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A Blog Post About My Blog Posts

5 Jul

It would be easy to blame my apathy towards blogging last month on my grandmother dying, but the fact of the matter is I was feeling apathetic prior to that happening. When 2018 started, I had a game plan for Sincerely Kate, starting with my mail calls continuing to happen on the 1st and 15th of every month, and my Two Cents series staying on the last Wednesday of each month, too. Next the 5th and 20th of each month became scheduled days as well. The latter has been a play on the “If we were having coffee” posts, while the former was more of a wildcard. Sure, other posts were peppered in occasionally, but these scheduled posts were the staple.

Well, as June 5th got closer and closer, the more at a loss I was regarding what I wanted to post about. The best idea I could come up with was bitching about how some new pen pals weren’t working out, but just because it was my best idea, didn’t actually mean it was a good one. So the fifth came and went with no blog post.

Then the 27th was approaching. I knew I was supposed to post about Change Cards via “Two Cents,” and though I did make/leave a few cards in June, those things alone just didn’t seem worth sharing at the time. I will show you these donut-friendly ATCs I made to leave as RAOK now, though, lol:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I do NOT want this blog to just become a place where there are mail calls twice a month. Prior to June I do think I was on the right track, but now that we’re into the second half of the year, it’s a good time to make a couple more modifications.

The biggest change is going to be that the “Two Cents” series is no more. Rest assured, this doesn’t mean I will no longer share what I do per ATC the Change, but instead I’m going to change how I go about it—still on the last Wednesday of each month. After all, Change Cards are not the only ATCs that ever get featured here on Sincerely Kate; I also share the Little Cards I receive through monthly swaps that I organize. As much as I love sharing what I receive via Little Cards on Big Adventures (LCOBA), when I have gotten those cards has been SO sporadic. As I write this, I’m not only still waiting on ATCs from June, but a batch from May as well.

That all said, between how unpredictable LCOBA can be, and how sometimes my own motivation per ATC the Change can be unpredictable, rather than posting about these two endeavors in different posts, I’ll be merging them into what I’m calling “The Card Catalog.” How will that work? I’m not entirely sure yet, lol. My hope is merely that the merger means the posts will become more worthwhile, and that maybe one side will compensate for the other should its content not be very sufficient at the time.

Well, what about the fifth, Kate? Though I’m posting this very post today, I don’t know whether or not posting on the fifth is something I’m going to continue just yet. It’s certainly something I’d like to do, though. It would be easy to fall back on a series of some sort, but the whole point of posting on the fifth of each month this year was to give me a break from the series and do things more relevant to what’s happening at the time. April, for example, I wrote how I sent a few pen pals a total of 31 postcards throughout all of March.

TL,DR: Moving forward on this blog is basically crossing bridges as I get to them. I don’t know if my idea for The Card Catalog will work, nor if I’ll continue posting on the 5th of each month; these are merely things I’d like to happen and therefore I pray they will. Wish me luck!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

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Two Cents: May Edition

30 May

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change—a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature some of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

I’ll get to the dozen Change Cards I left since the last show and tell momentarily, but first, I’m pleased to report that I made 20 of the things on Memorial Day! Between Gabe working and Logan going to the beach with his grandparents, it was a good opportunity for me to drop everything and craft. These were the first 7 Change Cards I finally got around to making:

Since I just made the above on Monday, I haven’t abandoned any of those with love yet. I did leave 12 older ATCs, though! These were mainly ones I have been holding onto since last summer (for now irrelevant reasons). Four of those 12 Change Cards were left when my mom and I hung out the day after her birthday, like these two at Barnes and Noble:

Though I only “left” 12 ATCs, I also just sent a little over 30 to Sue as she bought up the last of the pre-made sets I had!

For the record, I won’t be making more sets to sell again due to a lack of interest. Now that the stash of Change Cards “on reserve” has been dwindled down, I can feel my motivation to make some more picking up a bit. That said, hopefully in the next edition of this Two Cents series I’ll have more creations to share, along with the highlights regarding the ATCs I share with others.

For now, though, I shall leave you with one last highlight from this past month; it’s not ATC-related, but it does pertain to my kind of kindness. At the restaurant the boys and I went to yesterday, Logan used the quarters I gave him to get a couple bouncy balls. Two of the balls wound up being identical, so he gave one to the little boy who was watching him at the machines ever so intently. The boy was ecstatic, thanking Logan on more than one occasion. It was a nice moment as well as an adorable reminder that a little kindness can go a long way.

If you feel so inclined, leave me a comment regarding the last time you bestowed a random act of kindness upon someone.

Take care and stay lovely!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: April Edition

25 Apr

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change—a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature some of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

The main highlight since my last show and tell is that our Facebook group reached 100 members! I tried to have some giveaways in honor of the occasion, and though both sets were spoken for, it’s because only two people tried to claim them. Not going to lie, it’s a bit disheartening that we have 100+ members but still only a small amount of people who can “ATC the Change.” I’m at a loss of what I can do to make the movement spread.

And I think it’s because of this loss that I haven’t done a whole lot over the past month or so. Sure, I have left a handful of Change Cards out and about, but I started making an Easter-friendly batch right before April started, and I have yet to get around to finishing them because the motivation to do so just isn’t there.

