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April is National Letter Writing Month

29 Mar

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Did you know the United States Postal Service designated April National Writing Letter Month in 2001?  They wanted to raise awareness of the importance of writing cards and handwritten letters.  We think it’s a great time to refresh your stationery, update your address book, get out your favorite pen(s) and a few sheets of stamps to encourage you to write some handwritten notes.

Some fresh new stationery to inspire a handwritten letter.

Why send a handwritten letter?

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While we all love getting texts and emails from our friends and family, there is just something about getting a handwritten note.  You know the feeling when you open your mailbox and you sort through the bills and advertising and then you stumble on a handwritten letter – what do you do?  You find time to sit down and carefully read it.

That’s the power of a handwritten note.

I recently moved to another state.  I had to leave behind a group of friends that meant a lot to me.  One of my best friends set up a lunch date with me and wrote me a handwritten note about our friendship.  The funny thing is that I did the exact same.  While we exchanged our notes, she decided she wanted to read it aloud to me during our lunch.  It was written on beautiful stationery.  As she read this out loud, we were both crying and laughing.  It was so touching to me and when I got home I tucked it away so I could read it again and again once we moved.  A handwritten note is a wonderful way to tell your treasured friends and family what they mean to you.

Who should I write to?

While you have friends and family you can write handwritten notes to, why not consider sending notes to people that have made a difference in your life?  Here are a few examples:

  • A coworker who has helped you in your career/job
  • A (former) teacher that really impacted you
  • Your neighbor who always helps you out
  • Write a letter to your children to thank them for something special they’ve done for you

When you really stop and think about it, there are probably a lot of people in your life you can write a letter to.  Why not be inspired by this national month to make an impact in someone’s life?

Happy Letter Writing!

xo,

Jennifer

Peyton Manning Would Agree

30 May

I thought today’s blog post could focus on something that really means something to me … handwritten thank you letters.  Of course, that would seem almost absurd for me not to say that considering that I work for The Stationery Studio.  However, it is true.  I love sending and receiving handwritten thank you letters and notes.  It seems that four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning feels the same way I do.

I came across an article yesterday in the Los Angeles Times about Bronco’s Quarterback Peyton Manning and how he has, throughout his career, been sending handwritten thank you letters and notes to other players.  He even went on to say that while he was being recruited to play in college, the first thing he looked for was handwritten notes versus form letters and how that impacted his decision.  That’s pretty powerful.

I admire Peyton Manning for discussing his love for handwritten letters and thank you notes as most people probably wouldn’t think of a football player taking pen to paper unless it involved a contract.  Manning credited his mother for instilling the importance of handwritten gratitude.  That’s an important lesson for children (and adults) to remember when taking a moment to thank someone.

I have to admit that I really don’t know much about Peyton Manning, but it impressed me immensely that an all star NFL player respects the art of a handwritten letter.

xoxo

Jennifer

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Will “Downton Abbey” Inspire You to Write?

16 Jan

The popular, award winning PBS series “Downton Abbey” returned this month to the delight of fans everywhere.  The characters always receive news via handwritten letters.  In the age of tweeting, facebook, email and Instagram, could this show bring back the art of letter writing?  I sure hope so.  Nothing leaves a bigger impression on someone that receiving a handwritten letter or note card.  What a pleasure to open your mailbox to receive a handwritten note from someone instead of just a pile of bills and catalogs.  Take a moment to tell someone how much they mean to you or to thank them for something they’ve done.

Happy Writing!

Xoxo,

Jennifer