A few years ago, I decided to quit giving up things for Lent.
I've given up something for Lent most of my life. I remember one year I gave up refined sugar - as a person who doesn't eat many sweet things, I remember thinking it wasn't all that much of a struggle.
Of course, it happened to be the one time of the year that I craved my only once a year single Wild Cherry Pepsi. I survived.
But then, at some point, I decided I'm giving up giving things up, and instead, I would do something that is actually more of a challenge for me - I would ADD something positive for 40 days.
This has taken various forms - daily readings, extra walking time, etc. It's amazing how even if you feel like you already have a routine, adding a single daily thing can be so difficult. It's much easier to do everything tomorrow, but that's not the deal during Lent, so I hang in there.
This year I decided I would add the one thing that I should be doing anyway every day, but always push to the bottom of my to-do list: mailing cards. As a person who half-heartedly - well, I guess I should be honest - doesn't even try to battle my spiritual gift of procrastination, my love language, this will most definitely be a struggle. I will be gravely tempted to stray and just do it another day. I will find it difficult, but social media will help me. Each and every day, I will post the card I'm mailing on one of my social media channels - Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. I already Instagrammed the one I mailed today.
A valuable resource I'm using to pull this off is the Random Acts of Kindness forum at Splitcoast. This forum exists solely to make people happy by sending them RAKs, or BRAKs (Birthday RAKs). Today I chose a BRAK. Hint - it was someone whose birthday is on St. Patrick's Day. If you want to see the cards I send and who I send them to, just peek at my other channels and follow along.
Now in my study of my mad procrastination skills leading up to this Lent, I noticed that I have 102 unpublished blog posts.
So this means at some point in the past (usually during challenges like Virtual Stamp Night or Hope You Can Cling To), I was organized enough to upload my cards into a draft post for future blogging.
But the future blogging never came, so I'll be trying to get that number lower as well.
So in that effort, here's a card from our Hope You Can Cling To challenge that I never blogged. This challenge was all about Elvis, so I chose Heartbreak Hotel as my inspiration.
To make the background, I used Golden Fluid Acrylics, some Delta acrylic paint and a credit card. Then I cut out the heart with the Heart Framelits. I cut that in half
with the Finishing Touches Edgelit. Then I sponged the edge of the heart
with Early Espresso.
So maybe a card is coming your way this Lent :). I've got 40 chances!
Speaking of 40 chances - don't forget to register for my pre-convention Unwind retreat - it's first come first served and I only have 100 seats! Register here.