When is the last time you received a little "hello" from a friend in the mail? Or how about an "I Love You" note from a loved one left on the counter as you're leaving the house in the morning? Or maybe an encouraging thought on your desk from a co-worker? Hardly ever, right?
These things don't happen very often anymore. With the convenience of text messages, snapchats, e-mails, and social media, those special handwritten notes aren't showing up like they once did. I'm personally one that is guilty of the conveniences in communication these days, but recently I received a sweet note via "snail mail" (you know, the mail you put a stamp on the envelope for). It was a "just because" note from a thoughtful friend that just wanted to let me know she was thinking of me. This made my day receiving a surprise in the mail that felt like someone had gone the extra mile for me, just to say they were thinking of me! This inspired me. I decided to pull out some stationery and write a little note to 6 different friends just to say, "Hi, Friend" and let them know I was thinking about them. A few of my recipients were friends that live near and I see often, and a few of them live farther and our check ins usually consist of a quick text here or there. I'm hoping that these notes will bring a smile to their face and a little joy their way when they check their mail and see a little something from a friend! The sweet and simple thoughts via a note has become a lost art, and it shouldn't be, because it really does make a difference in someones day, maybe even their week!
Here's my Challenge for you...
- Get yourself a set of customized stationery (I Love THESE from Hi, Friend Design)
- Make a list of 5-10 friends you want to send a "hello" or "thinking of you" note to
- Sit down with a cozy beverage, some happy music, and write out your notes
- Stuff and address envelopes and send them to the very lucky recipients
- Feel good, because not only will that make the person on the receiving end smile, you'll be smiling too!
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I want to see your notes heading out into the Snail Mail universe, so take a picture (be creative on covering those addresses, unless you want some new friends showing up at your door!), post your picture on instagram, tag me and hashtag: #SweetandFreeLifeChallenge
Let's inspire others to pay it forward by simply sending a happy note!