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December 2, 2014
A Loving Gift for the Holidays

In this video blog, I share with you a story that I hope will inspire you this holiday season to create more meaningful moments with your loved ones.

Thanks for watching everyone! Have a happy holiday and all the best for a wonderful 2015 filled with happiness, joy and great confidence!

I wish all of you lasting happiness! See you next time.
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14 Responses to “A Loving Gift for the Holidays”

  1. peggy shkuda says:

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. I hope things improve for you.

  2. Barry Holt says:

    I am sorry to hear you have been going through rough times. Of all the people I know you have the strength , insight and means to overcome since you have done so much for other people whether professional colleagues or clients. I have been retired for several years now but keep in touch through Aileen. I wanted to refer you to a book on Happiness written by Don Ezra a close friend who has a brilliant mind and believe it or not was trained as an actuary. I have just started to read the book. He wants me to give him some feed back. You may want to read it. Much research has gone into its development.. Barry

    • Louisa Jewell says:

      Hi Barry! I hope you are doing well. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I do feel that I have good training in this department and it is a real source of strength. I will look for the book. Thank you for the suggestion. I wish you all the best. Louisa

  3. Deborah Schwartz says:

    Thank you Louisa. That was really beautiful and such an excellent reminder. Wishing you well. Deborah

  4. Geri says:

    Sometimes we get so caught up in day to day living we forget how important and supportive the people close to us are. We should always take time to reflect on those relationships and “the heart” is an awesome way to do it. Hang in there Louisa, while it may seem so dark and difficult now, “this too shall pass” and your life will be filled with happiness and joy again.

    • Louisa Jewell says:

      Geri, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. You’re right, I think it’s at times like these that I am reminded of the beautiful people in my life. That is one gift from the darkness. And yes, this too shall pass. Everyday I can see more light! I hope you have a lovely holiday. Wishing you well.

  5. Kristina says:

    Hi Louisa, What a lovely messsage and thoughtful idea for gift giving. Life is a journey, as you know. Whatever you are going through, you know you will get through it. I’ve discovered that in looking back, some of the most difficult times I’ve experienced have turned out to be “gifts.”. Wishing you peace. Kristina

    • Louisa Jewell says:

      Hi Kristina, thank you for your kind words. I know that one day I will see the gifts! I hope you have a lovely holiday. Louisa

  6. Alison Tennen says:

    Hi Louisa,

    Beautiful story… Thank you. I gave a necklace with a rose quartz shaped as a heart to each of my daughters a while back…I will share this video with them so they can make that connection as well.
    I thought these quotes might inspire you…

    ” The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor human be perfected without trials.”
    -Danish Proverb

    “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
    -Sir Winston Churchill


    • Louisa Jewell says:

      Hi Ali, Thank you for your lovely words. How nice for your daughters. I love the quotes. I will cherish them. Thank you for your friendship. Louisa

  7. nancy j anderson says:

    Louisa, I haven’t seen you for a very long time. I am sorry that you are going through a rough time. I have had many patches of tough times and perhaps we could share. I now have more insights and experience into things. If you would like to call for a quick chat. I would love to talk to you.

    Nancy Anderson

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