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Coffee Shop and Card Challenge

I love coffee shops. As I sit here and ask myself why, I think it has something to do with the fact that I rarely go to a coffee shop alone. I go to meet a friend. We talk life. We talk hardships. We challenge each other. We encourage each other.  The encouragement is what really stands out. When I leave a coffee shop, I’m encouraged. I’m encouraged because I cut time out of my busy schedule to connect with someone who is important to me. And guess what, they cut time out for me too!

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I’m a natural encourager. I love to build people up and let them know that they are loved and cared for. Maybe you are the same way. Do you love to encourage those who are near and dear to you? Not everyone is a natural encourager, but one thing I know for sure, everyone loves to be encouraged. I can’t think of one person who would say they don’t like being on the receiving end of an encouraging word.

Do you sometimes feel like there are people you should be in touch with, but they live far away or you don’t have a lot of time to give them a call? And sometimes a text message seems so impersonal, doesn’t it? I have a suggestion for you. What if you decided that, once a week, you were going to mail a note to someone to encourage them? It could be as simple as a few sentences, or maybe some days you write a bit more about life.  It would only take a few minutes out of your week, but it would mean the world to the person who receives it. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Doesn’t that sound easy to pull off but so rewarding?

I’ve got a challenge for you. I’m going to set a goal this year and I’d love for you to join me! Let’s decide that we are going to make someone’s day at least once a week this year! Perhaps there is one person in your life that could really use extra encouragement this year and you send a note to them each week. Or perhaps you pick someone different each week. Either way, someone’s day will be a little brighter because you took a few minutes to think about them, and follow through with a quick note. So, here’s what I’m going to do. I will send a note to a friend or family member each week this year. Will you join me? #snailmailchallenge

Stamped Envelopes

If you are hesitating, I’ve got just what you need. Our notecard subscriptions come with FREE stamps on the card envelopes, so it couldn’t be easier to get a quick note in the mail! Check them out here.

And make sure to comment and let me know that you are going to take up the weekly notecard challenge with me! We are in this together!

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Picture says a thousand words

Behind the Image

“A picture says a thousand words.” Yes, it is a cliché but it is also true (at least in this case). If I receive a card in the mail that says “You’re special,” that’s nice. But if I receive a card in the mail that has a black and white picture of a horse on it and the sender knows my affinity for rural life, then not only do I know I’m special, but I know I’m special to the degree that they think about my likes and desires. That’s really nice.

Or if I move away from my hometown of Louisville and a family member sends me a picture of the Belle of Louisville, I get a taste of home. That’s really really nice.

Or if I live in a big city but have a green thumb and a friend sends me a picture of a flowerthat’s really really nice.

So be nice and up your greeting card game! Check out our monthly variety subscription that will give you six cards with pre-stamped envelopes and a selection of photo cards, giving you options to pick the perfect ones for your best friends.

 

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Writing is Important

We launched this business precisely with the intention of “bringing snail mail back.” We believe written–actually hand-written–communication is very important for our society today. And yet it seems like a a thing from a bygone era. After all, most of the interaction we have with our fellow human beings is over the internet now.

On our launch day we asked our followers on Facebook when the last time was that they sent or received a card in the mail. Most said that it had been at least a week, if not two, three, or four weeks, since they received something in the mail. One lady commented, though, that her mother continued a tradition started by her grandmother of writing to her children every week. That is a letter she can count on weekly!

Three cardsSpeaking of weekly letters, I fondly recall the times I received hand-written letters when I was away at boarding school (yes, I did my high school an 18 hour drive from home). My dad typically wrote details about his week on the back of a Bob Evans paper placemat (for a while it was a family tradition to write letters to me during Sunday breakfast). My mother normally included a couple written pages torn out of a notebook. When the mail would get passed out at school, it was a little piece of home and I was reminded of the Sunday mornings we always spent together.

That’s why we want to bring snail mail back: because it brings people together. It is a way to stay connected (thus our motto “Write to Connect”) to family even though you live apart. It means a lot to receive something personal in the mail. A small card that just says “I’m thinking of you” can brighten your friend’s day. And I guarantee you that when they find your card in the mailbox amidst a stack of bills and junk mail, your card will be the first one they open.

-Paul

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Sarah and I deeply appreciate our mothers. They have always been the first to reach out and see how we are doing. They instinctively know when we need space and when we need comfort. Our mothers dedicate time, prayer, and energy to our well-being every day–even if we don’t see them!dsc_9456

So as we embarked on this business of providing beautiful cards for meaningful communication, we thought a subscription to our cards would be a great gift for Mother’s Day. If you are looking for a present for your mother that will keep on giving, order her a subscription to our monthly selection of cards. Not only will she have the cards she can send to friends and family (and maybe even you!) but the envelopes will be pre-stamped!

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