If you've been visiting for awhile, you may have gathered that I l o v e writing letters. Sending and receiving mail is such a fun & beautiful way to connect with friends, family, or even people you haven't met. A couple years ago I started sending thank you cards to lovely people who have said kind words about my music. To my surprise, many started asking if they could send me mail too! My love for writing & storytelling only grew as I started exchanging mail with wonderful & inspiring people I have yet to meet face to face. A kindred spirit, Lauren of Chic Éthique, and I met through social media last year and have loved exchanging mail since. Her blog is filled with beautiful photos and the best recommendations for just about anything you can think of! She is so lovely & inspiring, I know you will adore her as much as I do! Because we both share a love for writing letters, we thought it would be fun to share our favorite stationery with you.
For as long as I can remember, my friends and I have always exchanged letters, even when we saw each other in person on a regular basis. At school we'd leave envelopes in each other's lockers filled with memories, secrets, and jokes that only we could ever understand. We passed notes in class and made birthday cards celebrating every adventure we had that year. Most of my teenage years are documented in written words exchanged between those who experienced them alongside me...I wouldn't have it any other way. Among the letters I've kept in a box of favorite memories, there is one in particular I know I will cherish forever...
Upon high school graduation, an unexpected letter arrived...one written in handwriting that looked vaguely familiar. As I read: "Dear Hayley, How are you? I have about a million questions to ask..." I immediately flashed back to my first day of high school. I remembered sitting on the gym floor surrounded by classmates I barely knew the names of, waiting to be given a blank piece of paper, and pondering what I wanted to say in a letter to my future-self. Four years later, I had this letter in my hands, made up of words laced with innocence, hope, and excitement.
I'm so thankful I wrote that letter, that I have a souvenir from a precious moment in time. That's what letters are don't you think? Souvenirs commemorating moments you felt one way or another. I've adopted the habit of writing a letter every time I have a story to tell someone, a thought to share, or words I wish I had the courage to say out loud to them. In fact, I've written quite a few letters I've never sent. Sometimes it's enough to just to write a letter and pretend it was delivered to the mailbox of the person you wrote it to.
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