When Care (Care’s Online Book Club) told me about her goal of writing a letter a day this year, I knew it was something I really wanted to do, too.
But an entire year of writing a letter a day? A year was just way too overwhelming. It was okay that I didn’t actually know 365 people to write to – Care assured me I didn’t need to write to a different person each time, I could write letters to the same recipients.
But what a commitment! A letter every single day.
I love digging into a project, like the Creative Every Day project, but I knew adding writing a letter a day this year to my list of intentions was just setting myself up for failure.
Me? I had to think about it a little. It was only for a month. I could handle a month, right? Not only that, it happens to be the shortest month of the year (even with this being a leap year).
When I was little, I wrote to penpals across the world. Last year, when we finally went through the accumulation of a decade of junk in preparation for our big move, I came across a box of letters I’d received from penpals when I was a kid. I’d kept every single one.
Looking through this box, I remembered how much fun it was to sit down with a decorated sheet of paper, and write about what was happening in my life. The delight of finding an interesting stamp to use. The thrill of writing down the address on the envelope and picturing my little missive winging its way across the continents.
I miss that.
Don’t get me wrong – I love emails. I write long chatty, emails to friends every day. I receive long, chatty emails back. Long, chatty emails are a much loved part of my daily routine.
But there’s something about putting pen to paper that is really just so delightful.
So I’m up for this challenge of writing a letter a day for a month. Care tells me, after a month of letter writing for her, it’s been a real life changer.
And finally! A reason for all the pretty note paper I can’t resist buying! (Not to mention, justification for buying more …)
Would you like to receive a hand-written letter from me this month? Email me your snail mail address and I’ll add you to my correspondence list!