Towards the end of December, I made a few resolutions for the new year and posted them onto Facebook. (Facebook makes things official, I suppose? Facebook Official?)
The resolutions went something to the tune of being better at staying in touch with Family and Friends in a more genuine way, sending more mail via post, and traveling more, especially to see Family.
In working towards these goals, I took a big step and deleted both the Facebook and Messenger app from my beloved smart phone, and then deactivated my account. *GASP!* I know many people who have Facebook and are able to post here and there, if ever, and rarely log on. I am not one of those people. I was an active user, poster, comment poster, liker, and messenger user, but something was still lacking. The genuineness. I *do* still love Facebook and realize that is has a place and function, but sometimes we need a break for clarity and joy.
It has been almost a month that I have not used Facebook, and I am feeling amazing effects from the detox. My amount of free time has soared, and items on my goal checklist are getting ticked off! Who knew?!? Joy Levels? Through the roof! (I set my fb detox goal for one month)
The stronger communication via phone calls, text messages and emails has been quite refreshing.
I organized my stationary and ordered the most beautiful address book to fill out with people's real life information, I find it is such a lovely, yet simple pleasure to flip through its pages instead of scrolling through my phone.
My address book is put out by Peter Pauper Press, with cover illustration by Lauren Wan, I ordered it through Amazon Prime and it was in my hands in two days. It has a beautiful raised cover with gold foil embossing, glossy pink polka dot tabs, and plenty of pages. I LOVE it! The link to buy is to the left of this post, I know that you will love it, too!
To remember special dates without the aid of social media reminders, I am using a vintage book I found in a thrift shop called The Birthday Book- Birthdays, Anniversaries and Special Days to Remember, written by Jane Newdick, with photograpy by Neil Sutherland. The Birthday Book has ample space on each date for the month to write in details, lists Birthdays of famous people, has the birthstone for each month, along with color photographs of floral arrangements and things to make. At the back of the book you will find information on Chinese Astrology, Anniversary gifts for each year, gemstone symbolism, and the meaning behind flowers. How much more heavenly is that than a computerized Birthday or Anniversary notification?!? I took a peek on amazon for anyone who may be interested, and there are several available for starting at only 86 cents!
A few cards have been sent out so far with more to be sent out on Monday. My goal is to send a few out each week. I hope that when my treasured ones open their mailbox, a smile appears, and the World is a more rose tinted place for a few minutes. I can say that I have experienced much joy in the ritual of filling out a card or penning a letter, stuffing the envelope that lovingly has the person's name and address written out, stamping it, placing it in my mailbox and raising the red arm to let our Postman know to pick up some post to head off to people around the country.
Do you think you will start mailing more cards and letters? Do you already use an address or dates to remember book that you adore? I would love to hear your thoughts!