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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!”

 

 

 

 

 

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

LoveGram: Love is a Practice

 

Hello!

This morning I send you a feeling of peacefulness, no matter what is going on: a deep breath, the scent of freshly-mown grass, the glimpse of a deer dashing into the woods.

I send you permission for self-care, for saying “no,” for choosing to do something that makes you happy.

I send you my appreciation — because you are someone who cares deeply about the people in your life and you are the one who takes time to practice loving more and better.

Today I’m celebrating that I just received the official notification of the U.S. trademark for the phrase, Love List.

Looking at those words on that certificate, it makes me feel such appreciation for this beautiful practice.

Creating a Love List is a calming meditation, it is a positive psychology tool, it is a creative outlet, it is a gift.

Today, my LoveGram is about the practice of looking for what we love about the people in our lives.

We all know how easy it can be to notice when we get irritated, frustrated, or angry. That’s okay! It can also be so easy to intentionally look for what makes us happy about that person, how they are supporting us, or the positive impact they’ve had on us.

Hear today’s Audio LoveGram now! 

After you listen to today’s LoveGram, create a ONE ITEM Love List, okay? It can be that super simple.

Think of someone in your life who would benefit from some positivity. Then, think of one specific thing to thank them for or a fun memory.

Text them.

It can sound like this, “Hey Suzy, you are on my mind right now. I’m thinking about how much I love your energy and excitement about making new foods. I’ve been so lucky to get to dine at your house and enjoy the yummy results of your culinary passion. Sending love and gratitude.” 

Easy peasy! Watch and see how good this feels!

Then, appreciate yourself for being someone who practices love!

Thank you for being with me today.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. This week’s challenge is to create a one-item Love List — right now— and text it to someone. Just think of someone whom you love, think of one specific reason you love that person, and let them know! Okay?!

P.P.S. After you send your love to that person, please consider taking a moment to log it in here on my Love List Million Page. It will literally take less than a minute! And would mean 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!

Love Letter to the Grieving

I just read a beautiful reminder in the New York Times this morning about how important it is to write a letter to someone grieving about the person who has died.

If you can think of a few special memories you have about the person who died, these can be such pinpricks of light to someone who misses that person. Can you recall something that person said that had an impact on you? Something kind that they did? Something quirky or unique about them that you will always remember?

Share these things.

Even if you didn’t really know the person who died, you know and love someone who deeply loved that person.

Your note can even be simple and short, like this: “I’m thinking about your mom today. Even though I didn’t have the chance to meet her, I know she was an incredible person because look at the influence she had on YOU. I’ve also always enjoyed your stories about times you shared with her, especially baking together and sharing those yummy treats with the homeless. I know she had a beautiful, generous heart and I am holding her (and you) in my thoughts right now.”

Here’s a great quote from the article — thought I hope you’ll read the whole thing:

“A condolence letter is a gift to the recipient, but it’s a gift to the writer, too. Remembering someone you loved is a way of remembering who you were, a way of linking your own past and present. Even when you love only the survivor — even if you hardly knew, or never met, the mourned beloved, you know something crucial: You know that person had a hand in creating someone you love. A condolence letter confirms the necessity of connection, one human heart to another. It’s a way of saying, ‘We belong to one another.'”