Several weeks ago two pieces of business mail arrived at my home on the same day and I told my husband that I needed a PO Box immediately. He didn't understand. "It's two letters. Two. I think our own mailbox can handle it."
Ok smartypants, that wasn't really the point. It wasn't about volume, it was about investing in my business, in myself. I explained how my freelance work was picking up and how the blog was growing. I needed a separate address. Needed.
"It just looks and sounds more professional."
"It just sounds more expensive."
Well, that part was true. It was not going to be free, which is what it costs to get mail delivered to my home. So we compromised and I got myself a teeny tiny box, the smallest one they had. I could deal. It wasn't like I was getting a ton of business mail, but you know what they say, if you build it...
Turns out, that little saying is pretty accurate. My Exquisitely Unremarkable address may not have been all that popular before I set myself up with my own little space at the post office, but now, the mail is rolling in ~ which is awesome, because there's nothing sadder than an I told you so or an empty little box.
See what I mean?
So what fabulousness has been delivered to me recently? Well, here's a sampling.
First up is two copies of the October issue of Reloved Magazine. It came all the way from London, by airmail. That's right, London, baby!
I wrote an article about My 1920's Cottage. It's a full length feature, pretty pictures and a byline. Now, I have been published online many times, but I have never been published in print before. I am sure that it sounds old fashioned to most of you, but as a writer, there is something about holding your work in your hands, smelling the ink and flipping through the pages that is infinitely more exciting than clicking around a screen. It is a very special feeling and it started when I pulled the copies out of my very own little post office box.
What else did I find inside? More airmail treasures. Apparently, I am very big in Europe. ;)
This gilded invitation is to the Amara Interior Blog Awards in London on Wednesday, October 28th for champagne and canapés. Isn't it fancy?
My family is prompting me to frame it and I just may do that. Of course, I would love to attend, but London is just a tad far for this stateside girl to travel for an evening, but I will be following the festivities on Twitter. Gotta love social media...but not as much as my new little mailbox.
You see, because next I pulled out this gift card to Target.
I had won a giveaway from Stephanie at Managing A Home, but I had forgotten all about it. Then one day, expecting nothing but empty space, I turned the key and voila, treasure! I ran right out and filled up my cart with products to make me over for fall. Fabulous.
My latest surprise from far, far away was this sweet smelling package from my dear friend, Benita at Chasing Quaintness.
She sent me a beautiful note and apple cinnamon scented beads to warm my home up for the season. Now even though I am not going to make an apple pie, my kitchen smells like I do it all the time. Aren't I just the best mom ever?
Ok, maybe not, but Benita is truly the best friend ever.
The biggest item to pulled out of my hat...er...box, didn't actually fit inside. Instead, I got a slip saying that they were holding a parcel for me behind the counter. I love that sound of that. Why is it that packages always reduce me to a kid at Christmas time, even when I know what's inside.
And I did know what was inside, since I ordered the items myself.
You see I got tired of looking for my four lost bowls. When I found myself combing through the bottom of the shoe closet I decided that enough was enough and I should just admit defeat. Pottery Barn was having a 20% off sale and while I really did want brand new dishes, there was nothing wrong with the rest of the set...so I just got four new bowls...
...and this time, I swear if something happens to them, well, then I am just going to have buy a whole brand new set.
You know, I may need a bigger box PO Box after all.
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