One of the things I no longer want to do is sit and sit and overthink about what I’m going to say in a particular blog post. I’ve had this post in “draft” for a few days and I’ve been staring at it open for a few hours. If I am deciding to live in a place of truth and honesty this year, then I’m just going to let it go and write. So many, including myself, avoid doing something because we’re too worried about getting it right. If part of my platform, as your cheerleader, is “just go for it”, and when you ask “what if I fail?” and I optimistically respond to you with “what if you fly?”, then I need to live it out, as well.
So here I sit on a cloudy Wednesday in Atlanta letting it “fly”.
I discovered a little place called Foster in the fall of 2015 through the incredible, and sometimes intimidating, world of Instagram. I wanted a place where I could work while I was visiting Atlanta in January 2016 to work a little while attending AmericasMart (see my 3 part AmericasMart for beginners blog series) and Foster popped up in an Instagram search. (I did, in fact, get the opportunity to do some work at Foster during my visit, and thoroughly enjoyed the people and the atmosphere it provided.)
As with Instagram, when you find one account, it can lead to many others and you can go down an endless rabbit hole, similar to when you search on Pinterest. One of the accounts connected to Foster (I don’t recall how she was connected) was Hannah Brencher. Hannah lives in Atlanta and is a fantastic writer, author, public speaker and a force to be reckoned with, and did I mention wise beyond her years? Hannah is a MUST FOLLOW on Instagram!
I’m not an overly romantic Valentine’s Day participant. I prefer to do “just because” gestures of love and affection throughout the year, rather than on a specified holiday. I do, however, spoil our children rotten on this “love” day with special treats, love notes in their lunch, and pink chocolate chip pancakes for dinner! I mean, I’m not completely anti-Valentine’s day. With that said, and in living more intentionally these days, rather than do all of the traditional Valentine’s day festivities, I’ve decided to dedicate most of my time today and the rest of this week, writing letters to the current list of people on Hannah’s More Love Letters “The Letter Requests” page. I honestly can’t think of a better way to spend my time this week, sending love to, if only, a few humans that need encouragement, a little light and, most importantly, hope.
If you’re interested in joining me, and sending some love out into the world, please visit More Love Letters, specifically The Letter Requests page to read the touching pleas from folks who love these people and wish for them to feel the love back. You don’t have to have a special degree, or spend a large amount of money, or have special skills to serve others. All it costs to serve is your time and attention. I promise you won’t regret it, and you could change a life, maybe even your own!
P.S. I’ve received quite a few messages in response to my Instastories I posted last night on my Instagram account featuring the Rice Krispie treats, as seen in the photo above. I made the traditional Rice Krispie treat recipe, then melted candy melts in pink and in white (which I melted in the microwave) and drizzled each in a zig zag pattern over the entire pan of treats. I then dusted the whole pan with gold sprinkles, found at Michael’s, in the cake & candy making section. They look fancy, but are super simple to make!