Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Year of the Note

One of my goals for 2016 is to write a note once a week.  Trevor asked me last week, "Why are you doing this?" 

Even though words of affirmation is not my love language, I know it is for several people.  Plus, who doesn't love getting mail.  It's even more fun when it's addressed like this! 

A hand written note takes time.  In our technology driven society "real"  mail has become old fashioned.   I have always been an encourager.  When I look back at my childhood dreams of being a cheerleader, I see that even that is because I love to encourage others.  What better way than screaming good job from the side lines? 

I started out the year strong; a note a week was a piece of cake.  By the end of February I was starting to get concerned.  Do I even know 52 people?  Can I send the same person a note more than once?  By May I had decided there was no way I would reach my goal but continued to send notes when I felt led to.  Then I saw this book on good reads. 

It has been a game changer!  

The book is written by a  master calligrapher.   I left the book with a new passion for note writing.  It really is a lost art.  The book gives step by step instructions on how to write a note.  She gives tons of reasons to send notes.  I loved the historical quotes throughout the book!   Because I'm a huge fan of Gone with the Wind, I enjoyed this piece of information.  Margaret Mitchell never wrote a second book partly because she spent her time answering every fan letter she received!

Since reading the book I've more than caught up on my goal.  Writing a note a week has become a breeze.   My first thought when I start to send an email or Facebook message is,  can this be sent in a handwritten note?   If the answer is yes, which it isn't always, I send a note.    Modern technology is super convenient and some times necessary.

I think the biggest problem I have now is finding addresses.  People no longer have landlines.  I don't have a phone book to go looking for addresses!  That's my plea for help!  If you would love to receive a note from me - you're going to have to send me your snail mail address.  You can email it to me at

I challenge you to take the time to write a hand written note.  Not only will it bless the person who receives the note, but you will experience the joy of knowing you put a smile on someone's face that day!

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