When was the last time you sent a hand-written note?
Sending more snail mail is one of my goals for the year. When most of the mail we receive these days is junk or bills, getting something special in the mail is so fun… who doesn’t love getting a hand-written note!? Letter writing is almost a lost art – it’s so much more special and personal than getting an email or a text message. And for me, nothing is more relaxing than pulling out some of my favorite paper and stationery, sitting down, and writing out a thoughtful note or two. Saying “thank you” is good for the soul, and writing thank you notes becomes a little ritual! I’ll put on some happy music, pour myself a coffee, (or a glass of wine), take out my pretty papers, and get writing!
Today (in collaboration with the The Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds® campaign), I’m sharing a few of my “rules” for snail mail!
Thank you notes can be for little things too! Grand gestures and gifts are nice of course, but the smaller things need to be celebrated, too! Sometimes it’s just nice to send a little note to tell someone thank you for lunch, for being a good friend, that compliment they paid you, or for being a good listener. Even when there’s no specific occasion it’s fun to send a simple notecard that says “You’re the best!”
Keep pretty notecards on hand for whatever occasion arises. I used to keep wedding cards on hand, now it’s babies! I also buy birthday cards in bulk so that I’m always prepared!
Make it Personal! Someone once told me this made me a narcissist (HA) but personalized stationery is so special and fun. My personal go-to right now are these gold pressed notecards. They’re ultra thick, + the gold is so pretty and shiny.
Don’t worry about making it perfect. One of the reasons a hand written note or letter is so special is that it’s hand written. It doesn’t need to be perfect! The things we see as flaws (messy writing, crossed out words) add character. While I was home for the holidays, we spent a lot of time going through old letters (my mom saves everything!) and the most charming ones were the ones that were a little bit imperfect.
Be timely. If it’s a thank you note, I always aim to send it within 24-48 hours.
photography by Trent Bailey // Created in partnership with The Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds® campaign – thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog running!