Digital Thank you Notes From the Edge of A New Decade

by Julie on December 28, 2009 · 11 comments

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Each day of December, I am being  moved to post by Gwen Bell’s Best of 2009 Blog Challenge:
Today is Day
28 Stationery. When you touch the paper, your heart melts. The ink flows from the pen. What was your stationery find of the year?

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I do love nice stationery, but this morning I don’t feel compelled to write on this. What I am compelled to do is celebrate and thank. This comes from two things: Gwen Bell’s post on How to Write Non-Digital Thank You Notes and my post from yesterday about social web moments and women connecting.

After I wrote yesterday’s post where I shared about the wonderful connections with women I have made during this year, I felt an urge to celebrate as many of these women in today’s post by thanking as many as I can for the gifts they’ve given me by sharing their personal experiences so vulnerably and beautifully. These women have also shared by coming to my blog, reading and leaving a thank you note to me in the form of a comment – something that lifted me and encouraged me to write with more courage and vulnerability myself.

This is my digital thank you note to you beautiful women. This is my celebration of you!

So, in no particular order at all, here’s to you beautiful women. I celebrate you and your voices of vulnerability and truth!:

Julie Jordan Scott: Passionately Creating

Jeanne Hewell-Chambers: The Barefoot Heart

Karen Caterson: Square Peg People

Kathy Loh: Full Moon Path

Lena West: Xyno Media

Amy Oscar: Story, Spirit, Seed

Emma James: Pleasure Notes

Kelly Diels: Cleavage

Gwen Bell: Big Love in a Small World

Mynde Mayfield: m Squared

Bindu Wiles: The Awakened Life

Marjory Mejia: Sacred Flow

Lindsey Mead: A Design So Vast

Alana Sheeren: Whole Self Coach

Floreta: The Solitary Panda

RandiBuckley: Randi Buckley Coaching

Carrie Bouler: Different World

Dian Reid: Authentic Realities

Olive & Hope

Chris Zydel: Creative Juices Arts

Lisa Lauffer: Deep Waters Coaching

Alicia McLucas: Life Coach

Kate T.W.: Amusing Fire

Mary Liepold: Peace X Peace

Kate Moller: Team Northrup

Danielle Vieth: Team Northrup

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If you feel compelled, take a moment to check out these beautiful women and the work they do in the world. It is an honor and pleasure to know each of you. I look forward to our deepening friendship in this coming new decade.

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whollyjeanne December 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm

julie, you honor me by including me on this list of authentic, courageous, eloquent women. we are, as you said to me earlier this week, weaving an exquisite tapestry of truth, experience, and possibility. earlier today i experienced premature pangs of withdrawal as i contemplated gwen’s challenge coming to an end. and perhaps we’ll find another shared, collaborative project, but until then, there’s always twitter and google reader. one thing, though, is for sure: my life is richer with you in it.

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floreta December 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm

thank you so much. it’s great to ‘meet’ you! :) i have not been sharing/ participating on best of 2009 as much as i should but have enjoyed it so far. glad to connect with you and now i most certainly will be in touch :D

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Julie Jordan Scott December 29, 2009 at 6:29 am

Wow – thank you so much, beloved Julie, for including me here amongst this heartful community of women. I am speechless, wordless… and love and gratitude filled.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Dian Reid December 29, 2009 at 8:16 am

Thank you so much, Julie. I set an intention at the beginning of December to get myself out “there” more and get connected. Not by way of cramming as many followers as possible, but by way of really connecting. Glad I’ve been able to do that here! And this is a wonderful reminder to me that simply sharing is the best way to connect. I’m looking forward to 2010 and all the wonderful connections it will bring. AND connecting with each and every one of the wonderful women on your list =)

Happy New Year to you =)

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olive & hope December 29, 2009 at 10:02 am

Julie this was such a wonderful surprise! I am honored, and touched beyond belief to be included on your list. I like Dian, set an intention a couple of months ago to put myself out there a bit more, and to allow for some opening. I haven’t been as active as I had hoped, but I feel that it’s been an absolutely perfect start! I am loving where I am, in this moment.

I already have a mad blog crush on you… and can’t wait to connect with you more this upcoming year. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the wonderful women on your list (some of the names I recognize and some are new to me), thank you for sharing – as always. You are amazing!

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Julie December 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Jeanne – Thank you for your sweet words. I feel the same – a richer world with you in it. A collaborative project sounds intriguing…will have to sit with that one. Blessings to you.

Floreta – I look forward to more in 2010.

Julie – Thank you. I smile on the memories of getting to know you on Ryze, and now here, knowing you in a deeper way.

Dian- Yes, I love what you said about simply sharing as a deep way to connect. It is simple, yes? I love what happens when we desire to connect in truth, with vulnerability. We begin to show each other who and what we really are, as we begin to see it for ourselves.

Olive – (Is it Olive?) I haven’t been quite sure as I’ve perused your blog to see your true/full name. A mad blog crush?! Wow. Me, too. I am wickedly in love with you and all these women who are willing to share with an open heart.

I look forward to more in 2010 with all of you, and all the women here on the list as well. Many blessings as we walk forward to this new decade. May there be real connection between women in a way that encourages us to deeply bow in respect of each other and of both the feminine and masculine in all of life.

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Kathy December 29, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Dearest Julie – what a lovely generous spirit you are. I returned home today and was 2 days behind in email (because of road travel). I had two new beautiful encouraging comments on my blog from women who connected with me because of this post. I only knew about it because one mentioned it. So, I’ve found it here and relish the opportunity to check out each and every one of your recommendations over the rest of the holiday. Thank you for expanding our community. Thank you for your radiance, wildness, authenticity and integrity. many many blessings, Kathy

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emma December 30, 2009 at 11:23 am

Thank you, Julie. I am honored to be part of the list and grateful to have met you through this challenge. I look forward to sharing some wine and stories in real life. Until then, I am so thankful that you continue to share your life and world view here. You are a treasure. xo

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Dian Reid December 30, 2009 at 9:08 pm

It’s now taken me 2 days to get through each wonderful woman on the list, and I’m SURE I’m a better person for it! Thanks again, my new friend.

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Gwen Bell December 30, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Thank you, so much, for your kindness, Julie. Know that the goodness you extended to each of these women is multiplied and magnified. Congratulations on completing the #best09 journey.

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@LenaWest December 30, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Julie, Julie – I am humbled. Thank you.

You say that you are writing with more courage and vulnerability. That’s amazing because you are one of the most courageous and open-to-experience people I know.

Namaste.

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