Does your heart skip a beat when you open your mailbox and find that tucked in among the bills and advertisements you've been gifted a hand-addressed piece of mail? I know mine does, and my stomach does flip-flops like I've just fallen in love.
From a young age I can remember the excitment I had as my mom drove us home from school and what it felt like walking onto our front porch at 610 Sylvania Avenue with backpacks on, reaching up to check the mailbox hoping it would contain something special for me. This snailmail love affair started early, I had penpals when I was in grade school, in fact I still have a few penpals. I have grown to love the process and ritual of writing and recieving letters. Even now as I work from home most days I know the mail carrier's schedule and wait patiently around the time I know they'll wander onto my porch to take the mail I'm sending and leave me hopfully with my own piece of mail that isn't a bill.
As someone who lives alone, on days when it feels like I've been a robot working all day with little to no genuine human interaction, and no physical touch like a hug, high five or someone to hold your hand at the end of a long day, an honest to goodness handwritten letter in my mailbox feels almost as good as a hug. A handwritten piece of mail feels like a physical extension of the person who sent it.
Purely because I know how great getting mail has always felt I've made it one of my missions in life to send out as much "real" mail as I can in hopes that I will brighten someone's day in the way that it brightens mine. In fact, my aim right now is to send at least 30 cards, letters or notes a month.
A bonus is that sending real mail is an act of creation. Crafting a few small sentences on a card to brighten someone else's day is a fun, and often short creative practice. If you want to take it further try writing a 5-page handwritten letter (I've sent those on occasion and let me tell you it's hard to write that much at once but if you receive a 5-page letter you will probably devour it!) I know I've had phenomenal Pen Pals like Wise Woman Stevie Alverson who matches me page for page when she writes me back and I read her letters more intently than I've ever read a novel. I have a special drawer in my house where I keep super special letters that have been sent to me.
Deena Hokins of Hand Made Happy recently connected with me, she has a subscription-based greeting card service. Check her out on Instagram @handmadehappymail or on her website www.handmadehappymail.com. She's a creative herself who knows that we are busy people and it takes time to go to Hallmark or target and look through the cards to find the right birthday, thank you, or just because cards. Deena takes the work out of it by creating beautiful handmade cards that are unique and fun! She sends you 5 handmade cards each month that you can send to friends and family. The service even comes with stamps!! It was delightful to receive a package of these cards yesterday and I can't wait to start sending them out! The picture at the top of the page is of this month's 5 cards.
My suggestion on how you can cultivate your creativity this week is to send someone mail. If you need a hug in your mailbox, if you need a little extra love shining into your life then PM me your name, address, and e-mail and I'll send you a card or letter, maybe even a love letter, no questions asked, a creative random act of kindness from me to you.