A few months ago I had it on my heart to be better at card writing and sending out birthday cards. Some of my close friends and relatives live out of town and I would stress out about calling/texting/facebooking on the correct day. I desire to be disconnected from my computer or phone but still connected relationally. Writing words of encouragement is one of my love languages so it came naturally that I would choose to invest in card writing. So of course, it needed to cute, motivating, and organized!
I set up a little card station in my office that was easily accessible. I have filled the card station with blank cards, birthday cards, stamps, address labels, and my address book.
And each month I sit down and write all of my cards for the entire month. This is the game changer people. Running out the door, already late to a birthday party or forgetting an out of town relative's birthday is stressful. I take care of them all at once so they are done and ready.
In order to keep track of each month's important birthdays, the dates get written on an index card by month. To keep myself sane I only include my closest friends and immediate family members on this card. If I get invited to a birthday party or think of someone I want to send a card to, they can also get a card written. But I limit it to the closest people in my life to not complicate things and keep getting them their cards a priority.
After I am done writing the cards, I put a post it note on the envelope with the date of their birthday. I then put them on our entryway table in order by date. If they are being mailed, having the date visible helps me to make sure the card gets out sometime the week before.
Not only do I feel like I am being a better friend, but I am absolutely loving finding cute new cards to buy! My current stash is from TJ-Maxx and I try to keep the cards under $2 each.