It’s time for a break. A hug. Some electronic sugar cookies sound good right about now.
I am so honored and delighted to bring you the bright, shining voice of one of my favorite writers, Alexandra Franzen.
Over the years her blog has provided endless inspiration to my writing journey and I was thrilled to be mentioned when she wrote about operating as if the world is already listening.
Alexandra says that, when it comes to being a better writer — and a better human being — she has a ten-word philosophy: Start with love. Keep it simple. You are not confused.
Her two books — 50 Ways To Say You’re Awesome (Sourcebooks) and Our Q+A A Day: A 3-Year Journal For 2 People (Potter Style) have inspired thousands of people to say “thank you” and “I love you,” a lot more often.
“Thank you” and “I love you” just never go out of style. They are the little black dresses of the heart.
If there is anything that has hit home for me over the last few weeks it’s the importance of loving now. Appreciating now. Giving now. Our spouses and partners and families and friends and co-workers and pets need us now.
Not some day when our to-do list is finished and our bank accounts are balanced and our groceries are done. Now.
It’s time to say I love you now. Because there will never be a good time or a better time or a more convenient time.
Think of this post, “Love letters for him, her + everyone” as an oasis of literary love in the middle our hectic schedules.
It’s time to pause, reconnect, kiss, and savor the love we have in our lives. The feelings and people that make everything worth it.
Love letters for him, her + everyone – By Alexandra Franzen
“If you realized how beautiful you are, you would fall at your own feet.”
– Byron Katie
When you take command, she melts.
(Plan the date. Handle the details. Make the effort.)
When you write her a handwritten note she will keep it forever. She loves when you’re thinking about her when she is not around. (When that happens, tell her.)
Her internal architecture rearranged the moment that she met you, and again the moment that she realized she loved you.
She is ready to build empires with you.
She loves the way the back of your neck smells, the scruff of your face at five o’ clock, and the way your arms wrap around her, completely.
She wonders, sometimes, if she’s “good enough” to keep you. She’s your biggest fan. She thinks you can be anything. To her, you’re MORE than everything.
To her, you are a king.
He loves your body. Really, he does.
He thinks you’re soft and you smell so good and something happens in his belly when you snuggle up close — like absolute yearning and total satisfaction, all at once.
He loves when you strut around in heels and he loves when you’re wearing no make-up at all and he secretly wishes you’d quit wearing sticky lipgloss and switch to minty chapstick, forever.
He can’t fathom how you could ever look in the mirror and feel anything less than overwhelmed with amazement.
He wonders, often, if he’s “good enough” for you. He’s your biggest fan. He thinks you can do anything. To him, you are THE everything.
To him, you are a queen.
You are more lovable, more kissable, more hug-able, more hold-able, more everything-able than you can possibly know.
If you have found someone to love, keep loving.
If you are seeking someone to love, keep going.
“Someone you haven’t met yet is already dreaming of adoring you.”
– Danielle LaPorte
And that’s what I know about love.
Alexandra Franzen wants to live in a world where emails are short, love letters are brave and every “thank you” note is scribbled by hand.
Her refreshingly simple tips on writing, productivity + creativity (and everyday woes — like inbox-clearing) have been featured on Fast Company, Forbes, The Daily Love, The Huffington Post — and on radio programs from coast to coast.
Get free workbooks + scripts to unlock your inner wordsmith at: AlexandraFranzen.com.
This week’s LOVE WORK – Say I love you now. Write a text, send a note, use lipstick or ink, a laptop or a hug. Do it now.
OUR Q&A a Day – BOOK GIVEAWAY –
One Lucky Reader will win a copy of Alexandra’s Amazon Best Seller: Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People.
TO ENTER – Complete this sentence and post in the comments: What I know about love is….
Contest is open in the US only and ends on Saturday June 21st at midnight Eastern time. The winner will be notified via email. Positive Vibes and Electronic Hugs will be sent to all who enter. All entries may be featured in a future blog post celebrating what we all know about love and your entry provides permission to repost and quote you. Cool, right?
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