I believe in the art of the handwritten note. I believe in the feeling you get when you open the mailbox and see familiar handwriting. I believe in Thank You notes. I believe in mail & written letters in general because it’s such a lovely, tactile way to express yourself and love others. And if it’s pretty, it makes meaningful art, especially if no one else knows there’s a message inside as it hangs on the wall.
I don’t really abide by New Year’s Resolutions, but by the fall of last year, I realized how far I’ve drifted from doing something I really love doing. How does that happen? 2013 was an awful year for letter-writing for me, and I’d like 2014 to be different.
So, that being said, I also fully believe in investing in pretty stationery and planners. If you find stationery that represents you, and you’re excited to send it, it’ll happen. Too often I make myself feel guilty if I don’t make my cards–I have everything I’d need to do this, but because life happens, they don’t get made, & then they don’t get sent. I’ve decided to get over that this year, and do both: make some when the mood strikes, and splurge a little on my favorite stationers now and then. (Hellooo, Rifle Paper Co.!) It feels good to give myself a break!
My first step in being more mindful a la snail mail:
An Address Book. I bought this one from Target today–$4.95. I was a bit bummed they didn’t have something larger (it’s 3×4″), especially for the price, but I have been so ready to weed through my old book, which I’ve had for 10+ years, so it’ll do.
My favorite thing to do: Clip handwritten return addresses from envelopes. I’ve been doing this forever, and I think I always will. It’s quick, easy, and I love seeing others’ handwriting. Or cool address stamps. (Hey, if you’re going to invest in one, I respect dat–and if you’ve sent me one, it’s most likely in my book. So money well spent. :) I went through our Christmas card envelopes this year and compared addresses for any new ones.
Another step to me being more mindful…. Remembering birthdays. I actually always remember…but late. My nieces will tell you this… I’ve been an Aunt for almost 18 years now, and I’m still typically late with their cards and gifts. Urgh. So today, I also picked up a new planner for the year, and I did this on each month’s NOTES tab:
If it’s on paper, I’ll remember it. I’ve tried using my phone, but as smart as it is, it just doesn’t help me as much as physically writing it does. Weird? Anyway, I’m hoping now that I’ve gone through each month, birthdays will be more at the forefront of my mind.
Did anyone else grumble about the rising price of stamps recently? I did when I heard it on the news the other night… but then I thought, you know… the digital world is convenient and awesome and tidy and neat, but the scribbled, creased, new-paper scent of the tangible world is worth continuing for all time. So I’ll be buying those stamps until they are crazy expensive and I literally can’t anymore. Along with forever stamps, of course. :)
A great read for your little ones, to encourage them to send notes…
I’m sure there are more books out there on the subject for kids; if you know of any, please let me know. A lil saying I tell Livvy: “If you want mail, you have to send it…” So here’s to Happy Writing, Sending, and Receiving this year!