I try to keep in touch with my friends pretty regularly- so much due in part to social media or email, of course, but in the busy-ness of life I've definitely sent off what I meant as a sincere note to a friend and then realized that I didn't even take my time, so it sounded quite short... and did my tone come across the right way? I can "like" a Facebook status but can go another few months (or more) without really connecting.
With a hand-written note, I'm making myself sit and take a moment, and savor an uninterrupted thought. I can write it all out- and I can't usually edit or backspace gracefully with my pen y'know
and that is how it should be sometimes.
Honestly, I'm more likely to send a card on a regular ol' day for no reason at all, and less likely to send a card on a birthday or anniversary. I'm more than loving that Hallmark has asked me to partner with them to start a new conversation...
Let's talk about celebrating everyday moments in addition to special milestones. The real and not just the ideal. The unexpected. You anticipate cards on your birthday. What about how it feels to get one on a regular Tuesday, just because?
Get Carded. For seven days I wrote a card to someone in my life. Hallmark provided me with the cards, and I sifted through them excited to discover to whom I would send each one. Of course it was difficult to choose just seven someones- but I tried to think of people that I don't get to see everyday or who might really appreciate the gesture. The card selection definitely helped me narrow that down (which also made it kind of fun.) I love shopping for cards in general, without someone specific in mind; one pops out at me and I know just who it's for.
Some of these cards are still on their way to unsuspecting mail boxes all over this country. But I thought I'd briefly share with you who I picked, and why:
The first card I sent was to Heather. She is a new friend of mine (a la Listen To Your Mother)- we are still in the getting-to-know-you stage and it's pretty fun. We tend to have these rapid-fire phone conversations or text messages and keep meaning to get together in person but it has yet to happen this summer. I'm thankful for Heather's boldness and I admire her gumption. I look up to her, really. And so I am flattered when she comes to me about a subject I might have some knowledge or experience; it's my pleasure to help. I love when friendship works this way. Heather sent me a text after she received my card this week. We had a little "lovefest" as we call it. Hearing her response made my day. Oh the gifts keep on giving!
The second card was to my bestie Ashlee- sort of the opposite of Heather. Ashlee and I go way back, deeper than even the five years we've known each other (soul sister territory) and one of the cards in my batch instantly made me think of her. I was overdue in sending her a handwritten message- it's one of those things where I need to send a card to say 'not it! Your turn!' She just got engaged! I'm going to be in her wedding! I can't wait to catch up! Also, I MISS HER!
The third card is for my sister-in-law Lisa. She lives far up in Michigan and I just really felt like I needed to send her a note. You know those little nudges? But, I didn't find the time until it was kind of laid out right for me here and by gawly I did it. I finally sent the card I'd been meaning to send! (And I think that is exactly how I started my message.)
The fourth card, to my Mommal. It's been five months since my Poppal passed away suddenly, and every day there is always some sort of reminder of him for all of us. Mommal went to Louisiana for the summer to stay with my aunt, and I know she misses home. It's still such a process, a difficult time of transition. I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her and that we miss her. I filled her in on the happenings here (even though I know she reads my blog- she's even on Facebook!) but again- there's something much more personal and meaningful with how you say it in cursive...
I chose the fifth card as a congratulations to my friend Erin. She has been quietly accomplishing a whole lot lately- her latest challenge was completing the Couch to 5K program like it was no big deal (even though it is a very big deal and I just had to let her know I thought so.) This is one of those milestone-y times when I am not the best at commemorating. But these days especially, accomplishments are deserving of a real-live card in the mail. Pats on the back are so the new black. (Um, hey, Hallmark? You can so put that on a card.) Erin emailed me the sweetest message thanking me for being in her corner. I love how she put it. Exactly. Let someone know you're in their corner. Means the world.
The sixth card is to Carter, my middle son. This was a card that I didn't even have to mail. I mean, I guess I could have- and he'd love to get a letter in the mailbox- but I chose to leave it as a surprise on his pillow. Hand-delivered or left on a porch with an iced latte from Starbucks... those are just as good as mail. I wrote to him some things that I've been meaning to say (it's like the To Kids With Love line was designed just for me), but in the excitement of a family of six, the in person moment hasn't come as easy lately.
The seventh card was meant for the other Heather in my life, Heather of the EO. She just had a baby but this card wasn't a congrats on your new baby card. Not that there's anything wrong with that. This was more of a I know we don't ever have time to email so maybe try this crazy thing of calling me on the phone sometime but I know even that's hard and that's OK and also I have been meaning to send you a congrats on your new baby that isn't even so new anymore type of thing. Heather's special and deserves more than that card (like something knitted that I promised to make and still will! promise!), but it's a start. I'm thankful when a card can deliver my intentions much better than a direct message via Twitter.
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OR WIN HERE! My hope is that even if you don't win, you'll still play along. Maybe even for one day. I'm offering one more chance to win if you leave a comment telling a story about a time a card really made your day, or maybe mention if you have someone in mind you really have been meaning to reach out to. Tomorrow morning I'll randomly choose from all of the other comments (past the first 10) to win a little something something from yours truly- no matter where in the world you live, I'll send it myself.
It'll be awesome.
Hallmark provided all cards, postage, and prizes for this Get Carded challenge, and is compensating me for this sponsored post. I am partnering with Hallmark to shine a light to the Life Is A Special Occasion blogger campaign for the rest of this year. As always, all content and opinions expressed are my own.