When I first started a project of sending 500 letters this year, I had zero expectations. I really liked sending out cards the previous year when I had done it and I just wanted to do more. I didn't know at the beginning of the year that I would grow to absolutely love not only writing letters, but finding cute stationary and meeting card makers from all around the world.
In this world of social media, I think that there's something to be said about hand-written correspondence. Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing social media by any means (I live a large part of my life online), but there's something that can't beat a piece of paper with someone's handwriting on it, a piece of paper that someone devoted at least a few minutes of their time to send to you.
People's generosity throughout this whole project has been absolutely mind-blowing to me. Card makers from all around have just donated their products. Sometimes they would send me one card to use, sometimes, companies would send me full boxes of goodies (here's looking at you, Design Design).
I've not only been able to interact with artists, but I've been able to use and support their products and that just makes me the happiest person in the world.
I've also been able to work with Kit & Ace and host an event in which we created our own cards and had a letter-writing party on a Sunday morning (complete with mimosas).
So much can be accomplished once we start to lift each other up.
The most gratifying part of this project has been meeting all of my lovely pens pals. A small portion of my pen pals were old friends that I wanted to reconnect with, but the majority of my letters were sent to people I have never even met.
These people have been so genuine and beautiful in every way. I have made some true friendships all just through written correspondence. People have opened up their lives and their stories to me and that makes my heart fuller than anything else possibly could.
I hope to meet all of you one day in person and give you the biggest hugs, but I'm so excited for what another half of a year (and hopefully more) has in store for us.
If you're thinking about writing a friend, do it. Do it now. You don't have to write 500 letters, you don't even have to write ten. But sending one letter and getting one letter back in the mail weeks later is the most heart-warming feeling.
If you're a card maker and want to donate cards or if you want to be pen pals, send me an email at email@example.com.