I am a firm believer in making people feel loved and celebrated, so I enjoy spoiling my favorite people on their birthdays and during the holiday season. I am on a limited budget, so store-bought gifts are reserved for those closest to me, but many people hold a special place in my heart, and I want them to know it. So, every holiday season I buy high-quality cards, which are my gifts to those who I won’t see on Christmas, or who I can’t afford to buy presents for. For each card, I think about the intended recipient and the relationship that we share, and I hand write a personal message. I’ve always loved cards and letters, but in this digital age, I feel as if the handwritten word is even more meaningful because it is so rare. I would rather receive a heartfelt letter than a gift because I can buy myself something from the store but I will never know how another person feels about me unless they tell me. I have a fireproof safe in my house, and along with important legal documents, it is filled with letters and cards I’ve received throughout my life that have touched me. I hope that the cards I send to others will be similarly cherished.

Unfortunately, I can’t send a card to every person that matters to me. There are too many people that I love, and there is not enough time (and I don’t have everyone’s address!). So, dear readers, this post is my holiday card to you.

To anyone who reads my posts, comments, likes or shares them, thank you. I know that life is busy and your time is valuable, so your doing these things means more to me than you can imagine.

To anyone who has reviewed, preordered, or told others about my book, thank you. It has always been a dream of mine to be a published author. You are helping to make that dream come true, and I will forever be grateful.

To anyone who has signed up for my newsletter or who follows my Facebook author page, thank you for being a part of this community. I appreciate your support, and I will endeavor to provide you with value in exchange for it.

To those of you who have crossed paths with me offline – who have shared a meal, a laugh, a cry, or a venting session with me – especially those who know my heartbreaks, my triumphs, my doubts and my hopes – thank you for your companionship, and for taking this crazy ride with me. I am grateful for the times that we have shared, and I look forward to the memories that we will make in the future.

To those of you who were taking this ride with me, but are no longer. There is no bitterness in my heart toward you; some people are only meant to be in our lives for a season, and I am thankful for each person that has shared a season of my life with me. I will remember the good times, and I hope that you will, too. I wish you every happiness. You will always have a place in my heart because my love is forever.

Dear readers, whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish you magnificent decorations, mouthwatering food, and heartwarming moments with those you hold most dear. And whether it’s a card, an email, a gift, or a text, make sure that the people you cherish know it. There is no greater gift you can give another person than to let them know that your life is better because they are in it.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

All my best,


Amanda RoweComment