~I received Hallmark Cards to take the Get Carded Challenge. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I know there are a lot of us that get into these modes after the Holidays where we really want to hang on to family and friends. The New Year comes and we make resolutions to stay closer, keep in touch and not forget to remember each other every once in awhile. We all know that eventually time catches up to us and there aren’t enough minutes in the day to spend on the phone or write letters/emails and generally when the day is over we just want to zone out. But taking the Get Carded Challenge from Hallmark taught me something. I don’t need a lot of time to say “Hello” or “I’m thinking of you.” I just need a simple card, 1 minute and a stamp.
The Get Carded Challenge is simple. You leave (or give) 7 Cards in 7 days to 7 people you care about and inside those 7 cards are 7 other cards for them to leave for someone else; so the little moments of happiness can continue. You can leave the 7 Cards anywhere those people are. They can be your children, your husband, your parents or grandparents and let them find them, or you can mail them out.
I had chosen the latter because I haven’t seen any of my friends from back in Seattle for almost 7 years. I don’t keep in touch with them as often as I like, seeing how I am the only one with kids, but I wanted them to know that I miss them and I still think about them. And there is a huge difference between texting those words or typing those words and sending them in a card with your own penmanship.
So for 7 days I’ll be mailing out the cards that have 7 cards inside so they can leave a card for someone else. From the cards I received I picked out the ones that resonated with their personalities. That’s the great thing about Hallmark, they have cards for everyone!
I know how I would feel if I received a card in the mail from someone I had missed or someone that I loved and cared for that thought of me. There is nothing that compares to that feeling of knowing you are thought of and that you exist in someone else’s universe. This year, I think it’s important that I try a little harder to keep those connections closer and to make sure the people in my life know that they still exist in me.
I hope this year that you decide to try and keep close the people in your life and take a chance on the Get Carded Challenge. Who knows, maybe one of those cards will wind back up in your mailbox with a little note that says, “I miss you too.”