It finally stopped raining here in Southern California. We had SO. MUCH. RAIN. last week. While the weather helped to keep everyone at home, it also led to extreme flooding of local homes and small businesses. Having been through a house fire and flood myself, I know how brutal the aftermath is, both physically and emotionally. Not being able to reach out to others for help must multiple it tenfold. My heart goes out to them. I think it's safe to say we're all grateful the sun is shining again.
On that sunshinier note, we're now two weeks into National Card and Letter Writing Month. For those of you joining me in the #write_on challenge, are you keeping up? In full disclosure, I'm not, but am still committed to hitting 30 before month's end.
With all the crazy uncertainty in our world right now, I know writing cards and letters isn't the most important thing. But I also recognize that I have little control over much of what's happening. Four weeks into quarantine, so many of us are feeling lonely and missing our loved ones. Extending a smile and virtual hug in the form of a handwritten and heartfelt card is something I do have control over. (Plus, it makes me feel good, too.)
So grab a few cards, stamps and your favorite pen and start spreading some love. Here's a recap of our Instagram story writing prompts from Week 2. If you aren't already following us on Instagram, join us. And if you're running low on your card stock, use code #writeon20 for 20% off all greeting cards and sets, now through 4/30.
WEEK 2 WRITING PROMPTS
9. TO YOUR PAST SELF
Think of a time in your past when you were really struggling- for whatever reason. Write a letter to that version of yourself. Be kind, extend some grace and share some things you know now that you wish you had known then.
10. TO YOUR FUTURE SELF
Given the extraordinary circumstances, it's a great time to write a letter to your future self. Explain how your life has changed in the last few weeks, and share your hopes & dreams for the future- both short & long term. What do you want to remember most about this unique time?
11. WOULD YOU RATHER
You can learn a surprising amount of information about someone by asking some simple 'would you rather' questions. Mix it up with some equally positive options, then equally negative ones. Feel free to add your own answers, or schedule a call to share your answers together.
12. A PICTURES SAYS 1000 WORDS
Just like cards, photos are still a thing. Social media makes them easily accessible, but a printed photo is special (& can actually be hung on the fridge). If you have a favorite photo of your friend or loved one, print it and send it with a card in which you talk about that memory.
13. HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
Have a goal in mind but not sure sure you have what it takes? Sharing it with a loved one often adds clarity & accountability. Describe your goal in detail (don't forget the WHY) & the steps you'll take to work toward it. Establish a general timeline, then check in with your loved one on a regular basis.
14. I'M SORRY
Screwed up & owe someone an apology? Whether personal or professional, master the elements of a good apology:
- Say "I'm sorry" (without qualifiers)
- Admit you were wrong & own your mistake
- Describe the mistake & why it was hurtful (without making excuses or deflecting blame)
- Share your plan for making it right
- Ask for forgiveness
- Keep it simple
15. THANK A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL
Whether they're on the frontlines of COVID-19 care or not, our nurses, doctors, pharmacists, technicians & other health care professionals deserve to know how much they're appreciated. Many work long hours, irregular shifts & under stressful circumstances to care for us & our loved ones.