Monday, January 20, 2014

A New Ritual


There are many things that bring a smile to my face, one of them is mail from a friend. I like to refer to them as "happy mail days". I have had some pretty awesome happy mail days...from little notes and postcards to packages containing nature treasures, an apron, a mug, books, tea and chocolate. All of these lovely gifts are around my home and every time I see them I think of the person who was kind enough to send them.

A few weeks ago this was brought to my attention and I thought why not. I know how happy I am to receive a hand written note from a friend and I am sure many of you feel the same way, and so a new ritual was born. On Sunday morning sometime between breakfast and lunch I sit down with a cup of tea, my stationary and my address book and I write a little note to someone. Then on Monday I put it in the mail.

It is a simple pleasure and one that so far, three weeks in, has brought great joy to my Sunday morning.

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P.S. If you like to receive little surprises in the mail be sure to email your address to me.

44 comments:

  1. Such a good, down to earth, spirit touching idea. I am in!

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  2. Well that sounds like fun! Off to email you :)

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  3. This is such an enjoyable way to maintain a friendship :0)... yes, I would be blessed to receive a not from you Kim ...

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  4. Oh my gosh, I love this idea! Will surely be adopting this one! xo

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  5. I am so glad the idea is spreading. I call them happy mail days too! It's so fun to receive a friendly letter in the mailbox :)

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    1. It is so much fun, especially when it is unexpected :) Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

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  6. How fun! Maybe I should start. I do miss sending (and receiving!) mail. I think you have my address, but I will email you again later just in case!

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    1. Yes! I think you should. I do have your address, somewhere, if you get a chance resend it to me, just in case :)

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  7. Now that is just wonderful Kim!

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  8. what great fun! i still correspond via snail mail with my oldest friend and love writing and receiving letters :)

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  9. Nothing like hand written mail- there is beauty in that.
    Lovely.

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  10. My biggest dilemma in writing is finding nice stationary. I used to always get new stationary when I was young from my Aunts & Uncles. I miss it. =( These days I will just use something I have or occasionally create my own. Here is one I made. I need to make more. =) http://www.elisaloves.com/2011/02/pretty-stationary.html

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    1. That was the most fun, going shopping for some nice stationary. I picked up a few different kinds. Such a lovely gift, I always love getting stationary and notebooks :)

      Love your homemade stationary, I might have to try that. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This is such a good idea to do once a week. I love to write letters but when I think of all the people I want to send notes to I get overwhelmed and then none are sent. I'm going to try this way!

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    1. It is, simple and easy. And you know what, I actually sent two last week and will be sending two this week. It is kind of addictive :)

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  12. Oh Kim, what a wonderful idea.......I may steal it and start a new ritual as well. One or two a week, on a certain day, is a perfect way to plan it. And I do so love getting mail! I may write one this evening! Thanks for the inspiration. Love that stationary by the way!

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  13. How lovely! I will surely jump on this band wagon... seems like such a happy positive wagon! :-)

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  14. I think this is really wonderful! I remember doing this as a kid because there was no internet or cell phones to send instant messages. :)

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    1. Thanks KC. I did this as a kid too, I had a pen pal in Denmark, we had such a lovely thing going.

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  15. Sometimes I just laugh out loud at my computer because I was just saying to my husband the other day how nice it would be to sit down throughout the year send a little note to friends and family. Just to brighten their day. Great minds think alike! Wonderful idea!

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    1. Haha, that is too funny. Seems they do think alike :)

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  16. We love to write and receive letters here. I have always asked my boys to join me in writing letters to friends/family at least once a week. We have tried some very unique ways of shipping them as well. (My finished tea boxes) We could do a surprise/pen pal sort of thing with Reece maybe??

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    1. How wonderful! That would be awesome, I will email you. Maybe a little rock exchange to start :)

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  17. How lovely! What a wonderful example you are toting for your son :).

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  18. That's beautiful Kim! You'll be busy writing letters after this post. :)

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    1. I will be, but that is perfect. I would sooner by writing than typing :)

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  19. Such an awesome concept Kim, l bet it makes people's day when they receive some happy mail from you. My word for 2014 is simple, and l too have been thinking of simple pleasures and joys that l can incorporate into my days. Handwritten notes and cards would be a great idea to try. :)

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    1. Such a great word, and this is such a simple pleasure. Hope you give it a try.

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  20. This is wonderful Kim! Love the way this idea has spred among the bloggers I know. I just purchased some new notecards yesterday. So fun!

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    1. Thanks Dawn, I am loving it and am so happy Alex shared it with all of us.

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  21. I would be really happy to revieve a happy mail!
    Adress will be emailed!

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    1. Yay!!! And I got your email and added you to my list :)

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  22. I love this Kim!!! I too love getting happy mail (and would love to receive a note from you).

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    1. Thanks Summer, I have been having so much fun sending mail every week. I would love to add you to my list, just send along your address via email :)

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