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Twelve Months of Bliss – June Recap

June 24, 2015
I can’t believe it’s already time for June’s recap, where did this month go?! For those of you who joined me in hand-writing notes/letters to people throughout the month of June, how did it go? Was it easier or harder than you thought it’d be? Does it encourage you to keep the snail-mail going? For those of you who started a Twelve Months of Bliss journal, how would you now answer the questions? (Look back over the key words of encouragement you used in each of the letters… are these words you need to be speaking to people more often? Are these words you might like to hear from someone about yourself?)

It’s been exactly five years since the first time I took part in the Happiness Stamped challenge and it’s crazy how many things can change in that short amount of time. Not only am I in a completely different chapter these days, but so are my friends and family and others around me. If one thing remains true it’s that when it rains it pours and I quickly realized that Happiness Stamped could not have come at a better time. Would you believe me if I told you that in the first few days this month’s challenge, two of my friends were faced with the fact that their marriages were over? Would you believe me if I told you that in the first full week of this month’s challenge, another friend of mine received a devastating and life-changing diagnosis from her child’s doctor? And then exactly three days later, yet another friend received life-changing news from her child’s doctor as well. By week four of this month, two more friends of mine were going through hard, hard times… so. many. breaking. hearts.

There simply wasn’t enough stationary in all of the aisles of Target.

There really is something special about mailing someone a note or letter, isn’t there? I’ve found that when you take the time to hand write something to someone, you tend to think more about what you might say, or the words you might use. Sure, you can scribble something out if you change your mind but it’s not like typing an email or text where the delete or backspace button is all too handy. Intentional writing is incredibly powerful, to both the writer and to the reader. 
Sometimes the words come easily, but other times words can be so hard to write. Writing notes to certain people might feel really uncomfortable and it can feel like your heart is being scribbled onto the pages. Writing words to be shared with another person can leave you feeling vulnerable, even when you know you’re sharing things that need to be shared. Writing notes to someone who is in the midst of a trial can feel scary. We may not always know what to say but I think that, especially in hard times, sometimes simply receiving something other than bills in the mail is enough to bring comfort on a rough day. Plus, it feels really good to know that someone was thinking about you.

Sending snail-mail to someone is not always such a heavy thing; obviously it can be light and fun as well. How about those notes you send to your bff – the ones where there seems to be more arrows and directions than letters because you keep running out of room. If only you had just started at the top half or left-hand side of the card! Most of my friends and family now know to open all of the cards they get from me with extreme caution… because there is usually confetti just waiting to pop out and go all over the floor πŸ˜‰

June’s challenge is one of my favorites of the 12 month project and maybe now you all know why – snail-mail is powerful! If you’re coming into this challenge late, remember that there is still a week left so turn off your computer and get out your paper and pen πŸ™‚ Happy writing!

Now it’s your time to share your feedback from this month’s challenge. Link up your thoughts below & don’t forget to check back in a few days for next month’s challenge!

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  • This was fun to do and a neat way to kick off the first month Emily. I am so sorry about your friends and their unhappy times. I know when I’m in the pits of fear, unhappiness or the unknown, receiving an unexpected note makes me smile even if only for a moment. Your notes brought some sunshine I’m sure. Looking forward to month two.

    • I was certainly kept busy this month with the letter writing, that’s for sure. Makes me feel so thankful that I can be there for my friends though – I know they’d do the same for me!

  • This was fun to do and a neat way to kick off the first month Emily. I am so sorry about your friends and their unhappy times. I know when I'm in the pits of fear, unhappiness or the unknown, receiving an unexpected note makes me smile even if only for a moment. Your notes brought some sunshine i'm sure. Looking forward to month two.

  • I am so sorry your friends are having such a hard time, but how wonderful of you to support and buoy them up a little with such a small act. Good for you!

    • I just could not believe how much happened this month! Fingers crossed that July is a less-eventful month πŸ˜‰

  • I am so sorry your friends are having such a hard time, but how wonderful of you to support and buoy them up a little with such a small act. Good for you!

  • I encountered similar circumstances that you did in regards to several friends having deaths, another having a lumpectomy. I love sending mail and plan to continue it more often. Looking forward to the next challenge.

    • Wow- made writing those notes mean even more, didn’t it? I’m looking forward to reading your post, Sheryl!!

  • I encountered similar circumstances that you did in regards to several friends having deaths, another having a lumpectomy. I love sending mail and plan to continue it more often. Looking forward to the next challenge.

  • I can’t wait to see July’s “challenge” πŸ™‚ This month was such a great exercise for me! I’ll recap on Friday’s post!

    • This has already been so much fun- I can’t wait to share the next one with you guys!

  • I can't wait to see July's "challenge" πŸ™‚ This month was such a great exercise for me! I'll recap on Friday's post!

