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LoveGram: Want more meaning in your life?

Hello Friend,

Welcome to this week’s LoveGram.

Today, I send you the sweet smells of the local bakery, early in the morning.

I send you a variety of red flowers, vibrant in the sun.

I send you the gong-gong of the church bells in some ancient city.

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Today, my LoveGram is about one of the ways we give moments of our lives more meaning.

It is about how we feel a greater sense of being alive.

It is how we weave our own colorful tapestry of story.

Listen to today’s Audio LoveGram by clicking through to this page now!  (Just scroll down on that page until you see the audio player. Press play. That’s it!)

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When you listen, you’ll hear a story from my life about the sound of gongs.

It starts with the ordinary sound of musical gongs in the background of an audio meditation. Then, it continues with a little serendipity of the sound of church bells gonging nearby while I am doing that meditation in an apartment in Toulouse, France.

It continues through Cascais, Portugal and up until the moment my LoveGram ends! Which means YOU are woven into this story. (YAY!)

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Maybe you noticed that up above, I used the phrase “tapestry of story.”

When we intentionally seek meaning in our lives, it is like that.

Moments of our lives become multi-textured and multi-colored.

They form an invisible (but palpable) artwork we continue to create as the years go on.

When we think about our lives in that way, we imbue them with a sense of poetry.

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One of the very first taglines I ever used for Simply Celebrate was this: “Turning ordinary days into an extraordinary life.”

THAT is what we’re doing today, right? We are creating the extraordinary.

What does this look like for YOU? What do you see in your own life around themes or patterns or serendipities?

How do YOUR “ordinary” days feel extraordinary? How do you create a tapestry from separate single threads?

And how do you weave in other people into your story? Whose stories intersect yours?

This is what we are exploring in the audio today.

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What if we could weave ourselves into an even bigger story? An even more colorful moment?

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I hope you will take 15 minutes to listen to this week’s LoveGram now.

Find a comfy place to lie down. Or, you can walk outside and get some fresh air while you listen.

Thank you for being on this journey of love, celebration, and appreciation with me.

I’m grateful for your presence in my life.

You matter.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

P.S. Here’s a video of a “sound bath” with gongs so you get a sense of what it is.

 

{Celebration Moment} No Regret.

 

Hello my friend!

Earlier this week, I was listening to an audio by my mentor, Brendon Burchard on the topic of “no regret.”

Something he said really jumped out at me: “Don’t just think about who you are — express it!”

This quote reminded me of the rather famous book by Bronnie Ware, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.” Bronnie was a hospice nurse and she wrote about the poignant and powerful things that her patients most regretted.

The first one she writes about is: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

Please pause for moment and think about this for yourself.

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Due to a lot of cultural conditioning, sometimes we are more concerned with fitting in or belonging than we are in being true to who we really are.

I sure know this place.

As a young person, I experienced that longing to belong to such a degree that at some point it felt like I had lost myself. As the years passed and I entered my late twenties, I grew deeply depressed — though on the outside I remained bubbly and fun because that’s who I thought people wanted me to be.

Looking back, I see that it was repression of my authentic self that was causing the depression. I call that person “Cardboard Sherry,” because she feels so flat, so uninspired.

She was afraid that she wouldn’t be loved. She so desperately wanted love that she gave up her own desires, opinions, and beliefs in order to fit in, thinking that would get her love.

Thankfully, I was led to meditation and creativity. As I began an intentional path of presence and true creative expression — connecting to writing, art, dance, quirky events, and unconventional living — the depression lifted.

I was buoyed by living my life.

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I’ll be 58 this year and I feel more alive and more myself than ever before. This past weekend, I donned a pink bobbed wig, green crinoline, fingerless gloves, and bubblegum-colored combat boots to attend the Edwardian Ball with my beau. 

(Note: in case you missed my Sunday LoveGram, it was all about using joy to fuel us in these times of heartbreak and grief.)

Dancing in the historic ballroom filled with colorful and creative Edward Gorey-esque characters — San Franciscans and kindred spirits from all over — I felt as if I’d fully come home to myself.

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I’ve realized over the years that the true sense of belonging comes not from pretending to be like others, but from being 100% myself.

It comes from belonging to my own heart and belonging in my own life. It comes from belonging with others who are committed to the living their best, most authentic life.

And you know what? That’s what I appreciate so much about you.

We are a community of people who are chipping away at regret and taking steps toward living fully expressed.

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There is so much heartache in the world right now, I encourage you to find a slice of time to connect with whatever kind of novelty or play YOU love.

What brings you to life? You deserve it and I promise you, it will energize you and lift your spirit. 

In my coaching group this week, we went around the circle and shared moments that we felt most alive.

It was extraordinarily uplifting to hear each person’s story.

I would love to hear yours. If you want, please email me a photo that shows YOU living your best self out loud. Tell me a sentence or two about it.

I promise you, sharing it will lift you up. And I know, it will elevate my spirits, too. When we are fully alive and when we share those stories of feeling fully alive, it is palpable joy.

Your vitality is a gift for everyone. 

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YOU MATTER!

I can’t wait to share in your joy of being alive.

Celebration is waiting for us. 

I love you and am cheering you on, always.

Thanks for who you are.

Seek celebration — even in the dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

A l’il weekend zest…

I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

Are you winding down your summer? Or is still in full throttle?

Sending you wishes for a weekend full of ease and playful interactions. May you laugh a lot. May you watch a sunset. May you walk barefoot in the grass. May you sing out loud (on or off key!) to a song you love.

Today I collected for you just a few this and that’s, which I’ve been meaning to tell you about, but just haven’t had the chance.

These are some fun and high-energy video conversations plus some written words.

I hope you hear or read something that gives you an idea of one simple way to experience or give more love.

May they give you some sparks of inspiration + joy!

 

1. I had so much fun during this video conversation with Carrie Roldan. We talked a lot about “How to become your future self.” In other words, how do we begin to live more fully the life that is calling to us? I’m pretty sure I talk about hats a lot in this one! This is a must-listen in you need some oomph and a l’il kickstart!

2. I got to give a love gesture suggestion in Parents Magazine about a version of the Love List for children’s lunch bags. If you are a parent, definitely check out this article for all the ideas! There are some great suggestions to slip some nurturing in with all those luncheon nutrients.

3. Here’s my latest guest post in the wonderful website, Kind Over Matter. This is called, “Make a Date with Love,” and gives you an easy-peasy way to tend to relationships all year long. I hope everyone will try this!

4. For any creative types out there, and you know I believe that is everyone, this is a conversation with Ronnie Walter when she interviewed me for her “Coffee with Ronnie” show. Ronnie is a breath of fresh air and we cover all kinds of topics around living a creative life. Grab your mug o’ joe, or drink of your choice, lie in the hammock, and listen in.

 

I’m off to finish my own morning coffee, meditate, and then live out this brand new day. It is very sunny and I’m headed to the beach with a friend later. I think the forecast calls for parasols.

Sending you hugs and surprises.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,
xo Sherry

 

P.S. Don’t forget to find a way to “Say it Now” today — and everyday.