The act of selecting a greeting card can be a very personal one. People may look for meaning in message, a design that speaks to them, or a certain quality that is matched with the cards’ intended recipient. The ultimate goal however is to bring happiness to someone’s day, and to bring a smile to their face.
This was certainly my motivation, when after a long illness, I developed Messagemark, a range of earth and people friendly greeting cards and stationary, using 100% recycled materials, designed to spread love and joy to others.
At the age of 30 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. During my illness I quickly realised that small acts of kindness can make a big difference. As I went through the different stages of my Cancer treatment, I made thank you cards to give to everyone that helped me along the way - doctors, nurses, specialists, volunteers, family, friends etc. It was my way of showing my appreciation and to say thank you for the support they gave me.
I soon saw the impact that a small gesture like this made to a person’s day. It encouraged them and simply made them feel appreciated, and in turn, this also made me feel good inside too.
Six months later when my treatment was complete, I ventured back to work. But within a few weeks I suddenly felt that what I was doing in my day-to-day job was really meaningless. Being so ill also heightened my awareness to the health of the planet, and just how fragile our precious environment is. I just knew I had to make some significant changes in my life, and that it was time to fulfill some of my personal life goals.So I made the courageous move, quit my job, and started my new profession of ‘making people and the planet smile’ with Messagemark, and I haven’t looked back. Messagemark has changed my life, and I am very proud of our small contribution to making the world a better place. I truly hope our beautiful products make you smile too.