Random acts of thank you

Did you know January is National Thank You Month?

Pretty much the perfect time to share this post from Buttercup Ink! It originally focused on good karma for the holidays, but I think it inspires creative ways to say ‘thank you’ on any day of the year.

I’ve been following Vari of Buttercup Ink for a while now. Mostly, it’s for her great design advice, but every so often, she posts an article about something she loves or does that’s just amazing. Her Good Karma Crimbo Project is definitely one of those stories, and as soon as I read it, I instantly knew it was something I wanted to feature here.

(In case you were wondering, “crimbo” is a slang term for Christmas. I had to look it up, but I think it might be something a little more common for Scotland-born, Melbourne resident Vari.)


Every few months, Gabe and I do what he calls secret letters.

We make some postcards with little nuggets of inspiration and love, then go around our neighbourhood leaving them for people to find.

Mailboxes, cafe tables, picnic benches, nestled in between the tomato sauce bottles at the supermarket, on car windscreens…

It is So. Much. Fun.

We love being super sneaky and spreading some secret love.

This was our last secret mission a few weekends ago…


How awesome are those little notes Vari and her son created?! I seriously got the warm fuzzies when I read the article. Even thought their little “secret letters” were for the holidays (Vari even provided some cute little printables), I thought it could be a great way to show gratitude any day of the year. I can just imagine sneaking little notes to people that have been nice to me (or even just thanking them for being awesome)!

I think all of us could use a little more gratitude in our lives, so hopefully, this inspires you to send a creative little thank you of your own :)


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  1. I LOVE this idea… I live in Hawaii and have had a similar idea about leaving painted rocks on beaches around the island. Love the idea about leaving them around the neighborhood. Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming idea.

    • Gwen Bucknell says:

      Meredith, the rock idea would be so lovely! I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I can only imagine how amazing it would be to stumble across a painted rock with a wonderful message. Vari did a great job with this, and I’m so glad she shared it :)

  2. Thanks so much for featuring me and Buttercup Ink on your blog! Both my boys love doing our secret letters! Everyone need a little more love, don’t you think!

  3. Awesome feature . Thanks a lot for sharing such nice post .

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