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Send Dayton Love

Are you fed up with the mass shootings and wondering, “What can I do?”

My heart goes out to the families and community – and imagine yours does too.

Violence is pure evil and we need true love to overpower it.

Dayton was home to our family for 13 years. I know the Oregon district and Bellbrook well. I raised my kids in Dayton and even though we live in Atlanta, I feel for every family and people in the community. As a Mom of three 20-something children, this is NOT the type of world I want my children and future grandchildren to live in. This level of violence and fear is just not right. Fear seeks to cast doubt and divide us.

Love seeks to unify us. As humans we are made for connection and community. We crave peace, joy and love.

So, I did what I always do when I feel overwhelmed. I called some friends and we talked and then we talked about ‘What can we do?” You and I can do things to build stronger, safer families and communities. What we’ve done in the past simply isn’t enough and it’s not working.

Friends and I made a ‘Love Pledge’. We’ll do more. We’ll contact our legislators and tell them we want responsible gun control. We’ll advocate for better mental health care, access to care and support for families. One dynamic woman decided she will run for office. Another caring friend will spend more time with her grandkids, instilling them with strong moral values and she’s going to help other youth more.

As the inventor of the Original Love Box, the Love Agents and I have decided to surround our Dayton friends with Love – by sending love notes and Original Love Boxes.

The families, 1st responders, community members, bar patrons and establishment owners will know we love them and that they’re not alone. 

That’s what WE can do: come together, support one another and ‘Love our neighbor’, both near and far.

Will you join us in prayer and love note writing? On Tues., 8/13 we’ll gather at Papa Jacks in Flowery Branch, Georgia, from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Stop by any time. If you can’t make it, you can write love notes on the Original Love Box fb page and a Love Agent will handwrite it.

If you want to support the effort financially, you can give a family or families an Original Love Box for $35 each.

You can give here: https://www.paypal.me/christinemartinello/

These are challenging times, yet we can have hope for the future. Remember, this is a time of re-awakening. A time where the darkness is being exposed to the light and we all have a choice as to how we’ll move forward.

Know you are loved. In fact, you are Adored. And you have absolutely nothing to fear.

Love wins. Your hands and heart prove that.

OX,

Christine Martinello

Founder, Original Love Box

Thank you for your support: https://www.paypal.me/christinemartinello/

Love Agents and Christine Martinello, Inventor of the Original Love Box send Dayton love. Original Love Boxes, and handwritten love notes will surround families, 1st responders, hospital personnel and Oregon District establishments.

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Love Agents Keep on Giving

We want to Shout Out to amazing Love Agents!

Thank you for sharing love notes and Love Boxes to countless people and families.  In the past year the following people and groups have benefited from special deliveries – love notes, Love Box books and Original Love Boxes.  Makes everyone smile – the givers and the receivers.

  • Teachers
  • Homeless Families
  • Parkland, Florida – students, teachers and parents
  • Firefighters in Georgia and California
  • Police Officers
  • Nurses
  • Women Recovering from Addictions, Abuse and Mental Illness

 

Give the Gift of Love to Families

Hi Love Agent!
One thing is for sure – families and the world need more love.  Don’t you think?

So,  we’re planning to shower lots of love upon women and children recovering from mental health issues and homelessness.   We want to provide love notes and love boxes for at least 35 + women and could use your support.  We’re partnering with Home of Hope Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and Avita Community Partners.

Would you like to provide a Christmas Love Box for a family?  It’s only $35 for each family.  The fun campaign begins when the Love Agent Squad & I host the ‘Love Box Fund Party’ on Nov 1st.  Your invitation is attached.  If you can’t make the party, will you consider:

  1. Giving through this link:  https://www.paypal.me/christinemartinello/
  2. Host a ‘Love Box Fund Party’ with your friends or with a non-profit group you love.

Please pray and see how your heart is opened.   We’re believing for 35 women to get love Boxes @ $35 each.  So, that’s $1,050.  Would it bless you to give?

All our love & gratitude!
OX,
Christine & Bob

Bob & Christine
Founders – Original Love Box

5 Ways to Add a Spark to Your Relationship

Add a ‘Love Spark’ to Your Relationship

Recently, my husband and I celebrated our 25th anniversary with not one, not two, but 10 special events. That’s right. What started out as a two week vacation turned into months of celebrating everywhere we went. Including: renewing our vows and partying with dear friends, going out for multiple anniversary dinners and being showered with many free desserts and unlimited well wishes.

Why did we go overboard? Because being married for 25 years is a huge accomplishment and our love deserves celebrating!

