1. Put birthdays and special occasions in your calendar.
I use a combination of my Erin Condren forget-me-not perpetual calendar and my monthly view calendar. When events come up, I always try to remember to add them to my perpetual calendar. Each month, I then sit down with my monthly-view calendar and add in that month's events according to my perpetual calendar.
2. Make a list of cards you need to purchase.
For this step, I create a two column list. The first column is the name of the person and the second column is the type of event or card.
3. Purchase your cards.
I like to get cards purchased at the very beginning of the month. That way I have all the cards I need for that month's events. I struggle with greeting cards because I feel like they can be cheesy and silly. Thankfully, I just discovered Olive and Clyde who make witty, yet heartfelt cards for all types of occasions. I feel like these cards do a good job of conveying my personality while still saying the right thing given the occasion.
The following are a few of the recent cards from Olive and Clyde that I have recently sent out:
4. Sit down and fill out the cards all at once.
If I do not sit down to fill out the cards right after I purchase them, I know I am likely to forget and miss the special occasion, so this is how I prevent that from happening. I like to sit down with my calendar, address book, cards, return address stamp, and postage stamps so I can knock them all out at once. Usually, I try to get my husband to sit down with me too so we can fill them out together.
5. Aim to get the cards in the mail at least a week before the date of the special occasion.
I usually try to send all of my cards out at the same time. I will do this once at the very beginning of the month and a second time halfway through the month. Then, I like to put a little check next to the event on my monthly-view calendar so I know that I have sent the card. And BAM! Just like that, you're done!
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What tips do you have for staying on top of sending cards for special occasions?
1. What are you passionate about?
The things that fall into the category of what I am passionate about are: healthy marriage, my kids (and insisting they grow up surrounded by messages that don't put them down for being girls/women), and my faith. Lots of other high-ranking things, but the three I listed are the only real passion-level qualifiers.
2. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be and why?
If I could learn to do anything I would choose to be fluent in ASL, and at least 3 foreign languages. I think being multi-lingual would be really exciting because I love deep conversation so anything that makes it so I can better understand what someone else is saying is a big win in my book. I'm a certified Christian life coach and I love listening and engaging with people in meaningful ways.
3. What's something you wish everyone knew about you?
I'm a homebody that would love to travel the world. I love being with people and I get exhausted by being with people (even the ones I love the most!). I'm an INFJ, pretty much to a tee. I really like people that laugh easily. I've been cutting my own hair for the past 18 years, so you know, sometimes that's okay and sometimes it's less okay.