Estella Banks
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Monday, January 7, 2013

MDS2 Thank You Month Facebook Cover

This image was created using MDS2 (a.k.a. My Digital Studio 2), a digital designing software from Stampin' Up! (See my demonstrator website for details on the 30-day free trial -->

The background image is digital Designer Series Paper from the Fan Fair Collection DVD (item #     127212).  The "Thanks" and "Thank You" are stamp brushes from the Thank You Kindly Stamp brush set (item #118826). The remaining wording was done using various fonts that are installed on my computer (Windows 7).

Up next... a thank you card inspired by this image!

Estella Banks
Creativity Coach
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Friday, January 4, 2013

Thank You Notes Memory Jogger

So, you've accepted the January National Thank You Month "Thank-You-Note-A-Day Challenge..." and now you're feeling a little stuck. You've thanked everyone who gave you a Christmas gift and you're sitting here thinking, "Who shall I thank next?"

Here is a handy list of people to consider:
  1. Mom
  2. Dad
  3. Grandma
  4. Grandpa
  5. Aunt Sally
  6. Uncle Joe
  7. Brother Bob
  8. Sister Sheila
  9. Cousin Larry/Lucy
  10. Best Friend
  11. Long lost friend
  12. Your Pastor and/or his wife
  13. Your boss
  14. A co-worker/colleague
  15. Your hair stylist/barber
  16. The mail carrier or your favorite postal clerk at the post office (Hi VC!)
  17. The UPS guy - "Mr. Brown"
  18. A school teacher - yours or one of your child's/children's teachers
  19. A "Sunday school" teacher
  20. The mail room guy/gal at work
  21. The receptionist
  22. Your secretary, the office assistant or office manager
  23. The custodian
  24. Your husband/wife (sorry this is so far down on the list...can you tell I'm single!?)
  25. Your chauffeur (Okay, so not everyone has a chauffeur, but someone has given you a ride and you REALLY appreciated it!)
  26. Your doctor or a nurse/medical assistant at the doctor's office
  27. Your dentist or dental hygienist
  28. Someone who inspires you
  29. A coach
  30. Your favorite server or barista
  31. Your customers!!
Who would you add to the list? Share your ideas in the comments!

Up next...some MDS2 inspiration.
Estella Banks

Creativity Coach
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Thursday, January 3, 2013

January is National Thank You Month

No matter how you say it: "Danke," "Domo Arigato," "Grazie," "Obrigado," "Merci," "Gracias" or "Thank You," January is the perfect time to express your gratitude all month long. And, to make things a little fun, I have a little challenge for us.

During November, I typically post on Facebook every day expressing my gratitude about one thing since we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States. Then I discovered that January is National Thank You Month. Although I will continue my annual November daily posts, in my opinion, National Thank You Month is a perfect opportunity to share our appreciation with someone specific every day this month.

There are many ways to show and/or express your appreciation: give a gift, pay it forward to your favorite charity, host a special appreciation dinner to honor those whom you wish to thank or my  personal favorite... a hand-crafted expression of gratitude in the form of a thank you card.

A beautiful hand-crafted thank you card is my personal favorite because those mere 42 square inches of paper (give or take a few inches) represent more than a simple thank you. The time that you take to make or select a handmade AND hand-written thank you note also sends the message that the recipient is important to you; you're acknowledging a person's efforts and how they have impacted you; you are appreciating the recipient's thoughtfulness; recognizing another person's positive intent; and offering feedback on the impact of the recipient's actions on your life. You are taking the time to connect with another person and acknowledging him/her as a person - a very meaningful type of validation. As a result, your card will most likely be cherished as keepsake for many years to come.

The Challenge:

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to write and send (via snail mail) or hand deliver one hand-written (preferably hand-crafted) thank you note EVERYDAY during the month of January.  Take a deep breath -- let's take this one day at a time!

If you haven't done this yet, start by making a list of every gift you received this past Christmas and begin by saying thank you for your gifts.

If you're up for the additional challenge of making your own thank you cards, this kit will make it easy! Or, schedule a workshop with your friends -- just call me to get the details.

Up next, thank you list memory joggers...

Estella Banks

Creativity Coach
Inspiring, Nurturing, Sharing Creativity

Something to think about...