Recently, the fabulous group over at BloomNation asked me a question – what do you do to celebrate the people you love, every day of the year?
I know we tend to focus on birthdays, anniversaries and as my husband refers to them, Hallmark holidays, but what about the rest of the days in the calendar year?
I got to thinking about this (and their question) a lot after losing my grandma this past weekend. Her life was so full, but yet finite. We only have so much time on this great big earth to share our love with each other and I want to make sure I’m doing my best to show that love every single day.
So I’ve come up with my top five ways to show love daily:
Words of affirmation: While physical touch is my love language, I know plenty of people who need to hear it. With this is mind, be sure to tell your friends and family how much you love, care and value them. Such a small thing can make a big impact.
Out-of-the-blue: Have you ever had the person in front of you in line at Starbucks buy your coffee? It’s pretty much the greatest feeling ever. I try to do this as often as possible to pay it forward. Another one of my favorite random ways to show some love is to put together an arrangement of flowers to drop by for someone in need of a little day brightening. If you can’t make it to your local store, I encourage you to check out BloomNation– they are a flower delivery company that supports local florists through their online marketplace.
Give grace: This one also holds true to showing yourself some love. As a mom, I can easily get wrapped up in the day-to-day routine and sometimes go to a negative space. But you know what, we need grace as much as the next person, therefore take the opportunity to love others well by giving it freely.
All ears: Sometimes people just need you to lend an ear and listen. That’s it. Just listen to them. So simple, yet not often easy. Make the time to be there and listen to a friend or loved one. More often than not, you’ll take away something from the conversation too.
Hugs and kisses: Lots of them. This may only apply to my close family members for you, but the power of a strong hug or a loving kiss can go a long way. I recently asked Marcus how many times he thinks I kiss Everett every day. It’s probably in the high hundreds by the time he goes down for the night. But I always remind him that some day he won’t let me do it, so for now, he’s getting smothered. Deal with it.