You Can Do It: Thank You!

I spent a bit of time at craft fairs this fall.  Oh, the people I met were EVERYTHING.
– beautiful
– nerdy
– trendy
– gregarious
– shy and
– FUN.

I LOVED craft-fairing this year! I will tell you about some of these people here in a minute.

BUT FIRST, SOME BACKGROUND

One of the products I offered was a 30 card box of cards for $30.  They are gorgeous.  Many people fell in love with the value, AND the box, and were quite happy to have something to gift that was so beautiful and useful.

thanks and blanks june 2019

[They can actually be ordered here: https://form.jotform.com/81724243661152]

However, one of the things I was surprised by was the number of people who said, “Nobody sends cards anymore.”
I was so intrigued by this person, Nobody!
I really wanted to meet them!
But they couldn’t pinpoint who Nobody was.

nobody, somebody, searching

Photo by Nattaphat Phau on Pexels.com

So I would ask them, “Do YOU send cards?” and of course there were varying responses. Some remembered they LOVED to, others told me stories about cards they had received in years past and what they meant to them, others snapped up the chance to gift a box.

But many were held back by this Nobody person.

EVERYONE KNEW THIS NOBODY

I’m not sure when Nobody started dictating what one person did or wanted to do, but it made me sad that they had so much pull on individuals’ lives 🙂

Of course, I am completely joking here! I know what they were saying.  I absolutely get it.  But what I don’t get is their response to this trend.

You probably heard this from a parent, “Just because Everybody is doing it, you don’t have to.”

man jumps from to water

Photo by Jacub Gomez on Pexels.com

Well, my friend, here’s its cousin:
“Just because Nobody is doing it, doesn’t mean you CAN’T.”

And it’s true.

YOU can do it. Plus, it’s a blast to come up with ways to say thank you.  Here’s one of my favorite ones from an 80s themed Facebook book-party I did a couple of years ago.

crimper 80s Thank you

And here’s another one I did for a book-partying friend who was totally into exercise.

woman at the gym doing exercise on the floor

I’ve since changed my biz name to “Wendy’s Happy Books” so that I wouldn’t have to keep spelling “Usborne” but you get the idea, which is…

YOU CAN HAVE FUN THANKING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Communication in any form is valuable.  By my scientific estimates, however, the value of a piece of snail mail is worth 10 times that of an email.

Receiving a card in the mail means someone took that time to think of you AND gave you a gift – amazing.

Plus, the value of encouragement and recognition for doing something sweet, or doing something well, simply increases the happy vibes in the world.

usborne happy wall

And we all know we need more of that.

TAKE ACTION

So, don’t let Nobody rule your actions.  Let Everyone know they are Someone to you.  Send them a thank you message in some way shape or form.

If you need a corny version of it, I’m not employed by Hallmark (yet) but as my two-piece portfolio above shows, I can certainly help you out 😉

And when you need a box of cards that will save you at least 30 minutes of wandering Target and thereby $100 of ghost purchases, let me know.  They will ship within days of your order (valid for continental US).

THE CHALLENGE

I challenge you to send TWO thank you cards this week!

And Happy THANKING!!!!!!

Let me know your thoughts, or how it goes, in the comments below 🙂
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you get a thank you oprah

RESOURCES:
—–Did you know USPS will SEND you stamps? It’s true! Here’s the direct link: https://store.usps.com/store/results/stamps/_/N-9y93lv?_requestid=394290

Order a box of cards here: https://form.jotform.com/81724243661152 

I do offer a Holiday box, All Occasion boxes, and Kids Birthday Card Boxes as well:

CFAC, cards, fundraiser, holiday, thank you

Five different boxes available

I’m all about sending JOY to the world! 🙂


The Fort Bragg Fisher House Needs Help

Recently, the Fort Bragg Fisher House reached out to the community stating that there were needs.  The Fisher House at Fort Bragg helps over 100 famlies each year.  But their bookcases are looking worn, and could look better and be equipped better to help those families.

I saw this list of needs, and because last year our fundraiser and book raiser for them was so successful, I asked if I could provide that help again.  Technically they are not allowed to say yes or no – so I thought, I will work toward this goal because I know my network is AMAZING; indeed, last year, we raised $300 in NEW books for those kids!  Want to try to bless them that way again?

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The Fisher House provides help to over 100 families yearly, as they wait for their soldiers to heal at the nearby Womack Army Hospital.  Their facility is incredible.  Handicap accessible, kitchen ready for many families, a beautiful setting and even an enclosed back yard full of toys for children.

 

However, as we well know, books that are read well need to be updated and replaced.  So, to provide help and stories to the families at the Ft Bragg Fisher House, I am launching our book drive.  It is easy and simple.  You can become involved by doing one of two things:

1) Go to https://tinyurl.com/FBfisherhouse and select one, two, or even 20 books from the list you’d like to donate.  Choose “SHIP WITH ORGANIZATION” at checkout and the books ship free!  I’ll send you a huge thank you, and if you are a business, I’ll give you a shout out on social media!

2) Copy and paste this message on your social media sites because EVERY BOOK HELPS:

The Ft Bragg Fisher House takes care of more than 100 soldiers’ families each year.  Now they’re asking for our help!  You can help by selecting any books from this list and having them sent to the Fisher House free of charge. Simply click here and select “SHIP WITH ORGANIZATION” for free shipping directly to the home! https://tinyurl.com/FBfisherhouse

I’d love to wrap this up for them by August 15.  Please please please help us get the word out.  These soldiers’ families deserve the very best.  It is my intention to give them the very best in children’s stories – books that last longer than most – and send them love in the quality of gifts they will receive.

Thank you for supporting our soldiers!

Happy Reading,
Wendy

P. S. Here’s the direct link to “My Mommy is a Hero” : https://b4108.myubam.com/p/6977/my-mommy-is-a-hero
Here’s the direct link to “My Daddy is a Hero” : https://b4108.myubam.com/p/6976/my-daddy-is-a-hero

 


Who Would YOU Be?

One of the most amazing things about being a reading advocate for busy families is the people I meet.  Their incredibly diverse goals inspire me!  I was also recently inspired at a conference this weekend with Brenda Ster and Melissa Fietsam… and by the book “Creating Magic” by Lee Cockerell.

People join our mission for so many different reasons.  And every single person’s goals matter.

I did my very best to put what I learned there into a graphic.  I’m curious!  Which would you be? Comment below!

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If you have questions, hit the contact form here!  I’d love to chat about YOUR goals.  Our team members’ goals are so incredibly diverse – it’s a blessing! I even have training in place for each type of goal.

You will love equipping your family with the very best in children’s literature, as well as giving others that opportunity.


Sponsor Families with Injured Soldiers

Families who have a soldier in the hospital for long-term care often incur extra hardship on top of the stress of their recovery.  If they want to be near the soldier, they often have to pay extra for lodging beyond their normal living expenses.  That is often prohibitive. As a result, the Fisher House is near and dear to my heart.  It provides lodging and meals for families for as long as it takes.
Introducing the Ft Bragg/Fayetteville Fisher House Fundraiser.  Holy cow that’s a lot of F’s! But it’s going to be Fantastic.  We are going to bless the SOCKS off this organization that shows what hospitality is all about: giving without expectation of return.
Donors have the option of sponsoring the families with books and activities, or purchasing a card box to donate money.  Browse here for more details, or to donate directly while finding out more about fundraising, click here and scroll to the bottom.
Direct wishlist to purchase is located on my website here.  

Then select “ship with organization” so that books are shipped free of charge to the organization.

For more information about the worthy cause, read this fantastic article. http://blog.bcbsnc.com/2017/09/fisher-house/