I have the greatest mom EVER.
You know how I keep talking about making Love Lists? Well, I made the very first one for her when she turned 50.
And I just want to remind you that Mother's Day is coming up quickly.
You've GOT to make this gift for your mom if you haven't yet. For heaven's sake, it is absolutely FREE and she will cry happy tears. So will you. DO IT. You'll both be glad forever.
Did I say it is free? It is. All you need is an hour of your time to make your mom feel really really happy.Get your free video and download about presentation of the Love List by clicking here.
Cherry Blossom Soup
In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's work,16 bloggers set out to "Plant a Kiss" in the world on April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen!
Today all of us are posting about that experience. My thoughts are below. Click here to visit the Plant a Kiss page, where you can link to all participating bloggers. For every blog you visit and comment on, your name will be tossed into a hat for a chance to win one of many amazing prizes such as online writing, photography, or dream-building classes; coaching sessions; artwork; or jewelry.
Plant a Yes
The clock is ticking and I’ve got to write a post about Plant a Kiss Day. But where to start?
I could write about the awesome Bubble Flash Mob we organized here in San Francisco that still has me giddy from all that sunshine, happy strangers, and bubbles of all shapes and sizes. I could write about how much it means to me to be connected to these 15 other spirited women writers whom I admire and am inspired by. I could write about the pure joy of helping promote Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who has given so freely of her creativity and zest for life. I could write about how tickled I’ve been at every tweet or Facebook post in which I see some stranger talking about how they celebrated Plant a Kiss Day, a holiday that didn’t even exist a month ago.
But I think the story that really wants to be told is what it means to pay attention to the places inside of us that shout, or sometimes simply whisper, yes.
Plant a Kiss Day, for me, has been about that yes. Over and over again.
A couple months ago, I happened to read somewhere that Amy Krouse Rosenthal was looking for some folks who might be willing to help promote her new book, Plant a Kiss.
Raising my hand for this was a no brainer. I've been a big fan of Amy's ever since I read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and then discovered her inspiring missions in the world, joyful gatherings, and moving short films. I love Amy’s down-to-earth, quirky style. This seemed like a great chance to give back to someone who’s got great juju and who serves in so many ways.
When Amy’s book arrived in the mail, I was delighted by the simplicity and whimsy. I loved the message of planting something good and sharing it with others. But … the truth is, I didn’t really know how I could help Amy promote her book. Writing a blog post or posting on Facebook were possibilities, but they seemed so uninspired. So, not knowing what to do, I set the book aside and hoped that inspiration would drop in.
Weeks passed. And whenever I saw the book on my shelf, I would feel a little guilty. Why wasn’t I doing anything to promote her book like I promised?
And then, seemingly out of nowhere, one day, the idea dropped in: Plant a Kiss Day. I could create a day inspired by Amy’s book, get some great bloggers to celebrate that day, and then have a blog party in which we share what we experienced. This wasn’t something I thought up. It was just an idea given to me by life. It was this tiny moving Ferris wheel in my chest.
I was nervous to ask Amy about the idea, but I did.
And she said, “Yes.” And from there, from responding to that one quiet little idea that dropped in, a whole avalanche of yesses happened.
In the very short amount of time between when that little idea dropped in until now, it feels like the yesses just kept piling up. With each yes, it felt like my spirit got more and more buoyed. Not only was I feeling that little Ferris wheel in me, I was riding it, round and round, with glee.
At one point yesterday, I was standing in the midst of a crowd of really happy people at the Plant a Kiss Bubble Flash Mob, and a cameraman for the local news pulled me aside to interview me. After the interview, he said, “I want to thank you for this. Most of the time I am sent on assignments that are really grim and depressing. It feels so good to be able to cover something that brings such joy in the world.” And all I could say was, “Yes, yes, yes.”
Our days are fleeting. It is easy to get caught up in everyday routines and feel like one day is just like the next. But when we listen to those yesses inside us, when we let ourselves follow their luminescent threads, it changes everything. It’s like someone planted a kiss inside us and we breathe into it, making it grow.