  • I love snail mail and am so sad I missed this challenge. Although I may have done it on accident? Is it possible to join for 11 months of bliss from now? πŸ˜‰

  • I love snail mail and am so sad I missed this challenge. Although I may have done it on accident? Is it possible to join for 11 months of bliss from now? πŸ˜‰

  • Okay glad I still have a week to participate! Can’t wait to see what is next!

    • I’m still mailing letters out this last week too so it’s ok! πŸ™‚

  • Okay glad I still have a week to participate! Can't wait to see what is next!

  • I was just telling Anne that I failed at this month – in my defense I don’t know what day it is usually! But I’m going to complete this WITH July, because this is a great idea and will spread happiness – and don’t we all need that?! Thanks for hosting!

    • haha! Meagan, you did not fail. There was one week where I had to double up because I’d slacked the week prior. Can’t wait til next month’s challenge!

  • I was just telling Anne that I failed at this month – in my defense I don't know what day it is usually! But I'm going to complete this WITH July, because this is a great idea and will spread happiness – and don't we all need that?! Thanks for hosting!

  • My card is proudly posted up in our room, sans confetti of course πŸ˜‰

  • My card is proudly posted up in our room, sans confetti of course πŸ˜‰

  • I was certainly kept busy this month with the letter writing, that's for sure. Makes me feel so thankful that I can be there for my friends though – I know they'd do the same for me!

  • I just could not believe how much happened this month! Fingers crossed that July is a less-eventful month πŸ˜‰

  • Wow- made writing those notes mean even more, didn't it? I'm looking forward to reading your post, Sheryl!!

  • This has already been so much fun- I can't wait to share the next one with you guys!

  • aw! haha, you crack me up. Yes, you can have 11 months of bliss πŸ˜‰

  • I'm still mailing letters out this last week too so it's ok! πŸ™‚

  • haha! Meagan, you did not fail. There was one week where I had to double up because I'd slacked the week prior. Can't wait til next month's challenge!

  • πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ XO. Love that!

  • I absolutely loved this! I sent letters out all month. Something makes me so happy using a pen and writing a note to a friend. It’s so so different than an email. I love your 12 months of bliss and I can’t wait to see what the next 11 months hold!

  • I absolutely loved this! I sent letters out all month. Something makes me so happy using a pen and writing a note to a friend. It's so so different than an email. I love your 12 months of bliss and I can't wait to see what the next 11 months hold!

  • I loved this month. I *always* start my cards at the top left page – years of learning that I write way too much for one tiny little space has taught me that. Even still, often I have to arrow to the back πŸ™‚ Possibly why I blog – I find it so much easier to write than to say how I feel. Can’t wait to see what the next months bring!

    • You’d think after all these years I’d learn to start on the left page… but I always think ‘what if I don’t end up writing a whole bunch and then it looks like I didn’t have a lot to say’ … only to run out of room every time. ha!

  • I loved this month. I *always* start my cards at the top left page – years of learning that I write way too much for one tiny little space has taught me that. Even still, often I have to arrow to the back πŸ™‚ Possibly why I blog – I find it so much easier to write than to say how I feel. Can't wait to see what the next months bring!

  • WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE ADORABLE CHICKEN CARDS?!?! I’m obsessed. πŸ™‚

    And snail-mail. I’m a huge believer in it. I just treasure the words that I’ve received and the way a sweet little card in the mail is a ray of sunshine in my day. I am an avid mail-checker… So much so Jason teases me… But that’s HOPE right there in my metal mailbox and so, I seek it out ALL THE DAY LONG. πŸ™‚

    • Aren’t they the best?! Michaels!!! They were in the $3 bin, I want to say. I love Michaels for cheap and cute stationary.

  • WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE ADORABLE CHICKEN CARDS?!?! I'm obsessed. πŸ™‚

    And snail-mail. I'm a huge believer in it. I just treasure the words that I've received and the way a sweet little card in the mail is a ray of sunshine in my day. I am an avid mail-checker… So much so Jason teases me… But that's HOPE right there in my metal mailbox and so, I seek it out ALL THE DAY LONG. πŸ™‚

  • Yes! So glad you liked this month's challenge, Kenj!

  • You'd think after all these years I'd learn to start on the left page… but I always think 'what if I don't end up writing a whole bunch and then it looks like I didn't have a lot to say' … only to run out of room every time. ha!

  • Aren't they the best?! Michaels!!! They were in the $3 bin, I want to say. I love Michaels for cheap and cute stationary.

  • I just sent out a bunch of snail mail via connecting with others on insta! It was SO fun!

  • I just sent out a bunch of snail mail via connecting with others on insta! It was SO fun!

  • Oh fun! I love mail swaps! πŸ™‚