Day 94: Guess who it’s to…

I wrote one…

I will tell you who it is written to when that person receives it. You could always guess if you’re at the end of your seat, biting your nails with anticipation.

In other news, I will be writing lots of letters in the next 48 hours. I signed up for a volunteer postcard project through my alma mater. I have less than four days to complete it. ugh, #procrastination.

Happy Monday!

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All you need is love.

http://hannahkaty.com/

A friend sent me a link to this beautiful blog. Hannah Katy see’s the world through a pure and refreshing lens. She will share her passion and soulful optimism with you (and me) in the form of a love letter – yes, she sends them t0 strangers.

I already requested mine.

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Come on, ride the train.

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I know I have not been riding the successful blogger train. In fact, I just realized the train is long gone and I am running down the tracks huffing, puffing, sprinting to jump on. To put it simply, this project, not to mention my use of social media, hasn’t gone well since I committed to it.

Not to make excuses for myself because there really aren’t any, but it’s really challenging trying to be good at social media. Did you know there is an art to being GOOD at social media?

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Day 58: Mail Bag

Here’s the mail. It never fails. It makes me want to wag my tail. When it comes I want to wail MAIL!!!

I am a little late in posting this, but late is better than never. Last Sunday I took a little trip to the post office and to my delight I had TWO valentine’s cards. (Yes, it’s been over a week since then. Forgive me.)

I had anticipated any mail I might receive would be from my grandmother or my best friend. It is an effort to write a note and people don’t generally care to spend that kind of time writing out a long-winded message, dotting I’s, Crossing t’s and erasing their mistakes. I suppose that is why social media is so popular – it gives us more time for other things.

Nevertheless, the cards I received were from the most unsuspecting of people, long lost friends who have a vested interest in my effort. The simple fact that they took the time to participate in the letter social is encouraging, not to mention that one of the cards was a colorful handmade note. Maybe I’m not the only person reading my blog after all.

Thanks for believing in my project, ladies. Oh, and thanks for the killer Valentine’s. (They included princess stickers and a handmade Wienermobile card.) See below…

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Day 45: P.S. I love you

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NPR released its own series of Valentine's Day cards - this one was my personal favorite.

Yesterday my family said goodbye to a longtime friend of my mother’s. After coming home from the funeral, I sat down to unwind and indulge in the slew of girly Valentine’s Day movies on Lifetime. Ironically, the movie that was playing was one about a woman who loses her husband to a brain tumor. But, before he died the husband (Gerard Butler) makes a plan for his wife (Hilary Swank) to receive intermittent letters, handwritten by him. The letters come at the perfect moment, soothe her and help her through her pain. My day was emotional, but it got me thinking about the beauty of the permanence of a handwritten letter.

Handwriting is unique to every individual. It is used to identify us, analyze us and select us in instances of jury selection, criminal cases and identifying exactly what a person’s characteristics are. But  even more, handwriting can be used for loved one’s to remember us. It is personality on paper; therefore, it is you.

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Notes go a long way in the professional world

It has been a very busy week. I started an internship a week ago today at a local PR agency. The experience has been both dizzying and exhilarating as I have been meeting countless colleagues, familiarizing myself with a number of clients and learning how to work a 40-hour work week. Part of being a newbie is integrating professional etiquette into my life and taking in all the advice I can get.

During my time at OHIO University someone (or multiple people) told me it is crucial to write a handwritten thank you note after an interview. Luckily this is one of the pieces of advice I remembered and it might have helped me stand apart from other candidates during the interview process. But, I did not know how integral this advice would be after I entered the professional world. A recent post by Peter Shankman provides useful advice that normally isn’t given. One of the pieces of advice (given by a commenter to the post):

“Send five hand-written personal notes a week. People still like getting mail and it is far less likely to be ignored than an email or voicemail.”

I guess I have a whole new group of people to add to my project. But, what should I write about? Do you write notes to colleagues? If so, to whom and what do you write?

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Day 32: I <3 Hallmark

There are even birthday cards about how easy social media makes birthday greetings!

It used to be that on birthdays I would make frequent visits down the driveway to the mailbox in hopes there would be colorful cards wishing me another great year. Holidays and special occasions were the same, I’d get notes from aunts, uncles and grandparents (usually with a few dollar bills). The past few years have been different though. No longer do I anticipate the arrival of a gift through snail mail. The greeting card is becoming obsolete as the internet and social media use grows.

Instead of mailing a paper card, we now send e-cards or even write a Facebook post. A Facebook post! It’s almost unbelievable to me that Facebook is a primary form of gratitude or well wishes. To combat this I am bringing back the Hallmark card, well sort of.

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