For the past few months, I have had a deep desire to thank people for kind things. Simple thing, big things – just an unexpected note to let friends or strangers know that their kindness or insights mattered to me.
I had been holding off on sending anything because I wanted the card to be uniquely me – I thought if it was not unique, it would not be read. Last week I finished the card design, and this week I sent my first two.
Here is the progression for my 2019 Gratitude Mandala:
1. I found a quote to inspire the design:
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river running thru you, a joy. – Rumi
2. Using my favorite pen (fine tip Sharpie), a compass and a ruler and I got to drawing. I used a pencil with the compass to draw “Target Bullseye-like circles” and wanted the river to be moving upwards. I wanted a compass in the drawing, so that I am reminded to be guided by joy and appreciation.
I wrote the words last, I should have done that first. Joyfull is spelt wrong (but I’m telling people its “full of joy”, and the quote needed a little more spacing, but I loved the rest, so these elements “are what they are” and just add to the uniqueness of my very first gratitude card.
3. Used some fancy dancey Crayola Markers I bought for my grandsons – there were 100 colors, about 30 look the same on paper – just different tops :). Yes that clipboard is 30 years old and my grandfathers.
4. Then I scanned the drawing and configured the scans onto an 8 1/2 x 11 page to print. I did not need to adjust the color, the scans were great. This is my scanner, and I use it all the time for work and for play.
5. Then I printed these puppies at Kinkos (FedEx Print Center to any youngins) on 80lb gloss cover (printed 4 to a page for bookmarks, 2 to a page for cards). I could have printed at home but I was out of ink. Ordered from Amazon of course, but it was not here yet.
Cards are roughly 5 inches and fit in Square envelops. Note: Square envelops cost more to mail but I think they are fun to get – andddddddd… the design was square.
6. Cut ’em out – I did not like the river outside the mandala, so when I cut them out, I cut off the splashing waves. The blank middle space is to customize for the recipient, either their name or a design, and the back, I write a heart-felt note.
Here is the process is 15 seconds. PS: fliptastic – how cute. I had never used it but it was free and this took about 3 minutes – so I LOVE IT:
I sent two cards this week. One to my son with some back to school items I sent for his Junior year of college in New York City, and one to Jerry Colonna (who I don’t know, yet).
The universe served up two Jerry Colonna podcasts this week – so I figured I needed to take notice. He is insightful and honest! I was inspired by his journey and his willingness to share it completely.
His Secret Sauce:
- Start with Radical Self Inquiry: How have I been complacent in creating the conditions I say I don’t want? What am I not saying that needs to be said? What am I saying that is not being heard? What’s being said that I am not hearing? The answers will set you free if you are honest with yourself.
- Grow up man. I feel this way all the time time, ya gotta do it if you want to excel and he tells you exactly what that means.
- And above all else, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I will post a book review after I finish the book I ordered, Reboot, Leadership and the Art of Growing Up. But in the meantime, Check him out:
Tim Ferriss Podcast: #373 Jerry Colonna- The Coach With the Dragon Tattoo
Good Life Project Podcast: #521 The Art of Growing Wise, Jerry Colonna
His Book: Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up | Jerry Colonna
His Website: https://www.reboot.io/
Need More Mandala Inspiration: My Mandala Pinterest Board
I hope your day is filled with all the joy your heart can hold, I would send you each a card if I had your address 🙂 Thank you for your precious time my friends.
Be Your Own JoyMaster. xoxox Lisa