Friday Favorites

halloween-ttgCan you believe this is the last Friday in October? I don’t know why I’m still so surprised that time is flying by at warp speed…by I always am.  I want things on the calendar to hurry up…like next Tuesday is my son’s first basketball game (YEA!) but I also want them to slow down. Can I have it both ways?

So this is Halloween weekend…we don’t have any plans.  Our neighborhood is way out of town so we don’t get a lot of trick or treaters which makes me sad.  It’s another holiday that reminds me how much my empty nest sucks.  Got big plans for Halloween?

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

Are you finding satisfaction in your job? If not…make a change.

40 things you don’t have to do anymore…I feel so liberated.

Things to buy at Target…as if I needed more things to buy at Target.

☛ I hope I do some of these things…How to be truly generous.

☛ I’m not great at it…but I like ‘trying’ to bullet journal…here’s how.

Happy Halloween! May you get all the candy.

 

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.

Say Anything

Have you seen this new television ad from Target? I think its pretty great, mostly because I am a child of the 80’s and Lloyd Dobler meant the world to me.  I know Target has taken a beating lately, but they are hitting it out of the park with their new ad campaign…in my opinion. What do you think of this commercial?

The Friday Fab Four

Much like you, I read a lot of great articles each week.  On Fridays, I will post the top four I found interesting.

**Helpful Tip: Too busy to read that great article right this minute? Use Pocket to save articles for reading later.

 

1. What Truly Great Bosses Believe–Geoffrey James

2. How to Find Your Company’s Sheryl Sandberg–Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer

3. The Top 8 Reasons Your Best People Are About to Quit–Eric Jackson

4. Target CMO Acknowledges Culture Crisis–Sapna Maheshwari

Bonus: Had to add this one because it is so good! I have already implemented the Inbox-CC folder.  So smart!

How to Scale Yourself and Get More Done Than You Thought Possible–Danny Schreiber