My 1000 Envelopes Journey – Day 17

June 11, 2012

Only those whose go to far know exactly how far they can go.”  T. S. Eliot

Well, it wasn’t exactly 1000 envelopes.  The total number of envelopes: 1044.  Total number envelopes addressed: 869 Envelope errors: 175 Actual days to complete: 14.  Seeing and hearing how charmed my client was with the envelopes and how happy that I completed the  envelopes on time: Priceless.

The Bride is with her family now, enjoying the festive occasions, intimately engaged in the moments leading up to her special day with her Groom.  Before she left for her destination wedding, I met with her to give her the last set of envelopes (about 30).  She expressed again how beautiful and stunning the envelopes were and how relieved she felt that I finished them on time.   I told her “The only focus I had while doing the envelopes was hearing how happy you would be when I finished.”   “I am so glad you did.” She smiled.  She said she expect that a lot of her friend on the announcement list will want to utilize my services.  I hope they do.

We had a small chat for a little while.  She told me the story of how she met her future husband.  I won’t gives the details.  Suffice it to say, it is a common story and a very warming one as well.  “Let me give you a hug before you leave,” she said.  I was touched by the warm embrace.

A few days have passed.  THIS is how I am still feeling: 869 envelopes in 14 days! WOW!  As I think about this more and more, I have to pat myself on the back.  I wondered how though, with the ever-going commitment of parenthood, bathroom breaks, eating, cleaning up, errands, and all those pesky tasks that gather everyday.  But I DID IT! WOW!!!! What I feel really good about is:

  1. I took a full Sunday off. Not one envelope on that day.
  2. I kept starting later than I desired (11 am, noon on most days; those pesky tasks…..) and only finished later than 9 pm on two nights.
  3. Only on one day did my hand/arm get really tired!
  4. The calligraphy remained top-notch quality!
  5. My very client had a guest list of 426 people.  In five days I did 401 envelopes! This is really great, for when I start getting a lot of orders I now know what I can do in an allotted amount of time.  I expect to get faster.
And through it all is was a lot of fun!  I don’t know how many times I wrote ‘President‘ and ‘The Honorable‘ so and so.  The announcement list was a ‘Who’s Who’ of Utah and a few other very high profile people.  Wow!!!!
And now….Drums Please!  Photos I said I would have photos,  Here are a few that awed my client the Bride.
Thank You!”  to all of you who joined in, participated in, and motivated me during the journey.  Cindy, the quote you sent me came at a most needed time.  Lissahn, thank you for sharing your story with me.  I didn’t know that we had similar stories.  Roni, I loved that you loved reading and borrowing the quotes.  Loyce and Melissa, thank you for keeping me honest, telling me to get back to work.  To my lady, Debbie.  Thank you for your Teacher’s eye, proofreading the envelopes and catching all the errors, big and small.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, everybody.  I sincerely appreciate you all.
Lastly, I leave you with this.  I began this year (and this journey) with a theme: Make Magic Happen! defines magic as this:
magic [maj-ik] n. – the art of producing the desired affect or result through the use of incantations or various other techniques to assure human control over super natural agencies or the forces of nature.   My incantation?  BELIEVE!  “Believe in your dreams, imaginations, and visualizations.  Above all, Believe in yourself.” ~Ashantai Yungai~
As  Loyce told me via twitter: “You are so awesome!  I knew those Magic Hands would perform a magic feat to get it done!  I am sooooo PROUD of you! You’ve raised the bar for all of us!    :-) I have enjoyed your journey and there are much bigger things in store.  WOOHOO!  Let’s celebrate!”
Nothing is impossible.  The word itself says ‘I’m possible.’”  ~Audrey Hepburn~
Settle for more.  “There is more in us than we know.  Perhaps if we are made to see it we would be unwilling to settle for less.”  ~Kurt Hahn~
“Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.”  ~Thomas Huxley~
And my favorite quote maker of all time!  Helen Keller
No pessimists ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
So get out there and do your thing!  Make magic happen!  NOTHING is impossible!  And above all,  BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!   “Fire up and engage those rockets thrusters; we’re going to the moon.  All cylinders people! Let’s go!

