Day 1 of the 2018 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

It’s finally here – it’s Day 1 of the #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge for National Card & Letter Writing Month! Squeeeee! We’re so excited & full of gratitude that you’ve joined us. As a reminder, make sure you sign up to receive all the info & special bonus content that won’t be shared on the blog. PLUS, join us in our Facebook group.

Day 1 of the 2018 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

#sendcardsspreadlove Challenge Tips & Tricks

For the challenge, I’m asking you to send 4 cards out into the world this month based on the 4 weekly prompts provided plus a few bonus challenges. Totally do-able, right? The intention of this challenge is for you to connect with the ones you love in a fun way, while bringing back the joy + beauty of real communication…that still fits into your fast paced lifestyle.

I know you have limited time, so there will be tips + resources, inspiring guest posts & prizes (cuz a little incentive never hurt & who doesn’t love prizes?) to help you send cards quickly and easily.

A few things to keep in mind to be entered for prizes and eligible to win:

  • Make sure you’re following me on IG @prettybypost & use the challenge #sendcardsspreadlove hashtag OR join the Facebook group to be eligible to win prizes.
  • Download the prompt challenge below (or download your challenge workbook – a freebie when you sign up).
  • Enter each week by the deadline to be eligible to win.
  • Help spread the word about the challenge by sharing on social media AND using the #sendcardsspreadlove hashtag.
  • Check out the guest posts & show some love in the form of comments. AND encourage & support your fellow challenge participants by liking & commenting on their IG posts.

Now let’s get started.

2018 #sendcardsspreadlove weekly challenges

Week 1 Challenge: Thinking of You

The first weekly challenge is to send a card to someone you’ve been thinking of and the prize is your choice of either the exclusive 2018 Challenge Collection or The Who We Are Collection (each comes with a 48 page downloadable pdf The Together Journal!) To be eligible for the prize, share your card and/or note, tag me on IG @prettybypost or in the FB group along with week 1 challenge & the #sendcardsspreadlove hashtag by April 9th at midnight EST.

Tips for a Successful Challenge

1. To help make the challenge go smoothly I’d highly recommend picking out your cards and any other writing supplies this week. If you’re on the challenge list then you received/will receive the bonus content on getting organized & ready for the challenge (plus there’s an exclusive giveaway if you share your letter writing kit).

2. Also, set aside a designated time/day you’ll write your card as consistency is the key to a successful letter writing habit. It can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes to write &  address your card. You can do this while bingeing on your fave Netflix/Hulu shows.

3. Finally, get a card writing buddy or a bunch (join us in the FB group) as there’s nothing like accountability to keep you motivated. And it’s fun!

For even more inspiration – did you know that there are many benefits to sending cards/writing letters, like increasing creativity, enhancing relationships & creating lasting memories? You can read more about the 5 top benefits in our previous blog post here.

I want to make sending cards as easy as possible so I’ve provided a list of 30 reasons below to write for when you’re stuck on who to send a card.

On Wednesday, we’ll be back with a list of resources on what to write when you don’t know what to say, which is a common roadblock to sending cards.

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Big List of Reasons to Send Cards

If you struggle with who to send a card to or what type of card to send then you’ll find this list helpful.

1. THANK YOU

Send a note of gratitude / appreciation for: A gift, for someone’s friendship, a specific event you attended (i.e. potluck dinner, book club, baby shower, etc.) advice you received, letting you vent, making an introduction, helping you move, being mentored, excellent customer service from a local business, a client, an employee. (If you need help here’s how to craft the perfect thank you note.)

2. THINKING OF YOU

Let someone know when that they’re on your mind: Did you hear a song that triggered a memory? Or a movie scene/book passage/poem that reminded you of a specific event or a person? Or did a specific memory come to you? Reach out to family, friends, partners, spouses, childhood friends to share the story, song or memory.

3. LOVE

Let someone know how much he/she means to you: This can be both romantic & non-romantic. There’s no room for perfectionism, excuses or procrastination when it comes to telling someone you love them. Please don’t wait to express your love, gratitude & appreciation to anyone who touches your life. NOTHING compares to the art of sending a handwritten note to a person who needs it the most. AND everyone wants to be told how much they are loved (Here’s a beautiful memories & milestones ritual to do with a partner or friend)

4. CELEBRATE QUIRKY OR UNUSUAL HOLIDAYS

There’s a fun or unusual holiday for everything: Do you have a friend who loves peanut butter then mark your calendar or planner for National Pancake Day on January 24. For the pet lover, send a card on National Pet Day on April 11 or for your favorite southpaw, celebrate Left-Hander’s Day on August 14. Go here for a list of weird holidays. (I provide a monthly holiday pdf in the  FB group)

5. CONGRATULATIONS

Celebrate special occasions / milestones in life: Graduation, arrival of a baby, wedding, job well done, new job, new business, anniversary, engagement, first house, or first car.

6. IN REMEMBRANCE OF

Acknowledge a loss or difficult time: the passing of a loved one or pet.

7. CHEER SOMEONE UP

Make someone’s day brighter: If someone is sick, in the hospital, struggling, going through a rough patch, ended a relationship, didn’t get the job.

8. ARRANGE A DATE

Old school style correspondence at it’s finest: Send someone an invite to get coffee, brunch, dinner, or to go to a movie, etc.

