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Some people believe that Love and relationships are difficult.  Some people create a lot of drama around Love and relationships.  They think that is the way they are supposed to be.  It is perhaps what they have been used to and are familiar with.  However, I believe in a different kind of Love.  A Love that is simple, smooth, easy and comfortable.  Love that builds and progresses over time in a gentle, nurturing way.  The type of Love where you know you are truly loved and cared about.  Love that is stable, real, honest and true.  Love that is exciting, fun, passionate and delicious!  Love that doesn’t always have to move mountains but can be just as solid as one.  The type of Love where you get to be yourself. Love that gives you the wonderful opportunity to be Loving towards another.

I was recently looking at the word relationship and I discovered something very fascinating.  Look at what happens to the word relationship when you drop the first letter ‘R’…. It becomes elationship!!!  Isn’t that what we all want.  We want to feel elation in our relationship.  Elated that in this world of over 7 billion people we have discovered someone who Loves us as we Love them – no matter what.  The word elation means JOY, ECSTASY, DELIGHT, EXCITEMENT, JUBILATION!  Now that is what GREAT LOVE is really all about.

I encourage you this week to find some ways to turn your relationship into an elationship.

My picture this week came to me while walking through the mall…even the heart looks elated here!!



Elation Heart

Love heaps

Samantha xo


When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.” – Natalie Clifford Barney (American Playwright, Poet & Novelist)


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Sometimes we need to forgive the person we Love.  Sometimes that’s not easy to do.  Why must we forgive them?  We forgive them for us, we forgive them for ourselves, we find compassion, we see through to the truth of who they really are.  We forgive them so that we don’t carry around the anger or resentment which is so detrimental to our health and our well being.  LOVE conquers all.  I truly believe that statement.

Forgiveness is defined as the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.

Forgiveness frees us.  It releases the tightly held negative energy and emotions.  It makes room for more positive energy to fill that space.  Forgiveness heals us.

Who might you need to forgive today?

My picture this week arrived at dinner time……


Love heaps

Samantha xo


“Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.

– Margaret Atwood (Canadian Poet, Novelist)


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Sometimes when you don’t feel good or you are out of alignment it’s easy to take it out on the person who is closest to you.  We can unconsciously know that even if we are unkind, the person that we feel safe with will accept us even in our times of distress.

For some of us it can be difficult to express how we feel especially when we don’t feel our best.  It is important though when you see that you took your frustrations out on someone you Love to immediately let them know that you Love them and apologize to them and take responsibility for your actions.  This is one way to Create Great Love.  It’s important to communicate especially in the difficult or challenging times.  If you know you can talk honestly to each other, you can overcome anything.

To me unconditional Love is accepting your partner as they are.  Know that their unkind behavior is not the truth of who they really are, they were just disconnected from themselves for that time.  Kindness and compassion go a long way in creating a great relationship.  We all have different perspectives and come from different backgrounds.  What triggers one person, may have no effect on another.  With kindness we can find common ground with each other and work through any perceived challenges.

My picture this week came to me in a container of pretzels!!!  GREAT LOVE can be right in front of you, it might just take a slightly different perspective to see it.

Pretzel Heart

Love heaps

Samantha xo


“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”  –  Henry van Dyke  (American Author & Educator)


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LOVE IS driving to your sweetheart’s house at midnight because you worked all day and they worked at night and it’s the only time you have to see each other that day.

LOVE IS trusting your instincts and acting on them.

LOVE IS knowing when to give the other person some space.

LOVE IS being there for the other person even when its difficult or they are behaving oddly.

LOVE IS believing in the other person.

LOVE IS relaxing together on the sofa watching a movie together.

LOVE IS spending quality time together.

LOVE IS loving them unconditionally even when they are not being particularly loving towards you.

LOVE IS seeing a silly movie that you know your sweetheart would like.

LOVE IS taking a walk together in nature.

LOVE IS loving them even if they have a temporary emotional wall built up around them.

LOVE IS being flexible.

LOVE IS doing your best to stay open and receptive even when you feel scared & vulnerable.

LOVE IS making your own happiness your priority.

LOVE IS multitasking, looking after yourself and still showing kindness and LOVE to your sweetheart.

LOVE IS the most magical and wonderful feeling there is!!!

My picture this week came to me while driving past a store in Los Angeles.  I just happened to look over and saw these cool lights!

Heart Light in Window

I encourage you this week to look at the places where LOVE IS in your life.

Love heaps

Samantha xo


“There is greatness in doing something you hate for the sake of someone you love.” – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach




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GREAT LOVE is about uplifting your partner, not tearing them down, not referring to them as stupid, name calling behind their back or to their face.  It’s about getting to the root of your own feelings of anger, not blaming someone else for the way you feel.

GREAT LOVE is about being supportive, encouraging one another, believing in the good and the Love that is within you and between you.  It’s about caring for yourself and the one you Love.  Feeling proud when you talk about them to others.  It’s about knowing that GREAT LOVE can overcome anything.  LOVE has the power to transform your past, your perceived issues, any outside circumstances and heal you in the most profound way.

Simply put GREAT LOVE conquers all.

My picture this week came to me when I just “happened” to look down at the ground in front of me.  Sometimes it’s how the gap is filled in that makes all the difference.

Puddle Heart

Love heaps

Samantha xo


“Love is.  It is noninterfering.  It is supporting.” – John-Roger, D.S.S. (American Author, Founder of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness)


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If you pay attention to nature you will see how the natural order of Love is demonstrated to us every day.  Examples of TWO are all around us in nature.

I often see birds in the sky flying by or sitting together on a wire high above the street and I have begun to notice that the majority of the time there are always two birds together.  Very occasionally there is a whole flock and very rarely do I see one bird by itself.  Most of the time there are two birds together.

There are many other examples of TWO in nature.  Plants and trees need both Sun AND Rain in order to grow and flourish.  Also in order for plants to bloom they need a bee AND pollen from a flower.  Even the fact that it takes TWO humans to create a child is by design no accident.

Real and GREAT LOVE is between TWO people – no one else.  It is certain.  It exists and it is truly magical!!  Yes we can Love other people in different ways, such as our family and friends.  However, I believe in order to CREATE GREAT LOVE in our own life, ONE must accept the fact that it starts and ends with TWO.

Here’s 2 GREAT LOVE!

My picture this week comes right from LOVE!  It’s a scratch off instant lottery ticket!  It was inspired by my Sweetheart!

Lucky Love Pic

Love heaps

Samantha xo


“In every living thing there is the desire for Love” – D.H. Lawrence (English Novelist, Poet & Playwright)


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Being honest with yourself and others

Being kind

Being patient

Caring for yourself and the one you Love

Taking risks

Being vulnerable

Stepping outside your comfort zone

Having courage

Being present

Putting yourself in the other persons shoes

Demonstrating how you feel




Being supportive

Speaking your truth

Sharing your feelings

Preparing a meal for your beloved after they have had a long day

Taking care of yourself

Sharing your life together

Doing things you know your sweetheart would appreciate










The best, most wonderful feeling in the world

I encourage you this week to define some things that LOVE is for you. Write them down, it will give you some clarity.

My picture this week comes from a card store in Sydney, Australia.  I Love the design it reminds me of Aboriginal Art.


Love heaps

Samantha xo


“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” – John Ruskin (English Writer)


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