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Write Me a Letter!

I am developing a hate-hate relationship with e-mail and Facebook.  Now, mind you, I spend too much time on FB and I love e-mail but I think that the combination of the two is killing sincere communication.  My e-mail is all work, bills, newsletters and spam.  I don’t even get e-cards or e-vites anymore!    We won’t get started about what it does for proper grammar and spelling.

How often do you complain about the contents of your mailbox?  “Oh it’s always just junk mail and bills!”  Maybe you have all your bills set up for e-billing so it’s all just junk mail.  How does this make you feel?

During the just-passed Christmas season, I mailed out approximately 80 cards.  I hand-delivered a few dozen more.  I received fewer than a dozen, including hand-delivered cards.  How many cards did you get?  Admit it.  Did your heart skip a beat when you saw the envelope?  Mine does.

When did birthday cards become obsolete?  Hand written invites?  (although I am very guilty of the Facebook event post)

So I want to point out that the feeling you get when you get a letter or a card is the same that everyone else gets.  I mean if you get an “Oh shit!  Not another friendly letter!” feeling, I daresay you’re solidly in the minority and I can’t help you.  So why not let someone have that feeling?  A pad of writing paper is around $1.50 nearly anywhere and a box of envelopes is about the same.  So add that to the price of a stamp and for less than 50 cents, you can make someone’s day.  There are lots of places where a card can be purchase for around $1 making the price of a smile $1.44.  Worth it?

A letter needn’t be wordy.  I like to include pictures.  A card – even better!  Have your little one draw a picture on a piece of paper folded in half.  Write a note inside and send it on its way to make Grandma’s day.  Print a copy of a favorite photo for around 19 cents and write a note on the back!  It doesn’t have to be hard.

So I am making a pledge to myself to begin “Healthy” communication for 2012.  This means more face time and more letter writing.  Maybe e-cards too, who knows?  Would you like to join me?

To make it easier, I am going to have a little contest.  The winner will receive a dozen hand-made note cards or a pack of 12 assorted, hand-made greeting cards customized for you with favorite colors, etc.  The choice is yours!

To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing the first person who would get a note from you.

For additional entries:

Like Lisa Sharp  Solutions on FaceBook

Follow @LisaMSharp on Twitter

And every $10 Donated toward my Chicago 3 Day will get you an additional entry.

I will select a winner by random number drawing on February 1.  GOOD LUCK!



An Attitude of Gratitude!

My little blog is celebrating the month of January. It’s cold and snowy here in America’s Dairyland but it’s Thank You month and I have a lot to be thankful for.  My friends at Grammarly are helping me throw a party.

What?  Write a post on your own blog about something or someone that you are thankful for. Link back to this post and to Grammarly, the world’s best grammar checker.

Why?  Because you can win an gift card.  Currently it is valued at $120 but the value increases by $10 for every thankful blogger that enters the contest!

When:  Between now and January 31.  The Random Number Generator will pick one lucky winner on February 1.


What are you waiting for?  Give thanks and win big!


Once you’ve entered, share your link here:

Thank You

This post is brought to you in honor of National Thank You Month in partnership with Grammarly, the World’s Most Accurate Grammar Checker.

In the past year, I have learned to embrace my craftiness.  Not crafty like sneaky, crafty like creative.  There, I said it.  I am creative and I enjoy it.  I can sew a bit, knit a bit, am learning to crochet and I really like playing with paper, glitter, stamps and glue to make cards.  Creating beautiful things lowers my stress levels by clearing my mind and soothing my spirit.  When I crave color, willpower is not necessary.

For that I am thankful.  I am thankful to my mother, first and foremost.  My mom has taught me too many lessons to list.  Since this is a post about creativity, I will thank her for teaching me to sew, showing me a trick here or there about playing with paper and for reminding me that no one is perfect.  Perfection is not the goal.  Quality is important.  Things should look hand made but hand made is not flawless.  It is human.  That is what makes it special.  My mom is also the influence that made me resourceful.  She can fix anything I can screw up.  I hope someday I possess that skill also.

I am thankful for my grandmothers too.  My mother’s mother was an amazing seamstress.  She made quilts, embroidered, and created the most exquisite Barbie clothes.  Of course as a stupid kid, I didn’t have the sense to save them.  In partnership with the woodworking skills of my Grandfather, my cousins, sisters and I all had the greatest doll beds of all time complete with quilted mattresses and comforters.

From my father’s mother, I seem to have inherited a love of yarn (along with an old-fashioned Norwegian stubborn streak ten miles wide).  From the earliest memory, I could crochet a chain.  My sisters and I would make them seemingly hundreds of  yards long.  Her weight maintenance plan was crochet.  “I figure if I’m sitting in front of the TV crocheting, I’m not sitting there eating.”  She knit as well.  My grandmother created the most wonderful afghans, lace doilies and this angel.  She has been atop my Christmas Tree for more years than I can recall.  Please pardon the abuse she takes because we move so much.  I’m afraid to try to re-shape her.

So, to all three of you; my mom, her mom, and my Dad’s mom, Thank You.  Thank you for sharing your time, your talents and your love of beautiful things with me.  I can only hope the projects I create will make you proud.

Now, blog readers, it’s your turn.  Grammarly is working with me to sponsor a Virtual Flash Mob of Gratitude!  What are you thankful for?  Who are you thankful for?  In honor of National Thank You Month, Grammarly is offering  a minimum of $100 gift card to one lucky blogger. Each blogger that enters increases the size of the prize by $10.    The contest begins today, January 2, 2012,  and ends on January 31.  A winner will be chosen on February 1!  For more information about how to enter, leave me a comment or e-mail lisa (at) LisaSharp(dot)com!


P.S.  W00t!  My Grammarly Score for this piece was 89 out of 100!  What’s yours?

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