When I returned to Providence after celebrating Christmas with my family in Maine, I was surprised and delighted to find a handful of handwritten notes in my mailbox. The notes were totally unexpected and beautiful. The heartfelt words penned inside each greeting card filled me with gratitude and happy tears. The words gave me exactly the boost of encouragement I needed to step into the New Year with confidence.
There is something powerful about receiving (and taking the time to write) a good ole' fashioned note. Handwritten notes make us feel more connected to one another. Happier. Extremely loved. Receiving those notes reminded me of the profound impact such a simple gesture can have and inspired me to pull out some of my own note cards and start writing. It saddens me to think that as technology takes us to new heights, fewer and fewer of us take the time to put pen to paper and tell each other how much we care.
In honor of Universal Letter Writing Week, January 8 - 14, I encourage you to join me in signing-up for Alexandra Franzen's letter writing movement: send 7 letters in 7 days. You can get all the details about her free course here: http://bit.ly/letter-writing-week-2015. Alex will deliver a daily letter writing prompt directly to your inbox from January 8 - 14. All you need is a pen, some paper (I prefer the pretty kind --- maybe you'll consider these), 7 envelopes, and enough postage to get you through.
For those of you who don't already follow Alexandra's work, be sure to check out her beautifully designed site: www.alexandrafranzen.com. Simply put, she is brilliant. I devour everything she writes.
So here is to celebrating the art of handwritten notes. May you take pleasure in the words you write and cherish the words you receive.
Cheers & happy letter writing, P