Share the LOVE

We’d like to bring back the “Reader Round-up” series in a new format called “Share the LOVE”.  With so much wisdom and thoughtful advice pouring in, we can’t help but want to highlight you readers and the community that has been built here.  Today feels like a good day to do it.  Cause I’m sitting here watching this news with a hole in my heart.  So please, please keep your inspiring comments, tweets, and emails coming!  You guys do SO much to make this world a better place.

(Unless otherwise noted, the below photos were taken in Boston by our wedding photographer, Rachel Thurston, the weekend Danny & I got married there.)

-If you aren’t already, visit Molly Ford’s SMART, PRETTY & AWKWARD.  A sample of one of her great tips: 
“How to be (less) Awkward:  When feeling uncomfortable in social situations, one of the quickest ways to feel better is to do something action-oriented, like standing up to get a drink, taking a stroll around the party, or opening the menu to look at food options. The longer you stay still feeling nervous, the worst it gets.  Physically doing something to change the situation takes the focus off your feelings.”
-If you are trying to eat GF/DF, make sure to take a look at Katy of All Sorts of Pretty’s DIY Almond Milk & Almond Flour post!  


Loving these tweets:
@realsimple: “Today’s thought: “People aren’t here for you; everyone is here for one another.” -Will Schawlbe  #quotes
@pospositive: “If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? -Rumi”
@WellandGoodNYC: “If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” —John Irving”
@ScobeyPhotog: “We have abundance.  A luxury of place & time.  Something wonderful.  We must do extraordinary things.  It would be absurd not to.” -DE  #nataliereads
@natalienorton: “Heart full. To anyone who has ever lost someone too soon… it gets better.  Life is beautiful, even the darkest parts. #holdon #thereshope
@dooce: “Hey, @Hertz. You hired a gem in Brittany at the front desk at the airport in Columbus, OH. She couldn’t have been more helpful.”
@ChristyBWright @GoodWomenProj: “Set an example for how you want others to be.  If you’re relaxed, it invites them to relax. (Reinforce with #boundaries :)”
‏@OwningPink: “Dealing with Uncomfortable Feelings: Emotional Intelligence, Sitting wth Pain & Feeling Good | Tiny Buddha…
‏@PosPositive: “There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them. – Phyllis Battome”
@shopthebbar: “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now. —Zig Ziglar

And finally, some thoughts and tips from our readers:
-Anonymous: “The more I learn on this blog, the more I’m grateful (daily) that I’m not married and can still have a paradigm shift in how I view potentials.  On days when I wish I could be married I have to evaluate why.  Being 29 isn’t a good enough reason.  Thank you for your insightful comments. I really value them with my whole heart.” Don’t FIND a Soulmate, BECOME a Soulmate
thak: “I’ve found that when I focus on one aspect of my identity–being single or not being married/in a committed relationship–it is much, much harder to stay positive and be happy.  When I do this, I’m not being fully present.  I lose perspective and it prevents me from living life to its fullest… I think it is harmful for anyone to define themselves by one aspect of their identity– whether it’s a strength or weakness, a general personality trait or any type of title.  I know that society largely likes to qualify and categorize things, which has its place, but it can be a tricky balance not to base our whole identity on titles and categories that we may or may not fit into.  As individuals we are all so complex, that we really can’t be defined as simply men, women, single, married, gay, straight, etc.  We all sell ourselves short when we confine ourselves to labels :)” 6 Tips For Single Women
Would you like to share something good that you saw, did, or heard about today?  

Much love to all of you at this difficult time,


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  1. Alyssa April 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    Watching the news, I kept coming back to one thing…what would this world look like if everyone just loved a little more?! If the people who felt like outcasts, were told that they mattered and were valued? Would they choose to pass on love instead of hatred? I believe to the deepest part of my soul that pouring out love into this world can change things, whether it is one life or many. Thank you for being examples of that and may God help us as well all work towards loving until we can't possibly love anymore.

    • mara April 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      I can't get your comment out of my mind. I feel exactly the way you do. 🙂 More love really does change the world…and though it won't change many evil acts, it can be the healing balm we all need in the aftermath. Thanks for your beautiful words.

  2. kelly April 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    great post, mara. the perfect counterpart to some of the horrible things we've seen lately. much love to you, danny, and everyone affected by the recent events in boston. <3

  3. Becca April 16, 2013 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Sarah Jane Studios is offering this seriously fantastic {YELLOW} printable that is PERFECT for today, for free. I'm not sure how long she'll leave it up, but it is sunshine to my soul:

    • mara April 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Love this so much. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Garren and Larissa Allred April 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    This is my friends recent blog post about losing her baby. A true and beautiful LOVE story

  5. jessica zamek April 17, 2013 at 2:57 am - Reply

    My brother proposed to his girlfriend shortly after he crossed the finish line yesterday in Boston……he carried the ring the entire marathon. He met up with her in the subway station and we have it on video!!!!!

    It is a GORGEOUS piece of footage and one that is vivid and alive!

    • mara April 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Wow. Such a beautiful story to hear. I would LOVE to see that video!!!!

  6. ABBY LOW April 18, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply
  7. Molly April 24, 2013 at 4:56 am - Reply

    This is a beautiful post, and I love the concept of "Sharing the Love." Thanks for including SP&A in this round-up. xoxo, Molly.

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