Hey there! I'm Vivian. Sometimes I write about life and sometimes I write about teaching.

Yesterday I got a handwritten thank you note in my mailbox at home from a principal I work with. It was sent with a postage stamp and everything! While it was just a short message of gratitude, it meant the world to me to know that she put in the effort to write the words by hand, find a stamp, and put the envelope in a mailbox. It’s so easy now to just shoot a text or hit send on an email. I’d like to say I’m now going to set a goal to send at least one handwritten letter a week or something like that, but that would just be setting myself up for failure. I will, however, do my best to send one more often than I am now.

Part of her message to me was, “After yesterday’s PD, I’m inspired to organize my Google Drive…” The PD I presented wasn’t about organization, so I’m going to have to go back to my notes to find what I might’ve said to inspire her. And then I’ll say those things to myself so I too will get motivated to organize my Google Drive.





  1. arjeha says:

    It is a shame that hand written notes are becoming a thing of the past for so many people. Shooting off a test just isn’t the same.

  2. WOWilkinson says:

    I’m so glad you got that specific piece of gratitude. So often, it’s the generic “you’re all great” message. It really means a lot that she was specific.

  3. In today’s world, the little efforts that are made mean so much more. I’m glad you had that experience to share with us! I wish more would do something like this! 🙂

  4. I love your honesty — you always keep it real! If you figure out what you said, write a post and make sure I read it!

  5. pfornale says:

    This post certainly reaches me. Handwritten notes, cards, and letters mean much to me. I regularly write letters, and I even have that topic on my list for one of my blog posts. Thanks for sharing your pleasure at receiving that.

  6. Lainie Levin says:

    Those little things. They’re the big things, I think.

    This post made me smile, and it’s also inspiring me to get back into the habit of leaving encouraging notes for my colleagues. Thank you!

  7. Trina says:

    I agree! It’s the little things that can sometimes make the biggest difference. I have a collection of notes surrounding my desk at school – the best pick me up when I am having an off day.

    It sounds like your PD was great!

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