Note, if you aren't able to leave a comment on this blog because you don't have a Facebook account, simply email your comment to me and I'll post it for you. And of course that will count toward the drawing!
Plant a Kiss Day was created to celebrate the message and spirit behind Amy Krouse Rosenthal's work and the whimsical book she created, Plant a Kiss, which is beautifully illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. "In this gentle tale about hope, kindness, and sharing, see how one small acts blooms into something grander than anyone ever could have imagined." Plant a Kiss is not just for kids; it's the little bit of magic and hope we all long for, no matter what our age. Order the book on Amazon.
Images © Amy Krouse Rosenthal/Peter H. Reynolds & © Can Stock Photo Inc./jadimages
I'm always on the lookout for people who are dedicated to making life feel extraordinary. Enter, Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
On her website, Amy humbly describes herself as "someone who likes to make things." What I want to add is that what she makes is amazing books, inspiring missions in the world, joyful gatherings, and moving short films. What she makes is — people happy. What she makes is — the seemingly ordinary turn absolutely extraordinary.
I've been a big fan of Amy's ever since I read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life.
Recently, when I read Amy's whimsical new book, Plant a Kiss, which is beautifully illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, it inspired me to want to create a day dedicated to small acts of kindness and joy, which reap big results. If you watch the video below, you'll see why!
As you know from yesterday's post, my Plant a Kiss Day activity is organizing a Bubble Blowing Flash Mob in the park.
Here are some simple things YOU can do if you want to participate in Plant a Kiss Day:
And then, on May 1, visit our Plant a Kiss Blog Hop Party where 15 bloggers will be sharing their experiences of Plant a Kiss Day and giving away tons of amazing prizes! You can win any of a number of classes, books, artwork, jewelry, or coaching sessions simply by visiting and commenting on the 15 blogs in the hop.
Ready, set, Plant a kiss!
P.S. If the video is not displaying properly, because heck, who knows if it will, you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here.
If you're not local, create your own Plant a Kiss activity or event. It can be as simple as playing guitar in the park, leaving flowers or artwork in a drab public restroom, or texting "I love you" to someone in your life.
Joy is a practice. Let's start now.
From Sherry: Today's post is a guest post written by Marney K. Makridakis. I love what she has to say about accepting all the parts of ourselves. Yes!
This morning I starting reading Marney's book, "Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life." I'm someone who is always racing against the clock and feeling as if there isn't enough time. I'm truly looking forward to using Marney's tips and tools to change the way I view time. Down the road, I'll share some of my favorite ideas from her book. But for now, here's what Marney has to say about balance ...
Reinventing Time and Balance
By Marney K. Makridakis
One of the most prevalent comments I’ve heard about time is the idea that we need to “balance our time” to live a more “balanced” life. I think the concept of balance is, sadly, often misunderstood. We often feel that if we are focused and disciplined, upbeat and positive, loving and generous, healthy and energetic…then we will be “balanced people.” And if the pie chart of our daily life has just the right ratios of work, life, family, health, spirituality, and service, then our time will be “balanced.”
The problem with striving for balance is that most people’s understanding of this state swerves away from what balance actually is! Balance is not about walking around with a bunch of “positive,” happy qualities; it’s about walking the tightrope between the poles within us and the circumstances outside of us. True balance, ironically, means that we accept the parts of ourselves that can be pretty lopsided. Balance means we can embrace and love the most topsy-turvy parts because they offer gifts for full, authentic living.
Even though we measure time in a linear way, time is and always will be asymmetrical. One moment is not like another, just as each day is different and each tide that rolls in is different from the next. This is why it is impossible to “balance our time” by some objective pie-chart formula in a time management book. Exploring nonlinear, asymmetrical time allows us to move in tandem with an inherently lopsided time and thus regain our relative balance. If we stop constantly measuring ourselves against the standards of linear time, we can accept ourselves more fully. New possibilities emerge as we tango with tenacity and disco with uncertainty.
Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online.
This excerpt is based on the book Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life ©2012 by Marney Makridakis. Published with permission of New World Library http://www.newworldlibrary.com
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