Two years ago, I stumbled upon an item called “A Year of Gratitude” from a retailer called Uncommon Goods.
And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it ever since.
Here it is:
It consists of 52 stylish Thank You cards, envelopes, and a small journal. The idea is that you send one Thank You card each week of the year, and keep track of who you sent them to in the journal. Hence…a Year of Gratitude.
I loved the idea of sending cards to people in my life, and couldn’t stop thinking about it. (But I didn’t want to spend $30 [plus shipping] on Thank You cards, so I procrastinated and never bought it.)
Nearly two years passed, and I was still thinking about A Year of Gratitude. I finally decided that I needed to stop thinking and start doing!
…But I’m still cheap so I went hunting on Amazon and got 36 cards + envelopes for just $12. There are loads of nice options but these were my favorites:
I was so excited to get started! I imagined being the Most Thoughtful Person Ever, reconnecting with people from the past, reaching out to people who felt underappreciated, brightening the day of people who’d never expect it. They would open my card, smile, and think, “Oh, how thoughtful she is!”
(Let be honest here—a big part of doing something like this is to make YOURSELF feel good. Right?)
But once I had those cards in front of me, I hit a roadblock. Thinking of people to send cards wasn’t as easy as I thought. I struggled to think of more than four people to contact.
So far, I knew: my grandma, my aunt, my biggest Patreon podcast supporter, and my favorite local hummus company (I know, but seriously their hummus is out of this world). But after that, it got more difficult. I think some people might think I’, strange for sending a card. Plus, I know hardly anyone’s physical address anymore because email is used for everything!
So, I decided to leave all my card-writing supplies on my kitchen table where they are easily accessible for when the mood strikes me.
It’s fun to think about people I can thank, to really search hard for ideas. It’s such a different setting for my brain; I enjoy it.
The reason I’m sharing this with you today is because I can totally imagine other HSPs geeking out about this like I did.
So, who wants to join me in the Thank You Card Challenge?
All you need to do is this:
- Commit to sending out a certain number of Thank You cards (it can be 12, 36, 52, whatever you want.)
- Leave a comment below and tell us:
- If you are going to participate.
- What are your ideas for who you’ll send cards to?
- Are you excited?!
Btw, if you decide to buy cards on Amazon, would you mind using my affiliate link? I get a few pennies per order.
UPDATE 3/15: I sent cards to a former co-worker and a frequent commenter on my blog. It’s getting more difficult to think of additional people to reach out to!