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Got Mail? 52 Weeks of Mail

Who doesn’t love getting mail?

Not an email or junk mail or bills, but a true piece of snail mail. A handwritten note, a card, a postcard, or even a funny newspaper or magazine clipping.  Something sent specifically, just for you.

I love receiving mail, I always have.  When I was young, I always looked forward to the holidays; as it meant I would get a card in the mail from my Nana.  A brightly colored envelope with her beautiful handwriting, addressed just to me. She has since passed and I truly miss her and receiving those cards.  A Valentine, a Halloween greeting, a Birthday card, each one was special. I saved almost all of them and to this day I still cherish every single one.

A lot of the time I enjoyed seeing the postal stamp that was used.  The colors, the designs and the characters, the themes, the stories. Even to this day I am a huge fan and have even started my own amateur collection.  The ability to share history in the smallest square, I think we take for granted the things we can learn from this simple item.  All over the world stamps are used to convey history, culture and more.

There is so much to gain from a single piece of snail mail.  The personal connection, the history, the meaning. Now with the popularity and convenience of the Internet, smart phones, e-cards, e-vites,  Facebook, the joy of snail mail seems to have tapered off.  Where has the love for snail mail gone?

Last year I was delighted when I found the project, 52 Weeks of Mail, started by the Etsy Greetings Team. This project encourages people to commit to sending one handwritten card or letter every week for the entire year.  I participated and had a lot of fun. It was a wonderful way to connect with people from all over the world.  Sort of like the classic pen-pal from way  back when, but utilizing the internet to make the initial connection.  Many wonderful bloggers also organized and encouraged their own holiday card swaps which were fantastic.  The rejuvenation of snail mail has begun!

I am continuing the 52 weeks project, as the team has restarted their commitment this year and I truly just enjoy making and sharing greeting cards.  There is nothing like a one of a kind handmade card, unique in it’s own way, being sent especially for one person.  One of my goals for continuing this project is to connect with more people I don’t already know.  Create new relationships with other artists, crafters and fellow snail-mail enthusiasts while encouraging others to do the same. Maybe even leaving cards for strangers to brighten up their day. A simple way to spread some joy.

Are you a fellow snail-mail admirer? Are you already participating in this project or energized to join? You can start anytime! Just commit to keep sending cards or letters, small hand written notes, it can be anything!  Make sure to check out the 52 Weeks of Mail Facebook page to connect with other enthusiasts.  I would also love to hear from you if you are interested in exchanging letters or cards! Feel free to send me an email (developandcapture (at) gmail.com) or leave a comment below.

Until next time!
XO –
Michaela Rose

Below are some shots I took took while documenting my 52 weeks last year.

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Standing Still.

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
-Andrew Jackson, quoting Napoleon Bonaparte

I fall victim to myself by thinking entirely too much.  It’s always good to think things through and create a plan, but do you ever just take too much time analyzing and thinking about everything so much you aren’t able to get anything done? That’s where I have been for far too long.  I won’t deny myself the fact that I have accomplished some things and that creating and achieving goals can take time, but for the most part I feel like I have just gone in circles. I know what I want to do, at least I think that’s the case. Yet, when the time for action arrives I’m frozen on the same step, unable to move forward.  I’m just stuck. Even with I think I’ve figured it out and know what to do next, I’m still left standing in pretty much the same place.

Often times when I feel out of sorts or look for a new point of inspiration, I turn to quotes.  In this situation, I find this quote to be quite fitting and also a little comforting:

Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I know I’m not the first person in the world to hit this bump in the road and I know I will overcome it with time.  I guess with anything, the first step to overcoming anything is acknowledgement, right?

So I’m looking at you roadblock and I acknowledge your presence, but you will not stop me from reaching my goals. So I’m moving beyond you now and will continue on my road of growth and creation. Thank you for whatever lesson you have taught me, at some point I will figure it out.

Have you ever hit a roadblock or an obstacle which held you back? How did you overcome it?  I would love to hear your stories and just maybe, we can inspire and help each other if we hit another one in the future.

Until next time,
XO,
Michaela Rose

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The First Step.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu, Chinese Taoist Philosopher

Beginning something new can be hard, sometimes even a bit frightening, but always exciting.  It all starts with taking a single step forward. This first step can be the most challenging, but it can also turn out to be the most rewarding.

This first step, in whichever direction you choose to go, however you choose to grow, will set you on your  journey. You won’t get there overnight. It often takes time, hard work, and usually many more steps, but at least you are on your way.

I have been talking about starting a blog for a while. To follow my path of growth and experiences. To share my passion for photography, art and life. This is my first step. The first of many, on my path to discovering more about myself, my life and also inspiring others to do the same.

Until next time –
XO,
Michaela Rose

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