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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBCw4_XgouA 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:
- I took a full Sunday off. Not one envelope on that day.
- 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.
- Only on one day did my hand/arm get really tired!
- The calligraphy remained top-notch quality!
- 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! Dictionary.com 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!“