Coming off the Christmas season is the perfect time of the year to practice gratitude. The new year is fresh and full of possibilities. The gifts I’ve received are opened and in use. I’m still relishing the special time I had together with family and friends. Okay, and my pants are a wee bit tight. There’s that. So, I ate great food… there’s a lot to be thankful for.
In April of last year, I answered some questions for Peace of Pie Life, a fantastic lifestyle website, for their blog. You can read the mini-interview here, but I particularly wanted to revisit what I said about writing thank you notes:
One of my favorite verses says, “Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today…” and I love this sentiment. A thank you note is not simply an obligation or a crossing of another “to-do” off your list; it is an opportunity to encourage someone in who they are and what they do. In the studio, I keep encouraging notes that I receive from clients, interns, and employees pinned up by my desk. I can’t even tell you how uplifting it can be to just pass by that board and remember that I’m appreciated, not necessarily for anything specific I’ve done for them, but just for being the person that I’m called to be and doing the things that I’m called to do. What an opportunity to thoughtfully speak into someone’s life briefly with a note.
Full disclosure: I’m pretty good at writing thank you notes on a professional level, and I’m pretty lousy at writing thank you notes on a personal level. There’s something in me that wants clients to know that I appreciate them, but assumes that my closest personal friends and family already know that they are appreciated. Isn’t this terrible? I hate that the very people whom I should be “encouraging daily” are my most neglected people when it comes to writing notes!
So, how to change this poor behavior of mine? A fitness coach once told me that the fastest way to start working out was to buy new workout clothes. Nothing makes you want to start running like a shiny new pair of running shoes. And nothing will make me pick up my pen and jot down my thoughts of gratitude like new stationery.
I’m a stationer. I love paper and ink and printing… when I create this next round of personal stationery, I’m going to have Ty print 250 instead of 50 so that I don’t run out again. And when I feel this gorgeous cotton paper and letterpress ink under my fingers, they’ll just itch to write that note to my close people. I actually can’t wait.
And just to encourage you to also write notes to your special people, we’re currently offering FREE return address printing on all letterpress stationery orders through the end of January. Click here to get your order rolling!