We’ve learned a few things about relationships along the way. Every relationship goes through seasons and once in a while, it needs a spark to re-ignite it. If you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you may need to jump start things.

Here is a recipe to add a SPARK of love to your relationship.

S – Spiritually Connect!

Your love story is a grand adventure and God is in it with you. God is the glue and the ultimate power source to your love. Pray together and watch God bind you closer together than ever. Remember – a strand of 3 cords can’t be easily broken.

To Do: Ask your partner: “What is 1 thing I can do this week to be a better partner?”   Then listen. Sit quietly and really hear what the other person said, without getting defensive.   Then, as long as it’s not offensive to you, when you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone, try it.

P – Physical Touch.

Hug, kiss, hold hands and be intimate. All of these physical touches are critical to keeping you close to each other.

Research shows that hugging (and also laughter) is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. Research shows a proper heart to heart hug builds trust and a sense of safety.

Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”

To Do: Ask: How many hugs and touches would you like each day?

A – Actively Grow

Spend time together & apart doing NEW things. Add novelty to your relationship.

Engage in New experiences.  Try new things together. Whether it’s traveling to a new country, taking a cooking class, or writing YOUR love story, this too will help keep your relationship alive. Engaging in new experiences will allow both you and your partner to learn new things about yourselves and each other. It also provides room for excitement, and to support each other.

Do the Original Love Box tradition.  Write each other love notes and read them aloud to each other.  Try writing your love story in the Original Love Box book. Keep your love alive by reliving wonderful past experiences and creating new ones.

You can keep your love story alive for future generations as well by writing it in the Original Love Box book.  It’s such a treasured keepsake.

R- Respectfully Communicate.

Respectfully express your love and appreciation for each other. As often as you can. Top regrets people have at the end of their life are that they didn’t do what they really wanted. #3 regret is “I didn’t express my true feelings.”

It’s vital for us to express ourselves. The good and the bad. Make sure you pour loving words into your partner and your kids.

What’s a good ‘Love Talk ratio’?

Say 5 ‘Love Talks’ to 1 correction.   Pump 5 positive, uplifting and loving statements to 1 negative one. Your tone of voice speaks volumes.

Start the Original Love Box tradition and keep pumping love notes into your partners life. Write love notes to each other!

If you hurt the other, be sure to extend grace and forgiveness.  Do the 3-H Forgiveness method. Kathrine Lee, creator of the Ultimate Source recommends forgiving with your head, heart and hands. Forgive logically by thinking about making the conscious choice to forgive. Then search your heart and spiritually forgive them. Then extend your hand to forgive them and ultimately, use your hands to help another person.

K – Keep On Keeping On!

Different ages and stages bring different changes. Each season has challenges and opportunities for growth. Keep working on your relationship. Remember; the only way you can lose is if you give up.

Relationships have ups and downs. Keep the faith and keep believing in the other person. Stay hopeful and add a spark to have a happier and more rewarding relationship.

Wish you a love to last a lifetime. You can add a fresh spark to your love at any time and enjoy a long and loving relationship.

Remember to:

  • Communicate daily
  • Date weekly
  • Adventure monthly

Spark challenge:

  1. What’s 1 thing I can do to be a better partner this week?
  2. What can I do that’s novel and different?

Sending Our Military Love!

Our soldiers work hard to defend our freedoms and their families sacrifice much.  We decided it was high time to send them more love!

The Love Box Mission:  To be ‘Love Agents’ for the Military Family by providing Original Love Notes® and/or The Original Love Boxes®.

Let’s give every soldier as many love notes as possible and give their families a Love Box too.  The Love Box for Military Families includes the Original Love Box® plus unique patriotic items especially designed for military families.

Benefits:  The Original Love Box® for Military Families is a powerful tool that will benefit soldiers and their families every day and keep them close, especially during periods of deployment when military marriages are the most stressed.

Sponsor levels:

  • Organize a Love Note Campaign to send military soldiers and their families more love now.  Suggested donation: $1 per love note.
  • Sponsor an Original Love Box® for one or more Military Families – $39.99 each.
  • Provide extra Original Love Note Packs – 20 love notes – $9.95.
  • Donate seed money toward the creation of ‘The Military Love Box’.
  • ______________________ Your idea here! Would love to hear it.

Who’s Involved: Christine Martinello, Inventor of the Original Love Box® & Jacqueline Arnold, Creator of Sweet Life USA (www.sweetlifeusa.com) are joining forces to send our military families more love.