9. SEND A GIFT

Add a little extra touch to a gift: a gift card or box of salted caramel chocolates becomes even more special with a handwritten note.

10. SEND SNAIL MAIL GOODIES

Include some fun little goodies: Clip an article from a magazine or newspaper. Copy a passage from a book, poem, quote or a recommendation for a book (bonus points for sending the book, too – see above), copy a recipe or share one of your original handmade creations. If you’re a crafter or planner babe, include diecuts, planner goodies, stickers, etc.

11. REACH OUT TO FORMER ACQUAINTANCES

‘Should Old Acquaintance be forgot’: reach out to former teachers, mentors, colleagues, coworkers, family, friends.

12. RECONNECT OR NURTURE A FRIENDSHIP/RELATIONSHIP

‘Reunited & it feels so good’: Reach out to someone you miss or wish you were still in touch with.

13. CREATE SOMETHING

Let your inner creative out: Write a poem, send a secret family recipe, hand make a card, decorate the envelope, send a sketch/drawing, take a photograph, compose a song & send it old-school via a CD or mixtape.

14. SEND YOURSELF A LETTER IN THE FUTURE

Get a letter from yourself Marty McFly style: Share inspiring or comforting words, your current goals, your dreams, etc. Try Futureme.org or Letter to My Future Self for emails OR for handwritten letters, check out this book from Chronicle Books.

15. WRITE TO A CHILD

Instill the letter writing habit at an early age: Check out last year’s guest post for tips on writing to children + the card I sent to a friend’s son.

16. JOIN A GROUP

Snail mail friends unite: InCoWriMo, Letter Writers Alliance, Post Crossing Project, Bullet Journal Pen Pals,

17. WRITE TO A FAMOUS PERSON

Here’s your chance to be a #fangirl: Want to send a fan letter to J.K. Rowling, Dolly Parton, Misty Copeland, Jerry Seinfeld or the CEO of Starbucks then get their addresses here & here.

18. WRITE TO A SOLDIER OR SERVICE PERSON

Show your appreciation & support for military women & men: Operation Gratitude, A Million Thanks or Soldier’s Angels.

19. WRITE TO A STRANGER

Leave an encouraging note for someone to find: leave a note in your local Target, on the bookshelf in your favorite bookstore or library, at a doctor’s office, at your fave craft store, in the women’s restroom, pinned to a community bulletin board… the sky’s the limit. (Check out this guest post by Josh Solar for more inspiration)

20. THANK A BUSINESS

Show your gratitude to: A local business, mail carrier, hairdresser, UPS deliverer, crossing guard, school lunch lady, babysitter, store clerk.

21. COLLECT CARDS FOR A PURPOSE

Send cards & spread love: Send cards to the elderly, hospitalized children or foster children. (Check out this 300 Spring Hearts post from Lauree Ostrofsky + see the hearts I made here.)

22. WRITE TO HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN

Make a child’s day: If you make your own cards, then you’ll love Cards for Hospitalized Kids.

23. WRITE FOR AN ORGANIZATION

Spread love + kindness: Love for the Elderly, (Love + appreciation for the elderly) Cards of Hope (for foster youth) or Stamp Out Hate (spreading love), Sunshine mail (for youth battling illness or suffering great loss)

24. WRITE A POLITICIAN

Contact your local senator or state representative or Congress: take action on important issues. Here’s tips to write to your legislator & a download a free printable to send. (Did you know that President Obama wrote 10 letters a day. If he can find the time, then surely we can too)

25. EXPRESS ADMIRATION

Tell someone why you admire her/him: Write a list of reasons Top 10 David Letterman style. Can be someone you know or not (celebrity, author, entrepreneur).

26. SYMPATHY

Acknowledge grief, illness, or a loss: For a recent loss of any type – death, divorce, job, illness, miscarriage. This is our number 1 most read post: What Do I Say? Writing a Card to Someone with Illness or Grief.

27. SUPPORT / ENCOURAGEMENT

Be there for someone: cheer someone on who is starting a business or new project or for trying something new or outside of their comfort zone. Also, for someone going through a difficult transition or challenge. Or just ot someone who needs a hug & to know that you’ve got their back.

28. CAPTURE A MOMENT

Create tangible memories: Cards are tangible, physical mementos that can be cherished by the recipient. Which means they can be preserved, re-read & appreciated over & over again.

29. PRACTICE YOUR PENMANSHIP

What better way to work on your handwriting?: Try calligraphy, brush lettering, writing in all caps, cursive, etc.

30. ACCOUNTABILITY

Accountability gets results: Share your goals & intentions & then updates on your progress.

Did you see?! There are some awesome new sharing buttons at the end of this post. I’d be so grateful if you found this post helpful to please share it!

Can’t Wait To See Your Entries

I hope you found this list helpful. We’ll be back on Wednesday with resources for what to write when you don’t know what to say. Can’t wait to see your challenge entries on Instagram or in the Facebook Group!

PS. Need cards for the challenge? We have 2 exclusive limited edition collections: 2018 Challenge Collection or The Who We Are Collection (10% of the proceeds for the Who We Are Collection will be donated) PLUS each collection comes with a 48 page downloadable pdf The Together Journal!

 

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