Home for the Holidays

Photo by  Igor Ovsyannykov  on  Unsplash

by: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo

The holiday season means different things for different people. For many, it's a magical time to get together with family and visit with old friends. There are family traditions, lots of food, fights, introductions, gifts, family reunions, and more!

One of the best things about the holidays (other than all the delicious food) is going back to my childhood home. My dad makes gumbo every year. We exchange gifts in my parents living room and laugh at a number of inside jokes. The house is filled with so many fond memories.

Over the years, the inside of the house has changed -- furniture's been moved, carpet has made way to wood floors, my childhood bedroom has turned into a guest room, and the toys, books, and posters from my youth have been put in boxes. Every year, I'm greeted with some new addition or change.

Every year, seeing the house change reminds me of the ways I've also changed and grown. New professional accomplishments, friends made, hobbies picked up or lost, etc. Every time I go back, I'm reminded of how far I've come from the year before.

No matter how you spend your holiday this year, we hope you take some time to reflect on the previous year, celebrate how you've grown and changed, and make plans for the year ahead.

On behalf of everyone at The Memo, we wish you and your loved ones the happiest of holidays and a wonderful year ahead!

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“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”  - Helen Hayes


By: Lauren Broussard, Co-Founder, The Memo


Over the holidays, I came across a beautiful ad from Poland titled “English for Beginners.” The ad is for the popular online Polish auction platform, Allegro. It begins with an elderly man ordering “English For Beginners,” from the platform. We see him through the ad teaching himself English at home, by practicing words aloud and by labeling everything in his house with a Post It note (including his dog). 

He practices everywhere you can imagine—in front of the mirror, on the bus, in the tub, or while watching English films. It’s especially humorous and heartwarming when he practices aloud in public. “I love you! You are perfect,” he says while on the bus, seated behind a young woman who turns around in surprise to find him talking to himself with headphones on.