December 6, 20183 Comments

This is a Love Letter, to All of Us.

This is a love letter, to all of us. 💌

Some of my best ideas are the ones I let happen.

The others are those that are paired with a sense of urgency.

This one is both.

I’ve wanted to do an Instagram photo challenge of sorts for a long time. A challenge to raise the vibration of love in the world. A challenge to invite people to look at love in new ways. To start seeing love in new places. In new faces. In the shape of a cloud. In the way the light catches the eye of a stranger. In the way a mother hugs her son.

And I’ve written. And planned. And made notes. And started Trello boards. And had conversations. And doodled. And sorted. And rearranged.

Yet never quite pulled the trigger.

A somewhat unfortunate metaphor to use this time of year. As so many people feel alone. Disconnected. Isolated. Unloved. By themselves and others.

And before you brace yourself for some inspiring but gut-wrenching story of how I lost someone near and dear to me that prompted me to take action, I’ll assure you I don’t have one.

But please don’t let that stop you from continuing to read. Or from participating.

I find it curious that we often wait until people are gone to say wonderful things about them. And that we wait until tragedy strikes to swing the pendulum in the direction of love.

Sometimes, we forget what we’re capable of doing each day that could positively change the trajectory of someone’s life.

Even by the slightest degree.

The degree that might be enough to make a difference, especially this time of year. As so many people feel alone. Disconnected. Isolated. Unloved. By themselves and others.

Not 30 minutes ago, I sat in a coffeeshop sipping hot minty tea with exactly four honeys settling neatly at the bottom of my cup. Feet kicked up on the chair, I was yammering about plans I had for several projects in the works that I looked forward to finishing by the first of the year.

Warmth. Promise. Distance.

All the comforts of things to come. That safe, suspended place where I survive quite comfortably nestled between ‘intent’ and ‘soon’.

That’s when I was reminded, lovingly and urgently, by someone I love who actually sees people lose loved ones nearly every day — that there are people that need more love in their life.

Now.

That there are people who feel disconnected.

Now.

Who feel isolated.

Now.

And who feel unloved.

Now.

That there are people that are taking these matters into their own hands and pulling triggers of their own doing.

Now.

And suddenly waiting for another month as I planned and made notes and started Trello boards and had conversations and doodled and sorted and rearranged… well, it seemed unnecessary. Recklessly luxurious. Flagrantly self-absorbed.

So I’m writing.

Now.

And doing the thing that’s been on my mind and in my heart.

Now.

And that’s to invite you to join me in looking for love.

Within.

Without.

Above and beyond.

I invite you to join me in reflecting love, as you find it.

“Love is the bridge between you and everything.” Rumi

For fun, I’ve posted a list of prompts that will give you a different idea or theme to draw inspiration from each day. (And just pretend #21 says poetry, because if I waited until this was perfect… I wouldn’t need the crappy metaphor I can’t think of right now).

Or freestyle and go where your heart takes you. All I ask is that you look for love every day and hold up the light of love. In all of it’s beautiful forms. And as you see fit.

Essentially, I’m inviting you to conscientiously be the light for the next 25 days.

To #raisethelovelantern.

To strengthen this circle of love, invite your friends. The happy ones and the sad ones. The loud one and quiet ones. The ones you know would dig this and the ones that are a crapshoot.

We just don’t know when we will be the one to positively change the trajectory of someone’s life. Even by the slightest degree. I do know that I believe the more people we involve in holding up examples of love and positivity, the better.

Love on our minds. Love in action. Love by example. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Especially this time of year, wouldn’t you agree?

So share the love. Don’t forget to hashtag #raisethelovelantern so we can see and support one another’s creativity. Plus I have a cool idea for love tokens to send to various lantern-holders at the end of the 25 days. I’ll post more about that later, once I actually make them. 🙂

Meanwhile, join me on this 25 day journey of love and together let’s reflect love as we find it.

Love,

Alicia

September 17, 2018No Comments

Welcome to the Worldwide Love Story

As with all experiences that don’t make sense until you’ve lived them, I began my journey in the romance industry shortly after arriving in Vegas some 10ish years ago, although I definitely didn’t realize it at the time. Shortly after arriving, I had the privilege of working for Tiffany & Co. where I helped lovers select just the right gift which would arrive in the iconic blue box tied with a perfectly constructed white bow.

Dutifully, willingly, and happily I repeated their love notes making sure their intentions were properly communicated within the limited space of a gift card.  

Like Twitter on paper, where people said really amazing things to each other. 

If I ever had a doubt that romance still existed, my faith would’ve been restored in less than a day. Truly thoughtful, loving people exist. And they shop at Tiffany’s.

During that time, I went through a breakup of of heartbreaking proportions. I think if you call something epic it should be awesome.  Something so incredible you wish you could be so lucky as to experience it again. 

Yeah, this wasn't that.

It was more like standing at the edge of the ocean admiring the view until you realize you're standing at the exact spot where massive waves are coming in from three different directions. 

There's no outrunning it.

There's only timing your breath. Cartwheeling with the beautiful force of nature, hoping her tide and turbulence has the grace to eventually leave you on the shore. 

As fortune would have it, I did wash up on shore. On the sunny beaches of the wedding business.  

Mother Nature, you minx.  

Yet somehow, standing invisibly on the outskirts of these once-in-a-lifetime moments we call weddings, I began—slowly, cautiously, curiously—to believe in love again. I saw it in action. Not just in the form of the newlyweds, but in their families, and in their guests.

And I was so curious.

So I started asking questions and really listened to the stories people were kind enough to share. What I heard amazed me. We laughed together. We cried together.  We shook our heads in disbelief together. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was finding out how love worked...for them.

And so became the birth of the Worldwide Love Story.

Rather than some distant ‘happily ever after,’ I believe love is found in the small moments that make up the stories of our lives. I believe in the magic and fatefulness of how love is found, and in the beauty and care with which it stays. I believe love is as spectacular as a fireworks display, yet more often as subtle as a whisper and the squeeze of a hand.  I believe love is the unifying thread that connects the human race. I believe that even if we've loved and lost, we still cheer for those who’ve found it. And I believe that no two loves are ever the same and I believe that is fantastic news, for all of us. 

Which brings me to the present.  

Using the Humans of New York model, the Worldwide Love Story curates real stories of real people in love. Wonderful stories. Happy stories. Sad stories. Unbelievable stories. True stories. Only we're taking it a step further and putting love on the map.  

I believe that by telling the stories that demonstrate both the depth and simplicity of love, the more apt we each will be to recognize, appreciate and participate in love in the everyday moments.  Why do I believe this? Because it worked for me.

Love is present around the world, let’s recognize it.

We inspire romantics to become a part of a Worldwide Love Story. A part of history. A part of a positive impact, a worldwide ripple effect of love. And together we'll raise the vibration of love on the planet. 

Won’t you join us?

Best,

Alicia

September 13, 2018No Comments

This is Where it’s At.

This is where you’ll find all the good stuff.  All the words that get strung together, paper dolls holding hands, forming a bridge between you...and our thoughts on love.

Love as life. Love as art. Love as food for thought.

Love of old. Love of new. Love lost. And love found.

Learn from what was.  Appreciate what is.  Get excited about what’s yet to be.

And together, let’s raise the vibration of love on the planet.  

One love story at a time.