A Love List: What your mom really wants for Mother’s Day.

Laurie listening to Ellen

Laurie listening to Ellen

Even though it’s a year later, I wanted to share this story again.

Last year I went to a birthday party for my dear friend Laurie. She had been going through some big life changes + we wanted to gift her something really special and from the heart. Sherry suggested we all make her a Love List.

A Love List is pretty simple.

1. Write down 10 things you love about this person.
2. Tell them what you admire about them, what you appreciate, why they inspire you.
3. Read it to them in person, over the phone, or put a stamp on it and send it off with love.

As I wrote my love list for Laurie, I was filled with gratitude. There was so much to love about her! and I felt so lucky to be counted as one of her dear ones.

She didn’t know we wrote these lists. We surprised her by reading them out loud, one by one after dinner, and watched the tears fall from her cheeks. She received each gift so beautifully… and we were all a puddle by the end. It was a gift to all of us.

Lara and Sherry and Laurie

Lara and Sherry and Laurie


Laurie and Lara


Me reading to Laurie


Me and Laurie

These photos + this night still move me.

And my greatest wish is that there will be more love lists made this year! It requires a teensy bit of vulnerability, but that’s what makes it all the sweeter.

P.S. To make it even easier for you, Sherry created a beautiful 10-pack of love list templates so you can create your own love lists easy peasy. Just $10 over at her shop.




  1. isavoyage
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Dear Andrea,
    I love that:
    you bring so much beauty in this world
    you are so generous
    you write from your heart
    you go after your dreams
    your mondo beyondo course changed my life
    you inspire me
    even though i will never get to meet you, your presence in the world makes my world a sunnier place
    every single post in your blog has brought me something important, helped me shed tears that would later be like water for my hopes, helping them grow and develop
    Sending you lots of love across the Atlantic, my Superhero!

  2. Sarah
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I love your dress in this! Where did you get it!?!

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