It helps, at least a little

I know I’m not the only one feeling some combination of scared and heartsick and overwhelmed right now. Which is why I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Connecting with people and doing something nice for someone else is a great way to feel a bit better for a moment. So that’s what we’re going to do today.⁠

These are some of the wonderful goodies that my friend Crystal McLain makes. Crystal is a powerhouse with more energy and good cheer than any three people should have. Art is her passion, but she also runs a massage business. She’s had to shut that down during the outbreak, so she’s focusing on her art full time right now.⁠

So the first nice thing we’re doing is getting some of you to check out the nifty things Crystal makes. She’s had her livelihood threatened because of this mess. I want to get extra eyes on her amazing work, and I’m not going to pretend otherwise!⁠

But we’re doing some other stuff too. I’ve got enough of her work here to send care packages to some of you. Because I suspect you could use something cheerful in your mailbox right about now.

But that’s not all. My plan is to send you enough stuff that you can keep some for yourself and also send some on to a friend. Because connecting with your friends is extra important right now. Even if you can’t get together in person, you can totally send a little something fun in the mail. Really, sending someone a card or a little package will make you feel great when you send it, and it will make them feel great when they get it. Try it, everyone wins.

So, if you’d like to maybe get some happy mail for you and something to share with a friend, swing by Crystal’s shop and find the thing you’d most love to send to a friend. Then come back and leave a comment telling me what you’d send and why.⁠  Later this week, I’ll pick winners (one here, two over on instagram) and contact them asking for a mailing address.⁠

There’s not much in the way of rules.  You just need to be an adult with a US mailing address. And if I email you to say you’ve won, I need to hear back within 72 hours or I’ll pick a new winner (so pretty please use a real email address when you leave a comment, no one but me will see it, and I won’t use it for anything other than contacting a winner).