use this link, it will automatically adjust the total!  (Please note: one use per customer. Also, although the bracelet may not arrive in time for actual Christmas, it can be a Christmastime or New Year’s present!)

This means, not only can you share the BFF joy of having wishing bracelets, but that you can commit to supporting one another in making those wishes come true. 

And guess what?

Alexa and I are offering a free virtual wishing gathering that will get you and your friend started on the wishing journey.

 

Come to a Free Wishcircle with Alexa and Me

A Wishcircle is an uplifting event where people make wishes…together!

Alex will kick off the Wishwork process, discuss how to make our wishes together, and give some tips on staying committed to the wishes we make.

This Wishcircle will be held from 10am-11am PST on Sunday, December 29th.  

To join this Wishcircle virtual gathering follow the instructions below the PS’s.

Seek celebration — and bring a friend!

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Your buy-one-get-one-half-off special discount is available through December 31, 2019.

P.P.S Here’s more information on Alexa: Alexa Fischer is the creator of the goal-setting, wish-granting jewelry company Wishbeads and author of the book Wishwork. She’s also an online educator, coach, and speaker whose work shares the common goal of helping people go after their dreams, build their confidence, and break free from fear.

P.P.P.S In the spirit of transparency, I want you to know that I’m an affiliate for Wishbeads. (But that’s because I believe so wholeheartedly in Alexa’s work!) This means I earn 10% from any sales I make. I want to be honest and clear with you, always! But trust me, I would never ever share with you any product or service that I haven’t personally experienced and LOVED. And I’m truly excited about this beautiful jewelry that helps keep us all more intentional about making our dreams come true.

P. P.P.P.S You do not need to purchase anything or officially sign up in order to join the Wishcircle virtual gathering. This is a gift for you, no strings attached. We wanted to make it free and simple. Just follow the instructions above to join. You also do not need to bring a friend. But if you do gift someone with a Wishbeads bracelet, I encourage you to come to the workshop together and commit to supporting one another in a big wish for 2020! There is power in our BFF relationships!


How to Join this Virtual Wishcircle

Sunday, December 29th

10am PST/1pm EST

This workshop will be held virtually, via Zoom. You can join a Zoom call by dialing in on your phone, using the Zoom app on your phone, or logging in on your computer.

Please bring paper and pen. 

If you log in via computer, you can choose to be on video or to turn the video off.  Sherry and Alexa will have their video on, but you can choose whatever feels most comfortable to you. (Feel free to come in your pajamas, sweats, or lounge wear!)

Join Zoom Meeting on the computer, with or without video
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Meeting ID: 862 095 566

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