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Thinking of You Week Reflection 💌

How was your Thinking of You Week??

image from thinkingofyouweekusa.com

This past week has been about celebrating the joy of sending and receiving a handwritten note.

Which of course is something I can get behind 100%!

Someone commented on my Insta post about Thinking of You Week the other day, saying they try but it’s hard to keep up.

I hear you! I really do… because…I had a hard time keeping up, too!

To that, I said

Don’t let your perfectionism keep you from reaching out to your loved ones!

This “challenge” is just an opportunity to get you thinking about your connections to your community.

If you write every day, that’s great. But you could just send a few or even one card this week – or next month – or year, you know, this is not a competition, and nobody is judging you!!

Well, nobody except you, maybe 😉

I’m being casual about it this year, too – my brain has been a bit preoccupied these couple of weeks, so I’m taking my time thinking about a person and writing a card every couple of days… It’s still fun for me and not as stressful.

So far, I’ve chosen to write to friends who have moved away from Seattle, so my Birds of Washington card has been the go-to!

If you joined the challenge, how did it go for you? Is this something you’d like to do regularly?

Let me know in comments! I love hearing from you 💝

Happy connecting!

xo

Thinking of You Week is coming!

Thinking of You Week is September 23 – 29 this year 💌

image from thinkingofyouweekusa.com

It’s an international movement to celebrate the joy of sending and receiving hand-written notes.

Yes, emails and texts are so much more convenient, and it communicates the message just the same as a hand-written note.

BUT.

You know it feels different, right?

With physical notes, you can hold them, feel them, smell them, enjoy the artwork, and my favorite part is seeing their handwriting.

I love how people’s handwriting shows their personalities.

You may be self-conscious about your messy handwriting, but don’t fret! I think it’s quite endearing 🤗

When my hubs, Dave, and I were in a long-distance relationship (for 5 years!), we would send each other letters and notes, and seeing his handwriting was like hearing his voice.

(But better, because I don’t like talking on the phone very much 😬)

I still keep all of the notes he sent me. They’re such treasures ❤️

Every once in a while, I get the box of letters out of my closet and go through them to re-live the warm and fuzzy feelings.

Sigh.

Wouldn’t you like to give someone you love warm and fuzzies??

Join the movement and send a card every day during the Thinking of You Week, September 23-29!

I participated in it last year and had so much fun!

It gave me a pause to think of the people I cared about. And really focus on showing how much I appreciate them.

My friends are on my mind constantly, but it was refreshing to take 5 minutes a day to think of one particular person and what I appreciate about them.

And they, of course, enjoyed getting a surprise note from me 🥰

How about you? Do you wanna join me this year?

I’ve got 88 designs to choose from in my shop! Browse away and have fun picking  your 7 cards 😽

Snail mails rock 🐌

xo

pps. would you rather shop in-person? I plan to be at Fremont Sunday Market on 9/15 and 9/22 (weather permitting – check my Insta in the morning), and The Make Sale Fall Market in Monroe on 9/20 & 9/21!

Thinking of You 💌

Did you participate in the Thinking of You Week challenge?

If you did, how did you like it?

If you don’t know what I’m talking about…

Thinking of You Week is an international movement to encourage people to send more snail mails 🐌

The challenge was, during the week of September 24th – 30th, you were to send a card a day for 7 days and let someone know you’re thinking of them.

When Thinking of You Week USA contacted me on Instagram and asked if I’d join the challenge, I got so excited and knew right away I wanted to do it.

For someone who makes greeting cards for a living, I don’t send enough cards…😬

I think of a lot of people every day, but I don’t take the time to let them know I’m thinking of them.

The challenge came at a great timing. I’d just received a post card from my high school Japanese literature teacher and was thinking of writing him back.

I immediately thought of a few more people to write to – and others I just picked a person that came to mind during the week.

I had so much fun hand selecting a card that let me express what I wanted to say to each person.

Here are the 7 cards I sent out!

They went to my high school teacher, Mr. Eto, my artist friends I haven’t met in-person, Kelly and Laura, a friend/knitter/podcaster, C.C., my bff, Amie, my parents in Japan, and my sweetie, Dave.

(I actually mailed a card to Dave from our home to our home 😀 It was priceless to see the expression on his face when he got the mail! 😆)

Every day, I was giddy thinking about my friend receiving a card and being delighted.

It felt kinda like planning a tiny surprise party for them 🎊.

And that week I was stressed out about my website launch and the whole political chaos.

So having to pause every day to write to someone I cared about was good for my mental health.

It took me less than 10 minutes to write a message to each person – but that 10 minutes gave me peace.

It was peaceful because I was focusing on what I appreciated about them and how they were making my life better.

It gave me a pause to just “be.” I’m ok at this very moment. Nobody is hurting me. I’m safe. I’m surrounded by relationships that are positive and caring even if the person(s) may not be here with me right now.

I’m most definitely making this an annual tradition! I marked the week in my calendar for next year (September 23rd – 29th, 2019) and set to repeat annually.

And I promise I’ll be sending more snail mails in between 😉

xo

p.s. Inspired by the challenge? You can start your own “Thinking of You” week anytime you want! Browse my greeting card collection to get your list going ✨

Join me in the “Thinking of You Week” challenge! 💌

Last week, my mom sent me a picture of a postcard that was sent to me from my high school Japanese literature teacher.

Mr. Eto was a really cool teacher – he was my homeroom teacher for two years and was also in charge of the drama club I was a part of.

(And as you can tell, a very skilled block print maker.)

He was funny and always treated us like we were responsible, intelligent people. He was one of the most influential adults I had in my teenage years.

On the back of the card, he wrote to say he retired last year and that they’ve got 6 grandkids now.

I felt so touched that I was still on his “thinking of you” list after 22 years.

I used to send him New Year’s greeting cards when I first moved here but can’t remember when the last time I wrote him was…😢

So it was a perfect timing when I received this message from Thinking of You Week via Instagram:

“We’re working with The Greeting Card Association to promote Thinking of You Week, an international movement that encourages everyone to send a card every day for one week. We’d love it if you could help spread the message by asking your followers to send a card a day from September 24-30.”

I get requests to promote things to my followers occasionally and only follow through when the cause resonates with me and I believe it benefits you, too.

For someone who creates and sells greeting cards for a living, I don’t send out hand-written note enough!!!

When I got the postcard from Mr. Eto, I knew I wanted to send him a card and tell him what’s been going on in my life.

I wanted to tell him that I got married to a sweet loving man, I quit my job 3 years ago, and now I’m a full-time artist.

I know he’d be delighted to hear from me and would be so proud of my accomplishments 💕

The invitation to promote this challenge inspired me to join in the movement, too.

I’ll be sending a greeting card to my friends (including Mr. Eto) every day between September 24 and 30!

I already thought of a few more people I want to say hello to via a card and am getting super excited to figure out which cards to send them 😍

Do you want to tell someone that they’re on your “thinking of you” list??

I’d love it if you join me in this challenge!!

Thinking of You Week has been promoting giveaways on their Instagram, and I’ve created a special “Mystery 7 Cards for $7” pack in my Etsy shop to make it easier for you to participate 😘

Go check them out!

I’d love to hear from you if you decide to do the challenge. Leave a comment and let me know.

Happy writing, my friend!

xo

p.s. in case you missed the links, you can check out the giveaways on Thinking of You Instagram here and the special mystery pack in my shop here.