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Submitted by on July 20, 2011 – 5:03 am26 Comments
Hallmark, Life is a Special Occasion

Who needs to hear from you?

Not long ago, my daughter was messing around in a pile of my paperwork.

She handed me a card I received several years ago from a young woman I once wrote a newspaper story about. It was like getting the beautiful card twice.

It was sent by a woman named Shellie. When we met a decade ago, she was a spoken word artist, a writer, a seeker, a reformed wild child and a survivor of abuse, with a bold message of redemption, faith and true self love.

The card Shellie sent me a while back was a Thank You for inspiring her writing so many years ago. It was thoughtful and touching, especially because in the years I have known her, she has become a prolific writer, a published book author and powerful speaker. It was humbling to think that anything I ever could have said, or done, helped propel her. Her energy and passion and devotion really are awe-inspiring.

Her note stands among one of the most genuine Thank Yous I ever have received. I was, and am, grateful for it. For her.

Most of the time, these last few years, Shellie gets on me for not keeping in touch well. So, to make up for my lame excuses and absence, I sent her a Thank You note. It was my turn to shine a light and tell someone, rather out-of-the-blue, how much she means to me.

The push was the Get Carded Challenge from Hallmark — for seven days, send a card a day to someone for no reason other than to reconnect, to honor a relationship. Beautiful, I thought, because really, don’t we all want to be that person who sends a thoughtful note — and not just via a Wall post or text?

Shellie — honest and true and fabulous — was the first person who came to mind.

Roxana, SpanglishBaby.com

Me and Roxana, Denver, June 2011

The others I have sent notes to have  ranged from my awesome neighbor, with whom my family shares potlucks and playdates; to a young woman I seen grow from a little 5-year-old to a brand new doctor; to my friend, Roxana, whom I met online and have seen only a few times in person. The last time Roxana and I saw each other was a couple of months ago in Denver, where she lives and where I was vacationing.

I wanted to tell Roxana, who co-founded the popular site Spanglish Baby, with complete certainty that I sure as heck wish we could hang out more often. I love her brains, her passion and her funny. Last year at the Blogher conference in New York City, we made a Superhero “movie” at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. It was silly and fun, and sealed my everlasting love of her.


See, wouldn’t you want to tell people in your life, like these in mine, how much they mean to you, too?

So, whom do you need to connect with, to brighten, today through just a simple Hola, Amiga or Thank You?


*****Update: Contest Closed. Winners have been selected.

10 Tiki Tiki readers will receive a Hallmark gift pack containing 14 different cards, some of which are in Spanish.

  • To enter: Leave a comment here and tell me about someone you want to send a special “just because” card and why.
  • Deadline: Midnight, CST Wednesday, July 27.
  • Winners will be selected at random.
  • Winners must have a U.S. address.

Additionally, you can head over to Hallmark’s Life is a Special Occasion Facebook page to enter to win $5,000 and other prizes in their “______ is a Special Occasion” contest. Note, entries close Aug. 1.


Disclosure: This essay is part of a series sponsored by Hallmark’s “Life is a Special Occasion.” Opinions and editorial content expressed are my own.

Life Special Occasion, Hallmark

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  • Maria Amelia says:

    Over the past couple of years I have made a point of searching for and reconnecting with my childhood friends here and abroad. Overall it has been a rewarding experience. My sister and mother think I’m a little nuts for doing it, but invariably when I find another “long lost” friend, they get just as excited as I do.

    I think, though, if I could get choose anyone to reconnect with, it would be my tia Mar. It would have to be one heck of a special Hallmark card since she passed away 10 years ago, though. I miss her.

  • Lisa says:

    Thanks for the laugh. That video made my day:)

  • Uchi says:

    Great post…today in South America friends day is celebrated ! :)

    Feliz dia del amigo!!! Happy Friend’s day!

  • Great post! I think we all need reminders every once in a while. There are so many people in our day to day lives that we take for granted. I can’t remember the last time I sent my husband a card or love note – just because. I used to do things like that…
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • I’m a big fan of handwritten cards. This giveaway is great because sometimes these cards can get a little expensive. Thanks, Carrie!

  • I love handwritten cards, I think there nothing better in this world than receiving some beautiful words fromo someone reminding you how special you are :) FELIZ DIA DEL AMIGO!

  • Marcela says:

    My mom has been through a lot the past couple weeks… I think she deserves a card with sweet words, I need to let her know how much she is loved and how much I have her back…

  • Abuelita says:

    Estoy esperando por la mia.

  • Ericka says:

    I would love to send a special THANK YOU to my cousin. She has helped us a great deal by helping us take care of our son when we are at work. She does such a great job with him and he loves her so much!

