I can’t believe it’s already time for June’s recap, where did this month go?! For those of you who joined me in hand-writing notes/letters to people throughout the month of June, how did it go? Was it easier or harder than you thought it’d be? Does it encourage you to keep the snail-mail going? For those of you who started a Twelve Months of Bliss journal, how would you now answer the questions?(Look back over the key words of encouragement you used in each of the letters… are these words you need to be speaking to people more often? Are these words you might like to hear from someone about yourself?)
It’s been exactly five years since the first time I took part in the Happiness Stamped challenge and it’s crazy how many things can change in that short amount of time. Not only am I in a completely different chapter these days, but so are my friends and family and others around me. If one thing remains true it’s that when it rains it pours and I quickly realized that Happiness Stamped could not have come at a better time. Would you believe me if I told you that in the first few days this month’s challenge, two of my friends were faced with the fact that their marriages were over? Would you believe me if I told you that in the first full week of this month’s challenge, another friend of mine received a devastating and life-changing diagnosis from her child’s doctor? And then exactly three days later, yet another friend received life-changing news from her child’s doctor as well. By week four of this month, two more friends of mine were going through hard, hard times… so. many. breaking. hearts.
There simply wasn’t enough stationary in all of the aisles of Target.
There really is something special about mailing someone a note or letter, isn’t there? I’ve found that when you take the time to hand write something to someone, you tend to think more about what you might say, or the words you might use. Sure, you can scribble something out if you change your mind but it’s not like typing an email or text where the delete or backspace button is all too handy. Intentional writing is incredibly powerful, to both the writer and to the reader.
Sometimes the words come easily, but other times words can be so hard to write. Writing notes to certain people might feel really uncomfortable and it can feel like your heart is being scribbled onto the pages. Writing words to be shared with another person can leave you feeling vulnerable, even when you know you’re sharing things that need to be shared. Writing notes to someone who is in the midst of a trial can feel scary. We may not always know what to say but I think that, especially in hard times, sometimes simply receiving something other than bills in the mail is enough to bring comfort on a rough day. Plus, it feels really good to know that someone was thinking about you.
Sending snail-mail to someone is not always such a heavy thing; obviously it can be light and fun as well. How about those notes you send to your bff – the ones where there seems to be more arrows and directions than letters because you keep running out of room. If only you had just started at the top half or left-hand side of the card! Most of my friends and family now know to open all of the cards they get from me with extreme caution… because there is usually confetti just waiting to pop out and go all over the floor 😉
June’s challenge is one of my favorites of the 12 month project and maybe now you all know why – snail-mail is powerful! If you’re coming into this challenge late, remember that there is still a week left so turn off your computer and get out your paper and pen 🙂 Happy writing!
Now it’s your time to share your feedback from this month’s challenge. Link up your thoughts below & don’t forget to check back in a few days for next month’s challenge!
(You can find other Twelve Months of Bliss buttons here.)