The Hope House Press studio has created what we believe to be a hitherto unknown word - "orderful". It is a word to describe a day, week or period of time where lots of lovely orders are coming in for production and processing. It's our take on a combination of orders, wonderful and being full. I love how it looks written down. I love to say the word. It feels very onomatopoeic.
Even better than than all of those things, it's a great word to use to avoid our saying that we've had a "busy" week. Why? Because we're all about the avoidance of 'busy'. Busy is a word that makes me think of doing activities for the sake of doing them. Here at Hope House Press, we want to have less activities and 'to do' items. We want to spend time really dedicating ourselves to the things that we want and need to do. We want to apply ourselves with our whole selves to them - to lining up tissue paper as we package your notebooks, so that end up drawing breath as you open the box, ready to use it.
The other wonderful thing about the word 'orderful' is that I've written it down several times this week, to really reflect on it. It's also a great segue to introduce our commitment to #NationalStationeryWeek which takes place at the end of April.
"According to YouGov research commissioned by National Stationery Week, 92% of adults think that writing by hand is important and 97% think it is important for children to be taught to write."
We can't imagine a world in which writing by hand would not be important, or one where children were not taught how to write using their hands and pens and paper. The world of technology is great and I believe coding will become as important a life skill as being able to write with a pen and paper eventually. The two are not mutually exclusive skills though and both have equally important roles to play in our personal development.
Writing has played a central role in my life, since being a small child. I have written poems, prayers, stories and as a teenager, written more diaries and journal entries than I can remember. At different points in my life, I've even taken those diaries and ceremonially burnt them! Nonetheless, at the point of writing, they've given me the space to process, consider, reflect and ponder on all sorts of life stuff. They've given me space - something that's hard to find in this world of constant notifications on our phones.
Even when at University, I hand wrote all of my essays and even my dissertation in sections before typing it up on a word processor. The words just made more sense that way - handwriting on paper helped the words flow and come together. Writing matters for children and adults. Writing matters for everyone. Writing matters because it brings opportunities, creativity and emotions together in a way that nothing else does. We can write in capitals, print or cursive strokes. We can use shapes, symbols and a mixture of them all, to bring our writing to life. Writing matters for me, for you, for everyone.
When has writing made a difference in your life? When has it influenced, challenged or inspired you? Tell us about it in the comments below.....
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