Love Letter From Laura-Jean

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One evening as we were winding down, my seven year old son Dexter got excited out of the blue and said, “Awesome!  The day after tomorrow is chocolate milk day!”  It was one of those gorgeous little parenting moments that brings tears to my eyes.  I just loved that he could be so excited about this little weekly treat they get at school, and that he looked forward to something so simple with such enthusiasm.

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That attitude stuck with me.  I really took it to heart, and started looking for all there is to celebrate in my everyday life.

Like most entrepreneurs, I still have my share of stress and worry about the juggling act that is my life and my businesses. I see how that stress and worry is just pretty much garbage.  Knowing that it’s garbage doesn’t make it go away instantly, but I can choose a different frame of mind in that moment.

Looking forward to chocolate milk day, metaphorically speaking, is a perfect trick to displace stress, worry or boredom and create a whole new way of being.  We all have tons to celebrate in our lives.  Really, tons.  Take a look right now in your life and see.  What is already there to celebrate?  And what could you create to celebrate?

For me, there’s my amazing business and the people in the community who help it thrive; the designers, staff and you, our wonderful customers – who all believe in this dream I made up 10 years ago – this is one of the best things on my list of things to celebrate.

I have Stuart, my little rescue dog, snoozing beside me as I write this.  He just sighed and snuggled a little closer. Him being this cozy and cute, and our family having found him to adopt is something to celebrate.

Today, everything worked out so that I could pick up my son from school and complete this blog from home.  His friend Jacob was coming with us, and entertained me all the way home with stories about how he is the only seven year old in the world legally allowed to work for money, but right now they just pay him in cookies (it sounds like he helps his mom at the restaurant she works at but it’s hard to know how accurate his story is).  That little joyous walk home with two boys is something to celebrate.

There has been some sunshine today after a lot of grey days.  I picked up some great cheese from Kensington Market which I forgot about, so I had a surprise awesome snack when I got home.  My mother-in-law’s pasta.  Wearing pink.  A call from an old friend out of the blue.  Brand new socks. Uninterrupted bubble baths.  Family game night.  Coffee dates with girlfriends.  Playing old records.  A Saturday matinee with my son… Once I start listing things, it’s hard to stop!

So really, anytime you’re bummed out, bored or stressed, just take a moment to look at what you have to celebrate.  Remember to create your own chocolate milk days, and then don’t forget to look forward to them!  Dexter may have just hit on the whole secret to happiness in his own awesome seven year old way.

XO

-Laura-Jean

Loving the Ones You’re With

Today on Facebook I saw a very sad post from Peter Gabriel. It seems he lost his father on Friday and he shared this video of the beautiful song he’d written for him.


Now this really hit me. Not only because Peter Gabriel is one of my favourite humans, but because he is also a very big part of my relationship with my Father (as you can see in this post from September).

This past weekend I spent a lot of time reflecting on the importance of relationships in my life. Relationships with friends, relationships with family, relationships with co-workers and even with strangers.

My amazing, sweet and nurturing Mom and Dad with their brand new handful.

These relationships are really the best thing we have, and it’s so important to cherish and nurture them. This weekend I reconnected with a brother I have barely spoken to in the last 10 years, I had a repairing talk with my little sister and apologized for being self righteous with her, I thanked my parents for being wonderful and loving and always looking out for me while letting me be who I wanted.

My brother Ben and sister Katie – Two super awesome humans!

These conversations were nothing but giving credit where credit is due, but the result was ultimately so rewarding. I now have the opportunity to have wonderful new relationships wtih my family.

Giving the people in your life the gift of a thank you ends up making both them and YOU feel like a million bucks.

I encourage you to reach out to a loved one in your life today. Give someone a hug, tell someone how awesome they are – it’s the greatest gift you can give them – and yourself.

xo – Allison