Monday, December 2, 2013

5 Favorite Forms of Communication : guest post by Britt :

Hey Lena B, Actually readers! I am honored to be here. Lena is one of my favorite bloggers. She's got a sassy fashion sense, which I love & she's just so sweet.

My name is Brittany but you can call me Britt. I blog over at Sunny Tales & Happy Mail! You'll  find me posting about fashion, beauty, faith & how I spend time with family & friends. Not to mention, my love for snail mail, chocolate chip fraps from starbucks and British shows (downton abby, anyone?!) There are also sometimes my deep thoughts about life in general with splashes of recipes or reviews.  I love meeting new people, so feel free to stop by and say hello!


Let's chat shall we!? I want to share with you my Five Favorite Forms of Communication. This sort of makes sense to me as I was at first a journalism major in college, then switched to media analysis & criticism, then finally to liberal studies[which btw i am not done with school nor am i currently in school]. All of these majors i've had fall into the communications department. Plus, one of my fave classes in community college was public speaking! Since good communication is one foundational way relationships of any kind thrive & i totally love talking [and have learned to be a better listener], i wanted to dig a little deeper into these forms as to why they are my favorites. What can i say, I am a chatty cathy! lol.

#1
face to face: There's nothing like seeing someone face to face. You get to be close to them (and this can mean in a non-romantic way too!) You can read their body language and facial expressions and get the whole "spending time with someone experience" at its best! It's so fun to sit and have coffee with a friend, or go shopping with your mom or girlfriends. You're in the now, laughing, sharing a meal perhaps and making memories together.

2 John 1:12 "Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete."

I am not saying i don't like writing, because OH I DO as you will see below! ;) but nothing really beats time spent together in the same space.

#2
text messaging:it's short and simple yet effective {sounds like a amy farrah fowler-ism?}
One of my pet peeves is when someone replies with a yes or no answer! I don't know about you, but i have limited text, so when someone does this, it makes me waste a text. However, i do like texting when i have quick question or a small matter that can be resolved through a few texts back and forth. I also really like it when i have a text waiting for me early in the morning or it's after 8pm and someone has texted me. It's really a great surprise! I know, I am nerdy!

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#3
snail mail: "Wait a minute Mr. Postman! Is there a letter in the mail for me." personally, i absolutely LOVE writing handwritten letters or notes just as much as I LOVE receiving handwritten letters and notes in the mail. Letter writing is an art form and there are so many ways to be creative when writing, even to how you address the envelope! You don't even need fancy stationary, just  simple pieces of paper and a pen can do the trick! of course, i like to embellish my letters a bit with using different colored pen markers to decorate the envelope and i always seal my notes with stickers or washi tape !!

It ALWAYS makes my day when i get a letter or note in the mail. it's always a surprise because you never know exactly when that letter will arrive, even if the sender tells you, "oh i mailed you a letter today" or "keep an eye out for the mail." Even though i enjoy surprises, it makes me happy to surprise others too. Snail mail has that personal touch that other forms of communication don't quite have. Writing a handwritten note takes time and thought, which means alot.

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#4
 phone calls: This way obviously has something that email and texting don't have and that is the gift of sound. Hearing someone's voice can bring comfort and familiarity being they are in a good mood! Some days, i really don't feel like talking on the phone, AT ALL! but then some days, I feel like talking and think, "ok, who can i call?" lol and then i end up talking on the phone with a friend for 20 mins to an hour sometimes, just depends, but it's fun. I have a good friend that doesn't like talking on the phone whatsoever, he simply likes texting or face to face communication, whereas my brother doesn't text or really email. It all comes down to what works best for each of us as we all have different preferences.

#5
email: I do use email daily as a way to connect with others, especially those who are long distance and my blog friends!! I am so thankful for the internet because Hello, we are bloggers and this is our medium!, but also i can keep in touch with the outside world. Emails are sort of like letters, except they have the obvious advantage of being sent and received instantly, which can be a great thing! I like email because of this benefit and it does make me smile when i have messages waiting for me when i turn on my laptop, to be read and replied to.

what are your favorite ways to communicate with people? Do you prefer one or the other?

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I feel like I haven't written a real letter in forever! Texting is so easy, but so impersonal. Thanks for the great guest post Britt!  Love ya!

As much as I love blogging, with everything going on in or lives right now (see THIS post), I just do not have the time to invest in Lena B as much as I want to.  I enjoy this space so much, and I have so much respect for my readers & friends that it wouldn't feel right to completely ignore the blog right now... I will be posting as much as I can, but when I can't I have some awesome bloggers lined up to bring you some fabulous posts!  Please be nice to this rockin' ladies.  I apprecite them so much!


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9 comments

  1. Snail mail is my favorite, it's the surprise factor coupled with the thoughtfulness. Double favorite. :o)
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  2. P.s. Lena, you're so rad. Sending lots of love this week! You made my guest post look so purdy. I do enjoy texting though. I get surprised with texts too lol.

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  3. Snail mail is a missed art form! I remember when I was a kid and I had penpals. It was always so exciting to get their letters :) Btw...i just love your gorgeous blue and white dress your wearing xx

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    1. i totally agree laura lee! Snail mail is an art form. hahah me too! in my jr. yr of high school, my English class was paired up with a 3rd class at the nearby elementary school and the girl i was paired with to be penpals, well, we still know each other! I met her when she was 9 and now she is 22! and thank you for the compliment :) xo do you still have pen pals?

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  4. I love all these. I love email, snail mail, chatting online, talking by phone and texting. It's all fun and you never know how it will go.

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