It’s in our hearts and on our minds, but let’s be honest: Sometimes putting our feelings in writing can be tricky. There’s so much to say, and yet we don’t want to be too cheesy, or we really want to be romantic (for once in our lives), but we’re not exactly sure how to go about getting the words on paper.
Creating a truly gracious love note takes time and care. Let’s start with what you use to write it with. You won’t be inspired jotting a quick note with the card or paper draped across the steering wheel with a pen you found under the seat of your car half out of ink. Trying to accomplish all this while on your way to picking up your Valentine? Not our gracious best.
(And for the record, if you happen to be in your car waiting for your special someone to come out of the house, it’s best to instead get out and walk to the door, as a gesture of appreciation. Okay, back to the note.)
A truly gracious love note is carefully crafted. One of the best ways to share love is by taking the time to explore your love and then putting it on paper. So, with Valentine’s Day a couple of weeks away, there is no time like the present to get the love letter juices flowing
Set the mood
Sometimes getting started takes indulging in a few simple pleasures. It’s much easier when you pour yourself a cup of tea or your favorite latte, find the perfect spot, and really get in the mood. How about something like this? Sweet, no?
Get turned on
I’m talking about music, what are you talking about? I don’t know about you but, for me, music and love go hand-in-hand. If you’ve been together a long time, there are many songs that mean or have meant a lot to you. For me and Mr. Lockard, our song is “When you say nothing at all” by Alison Krauss, because my sweet husband has a look that alone makes me melt. But that’s after 16 years of marriage. Maybe you’re a relationship newbie and don’t have a song. Find yourself a station with your favorite artist and turn it up.
Take a trip down Lovers’ Lane
It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so let the pictures of the two of you do some talking. Scroll through Facebook, Pinterest, texts or, if you’re like me, an old shoebox of actual notes. (Did I just date myself?) Doing so will remind you of the best of times, the real-life moments that make a relationship truly amazing.
Put your affections in writing
First, find the pen and paper. Then, if you are looking for the right words, take the memories you gathered and the music that speaks to your relationship, and start making a list. Make it a list of words that represent the characteristics, feelings and memories. Use these words to build your love letter. You can weave them into a traditional letter, use them as the foundation to a poem, or even let them stand alone.
Bring it all together!
Find a card that best represents you and your words. Doing so is simple, and one of my favorite places to find great cards, you might remember, is Cardstore. Here you can search through a wide variety of styles to use as a backdrop or even as a starting place for your writing. What I love about Cardstore is they provide the creative canvas for us to personalize, creating a one-of-a-kind card for that special someone. This process shows an extra gracious step in communicating love that even the most heartfelt generic card can’t compete with. Can I get an “Amen!”
This fun and romantic process will not only ensure you arrive on Valentine’s Day with a unique card in-hand but one to touch the heart of your love. An action that could just move someone to tears, so having a tissue or two handy may not be a bad idea.