Love bombing, boldly and imperfectly executed

lovebombLove bombing?

Yes, inspired by Fran Sorin — and modified by me — Love Bombing 2014 took place on Valentine’s Day, and it consisted of me handing out beautiful red roses to strangers around Oakland’s Lake Merritt, with each interaction captured on video by my volunteer videographer.


You bet it was bold. Especially after the first two… I was turned down! The first two people I approached didn’t want to take a rose. I boldly kept going. Even though I was feeling daunted and self-conscious. I kept going, and it got to be so much fun!


You bet my execution was imperfect! I forgot to tell my volunteer videographer to take horizontal videos, not vertical, never ever vertical! And here I am sharing my imperfect, bold, love-drenched beautiful interactions with you. As I’ve learned from my best teachers, as long as I’m in it, in action, in the game, I’m coming out ahead. Even if I fail, I’m failing in forward motion.

So even though the video is not what I wanted, even though…I’m sharing three of the short videos with you right here, and if you’d like to see the other four, you’ll find the playlist here.



I hope this lands for you, in you, in the way it was intended. This was an incredible experience, and I’d love to hear from you what brave, bold, expressions of love you’ve risked, perfectly, imperfectly, or anywhere in between. Please let me know in the comments!


And now for a little Sunday gratitude

  • I am very grateful that my health is improving. I would like to repeat this one a dozen times; consider it repeated. This is big, amazing, and such a relief!
  • I am grateful that I’ve taken my foot off the gas in my business. I’m opening up more space for rest and healing, and allowing more imperfection in my actions. It — whatever it is, for example, the eBook I’m writing — doesn’t have to be a 10; it can be a 7 and still be useful.
  • I am grateful for flowers in bloom everywhere, for dirt soft enough to turn, for local asparagus and avocados at the markets. I don’t think I can ever leave California!
  • I am grateful for my new favorite TV show; I’m in the middle of binge-watching season 1 of Ripper Street. I’ve been a Matthew MacFadyen fan since MI-5. This is excellent television!
  • I am very grateful for lovingkindness and compassion, in the embrace of the divine, in my own heart, and that which I receive from my loving friends.

I would love for you to share your gratitude with me. Please share what’s moving you to gratitude in the comments.


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I’m a barely tamed hippie, sage, seasoned, sarcastic (not all the time any more, but still). I’m a mom, a daughter, sister, a neighbor, and a friend. I’ve been on this meandering journey — like you, probably — seeking a better connection to and experience of peace, harmony, and fun in every bit of life. I’m single, quite good at it, and mostly love it. I’m here for the conversations I get to have with you, which these days center on exploring the mystery and beauty of life, work, health, aging, and creative expression. Want to know a little more about me and my journey? Explore the site. Read the blog. Connect with me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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  1. I love that you were turned down, turned down again and kept going to find those who got you. Pure inspiration. So often we stop at the first ‘no’ thinking they are right and our vision is wrong. Thank you for continuing to show up and making a huge difference in such a simple way.

    • Lorraine, thanks for noticing this. It was one of those big-girl panties moments. And I’m so glad I didn’t leave my roses at the base of a tree and go home!

      So grateful for you!

  2. This was beautiful! I am glad that you kept trying to pass out the roses to people. This is a great idea and I want to try it! When I do I’ll let you know.

    Thanks sharing your experience with Valentine’s Day 2014 🙂


    • Lindsay, welcome here, so glad to connect with you!

      Yes, for sure, let me know how your love bombing goes.

      Love and blessings,

  3. This is beautiful. I can’t believe someone would turn down a flower from you but delighted you had the courage to keep on going and create a loving vibration that I’m sure ricocheted around California after that.. Had to watch them all, love the response of the two girls. you made their day and i bet changed their whole course of it .. as you have mine today.. love to see the love, thanks Sue <3

  4. Wonderful idea. I am so glad that you did it. And happy to know you are better!

    Please keep doing neat stuff.


    • Sunsmith, Hey, so nice to see you here, so grateful you took the time to comment.

      And so grateful for the encouragement.

      Love and blessings,

  5. Love it Sue, yes bold, brave and courageous and i can see that besides making some peoples day that you had fun too. Imperfection is about learning and moving forward
    Love Suziexx

    • Suzie, I know, I love imperfection! For me, in addition to being about learning and moving forward, it opens up the grace that comes with just plain showing up!

      Thanks for the comment, so appreciated!

      Love and light,

  6. May beautiful random acts of loving kindness never go out of style! It is too easy these days to feel afraid of a stranger, or wonder what motives or obligations may lie behind a simple gift. Thanks for sharing your roses and this experience with the world! xox

    • Catherine, thanks! So grateful for your comment.

      I really loved doing this; it has opened up a freeing door — who knows what random acts will follow?

      Love and blessings,

  7. This is so beautiful, and your love will ripple out from these people too.
    I think the people who wouldn’t take the roses were sceptical that there was a catch and are not open to receive.
    Carry on sharing the love xxx

    • Sam, Thanks!

      There was a visible opening to receive in most of the people I approached. I even saw skepticism and then the opening in some. Sadly, not all could step through that opening.

      I feel so encouraged by the experience, and so grateful to the spirit that kept me going.

      So much appreciation for you!


    • Hey Leanne, welcome!

      So grateful to connect with you.

      Thanks for the encouraging comment. So appreciated!

      Love and light,

    • Sheila, welcome here. So glad to meet you and to share the powerful practice of gratitude with you.

      Blessed be!

  8. Sue-

    Am so sorry for the delay in getting back to you.


    Courageous, generous, gutsy, loving – and much more…..

    Thanks so much for sharing with your community.

    You are an inspiration! With gratitude and a big hug – Fran

    • Fran, oh yay, so happy you got to see this!

      And thanks again for the huge inspiration.

      Love and blessings,

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