So before the Cleveland Marathon, I was doing some online shopping for finish line presents for my best running friends, (BRFs) Anne and Kate. Really, this was no hardship on my part. I love shopping for running-related things and I love shopping for others. I was having the time of my life!
I was debating between a few options, one being these really creative (in my opinion) key chains that I came across on Etsy.
The Etsy Shop is named MetalExpressions and they have a lot of super cute stuff.
I finally made my decision on Sunday...yes, one week before the race. In my defense: I wanted to make sure there wasn't anything else out there that was more perfect for my BRFs. I ordered three (hello, I can't leave myself out) and included a note to the shop that our race was on the 20th and it would be wonderful if I could have the key chains by then. I do realize that the indecision on my part does not constitute an emergency on their part, so if the key chains didn't arrive, I had a backup plan: the three of us already had plans to go out a few days after the race and I'd give it to them then.
Much to my surprise, a package arrived on WEDNESDAY! When I opened all the boxes (yes, they came in cute little gift boxes!), the key chains were even more adorable in person! I was so thrilled!
|I just love them! Kate's includes the date since it's her first half marathon.|
Now, I don't know if MetalExpressions have the key chains pre-made and laying around somewhere or if they had to stamp out all of the customizable washers, but the turn around time was remarkable so I sent them a little note thanking them and got this back a few minutes later:
Hi Jamie,I think I brought a smile to their face. Who doesn't like being recognized for a job well done?
You are so welcome! We're very glad to hear you're pleased with the key chains.
Hope you and your friends have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks so much for taking the time to send us such a nice conversation!
Mary & Sara
Do you go out of your way to recognize or thank people for doing nice (or ordinary) things for you? I try to thank everyone. I like making others feel good. Hopefully they pay it forward.