I’m a stationery gal…notepads, pens, markers, sticky notes, blank notecards and postcards of all kinds…they make me happy. Words of Affirmation is my work love language…big surprise there, huh? Interestingly, the majority of my team highly values words of affirmation, as well, so one day I thought I’d share my love for all things bright and stationery with my team so everyone could easily write words of thanks and encouragement any time the thought crossed their minds.
And the “Gratitude Station” outside my office was born.
It’s an inexpensive foyer table that brings pops of colors and plenty of pens, markers, stickers, and notecards into arms-reach for any passerby. For added enjoyment, I added an essential oil diffuser, which is non-irritating and doesn’t leave any residue; whether it’s lavender or peppermint – or a mixture of the two – the light scent fills the area (and lingers into my office). I love it, and I love that my team can access the station any time for any reason as much as they’d like.
Here’s the breakdown of the Gratitude Station:
And here’s a closer view from the top:
I’m thinking of doing a mini-station at home, with stamps, return address labels, and more. What do you think?
You know I love any chance to celebrate the people around me. Halloween is just one more day to have a bit of fun and brighten the environment. Here are a few cards to help you love on the healthcare professionals around you – whether they’re clinical, administrative, or supportive. Simply print on card stock, add a hand-written note to the back, and give, give, give away!
Download “You Are FaBOOlous” here.
Download “Nightmare Walk Into A Hospital” here.
Download “Healthcare Professionals Handle the Scary Stuff” here.
Download “You’re Scary Amazing” here.
Download “Scary Hand” here.
Download “Haldol Spell” here.
Download “Full Moon” here.
Have a great Monday!
You can download this card here and share some Monday love.
It’s no secret I love cards. Nurses Week is May 6-12, and it’s one of my most favorite weeks of the year because I get to celebrate the awesomeness of the nurses around me. I usually make new cards each year, and this year is no different.
I present to you the Hashtag Nurses series. While these can certainly brighten the days of Nurses Week, they’ll fit any day of the year, as well. Simply download and print front-and-back to get 16 postcard-style cards.
It’s Cardiology Professionals Week as well as Cardiac Rehab Week. Do you work with these people? Know these people?
They’re pretty amazing, but I don’t have to tell you that! And they deserve some love and encouragement during the month of hearts.
For example, you could easily take these two images, print them front-and-back on a full sheet of paper or card stock, and write a sweet little note on the face-card side, for one sweet cardiology encouragement. And then you just might be the favorite part of the day.
Download this image.
Download this image.
Have you ever paused to reflect on your work from previous years? Like really paused to reminisce about your life’s work – what you’ve spent your minutes, hours, and days doing? It’s self-care in and of itself.
I’ve been blogging for over five years now, and I use nifty tools like most bloggers to bookmark topics or repost content I’ve written previously. Technology is quite amazing, no? Every once in a while I’ll see someone share a link of my writing that I forgot I penned, or I will catch something in a conversation that makes me think of an article I wrote several years ago. I’ll sift back through the articles and begin re-reading my work. Strangely enough, while I write many articles in moments of emotion, sometimes I cannot even recall what caused me to write my passionate words when reading them retrospectively. And, inevitably, as I’m looking there, I begin to see moments of encouragement intended for others over the years but that equally uplift me in that moment. And just like that – I’m thankful. I’m thankful I wrote down the permanent vulnerability. I am thankful for my creative outlet of writing. I am thankful for time well-spent. I am thankful for my friends through my writing. I am thankful for my days.
The same is true for my nursing work. When I pause to self-reflect, minutes turn into the brain’s quick page-turning yearbook of highlights that lift my soul. Even the dark moments have light flecks of hope in hind sight, faded by the brilliance of much more luminescent times.
Busy-ness can eat us away, Reflection pauses time to bring energy to the moments ahead. It’s beautiful self-care we overlook all-too-frequently in today’s six-second, microwave, drive-through 140-character culture.
Pause and think about your past year, five years, decade, or score. Relish your work, and be renewed for the work ahead.