One of my unspoken and unwritten New Years resolutions for 2012 was to send more handwritten cards and letters. Like most overly ambitious resolution-makers, I was really into this idea in the month of January, and had pretty much forgotten about it by Valentine’s Day.
Some people are really good at sending snail mail, like my friend Christine. That girl has sent me mail from France, Australia, Southeast Asia, and most recently, New York City. I have kept all of her notes and postcards, which seem slightly more worthy to be cherished than e-mails.
When Brett’s father passed away, I was blown away by the number of cards we received. Real cards, filled with kind words, piled up in our mailbox for two weeks straight. We were overwhelmed with love, and yet I simultaneously felt a twinge of that all too familiar feeling: guilt. When was the last time I sent a card to someone? When was the last time I sent a birthday card, or a sympathy card, or an anniversary card, or a get well card? There are people in my life, close to my heart, who are celebrating birthdays and grieving losses and buying new houses and fighting health battles on a regular basis.
I always have excuses when it comes to snail mail. Stamps and stationary are expensive! E-mail is easy and free! But, I think we all know that the small amount of time and money that snail mail requires is most certainly worth it, especially when taking into consideration the joy of the recipient.
With that, I invite you to join me in a 30-day snail mail challenge.
It’s simple: let’s send one piece of snail mail every day for 30 days. Let’s send birthday cards and get well cards and thanks-for-being-a-good-friend cards. Let’s practice our penmanship and send kind words to our loved ones, bringing joy to mailboxes that are probably full of catalogs and spam. Let’s mail cards and letters and pictures and gifts and vow to spend just five minutes, every day for 30 days, thinking of someone else.
Who’s with me?
To kick start your snail mail journey, the beautiful ladies of Hi, Friend Design have offered to give one lucky reader two gorgeous stationary sets: one custom bicycle greetings set, and one hello dear set. I have the message in a bottle set (pictured above) and LOVE it.
I’ll pick a winner next Friday. Good luck!