5 Ways You Can Help #SaveUSPS

Image credit: The Card Bureau

by Kait

Did you receive a postcard from the CDC at the start of the COVID-19 crisis with tips for staying safe during these uncertain times? What about a relief check from the IRS, or a tax refund? You can thank the U.S. Postal Service for delivering those, as well as for picking up the slack from private delivery companies that can’t make the final stretch for other deliveries. Without the USPS, you wouldn’t be able to mail a greeting card for just 55 cents (private carriers charge much more!).  

Bottom line, USPS needs a bailout, but Congress isn’t budging. The good news is that you can help! Check out these simple ways you can make a difference. 

  1. Send cards 
    The majority of mail is sent by businesses. Business correspondence is thought to be down by about 30%, and mail service demand is also down. Stay connected to loved ones with social distancing and send them cards! Don’t know where to buy cards online? Check out the DC Card Collective! Make your friends’ and families’ days and give some much needed business to USPS.

  1. Let the government know 
    You can help by texting USPS to 50409 to let your congressperson know you want them to fund USPS. When action and convenience merge!

  1. Thank your postal person 
    Whether you shout to them from your window as they pass by, or leave a note or card in your mailbox for them, make sure you thank your postal worker.

  1. Buy Stamps online
    As everyone is social distancing, a trip to the post office may not be in your plan. Did you know you can buy stamps online from USPS? By purchasing stamps now, you are helping provide much needed cash flow to the U.S. Postal Service.

  1. Share this information 
    Share these stats and tips with friends and family! Make sure to use #SaveUSPS and #DCCardCollective and visit the DC Card Collective website.

5 Unexpected Positives that came out of Quarantine

Hey! I’m Diana, the founder and artist behind Teluna. I design hand painted textiles and paper goods that are transformed into stationery, art prints, gifts, and home goods. I also work with clients to create custom pieces for their homes, events, and businesses. You can find all of my products at telunalife.com 

When I’m not running Teluna, I love cooking, gardening, and spending time behind the lifestyle and creative business how-to blog, One Broads Journey

I’m thrilled to be a part of DC Card Collective and hope we can help all of you find the perfect card to stay connected. When asked how the quarantine affected my business, I wanted to go a different decoration than the usual negative feelings. So here are my 5 unexpected positives that came out of quarantine.

1. Getting the chance to work with other creatives

Prime example, the DC Card Collective! While we try our hardest to support each other always, it’s easy to be consumed by our own brands. But this quarantine has brought creative business owners together like never before. It’s a very rare time when we can all sympathize with each other because we’re all going through the same thing.

2. Online sales + Peace of mind

I realized during this quarantine how much I relied on my wholesale shops. This has taught me how quickly my income could disappear and to focus more on my different revenue streams and online sales. 

I’ve had to adapt quickly (just like everyone else) choosing to use my custom textiles to create fabric face masks rather than clutches and pillows. I was very fortunate and thrilled to be able to adjust quickly and jump into helping give people a little peace of mind back during a crazy time. In turn, online sales and customer reach have increased greatly in the last couple months.

3. Connecting with loved ones

Whether it’s family, friends, coworkers, or business partners, I’ve loved the way we all realize how deeply we need that human interaction and connection. Typically our days fly by before we even realize it, leaving little personal or quality time. Now we make sure to plan that weekly happy hour Zoom call with friends. It’s been wonderful not only to catch up more often but really focus more on connecting.

4.Self care

It’s easy as a business owner to always put your business and the businesses needs first. It is our baby after all. Often I feel guilty when I take time to do something for myself during the day. Even during my workouts, I’d realize I wasn’t focusing on myself, I was thinking of all the items on my to do list I should be getting done instead of this workout. This time at home has forced me to take a step back and realize in order for me to give my best as a business owner and boss, I have to feel and be my best personally first. Self care has become a primary daily routine in this household.

5.Time to learn

I finally took the online classes I had been wanting to, and have been taking the time to learn new marketing tools and other business tips. I’ve also taken this time to write more, cook lots of new recipes and test out new art techniques. It’s definitely been a great time for learning.

This has been a really difficult time for businesses, our economy, family, friends and strangers alike. It’s important to focus on the positives. We will get through this. 

Best,

Diana

What are some of your positives/silver lining during this quarantine?

