For some of us, not being able to connect with our friends and family is the hardest part of this pandemic. I don’t consider myself the most social person in the world, but there’s no doubt that the isolation is getting to me. I completely understand the importance of flattening the curve and staying in, and I will continue to self-isolate for as long as necessary. But it is hard. It’s having an impact on my mood and mental health daily. And then I realized if I’m feeling this way as an introvert, my extrovert friends are probably feeling it even harder. So I decided to do my part to connect in any way I could – any way we can be “together at home” is going to help.
In addition to the FaceTime dates and Netflix parties, I started writing my friends cards and sending snail mail. I’ve always been a card person – my friend Claudia and I would get them for each other regularly in college and it just stuck after that. It’s such a great way to make someone feel special. You can even amp it up by sending a care package with their favorite treats, games, drinks, etc.
I’ve been a fan of Lana’s Shop and products for at least five years now. I love her beautiful watercolor art and the creator, Lana, is even sweeter than her work. She started making these adorable cards perfect for social distancing and as soon as I saw them on Instagram, I knew I had to have them to share with my friends. I usually keep a stock of cards for when I get invited to last minute get-togethers (ah, the good ole days) or when someone’s birthday sneaks up on me – and they’re always from Lana’s Shop.
She even has some super cute Mother’s Day cards available now. And she’ll even handwrite your message and send it directly to the recipient. Check out how cute they are below!
I’ve been trying to think of more ways to connect and be together at home. As time goes on, this is getting harder and harder for me, and I know I can’t be alone. I hope we’re back to a new normal soon and can be together for real.
How are you connecting with friends and family from afar?
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.