Thursday, March 20, 2014

saying 'hello' with real mail :)

My sister Nicole sent me a text message sometime last week telling me she was wondering if her phone wasn't working or if I had indeed taken so much time off from my blog.  I told her not to fear, her phone is in good working order, I had just taken a break.  It's been hard to come to this space.  My mind seems to be in a million different places lately.  Work is crazy & busy (not that I'm complaining because I have a job that I enjoy).  At home we're prepping for Spring and anxiously awaiting it's arrival.  A clean slate, if you will.  I've also been craving a lot of in-person family and friend time.  Internet and technology is great, but I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by it all.  Working to feel 'caught up' with things on my computer (social media, emails, blogs) is slowly starting to overwhelm me.

I decided to pull back and work on simplifying my life.  Cutting down on the amount of blogs I try to stay up-to-date with.  Unfollowing unnecessary streams on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  At first I felt bad but you know what? It was the right decision.  It felt so good clearing out that space.  It allowed for me to focus on things I felt better deserve my attention.

Then, I grabbed a Dove Chocolate (dark chocolate - so good) from our Valentine's Day stash and just as I was about to throw away the wrapper I read the inside:

Umm...could it not have been more obvious?  Less technology...more hands-on, personal (to me) effort. 

BAM.  Just like that it all made sense.

I have several family members and wonderful, dear friends that live out of state.  I do my best to communicate with them on a somewhat regular basis, but as we all know, life gets in the way sometimes.  Doing little things to reach out and let someone know you are thinking about them is so important in keeping a relationship healthy.  So, that's exactly what I intend to do!  

I headed to Tiny Prints and found the perfect (for me!) personalized stationary.  This simple, classic, pink & initialed set tugged at my heartstrings.  I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted to do - send a quick yet thoughtful note to family and friends.

print on bottom says 'do small things with great love'  

Upon receiving the stationary in the mail I was thrilled!  The colors are prefect, the card stock is sturdy and will prevent bleed-through with the gel pens I like to use and the back of the stationary gives the otherwise white-paper a fun pop of color without being overwhelming. 

I hope these notes bring a little extra sparkle of joy into the recipients lives.  I love the idea of a hand-written note and I hope they will, too!  Plus, who doesn't love getting REAL mail that isn't junk or a bill?!

What are some ways you stay in contact with friends and family far away?

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Kasey Lynne said...

I miss your posts! I was so happy to see you in my blog feed :)

That stationary is so cute! Love the stripes! That says Corinne all over it.

And those gold-dipped candles?? Um, you know how I feel about those.

yours truly, melissa said...

I love receiving real mail, it certainly doesn't happen very often. I also love sending it out! That personalized stationary set is darling! I adore the striped back!