5 Things I Am Doing During Isolation

Kait Dunning is the founder and artist behind 12Past7 Designs and works as a marketer and digital illustrator. She specializes in design and content for small businesses, startups, and solopreneurs. Kait creates greeting cards, printed gifts, and custom illustrations of pets and special occasions

She is passionate about people (including the four-legged furry variety) and digital design, firmly believing that when you combine people, art, and technology you can truly create magic. Kait is thrilled to join the DC Card Collective, and to help promote folks staying home and keeping in touch. Here’s what she’s up to during the quarantine.

  1. Connecting with friends and family 

I’m so thankful that I’m still able to stay closely connected with loved ones during these isolating times. I’m certainly on the phone much more than I was before, especially on video calls! However, my favorite way to keep in touch is to write cards!

  1. Creating Zoom backgrounds

Since all of our meetings, gatherings, dates, and hangouts are taking place virtually, why not make them more interesting with virtual backgrounds?!

  1. Becoming a plant mom

I went from having one plant to curating a small jungle in my apartment! This is the perfect time to spend caring for a plant family.

  1. Bingeing older series

I’ve been catching up on all the stories I never got to regularly watch when they were actually on cable. My current obsessions are One Tree Hill and Nip/Tuck.

  1. Organizing

My fiance and I share our spare bedroom as a multipurpose room. Currently, it’s serving as his music recording studio, a work from home office space, product storage, and my design space. I cannot stress how important it is for a multi-hyphenate room to stay organized!

5 Things I Am Doing During Isolation

Hey! My name is Becky Brown, and I am the founder of two greeting card lines that are part of the DC Card Collective.  delicious grEATings™ was my first line, and features my original food photography – and recipes! – from my cooking blog.  The recipes are printed on the back of the card, so these cards are worth hanging on to – and look really nice on a refrigerator as well.  My second line, Federalisms™, was launched just after the 2019 government shutdown.  I created it for federal employees, contractors, and others knee-deep in D.C. office culture (remember offices?).  I have been a downtown D.C. resident and federal government attorney for 17 years (!).  I am still working during this time (from home), but when I am not at my desk, I have a lot going on to keep me busy – I always do! I.  Love.  Projects.

Here are 5 things I am doing during isolation:

  1. First and foremost, lots of walks with my dog, Tazewell. I have heard no complaints from him, or from any other dog for that matter, about hunkering down with their humans.
Tazewell Brown, surveying his kingdom.

He is a true and selfless hero during this difficult time.

  1. Cooking! I am having fun working my way through my farm-share boxes. I love the home delivery, and it’s a great way to support small local businesses as well as our farmers.  You can see my culinary creations (… with plenty of cameos from Tazewell) on my instagram
  1. Supporting local businesses. It has never been more apparent how important small businesses are to our city. I mean, you can’t lament that Cheesecake Factory is coming to 15th Street if you aren’t supporting locals. I sent gift cards from The Cookery to all the ladies in my cooking club, as a little pick-me-up (The Cookery, in Shirlington, was one of the first two stores to carry delicious grEATings). I have been visiting Red Apron Butcher for cheese, rotisserie chicken, chicken salad, and meats (they are individually sealed for easy freezing). I am doing my part and grabbing curbside bagels at Scrappy’s Bagel Bar (weekend pop-up in Estadio), and Call Your Mother (their new Capitol Hill location!). And Piccolina and Centrolina Mercato are simply killing it. I could go on… and maybe I will, in another post!
Everything bagels from Scrappy’s.
  1. Writing thank you notes. I had significant health issues last year, and was overwhelmed by the support I received. And by the number of thank you cards I needed to write! I know that no one “expected” them or sent me a meal or gift to receive one, but thank you cards, when your heart is in them, can be cathartic. They are a part of my healing process, and I know how it makes me feel when I receive a card in the mail… and when it turns out to be thoughtful? All the better.  A shot of endorphins in this time that for some is so isolating.  The thank you notes WILL be completed by the time we are back in action. I have quite a tribe… good thing I have access to quite a few greeting cards! (p.s. If you need bulk thank-you notes for a similar scenario, I’m happy to give discounts so price is the last thing on your mind.)

  2. Moving delicious grEATings and Federalisms forward. This is a tricky one during this time… we have some time on our hands, but the economy is not what it used to be, and we don’t know what lies ahead. Will people still buy like they used to, will there be markets this year, how can I adapt with the changing times? I’m thinking about it, and would love to hear from you if you have any ideas for either of my lines! The DC Card Collective was one of my ideas to think outside the box, and so far, so good!

Stay safe, stay positive, stay connected!

Becky