Pausing to Say Hello: The Benefits of Card Writing

by jessicaturner on September 26, 2014

HallmarkQuoteAs I shared in my update earlier this week, life has been incredibly wild for us the past few weeks.

W-I-L-D.

Because of that, I have had to really fight for fringe hours for myself. This past weekend I finally started reading Gone Girl (so good!) and last night I sat down to write a few cards.

The card writing wasn’t done in a quiet chair with a candle burning or anything like that. Nope, I sat down with a stack of Hallmark’s new Studio Ink cards, right amidst the mess of our dining room from last weekend’s wreath party. The kids made sticker art using 90% off foam stickers I bought after Halloween last year, and I wrote.

Some would argue that I had no business card writing with 5-day-old party mess in my dining room (note the ironing board and card tables in the background), but to them I would simply say why? I plan to clean this weekend, when I can do a really good job. I wouldn’t have had enough time to do all the cleaning anyway, but I did have the time to write.

The benefits of card writingCard-writing can often feel like a “thing” that can take a lot of time. It has become easier to send a text or a Facebook message, so that is what we do.

Yet, every time I sit down to write a card, I am reminded that the beauty of card writing is that it can be done anywhere, is good for the soul and blesses the recipient.We should all take time to write more cards.

Some of the benefits of card writing: 

  • When we pause to say hello through a written card, we benefit from the slowness of pen to paper. The act of writing is therapeutic.
  • It is good for the soul to acknowledge tangibly when someone has come to mind.
  • Card-writing makes you happy. It just does – particularly when the cards are as cute as the Hallmark Studio Ink cards.
  • Card-writing is not time-consuming. I wrote six cards in 10 minutes last night.
  • Receiving a card in the mail blesses the recipient in a mighty way.

The benefits of card writingSo last night I seized the few minutes I had before dinner to love on a few friends. The Studio Ink cards are especially great because they are small, so it doesn’t take long before you have a filled card to mail. I can’t wait to drop mine in the mailbox today.

As we go into the weekend, I want to encourage you to find a few minutes to write a few notes to some people in your life. They might be friends that live out of town, family members or even someone in your community. Who can you write to and say, you are on my mind. Thank you for being you?

Disclosure: This post was inspired by a year-long sponsored series here on The Mom Creative with Hallmark.



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Mindy September 26, 2014 at 10:37 am

I love this! I recently sent a card to 3 different friends. I hadn’t done this in a long time. I heard from each of them that they had received the card on a day that had been tough. It was just the encouragement that they needed that day. Only God could have orchestrated the timing, but what a blessing for me to know I was able to encouragement!

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Ioana September 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Ever since I started following your blog I loved the idea of card writing and documenting even the little things. Although I do horribly at documenting life, I started incorporating card writing into my life. It’s not something any of my close friends do, but I think this only makes it more special when they get a small something from me in the mail. Thank you for this kind of posts!

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Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} September 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I love how doing this program has motivated me to write more cards. People really do appreciate them.

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