January 11, 2016

Resolutions for 2016 + Paper Source Hello!Lucky Bird Stationery Kit Giveaway


It has been several years since I made a new year’s resolution. Actually, I made a resolution not to make any resolutions. Year after year I made resolutions and somewhere between winter and spring they fell by the wayside. Most of these resolutions had to with eating differently or exercising more, which are the most common types of resolutions to make and to keep.

Last fall, I decided that I would take up the new year’s resolution mantle again but make it about relationships and tea. Initially I defined six resolutions but that began to feel like I was setting myself up to not succeed, so I narrowed the list to three.


One of three is to handwrite more letters. I don’t hand write as much as I would like. My Kindergartener handwrites more than I do! When my mother moved a few years ago, she gave me a box of my old diaries, greetings cards, and letters. The box contained letters dating from the late 1980s. I was an avid letter writer. I even had pen pals. I bought stationery wherever I traveled resulting in an eclectic collection. But these days I hardly open my stationery box. When it comes to communicating with family and friends, I send emails or texts. With the rise of various social media platforms and apps, it’s so much easier (quicker) to ask friends how they are doing, to wish them happy birthday, to share photos of my latest tea acquisitions, and to pass time between appointments.


I’m not a luddite but I feel like I am losing something by engaging in more and more virtual communication. Don’t you love getting real postal mail? It’s so disappointing when my mailbox is full of junk mail. But you have to write a letter, to receive a letter. So this year, I am going to break out the stationery and handwrite more letters. Or notes. Paper Source is helping me with this resolution by providing me with a stationery kit. The kit includes 16 letterpress cards and a Gelly Roll pen. The paper used for the cards and envelopes are good quality. The gel ink does not seep through the paper. And two additional features of the kit that receive high marks are the inclusion of two patterns as well as the coordination between the colors on the cards and the pen ink. Thanks to Paper Source, two readers will each win a Hello!Lucky Bird Stationery Kit! Enter the giveaway below, and good luck.


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35 comments :

  1. I used to love writing to pen pals when I was in school. It first started when we had a pen pal project. I actually miss it quite a bit. However, I think I would first write to family in Italy with these :)

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  2. I love to receive handwritten notes. I even have a pen-pal, although we've fallen a bit behind on our correspondence. Maybe this would jump-start us!

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  3. I would send the first letter to my mother - she's the person I write to most. :)

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    1. I would send the first letter to my old co-worker who moved away for graduate school.

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  4. I would write to my best friend, he's in officer training on the opposite side of the country!

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  5. I would send it to my best friend and former housemate. We volunteered together for a year in California.

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  6. I would send the first letter to my sister - we have been writing for the past few months and new stationary is always fun.

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  7. Absolutely lovely❣❣❣

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  8. I would send my first letter to my grandma and thanking her for making me a authentic Chinese dinner the other night!

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  9. I too started writing letters again last year, after a hiatus. I heard about (and joined!) the Letter Writers Alliance and started sending snail mail again in August of last year, and couldn't be more pleased with my decision. :) I would totally use this set to write to my current regular pen pals. <3

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  10. I've just been getting into letter writing, because I recently got a heat embossing kit! I definitely want to practice more and get better!(:

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  11. I love receiving handwritten notes. I always intend to write more, but never get around to it. Pretty stationery is surely motivating!

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  12. I love receiving handwritten notes. I always intend to write more, but never get around to it. Pretty stationery would surely be motivating!

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  13. I recently moved to an area that I know absolutely no one so I would love to send my first letter to my long distance man :)

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  14. I have always loved receiving hand written letters in the mail, but I have never been good at sending replies back. I would love to be able to win this so I can send my first letter to my long distance boyfriend so that I can show him how special he is to me! :)

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  15. I would send a note to my nieces (13 and 4) and nephew (10). I want them to grow up learning the love of receiving letters in the mail, rather than just text messages.

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  16. I made a new years resolution to write 3 letters a month! First one was sent to a near and dear friend named Alice! I cant wait to surprise her with it! So this would be perfect to help me achieve me resolution!

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  17. I made a new years resolution to write 3 letters a month, and to not tell the recipients. My first one was to my friend Alice, who I cant wait to surprise her with the card! This would be a great help to me to accomplish this new years resolution!

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  18. I would send my first letter to my aunt. She loves receiving letters, especially since she is hard of hearing and housebound.

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  19. My grandma and I are pen pals so the first letter I would write would go to her. She's 75 and I am 24 and I can honestly say that because of hand written letters, she's become one of my closest friends. She will share old stories with me. My favorite stories are about my grandpa and her as a young couple in the 40s and 50s :)

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  20. I've already made the resolution to write more notes and lovlies of encouragement to friends and family this year! This would make the best springboard for it all!

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  21. I've already resolved to write more notes and letters of encouragement this year! This would be such a great springboard!

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  22. That first letter, despite my awful record for never writing to her, would go to my mother. And she would be so happy and amused that I won something! (We never win anything, haha!)

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  23. I have 10 penpals now and I think getting introduced to snail mail was the best thing that happened to me! Last year I took the write_on challenge and sent 30 letters/notes.. Am looking forward to the same this year too..

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  24. I would send the first letter to my boyfriend. I use to write him a lot of letters - handwritten! I think it's better to share the emotions on a paper sheet instead of a text.

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  25. My niece and nephew! They are only 1 & 3 years old but they should know how fun it is to receive mAil!

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  26. I have been reconnecting with family all over the United States via Facebook, and it feels so impersonal. I'd love to send a handwritten note to one of my cousins, I think they'd really appreciate the thought too!

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  27. I'd sent my first letter as a love note to my husband. I'd send it to his work address!

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  28. I really love those designs.

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  29. I would send my first letter to someone I've fallen out of touch with, to encourage them and to remind them that I care! Handwritten messages are so much more meaningful than text on a screen. I'd love the chance to reconnect with someone through beautiful cards and beautiful words.

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  30. Handwritten notes are the best. Have you checked oy Letter Writers Alliance? Great organization. I would send the first note to one of my penpals.

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  31. I would send a letter to my grandma. We are coming up on the fourth anniversary of my grandfather’s death and I think it would be lovely to recognize the date with a soecial note.

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  32. Fatimah Mardhiah Omar1/14/16, 2:38 AM

    I would send the first letter to my best friend in Japan who is currently studying mechanical engineering for her first degree <3

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  33. This is adorable! Hand written cards and letters are thee best❤️ People are always delightful when receiving hand written notes!

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