I hear it all the time. People talking about how snail mail is a thing of the past. How they don’t send letters anymore. How they don’t even check their mail because they pay all of their bills online and don’t receive anything worth looking at in their mailbox.Read More
When I started the Love Notes Postcard Project I had no idea if anyone would be interested in participating. Would strangers really be open to sending snail mail to another? Is it something they would actually want to do?
The project was living and breathing in my heart for awhile. I was craving connection with others. I wanted a way to reach out. I thought if this was something I desired there had to be others out there like me who were looking for this as well.
And so I took a leap. I put the call out there unsure of what the response would be. Luckily I was pleasantly surprised. Individuals were not only interested in sending snail mail, but they were excited about it. They put there hearts into and showed up with so much compassion and kindness. I was blown away!
In dreaming and scheming up this idea one thing I wanted to ensure was that it was easy and simple for anyone to participate. That is how I choose postcards as the format. There is already artwork on it and the writing space is small which makes it less intimidating. The project last for three weeks and individuals are paired up with one another. I provide a writing prompt each Sunday so there is no fear about what to say. Three weeks + three postcards = an opportunity to connect with a stranger through the written word.
I am currently hosting the Love Notes Postcard Project for the twenty-fifth time since it’s inception. The magic of the internet has helped spread the word and individuals from all over the world are participating. Not only do they open up their hearts to their partner but they cheer others on in the Facebook Group.
What started as a small idea flourished into a loving community.
I am so grateful for every individual who has shown up and participated. This project would not be possible without these individuals willing to take a chance and write out a postcard. The community that has formed is filled with the most loving and kind individuals it makes my heart smile wide.
My mailbox is also a lot happier. No longer is it just filled with bills and junk but rays of sunshine appear in the form of handwritten notes just for me. It makes going to the mailbox exciting again.
What also always blows me away is how unique and amazing everyone is who participates. There are people from all walks of life shining there light in this world in such different and incredible ways. Below are some of the websites from some of the people participating this round. Check them out and see what beauty is being shared in this world.
The current round I am hosting is the last one for 2018 but another one will open up in January. I hope that you will join us. One postcard may seem like such a small thing, but it truly carries with it an incredible impact. Words have power.
Is there something that has been living and breathing deep in your heart? Something you are craving but can’t find anywhere? If so, create it. Make it happen. I couldn’t find anything like Love Notes before I started it. But just because it didn’t exist that didn’t mean people didn’t want to do something like that. You have to put it out into the world. You have to take a risk. Chances are if you are craving it others are as well. I encourage you to make it happen!
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If you ever come looking for me you will most likely find me outside. Breathing in the fresh air, soaking in the sunshine, and connecting with nature. This is what grounds me and brings me joy.
Recently I had the opportunity to connect with two dear locals girls to chat about Love Notes as we explored a part of the Appalachian Trail together. Kristen and Marybeth are the founders of 7th Heaven Hikes. They believe that life is supposed to be a joyful experience for everyone. They have a deep appreciation for nature and connecting with individuals. They have just began their business venture together even though it has been long in the works before they even realized it. They are a magical duo and refer to themselves as the Wonder Twins.
Kristen and I met at Yoga Teacher Training. Her spirt and spark lit up the room. I admire her courage, the way she takes on challenges even when she is uncomfortable, and her deep spirited nature. She is also a Jikeden Reiki Practitioner. I have gone to her for Reiki treatments and always left feeling lighter and more energized.
The work that Kristen and Marybeth are doing is so needed in today's world. It is all about getting outside, connecting with nature, feeling the warm sunshine on your skin, breathing in the fresh air, and connecting with individuals. It is about stepping away from technology and stepping into this beautiful world that mother nature created. As we hiked we saw many hearts which confirmed that it was a true Love Notes walk.
