April is National Card & Letter Writing Month. Which for us stationery and card nerds is a Pretty. Big. Deal. all on its own. But throw in a pandemic like the Coronavirus / COVID-19 & suddenly writing letters seems to be even more meaningful & significant as we strive to maintain human connection & community, while we’re at home (in isolation or quarantine). It’s Never Been a Better Time to Send a Letter.
The power letters have to connect us to one another is pretty incredible. There is truly NOTHING that can compare to sending tangible, physical mementos that can be cherished by the recipient. Handwritten letters can be preserved, re-read and appreciated over & over again. If you want to keep connected with your family & friends, what better way than sending snail mail?
Which brings me to National Card & Letter Writing Month. For the past four years, I’ve held a #SendCardsSpreadLove Challenge during the month of April, but late last year I knew I needed a break, as I didn’t have the dedicated mental or physical energy for one in 2020.
In light of all that’s going on, instead of an official challenge, I’ll be sending a couple cards a week & asking you to join me. I’ve also linked past challenge resources, tutorials, blog posts, etc., below.
Please share your cards on Instagram & make sure to use the hashtag #sendcardsspreadlove & tag me @prettybypost so I can cheer you on. Not on the ‘gram? Join us in the Facebook group, where we hold monthly card-sending challenges (with prizes!).
If you’re feeling alone, scared, anxious, overwhelmed or stressed then send an email to info [at] prettybypost [.com] & I’ll send you some love & if you don’t mind, I’ll share your address in our Facebook group so others can support you too. [Just let me know if you don’t want me to share your address & I won’t]
And if you’re feeling bored or frustrated or unsure of what you can do, check in on someone. You don’t have to send a card. Text or call or Facetime someone. It really does help lift your mood or give you a sense of purpose when you focus on others.
There are so many fabulous benefits to writing & receiving letters/cards like:
- Increase your creativity
- Deepen/enhance relationships
- Create lasting memories
- Increase your mindfulness
- Inspire others to write their own letters
Now more than ever is the time for human connection. LOVE with all your heart. Make sure to tell your people how much they mean to you.
Also, a big shoutout of gratitude + appreciation to all the mail carriers & delivery people!
Here’s to sending cards & spreading love.
Letter Writing Inspiration
- Alexandra Franzen’s post on the urgency of letting someone you know how much they mean to you AND the power of a letter to change a life.
- Naomi Hattaway’s post sharing how empathy muscles are strengthened through letter writing
- Skylar Liberty Rose’s beautiful memories & milestones ritual
- Josh Solar on leaving words of positivity & encouragement for strangers
- Amanda Sue Howell’s hand lettering envelopes tutorial
- Brynn Fowler’s wax seal tutorials
- Hand lettering tips+ free resources from Meenah Samuel
- Five Easy & Fun DIY Envelopes from Nancy Gaines
Past challenge recaps (with links to every single guest post):
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