Resolved: Use it up!


This is not one of those perfect Instagram photos where everything is perfectly curated and arranged. Maybe some folks live like that all the time (my goal!), but—true confession—things here are not that neat. Flat surfaces have a way of getting cluttered all on their own, and there are way too many books. I definitely have a case of too-much-stuff-itis.

Here’s a little (well, medium) basket of stationery reality that’s been tucked under my desk for awhile and rarely used. When I write letters, I use Tomoe River paper almost exclusively, so I’m not dipping into my collection of notecards and other papers like I should.

On a somewhat related note, while my early morning ritual of writing morning pages, meditating, and stretching is well-established and working (okay, thrown off a little bit by our new kittens, but still), the search for a similarly satisfying evening ritual has been elusive. I could just repeat what I do in the morning, but that seems lame, and takes more time than I typically have at the end of the day.

Resolved: 2018 will be the year I solve both of those problems.

I will send someone a note or card every single day of 2018. Yup, that’s the plan—to use a few minutes every evening to let someone know I’m thinking of them. If I’m short on time, the note may be a very brief one, but I expect that most days I’ll be able to pen a paragraph or two. I’ll find the time. I’ll make the time.

My friends and family are the glue that hold my life together. They make the tough times easier and the good times better. I should tell them that more often. In writing.



We’ll take periodic looks at this basket as the year progresses, okay?





11 thoughts on “Resolved: Use it up!

  1. Hi Mary,
    I have the same issue with notecards. Most of mine are not fountain-pen-friendly.
    So sometimes I cut a piece of paper that I like (as you could do with Tomoe River) and use double-sided tape to attach it to inside of a notecard. Then I can write on the ideal paper!
    New year blessings to you and thank you for your blog. I enjoy it very much.

  2. Happy new year, Mary! Glad to see that I am not the only one with this dilemma! I’ve decided to use mine up this year, too, but in a different way. Since I love card-making but still have not yet unpacked all of my crafts (going on 4 years this year), I’ve decided to “spruce” up my note cards (as in adding stuff to make them look pretty) and then using them as birthday cards (you’ll be getting one on your birthday). I keep telling myself I’m going to make all of the birthday cards this year but I never seem to do it. Maybe this will help get me going or so I think… 🙂

    • Hi, Carrie! Wishing you all good things for 2018! I love card-making, too, but have lagged in recent years. Maybe this is a step in the right direction. Keep me posted on your progress!

  3. Thanks, as always, for your blog posts, Mary!

    I too have an over abundance of cards, stationary and writing paper. I do use it, but need to cut back on the acquisitions. There is always one more wonderful, perfect, tempting card or stationary set out there – one of this year’s goals is to use what I’ve got, and not add to my stash.

    I look forward to seeing your progress throughout the year, and hope your new evening ritual brings you and your lucky letter recipients peace and happiness. You’re an inspiration, Mary – thank you, and happy new year!


  4. Great post Mary, I love the idea of one every day. I’ve been on one a week for a long time and it’s the right timing for me. I find myself enjoying my rollerballs and non FPs with paper that’s not FP friendly.

  5. Hi Mary, That’s a neat idea – this post reminded me that once upon a time (last year to be precise) I had found these beautiful letter writing sets, that I had put in the “will use this later drawer” – must be taken out and utilized. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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