July has come and gone. I wrote out a list, checked it twice, and scripted 31+ letters for some people who are most important to me. It only takes about ten minutes to pen out a thank you, an ‘I miss you’, or an ‘I appreciate you’ sentiment; I did all three of those and more, and the experience could not have been more rewarding for my heart and soul.
Before I go into more mushy, gushy details, here are the final three letters of my #amonthofmail project:
Day 29: a letter to my first-grade teacher.
Day 30: a virtual letter to my amazing, and irreplaceable, family.
Day 31: last, but certainly not least- a letter to my mom.
It all started with a little inspiration from a #hashtag on Twitter. I found @miniaturerhino tweeting out the #amonthofmail hashtag and when I asked her about it, she stated it simply: she was writing a piece of mail to a different person for each day of a calendar month. Easy, peasy. I immediately knew that this was something I had to jump into, too. And to let her know I’d followed in her footsteps, of course.
Boy, was she right about that! As each letter I sent was dropped into the mailbox on the corner, I heard back from the recipients in various ways: word-of-mouth, tweet, text message, Facebook post… all heart-warming and rewarding. Here are some of them:
Day 3: a letter to a college roommate.
Day 5: a note to a great friend.
Day 7: a thank-you letter to a friend’s mom.
Day 8: a letter to my ‘big sister.’
Day 10: to an amazing best friend.
Day 22: to my redheaded best friend.
Day 23: letters for @livfierce‘s bundle in honor of her birthday.
Day 24: to an amazing world-shaker I am glad to be connected with.
Day 25: to a friend I’d love to reconnect with.
Day 26: letter to a social media superstar.
Day 27: a letter to the founder of More Love Letters.
Day 30: to my amazing, and irreplaceable, family.
Another rewarding part about this project? Receiving encouragement along the way.
…and last, but not least: inspiring others to start their own #amonthofmail. You can keep up with Lee’s letters by following her on Twitter or Instagram (@leonoradee); follow Molly’s project through her blog posts. More Love Letters is also currently posting a Love Letter A Day on their website.
I finish this project feeling inspired, rewarded, freer, giving, and loved in return. What a great incentive to continue to spread love letters throughout the world! Thank you for following along with this project’s journey.