Anyway, here are the pictures of the ATCs I left, mainly in restaurants, over the past month:

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I think my mom and I are going to have to do something for her birthday next month so May’s Edition will not only be more fun for you to see, but fun for me to put together. April showers bring May flowers, right?

All the best from my screen to yours.
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: March Edition

28 Mar

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change—a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature many of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

Over the past few months I haven’t had too many highlights to share, but between my birthday festivities and spending this past weekend with my mom, March has thankfully been a good month to ATC the Change. Here are the highlights since February:

1. The birthday festivities I mentioned? On and around March 1st I left 7 Change Cards while I was/we were out and about. This one, for example, found a rather appropriate place to hang out at Target after I found new note cards to use via pen palling, hehe:

2. Two other ATCs were left on two non-birthday occasions.

3. I made sure to make a few Wonderland-friendly Change Cards to take with me when mom and I went out to eat this past weekend, mainly at Mad Hatter Bistro. As you can see, I managed to leave ’em, too:

4. I left 9 other cards while we were around the Troy area like at Barnes & Noble and in the lobby at Red Roof Inn. I would have liked to leave even more this past weekend, but because of how poorly mom and I slept at RRI we didn’t make any stops after brunch on Saturday morning.

A dent is a dent, though! Since selling sets of Change Cards didn’t really work out, I have all of those ATCs for my own use now. Maybe I’ll make it my goal to leave another 20 between now and April 25th, but no promises, lol. As long as I have a few more highlights to share I’ll be happy.

Until April!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Two Cents: February Edition

28 Feb

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change—a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature many of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

Like last month, I don’t have many highlights to share, but I like what I do have so it all works out. 😉

1) Using discarded Valentines, I made these 4 Change Cards, and by the following weekend I left them all for people to find:

2) I abandoned two other ATCs with love, and have at least 20 more in my purse for when I celebrate my birthday with my family this weekend. Most of them were actually unearthed when I cleaned my desk earlier today, haha.

3) But those aren’t the only Change Cards of mine that have been left this past month! Krista left one in Maryland, and my mom and her friend left 7 or so during the latter’s recent visit to Michigan.

4) Not only did someone find one of the ATCs Mom and Sue left in a coffee shop, that “someone” is a girl I babysat when she was younger! This was the picture Hailey posted via Instagram:

With any luck, March will have even more fun moments of Change to share with you, though if the moments are few but awesome like the ones above, that would still be pretty lucky.

All the best from my screen to yours!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Two Cents: January Edition

31 Jan

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change– a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature many of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

Some months will have more highlights than others, but this, unfortunately, is not one of those months. Between the resolutions I made and then getting sick, I didn’t make much let alone leave much. My game plan for February is to modify one of my resolutions, so instead of writing every day I have the house to myself, I have “Writing Wednesdays.” With less obligations during my free-time, it should– *knock on wood* –give me more opportunities to get my crafty on.

But we’ll talk about February on 2-28! Here are the few highlights since 12-27:

1. I left 7 of the Change Cards I made back in December.

2. Using a handful of the Christmas cards we received, I repurposed them into these Change Cards I’ll be able to leave come this December,

3. I also made some Wonderland-friendly ATCs after making backgrounds with my Spirograph, and I have been putting my dreamcatcher stamp to use, too.

I told you there were only a few! Oh! But if I wouldn’t have liked how my Pandora’s Box cards turned out via the Legendary theme per Little Cards, I would have written “Better an ‘oops’ than a ‘what if?'” on ’em and used them for ATC the Change instead, haha.

Well, whether I make a lot or a little in February, I’m looking forward to seeing what the next month has in store. And if you’re a pen pal of mine, you’ll be able to look forward to seeing ATCs tucked in with my letters like Valentines. Cheers!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Two Cents: December Edition

27 Dec

The purpose of this Two Cents series is to have a monthly “show and tell” per ATC the Change– a RAOK cause I cofounded. Each edition will feature many of the Change Cards I’ve made, along with other things I’ve done to make the world better one Change Card at a time. Change. Cents. Get it?

Usually these posts go on to share my highlights since the one that came before it, and if I would have written this last Wednesday, there would have been nothing to share aside from using up ATCs from before December started. I was worried that that might still be the case this week, but after making new cards this past Friday, this edition felt worthwhile after all.

On that note, here are my highlights–however few–since November.

1. Like I mentioned above, I left several older Change Cards. When Gabe and I saw Coco a couple weeks ago, I officially used the last oldie in my arsenal.

2. Using a treat bag Logan got from school, I made these 5 ATCs and managed to leave a few when we were out “getting our merry on.”

3. Other ATCs I managed to make this month include 4 with Thanksgiving-friendly phrases, 9 that say “Give your dreams the wings to fly,” and these 4 using note cards I recycled:

4. Though I sadly haven’t sold any more of the sets I’ve made, I have given several Change Cards away. Sets, for the record, are groups of 9 cards each that I make for people unable to make them themselves for whatever reason.

Whether I’m more successful selling sets in the new year, or I just make Change Cards for my own use from now on, I’m excited to see what 2018 has in store for ATC the Change. Personally I think I’m going to steer away from using weekly phrases, and just make whatever speaks to me– maybe then instead of January’s Edition being a whisper, it will be a bang.

Happy New Year, Bleaders!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~