Monday, October 13, 2014

The Art of the Thank You Note: Jillian Dolberry's Art of Making Someone Smile

Happy day to all! I'm excited to host a new friend and graphic designer extraordinaire, Jillian Dolberry on today's post. Jillian is a brand styling guru and paper goods etsy shop owner. She and I connected on Instagram and I'm so thrilled to have her share her tips on making someone's day through the art of paper and kindness. Jillian designs the most gorgeous paper goods- make sure you check her out ! Take it away, Jillian!!


Hey everyone! If you don’t already know me, let me introduce my self. My name is Jillian, and I am the Creator and Owner of Hazel Berry Paper. I currently reside in a cozy little town in East Tennessee, with my husband and our golden retriever Stella. I would have to say my favorite things in this world include hand holding, pumpkin donuts, fro yo with my sprinkles, and wet puppy kisses. I would like to gratefully thank Hillary for letting me hang out over here today!

When I began my business 10 months ago, I knew I was starting a whole new life. Not just a change of career/job, but more a lifestyle change. I had gotten into the repetitive day-to-day life of wake up, work, come home, watch tv, and go to bed. I just knew there was more to life, and I was completely missing that. My husband on the other hand… he gets it. He is always such an inspiration as his main goal from sun up to sun down is to make me smile. His impact on my life, transformed my goals from “make more money” to “encourage the world and make them smile.” My business is geared towards make others feel like they can move mountains, despite where they are in their journey. So, without further ado, I'd like to share some of my favorite things to do to bring joy to others.

All photos used with permission from Jillian Dolberry

Compliment someone. - You are looking lovely today, I love what you are doing, You are so talented, You are a really great mom, or Your house looks nice! The list goes on and on. Simple phrases can go a long way to brightening someone’s day.

Help someone out. - I think offering to help someone and letting someone help you is one of the greatest gifts. It makes both people feel good, and keeps the kindness circle going. For example, When my husband was very ill a few months ago, family really chipped in and helped us out by making us dinners for a few nights. That simple gesture impacted me in the best way. Now, any chance I see a friend in need, I try to take a meal to their doorstep and pass the blessing along.

Be there. - Have you ever read the book Love Does by Bob Goff? If not, add it to your list. The book speaks on the topic of doing things out of love for each other, such as being there for them even when it may not be convenient for you. It make a world difference when we take tim out of our days to go with a friend to a scary doctors appointment so they don’t have to go alone, or to watch someones  kids while they enjoy a quiet moment.

Remember when.. - “I remember how sweet you were to me, when I had received bad news a year ago”, or “You really impressed me when you took the high road and overcame that obstacle.” Take the time to bring up a memory of them that stands out in your mind of how great they are.

Handwritten notes. - You knew it was coming! Fun mail is MY FAVORITE. Plus, a mailbox with only bills is overrated, ya feel me? You don’t necessarily have to send through the mail, but just dropping off a note to say Hello, I am thinking of you, I miss you, or something sweet, will be sure to make them feel important. My favorite? Love notes on the coffee pot. Dudes, try that for your lady. :)

I hope you will join me in taking these action steps to sharing some love and making others smile. Thanks again to the ever so lovely & talented Hillary, for having me here today!



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feist Quote and Rest

Free advice from a very talented lady, Feist (that paint residue dot pictured above is free too)! Not only is she a fabulous musician, but she has some wisdom to offer. The context of this quote was from a National Geographic article she had just read about plant growth.  I've been thinking a lot on this topic lately and it's hard to force myself to rest when everyone else is proclaiming how hard they are hustling and it looks like they are so much further ahead. BUT, as the quote that I've seen float around, "I will not envy some stranger I have never met on the internet" and I will make myself rest and recharge so that I can have the energy to do cool things too. :)