  • Bren says:

    I’m still wondering how we missed each other last year at BlogHer! I even went to the Latism party! :) It’s fantastic when you can connect with a fellow hermana and yield an endless bond like that. As a writer, I’m ashamed that I’ve gotten far away from sending hand-written notes to loved ones, new clients, friends or “just because” cards. I have a few people on my list. Among them is a NY woman whom I’ve never met but I had to cancel a cooking engagement w/in 24 hours of her event b/c I got vilely sick with the flu! I was so embarrassed and felt so bad. It didn’t help that she’s a well-known socialite! A nice hand-written card with a simple “hello” might make her feel better about the situation.

    Great post.

  • Natalie says:

    I would love to reconnect with my childhood best friend, Michele. We live in different states on opposite coasts and life just seems to get in the way of us keeping in touch. She is such a special person- she deserves a handwritten card from me!

  • Ay, Carrie!! ¿Por qué me haces esto? Thank you, thank you, thank you for your words! You have touched my soul today! Gracias, amiga! Yo pienso igual!!

    Now, on to the video… I haven’t watched it in a while and it reminded me of how much freaking fun we had in NY last year. I’m gonna miss you in BlogHer this year. It definitely won’t be the same!!

    I would send a “just because” card to my mother who lives only 20 minutes away from me and whom I speak to every day (sometimes two and three times). I know, that sounds kind of pointless, but I just want to tell her how happy I am that she is a part of my children’s lives and how much that really means to me. It seems like nobody does cards anymore and she loves them, so I think that would make her smile.

  • Lilian Hurn says:

    I love write cards when i can, i know is a nice touch. I live here Seattle so i send card for any occasions to Lima Peru. I will like to send one to my friend in Mexico that just had a baby. We write each other in facebook, but i think i need to send a card.

  • A few months ago, I did an interview for the blog and the guy’s assistant kept insisting for my address. I’ve been stalked and so I kept saying, “Email is the best way to reach me” (It is). She finally broke down and said her boss wanted to send me a handwritten thank you note. I was embarrassed, but thrilled when I got a piece of mail–that wasn’t a bill or direct mail marketing! Like Bren, I wish I wrote more notes b.c I want to gift people with the feeling a polite, classy, and gracious man shared with me. As to whom I would send a card, I have a list and perhaps because of this post, inspiration to hand write even brief hellos.

  • Tessa says:

    What a timely post. Just yesterday, I was thinking of how important letters and cards are. My husband’s grandmother used to write us frequently and we could always count on her cards during the holidays and for our birthdays. She wrote about what was going on in her small, rural town. We got weather reports, crop reports and updates on the neighbors and their kids. Sometimes she would include a news article she cut out for us. Reading her letters, brought down our heart rates and forced us to stop and look around at the nature and people in our lives. Sadly, she died this spring but I think of her and sometimes still anticipate seeing her return address on a card in our mailbox.

  • Carrie, you’ve inspired me! As someone who ‘lives’ online — sending a handwritten card is such a different kind of touch and I’ve already started a list of women to whom I want to send a card. The first person who came to mind (although the list is long and getting longer — I’ve had the wonderful fortune to have so many AMAZING women in my life) is my sister-in-law. I have a younger brother, and yet had always wanted a sister. Although I now have a lot of sister-friends, I remember first meeting my sister-in-law (married to my brother). Since you don’t get to choose your family, I was beyond delighted to meet her and learn about the incredible, funny, nurturing, talented woman she is. The first time we hung out she was so warm and welcoming and both she and her sister immediately embraced me with open arms. This is a huge treat since — although she and my brother and their kids don’t live that close — every time we get together I so look forward to it as a special event. I’m fortunate to have her as a sister!

  • Jenny says:

    great video! it made me smile :)

  • I have a friend that is hard to get a hold of, but I think about her all the time…. I recently found out she has skin cancer and I want to tell her how much I love her…. would love to write it in a card and hand it to her cuz I don’t think I could get through the words if Itried to speak them to her. :(

  • Evelyn Colón says:

    I would like to bring a smile to the person who is recieving the card

  • rachel says:

    My mother sends me cards. I love getting them in the mail … and sometimes I will find one in a pile of papers. It’s always a great surprise. This post reminds me – I should do the same.

  • Monica says:

    This post reminds me of all the amigas who have floated away after I moved half-way around the country. :( What a great motivation for getting in touch with some of the people I have loved so dearly in my life. Thanks, Carrie, for the opportunity.

  • Tia Mirtha says:

    Y donde esta mi tarjeta.????

  • Sherezada says:

    I would want to send special “just because” cards to some of my old high school friends. I may “see” them on Facebook on a daily basis, but it doesn’t mean we really connect. It’d be nice to reconnect personally, to remember why we still keep in touch.

  • Carrie says:

    Thank you all for participating! Love your comments and heart!
    Winners have been chosen.

    Contest closed.

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