The Friday Fab Four

Here are four articles I found interesting this week.

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1. Scientific Reasons Why You Should Have Walking Meetings–Jacob Shriar (LOVE this idea…I’ve had walking meetings, need to have more!)

2. The Only 7 Things We Truly Can Control in Life–and How to Rock Them All–Catherine Goldberg (#3 is my favorite…gratitude)

3. Why Cyclists Should be Able to Roll Through Stop Signs–Joseph Stromberg (I see this a lot where I live, now I know why!)

4. The Importance of Saying Thank You–Rene Shimada Siegel

The Handwritten Note

paperI am a stationery nerd.  I love paper. It’s an addiction and I can’t stop.  Not only do I buy note cards or thank you cards at least once a month, I also buy them as gifts for friends so I can keep spreading the handwritten love.   I try to write someone every week…either a congrats on a new job, a thank you for something they did for me or just a hello.  I do this because I truly believe in the power of a handwritten message and also to use all the stationery I buy!

There’s a thrill to receiving a beautiful card in the mail.  Don’t you think so?  I also have my favorite pens to write my notes with and an embosser that embosses my address on the envelope.  It’s an affliction, I know.  I don’t care…it’s a beautiful art lost on many people.

When I am involved in a hiring process, I’m always amazed at the folks who do not take the time to write a handwritten note after the interview.  Today, it is mostly emailed thank yous.  While I admit this still gets the message across…I would never leave an interview without sending a handwritten note.  I believe it still makes an impact.  It takes a little more effort to write the card, address it and find a stamp.  Maybe I am just old fashioned.

I am always on the lookout for good stationery.  Crane is probably one of the finest stationery companies on the market and a favorite of mine but I can always find something great at Target as well.  My favorite local store is Shindig Paperie. I could spend hours (and dollars) in there most days.  If you are ever on the Fayetteville square, be sure and stop in.  Anywhere I travel, I always have my eyes peeled for a great paper store.

Since I love paper, it doesn’t stop with note cards, I love to-do lists, calendars, notepads and even business cards.  The Container Store is a great place to find funky to-do lists or mouse pads and I could spend hours designing business cards for friends at moo.com!

If loving paper is wrong, I don’t want to be write! (see what I did there?)

Do you share my affliction with paper? Do share.