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I moved to Connecticut 20 years ago when I married my husband, Glen.  I immediately fell in love with this area.  I am still married to Glen and I still love CT!  I used to be quite shy.  A few years ago, I was beginning to get out of my shell when a sparkling spirit (I named it “Lily”) came to me and danced above my head.  It was like a breath of fresh air~ a radiant light~ a flow that traveled right in to my heart.  This flow energizeed my soul, my thoughts, and everything around me.  For days, I kept saying to my husband and family, “I’m a Lily.”


Within three months, doors opened, signs appeared and I left my job as a bank manager to follow a dream.  I opened a store in downtown Mystic and just days after I opened, I wrote the verse, “If your clock is wound too tight… Let the cuckoo out.”  YES, the cuckoo was out, indeed!  I turned it into a greeting card and was immediately struck with the idea to write a lesson from Lily.  “Lily’s Life Lesson #1”:  “Forget about what other people think.  If you think purple socks go with that formal satin evening dress, you have a fashion sense that just hasn’t happened yet.” And then I kept writing… Lily flows through every verse.  When I filled up my card rack, I turned each lesson into a magnet, bookmark, plaque, and a page in a book!  The collection of my first fifty lessons is in my book, “Let the Cuckoo out.”  Then, I wrote a collection of lessons for kids, called “Lily’s Lollipop Moments.”  Now, I have more lessons I put in a book, titled “Meet Me at Happy.”  For every verse, I draw an illustration.  They come out looking like cartoons.  I think there is a connection in there somewhere about expressing joy with child-like simplicity, but I haven’t figured all of it out yet.  I mostly move with the spirit.  And I also decided I don’t want to figure it out anyway.  I like the wonder.  It has been over four years since I wrote my first lessons, and the awesomeness of life sometimes leaves me dizzy.  I closed my store in the Winter of 2008/2009 and now Lily, Cuckoo and me are free!  I have an on-line store, www.lilcuckoo.com , and travel to gift shows and book events.  One of my dearest joys is the “Lily Connection” I started back in March 2007.  It is a newsletter I send out on the first of the month through email.  I write a little story, and give it a theme, and I also include any news or events I have going on.  It has become a beautiful expression of positive energy and a feeling of togetherness.  I have a subscribed base who have personally signed up because they met me and/or read Lily and asked to be a part of it.  I also make up word games using inspirational words and themes.  The whole point in all of this, and the passion which moves me forward in ways I sometimes can’t even explain is sharing the joy and the light, and it moves through Lily.  ~Elizabeth L. Theodore

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  1. Tabatha Kirke

    You are awesome! I was fortunate enough to have wandered into your store before it closed. I met you and Lily for the first time and have been inspired every since. I look forward to seeing the Lily Connection in my inbox every month! I just wanted to let you know that you are greatly appreciated!

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