What I love most about 7th Heaven Hikes is the in person connection with community. This has been a focus for me. I am most comfortable connecting with others through the written word. Through writing I can cut right to the heart of the matter and do not have to worry about small talk. As an introvert in person gatherings can take a toll on me. I want to jump into the juicy stuff but struggle to know how to get there. So I go where I am comfortable and listen rather than speak.
But I am craving sitting across from you. Looking into your eyes as we share our stories. Reaching out and holding your hand. Getting to know your mannerisms and being able to hear the sound of your voice. Connecting in person allows us to go in deeper. To really see one another.
I have connected through the written word with so many amazing individuals in the Love Notes community. It is filled with wide open hearts and I am always left in amazement for how giving, compassionate, and empathetic they are with one another. I dream of gathering together. Sitting around a giant campfire, telling stories, sharing our hearts, and simply just being together. Oh the magic that would unfold if we were all in one place!
Let's Get Together
Until I can iron out the details for a larger gathering I would love the opportunity to meet up with local Love Noters.
I am based out of Mahwah NJ and will be doing something in the Bergen County area on the afternoon of August 5th. If you are around I would to meet you.
We can do so much more when we come together than we ever can alone. And when we join together in person we are that much stronger. I look forward to seeing you!
Have any questions feel free to drop me a note: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Love Notes Postcard Project is a divine adventure of snail mail magic. It is a three week project where individuals are paired up with one another to send one postcard a week based off of the weekly writing prompt.
The individuals who participate are overflowing with kindness and love. This project would not be possible without their wide open hearts and willingness to reach out to a stranger. I am beyond grateful for each of them.
What is amazing to me is that the people who are a part of Love Notes are so different yet at the same time very similar because they all understand the human condition of wanting to connect with others. Below are just some of the incredible individuals and where you can find them on the world wide web.
I invite you to grab a cup of tea and visit their virtual porches. Stop by to say hello and let them that you were there.
Life & Living
- Sarah on Purpose
- Shannan Enjoys Life!
- Pics and Posts
- Rita Herrmann
- Danielle James
- One Small Sentence
- Three Ravens
- Angela Heather
- Debra Fillingim
- Willkommen im Facettenreich!
- Pet Portraits by Lisa
- Postcards in the Air
- Hearts Untangled
- Lauren Bell Archives & Preservation
I invite you to slow down and take a moment just for YOU. Yes, you. You deserve it. You may still be in your PJ's. Your hair may be a mess. The dishes may need to be done. But don't worry about any of that right now.
Make yourself a cup of tea. Find a warm place to sit. Get comfortable.
Sit for a just moment. I know, it can be hard to do but I promise you have the time to do it. Constantly we are go, go, go. But we need to slow down. We need to take the time and create the space to just be. Do not worry about your long to do list I promise you it will still be there for you when you are through.
Think about what has made you happy recently.
What has lit you up? The smiles from your children. A wave from a stranger. That moment in yoga class when you fell into deep meditation. Just think of one good thing and smile. Don't smile with just your face, but smile from your heart. Feel the joy this one precious moment in life brought you.
Now think of something you are grateful for.
I know there are many but choose just one. What one thing, person, moment are you most grateful to have, have been a part of, have been surrounded by. Think of what you are thankful for and smile. Again smile with your entire heart. Feel the the love you have for what you are grateful for.
Now think about someone you love and adore.
Picture him or her in all their glory doing what they enjoy most. See the happiness on their face and the love in their eyes. Send them light and love for all the adventures they will take in their lifetime. Smile because they are precious gift in your life and you are a precious gift to them.
I invite you to sink into all this goodness. Because no matter how crazy and out of hand life can get there will always be something that made you happy, something you are grateful for, and someone you love. And when you think of these things a smile will form on your face and you can take it just a little bit deeper by smiling from your heart.
Smile from your heart today!
This post was inspired by the third prompt for this round of the Love Notes Postcard Project. This free, three week project invites individuals to get back to the basics and connect with others through snail mail. This is the twenty third time I am hosting the project and could not be more excited.