The Braselton Rotary is hosting these keynote speakers at the Nov. 9th meeting @7:30 a.m.

Contact:
Christine Martinello, P. O. Box 851, Braselton, GA 30517
Email: info@christinemartinello.com   PH: 678-960-www.originallovebox.com

Let us know if you want to join forces and send love to Military families.  Because of you, we can spread more love!  You help educate & encourage military families so they can build foundations of love. Thanks!

Love & Freedom

Hope you’re getting ready for a very happy Fourth of July. We sure are!

The love agents (Cindy is above) and I will be in the parade  in Braselton, GA starting  at 6 PM. We’ve had such a blast getting ready for it.

Rather than throwing candy we’ve decided to pass out 600 love notes so  people can write & read them to their family. Yes, there will be a little candy in there to weight  them down.  ?

The lady love agents and I are going to wear the heart T-shirts (above) and a red boa.   How fun is that?!   My husband and sons  are coming too and we’ll see how much they get into it.   I can’t guarantee my College agedboys will wear hearts.

It really is awesome to give through our business and bless so many families.  The Original Love Box , books  and love notes have brought families together across the world. We are thrilled to bring freedom to relationships and to help people to express their deep feelings.

It is our honor to help people give the gift of love,  one note at a time.

On this Fourth of July we hope you’ll express your love and gratitude for each person that is in your life. We have such limited time together and today is the day to express what’s in your heart.  Don’t hold back.  Be free to express your loving feelings.

God bless you, your family, and America!

  Hope you have a happy and fun 4th!

TV Time

 

Christine & Peggy Denny on the TV Set

If you’re a parent, grandparent & or a Military family, you’ll want to see this.   ‘Love Your Family & America’ TV show (starring yours truly) is being released on the Peggy Denny Show. Colorado & S. Carolina aired the show last month. This week Georgia friends can see it on Wed., March 8th @ 11:30 am & Sat., March 11th at 9 am on WATC 57, channel 2 on Comcast.

We’re always looking for great ways to teach others how to love at home and work.

5 Ways to Love Your Work More

Do you wake up excited and anticipating the day ahead?

If the answer is yes on most days, great! Keep it up. For too many Americans the answer is NO. In fact, did you know the most common day of the week for a heart attack is Monday?

Here at ‘Love Box Land’, our mission is to teach people how to love their family, work and life more. As an entrepreneur and consultant for 22 years, I know there are things we can do to help us on our quest to a loving work life.

Let’s look at 5 ways to love your work more.

  1. Build a Loving Team. Working with people you respect and trust is a whole lot of fun. Create respectful and kind relationships with a team of people who ‘have your back’. Make an effort to like co-workers or better yet, love them. You may not want to be married to them, but you do want to be ‘engaged’.  (Yes, pun intended.)
  2. Mix Your Talents with Meaning. Work at a position that matches your skills and talents with work that is meaningful to you. Change the way you work so you can enjoy the work itself and find it more interesting. If possible, explore cross training to see how the company works in different departments. Explore how your job is making a difference and fits into the big picture of the organization and your life.  Keep in mind, the realistic expectation that you probably won’t like everything about your work. If you’re an entrepreneur and in charge of everything, delegate the work others can do.

3. Compensation. Make sure your pay and benefits are in line for you. Take advantage of the benefits your company offers including perks and 401 K matches. If you believe you are being underpaid, consider negotiating for what you’re really worth.

4. Check your Security & Recognition Levels. Security is about feeling safe and secure with your position and your future at the organization. 83% of employees are motivated by recognition so if you don’t know how you’re doing or have a tight-lipped boss, ask for specific feedback.

5.  Be Grateful. Focus on the positive parts of your job and be grateful. The old adage: Count your blessings helps you be more positive. Change your outlook to appreciate of the opportunities and people around you. Also, look at how your job is making a difference and fits into the big picture of the organization and your life.

There’s plenty of good evidence that employees who love their work have lower turn-over rates and increased productivity. We spend a lot of time and energy at work, so let’s do our best to love our time there.

Here’s to you – growing in love at work and home.

If you are interested in training or coaching about this topic, please contact:

Christine Martinello, www.originallovebox.com

e:  info@christinemartinello.com

 

Small Note – Big Impact

A love note doesn’t have to be long to make a big and lasting impact in someone’s life.

Original Love Box Notes

Why?  Because a love note comes from the heart and touches another person in their heart.  Yes, it’s a heart to heart connection.

“The Divine Voice is not always expressed in words.  It is made knows as a heart-consciousness.”  ~Unknown

Keep on creating cozy moments of love.