Back to last year's challenge, How did your 366 letters in a year go? What did you learn? What was hard? What did you love?
When I think about it, I’m so proud of my #yearofsnailmail. As my Instagram handle describes, I am devoted. I did a quiz in Oprah Magazine years ago that had me ask 7 friends to list 7 adjectives that describe me and they all separately came back with the word devoted. They also all had the word committed. So the devotion and the commitment to the project were easy for me because they are innately me. The planning and organization of writing, photographing each one and, numbering for the first 6 months was great. Towards the end it got a little tedious. Logging each letter in my Letter Ledger was also hard for me. I wanted and needed a record of what was in each letter so as not to repeat myself in a future letter but it got to be too arduous because of the volume of letters I was writing.
It was hard to say no to strangers who asked me to write to them. What did I love? I guess the challenge itself of the coordination it took to pull it off. The deadlines of having cards ready for holidays and birthdays. The constant card shopping – which I do for Mail More Love anyway. But mainly the card whispering. My favorite activity in the world is to sit at my desk and look through my stash of stationery. I keep it separated into sections – thank you, birthday, baby, love; but the biggest section is general. I love to sit and leaf through all the cards and pull ones out that I know need to be sent. This challenge allowed me to truly indulge that passion.
How many letters did you actually end up writing?
891 that I logged in my Letter Ledger!!!! But I wrote lots of casual notes too that I didn’t log. I write a note to all the members of the NYC Letter Writers Society after each meeting so that helped drive up that number.
When I got to November and saw how far I was, I really wanted to hit 1,000 letters but life, my job, Mail More Love got in the way. Not forcing myself to get to 1,000 for me was a good thing : )