Remember at the beginning of the year when I decided to set a goal to send 100 pieces of mail? Well, that's pretty much the best goal I've ever set EVER in the history of my life. The simple act of sending a letter has literally changed me into a happier person. So far this year I have sent 60 letters to pen pals in the Philippines, Russia, England, Germany, Indonesia, and fifteen different states.
So let's talk about why this new goal has been the best thing ever.
Pen pals are nice. I mean, like, THE NICEST PEOPLE EVER. With every letter I receive I find myself thinking where have you been all my life?
Every letter is a unique work of art. Even if it's just handwriting on paper, I find them so beautiful, and I love tracing my fingers over the imprint of the pens and feeling close to people who are so far away.
Washi tape is bae. I never knew what I was missing before washi tape was in my life.
Mail days are the best. I have a PO Box, so I usually don't get my mail every day. When I finally make it to the post office and open my box, it's so so SO rewarding to open it up and see a colorful envelope waiting for me. Or, even better, more than one!
Stamps are kinda cool. I never thought twice about stamps before setting this goal. I rarely bought them. (I didn't even know that you needed different postage for overseas letters, or that you can buy stamps that cost less specifically for postcards! I feel much wiser in the ways of postage now.) I am also kinda REALLY excited to see if new designs have come in. It's not a super big deal, but I do like using the different designs to add to the aesthetic of the envelope!
Stationary is fun to buy. I worked at a Hallmark store for a whole three years back in the day, so I am no stranger to pretty cards and stationary. And while Hallmark boasts some cool cards that are also made in the USA (woot!), I have been having a lot of fun adding to my collection with artists prints I find locally and online.
A while back I received a pretty letter from my pen pal, Laura, and she said she had found her lovely stationary at a thrift store! Um, why didn't I think of this before? So then next time I was at my local thrift shop I scored some really awesome vintage cards - they were dirt cheap (like ten cents), and there was a ton of variety to choose from! (Thanks for the tip!)
Sending a letter costs, like, nothing. Ok, it costs as much as a stamp or two. And a few cents for the paper. And the stickers on the envelope. Almost nothing.
Letters make people happy. Getting a letter in the mail can actually make my day. People are sweet and thoughtful, and it touches my heart how people I've never met before have already become dear friends. When I get a letter and open it right away before work, I'll spend the whole day thinking of what I'm going to send back. Sometimes I'll get the mail and wait to open the letters until the evening so I have something to look forward to after a long day. Either way, my day is most definitely improved.
Those are just a few of the reasons why this goal has been the best ever. There are more, and I'm sure I'll touch on them in the future. For now, maybe you are inspired to write a letter to someone you know and love...or someone you don't know yet! If you are looking to get in on the fun I'm having, here's a link to my address. Let's be friends!