52 Weeks of Tranquility
This complimentary program is designed to help us stay motivated and engaged in 2015. Each week I’ll send inspiration to your inbox via love notes.
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May we savor deep moments of tranquility. Bisous. x
Week 8: Pen a Love Note
With email, text messaging, and online chats, snail mail has lost popularity. Yet, the process of sitting down with pen and paper honors connection to a slower pastime.
Delight awakens in me each time I pick up mail and see my handwritten address on the envelope. That means a treat is inside.
Over the years I’ve created a basket of stationery supplies that make the practice of penning a love note an Artist Date.
Pulling out a blank sheet of colored paper and writing a thank you or thinking of you note is a way to connect deeply with another beyond the Internet.
Supplies are minimal. Browse Paper Source
, Etsy, Tarjay’s stationery aisle, or discount stores such as TJMaxx. Choose blank note cards that reflect your spirit and can be used for numerous occasions.
According to Simon Garfield, author of To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing, “Emails are a poke, but letters are a caress, and letters stick around to be newly discovered.” Take a moment to give a caress to someone you love and watch your heart (and theirs) light up.
Not sure where to start? Think of someone who has given you a gift, supported you in some way, or may need a jolt of encouragement. Pull out your tools and express yourself. Your love note may simply be a few sentences penned with a Sharpie onto a blank card. That may be all that is needed to make someone’s day.
Pick up a sheet of stamps and keep a few favorite flowy pens in your purse and on your desk (my go-to is the Paper Mate Flair). Procure an address stamp or labels that reflect your personality. Add a strip of colorful washi tape or a fancy wax seal to close the envelope. These are all the tools you need to bring a smile to someone’s face.
Stuff a love note inside your child’s lunch box or partner’s messenger bag. Leave a “good job” note on a colleague’s desk. Pen a thank you for a lesson learned or gift received. Create a handmade birthday card complete with their initials in glass glitter.
Reach out to a friend with a thoughtful note letting them know you’re thinking of them and sending good thoughts. Include a bag of tea, article of interest, or token of love. This sweet gesture goes a long way in our fast-paced society. Snap a photo and share it using #52weekstranquility.