Day 1 of the 2016 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

It’s finally here – the #sendcardsspreadlove challenge for National Card & Letter Writing Month! Squeeeee!

We’re so excited and full of gratitude that you’ve joined us. As a reminder, make sure you sign up to receive all the info and special bonus content that won’t be shared on the blog. PLUS, there have been some fabulous FREEBIES – one of which is these awesome stickers (see them in use here and here) that Christina made.

We’re asking you to send 4 cards out into the world this month based on the 4 weekly prompts we’ll provide. Totally do-able, right? Our intention with this challenge is for you to connect with the ones you love in a fun way, while bringing back the joy and beauty of real communication…that still fits into your fast paced lifestyle.

Day 1 of the 2016 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

We know you have limited time, so we’ve provided tips, resources, inspiring guest posts and prizes (cuz who doesn’t love prizes?) to help you send cards quickly and easily.

A couple quick things:

  • Make sure you’re following both Christina & me on IG @creativemercantile and @prettybypost.
  • Help spread the word about the challenge by using the #sendcardsspreadlove hashtag.
  • Download the prompts below.
  • Enter each week by the deadline to be eligible to win.
  • Check out the guest blog posts and IG posts by encouraging and supporting one another, liking and commenting.

And now let’s get started.

#sendcardsspreadlove challenge weekly schedule

Day 1 of the 2016 #sendcardsspreadlove Challenge

Week 1 Challenge: Hello! Is it Me You’re Thinking Of?

The challenge this week is to send a card to someone saying “Hi” or “thinking of you” and the prize is your choice of one of the single curated collections. To be eligible for the prize, share your card and/or note, tag both Christina and me on IG (@creativemercantile and @prettybypost) along with the week 1 challenge and the #sendcardsspreadlove hashtag by April 11th.

So you should have your cards picked out and any other writing supplies ready to go, right? If you signed up then you received the bonus content (with a second FREEBIE) on getting organized and ready for the challenge over the weekend. And if you’re not signed up make sure to get on the list here.

We want to make sending cards as easy as possible so we’ve provided a list of reasons below to write for when you’re stuck on who to send a card to or even what type of card to send. 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.

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

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Big list of reasons to send cards

  1. Thank you: for a gift, their friendship, being themselves, a specific event you attended (i.e. party, book club) having a brilliant idea, helping you with something, letting you vent, making an introduction, helping you move, being a mentor, local business, client, employee.
  1. Thinking of you: a song you heard triggered a memory, a movie scene/book passage/poem reminded you of a specific event or a person. “Remember when we/you/I…Reach out to family, friends, partners, spouses.
  1. Love you: let someone know how much he/she means to you.
  1. Include with a gift: birthday, anniversary, just because.
  1. Celebrating quirky or unusual holidays: for a friend who loves pancakes, National Pancake Day on March 8th is a must. How about Dress Up Your Pet Day (January 14th) or Toasted Marshmallow Day (August 30th)? Go here for a list of weird holidays.
  1. Congrats: graduation, baby, wedding, job well done, new job, new business.
  1. In Remembrance of: acknowledge the passing of a loved one/pet.
  1. Cheer someone up: if someone is sick, in the hospital, struggling, going through a rough patch, ended a relationship, didn’t get the job.
  1. Arrange a date: send someone an invite the old fashioned way to get coffee, brunch, dinner, go to a movie, etc.
  1. Send info: clip an article from a mag or newspaper (yes, some people still receive these), copy a passage from a book, poem, quote or a recommendation for a book (bonus points for sending the book, too – see #4 above). Copy a recipe or share one of your original creations.
  1. Reach out to former acquaintances: teachers, mentors, colleagues, co-workers, family, friends.
  1. Reconnect or nurture a friendship/relationship: if you’re missing someone or wish you were still in touch.
  1. Create: write a poem, hand make a card, decorate the envelope, send a sketch or drawing.
  1. Send yourself a letter in the future.
  1. Join a group: InCoWriMo (stay tuned for a GUEST POST coming up on this).
  1. Write to a soldier or service person: check out Operation Gratitude.
  1. Write to a stranger: leave an encouraging note for someone to find (stay tuned for a  GUEST POST coming up on this).
  1. Write to: a local business, mail carrier, hairdresser, UPS deliverer, crossing guard, school lunch lady, babysitter, store clerk.
  1. Collect cards to send for a purpose: stay tuned for a GUEST POST coming up on this.
  1. Write to hospitalized children: check out Cards for Hospitalized Kids.
  1. Write for an organization.
  1. Write a child: instill the letter writing habit at an early age (stay tuned for a GUEST POST coming up on this).
  1. Write a politician: did you know that President Obama writes 10 letters a day. If he can find the time, then surely we can too.
  1. Express admiration: can be someone you know or not (celebrity, author, entrepreneur).
  1. Sympathy: for a recent loss of any type (death, divorce, job, illness).


We 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 IG!

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