Before we get to the exciting news at EG, I want to reflect on how truly GRATEFUL I am for all who have and continue to fight for our freedoms. The human losses our country has suffered since long before I was even born have not been forgotten on my part, not in the slightest. While we all continue to spend time with family and loved ones on this day, I hope we remember the brave ones who were not able to return home, and their families who continue to mourn that reality. It seems so unfair that my heart should be grateful when someone else’s heart has endured such loss, but today is a reminder that those losses were not in vain and will not be forgotten, not ever. I am ever thankful for their service and sacrifice.
Did any of you notice the updated Twelve Months of Bliss page? I’m happy to announce that June’s challenge for Twelve Months of Bliss is now LIVE! June’s challenge is titled Happiness Stamped and is about taking the time to hand-write a note of encouragement, or to just say hello to a good friend or maybe someone you haven’t talked to in far too long. We may think we’ve gotten pretty good at this communication thing… all day long constantly texting, talking on the phone, writing emails, gchatting, video chatting, Facebooking, tweeting, and Instagramming… but there is something really powerful about a written word, meant for someone specifically. I don’t know about you but I like getting more than just bills and junk in the mail. Something special happens when a card arrives in our mailbox, and I think this next month is going to show you that something special also happens when you take the time to hand-write, address and stamp a card to someone else.
*Be sure to check out the actual Twelve Months of Bliss page for more tips and thoughts on this month’s challenge!
To help us kick off June’s challenge, the awesome gals of Olive & Clyde have so generously sponsored today’s giveaway: one lucky winner will get 5 cards of your choice, a perfect way to help you get started with your weekly notes. I love this card shop, you guys. Talk about unique and HILARIOUS cards. Their tagline is “A card for every weirdo in your life” – and Lord knows we’ve all got one. (And if you don’t think you have one, that probably means it’s you.)I also love this shop’s story – two best friends who grew tired of the 9-5 and decided to open their own greeting card shop, adorably named after their dogs. I’ve included personal pictures of a few of my favorite cards… Pay no attention to the multiple cookie related cards I chose… clearly it’s dangerous to go shopping at Olive & Clyde when you’re hungry.
So what will you write in your cards to people? What extra note will you include in a birthday card? What color of confetti will you throw in at the last minute? In a world that is steadily getting farther and farther away from a written word and stamped envelope, I’m grateful that snail mail hasn’t completely left us – let’s keep it going, shall we?