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Thanks Lissahn. I will keep "swimming". I like to think of it as the formation of a Diamond. It is the the hardest substance known to man. It is forged under the most intense and highest of pressures. Once it is cut and polished its BRILLIANCE is magnificent!!! Yes we are where we belong. Let's make our dreams a real life magical fantasy!
Wrapped Couture (Lissahn)
You are amazing my friend!!! 13 months ago today, my car flipped over and my world did too. I began to have the same feelings and concerns that you're having now, with my then 18 and 14 year old. God never gives us more than we can handle, although it may seem like it in the moment. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and I hope to continue to work with you in the industry that we are both meant to be in! Press on my friend. Press on!
My Dear Friend you are AWESOME too! I Love You! :-)
Thank you SO much for the sentiment! I owe the start of ALL my calligraphy journey to your son! He put the idea in my mind and it just took off! So I feel lucky to know your son and daughter-in-law too! :-)
As long as you participate, you join anytime! :-)
Lynn White
So I'm late on this journey with you, but I'm all caught up now. WOW Ashanti you are awesome. I know you can do this!
Loyce Wheatley
It's an honor and a pleasure to know you in the mist of your 1000 envelopes journey. I'm enjoying the ride with you.
Awesome! What a great accomplishment...woohoo
One thing I always told my sons was,"Practice, practice, practice"! In a sense, you're practicing on 1,000 envelopes, so you're bound to get faster...and better!!! You have inspired me to do something with those Phish lyrics now.....someday soon, after I finish these other 10 projects I want to do!! Oh, I've been "borrowing", no, stealing some of your daily quotes and putting them on my FB page. Thanks for sharing those.
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Thank you for showing us those Phish lyrics. Very touching! I would like to frame them also. Btw, when I was in high school, I used to make posters using lines from songs that I liked. Of course, they had lots of neon colors so they'd glow under my black light! I feel very lucky to have a son who has a friend as special as you. And your son is so lucky to have you for his dad! Take care, Ashanti. This world needs you!!
Erica Williams
Awesome...I love the lyrics of that song...Oh by the way did I also mention that you are AWESOME....have a great day :)
Sally Laporta
How's your hand holding up? Are you icing? Try to ice if even if you don't think that you need to. You'll be glad that you did by day 8. Keep up the great work! You'll do terrifically!!! Whoo Hoo!
Ashley Lloyd
Way to go Ashanti! You'll get them done and, of course, they will be stunning! They trusted the right person with their announcements! :)
Lissahn {Wrapped Couture}
I'm so excited for you and look forward to this journey of yours my friend!!!
I love that you are making this into such a fab experience-for you and for us! That is what makes the world an amazing place! Keep up the incredible work:)
Val @ Utah Bride & Groom magazine
Oh, Ashanti, I know you can do it. And do it with a smile! Sending all my well wishes to you.
Jaime Vieta Myers
You are the perfect scribe for this magnificent sentiment! I am privileged to take the "1000 Envelopes Journey" with you! Buono Fortuna!
Erica Williams
This is YOUR time my dear friend....I am so proud of you :)
Loyce Wheatley
I’m so EXCITED!!!..for you. The man with the “Magic Hands” that you’re journaling about your journey and sharing the details with the rest of us. I am also glad that I’ve met another perfectionist who’s passionate about their craft & profession as I am. Yes, iron sharpens iron and sometimes we need someone to help keep us on point in the thick of an out of the box project. I have all the faith in you that it’s going to be an amazing job when you’re done because you are the man with the “MAGIC HANDS” with the big personality. It’s an open door for bigger and better projects to come....Cheers!
Melissa Brown
Fantastic work! 1000 envelopes at once is a feat of epic proportions. Keep going...!!
Melissa Brown
Great job! 1000 envelopes is a feat of epic proportions. Keep going...!!!
Kathy Romero
I love the "Magic Hands" !!! Classic. However, what I love more is that you'll be sharing this journey with us. You are capable of this and MORE! GO! Kathy
Tessa @ Salt Lake/Park City Bride and Groom
Awesome work as always, Ashantai!
Plain & Fancy Living
It was so much fun chatting with you and meeting so many nice people. Your writing is just gorgeous. True talent. I look forward to tweeting with you in the future:) Amy R.
Kate Lewis
All my swoons are yours! I enjoyed being there, too! Great fun!
Michele Papineau
I had a gentleman walk into my studio earlier today and asked if I gave calligraphy classes. His name is David. We talked for about a half an hour and I sent him away with 2 felt tip pens, 2 calligraphy books on loan and a pad of paper. I opened up my computer and showed him your recent blog posting and your website. And then I told him your story. And the more I talked, I realized how amazing your story and talent is. Truly!!!
Tad Feder
Yeah bookmaking this wasn't a risky determination outstanding post!
Whitney Shaw
Nice job!

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