Me writing a letter? That’s awkward.

You’ve got this! We’re not talking about writing a love letter here (unless you want to). We’re talking about simply writing a short note, postcard, or message.

Starting to write a note, even if short, might feel strange. What do I even say? Who can I send one to? How and where do I even put the address label on the envelope?

I’ll outline all of this right here! Follow these steps 🙂

  1. Think about someone that might like to hear from you. Is it your mom, dad, sibling, cousin, grandparent, or another relative? What about an old friend that you haven’t really heard from? It might feel odd writing a letter to someone that you typically communicate with online or face-to-face. My best advice: give it a try!
  2. Find a stationary you like. Perhaps you might already have some lying around, but if not, no worries! Good old blank paper works perfectly. Postcards also are fun!
  3. What to write. Because we’re starting with short notes, I’ll outline a little way to get started below.

The Note:

  • Start with an introduction. Ex: Hi! Hey there! Dear…
    • Begin with asking how they are, or a simple sentence. Ex: How are you? How’s the weather over there? I hope you had a great day, week, holiday, etc.
  • Give them a short, simple, and sweet reason for writing this note, should it be a surprise for the reader. This may look like: I just wanted to write you a short letter to say…
    • Thank you so much for always being such a supportive friend. 
    • You’re always so kind.
    • Thank you for always being there.
    • Just wanted to know how you are doing!
    • Wishing you good luck on your test, presentation, new start, etc.
  • Feel free to elaborate. Make it your own!
    • Maybe they haven’t heard about your recent travel to Japan, or maybe you’ve started a new job, or adopted a new pet. Give them a short update on your life.
    • Recall a happy memory. Perhaps you guys went on an amazing trip recently. Maybe you guys were high school buddies and had a fun time together. You can start this by saying (ex): Remember when… (insert memory)? I had such a great time! This trip, event, etc. always reminds me of the great time we had together.
  • End on a positive note. Ex: I hope you’re doing well! Have a great weekend! 
    • To officially end the note you can write:
      • Best, Victoria
      • Sincerely, Victoria
      • Love, Victoria
      • Hugs, Victoria

How to Send a Letter:

Follow these easy steps below to send your letter. See the picture below as well for a visual with all of the steps.

  1. Find the person’s address. If you don’t have it, simply asking for it is just fine. I often do this for my friends. You can tell them that you want to send them a little letter 🙂 Chances are, they’re happy to hear that!
  2. Write the person’s address (to whom you to wrote your letter) in the center bottom right of the envelope. A little tricky, I know. Look at photo below for an example. You do not have to include “To” as included in the picture.
  3. Write your address in the top left corner.
  4. Put a stamp on the upper right hand corner, opposite to the side of your address.
  5. Put it in your mailbox or if drop it off at the post office. There should be bins to drop them off in. If not, just ask someone working there.
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This a sample envelope. *Note: These addresses are fake.

Keep a Letter Box

Admittedly, I can’t remember when I started to collect letters, but I know it was before sixth grade. Every single card that I get, after reading it of course, I store in this large container.

Use a shoebox to start your own. Maybe you have a lingering container around the house that you have no purpose for; give it a purpose now!

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This is my letter box!

Keeping these letters allows you to look back and reflect on the sweet birthday cards, notes, and letters you’ve received. Rereading them might back nice memories and profound gratitude.

Before you go, start one now.

We have incredible technology that allows us to reach others instantly. Let’s write a short text or email right now!

Take a second to think about someone today that might have gone out of their way to do something for you. Perhaps that was getting a coffee, printing something out for you, picking up your lunch, etc. Send them a quick thanks.

If you can’t think of someone today or in the past few days, choose someone that might love to hear from you. Whoever that may be, send them a quick text or email! Just say hi and wish them an amazing day. I always love it when I receive these messages, and these little acts of kindness can go a long way.

Have a great week!

“Do a deed of simple kindness; though its end you may not see, it may reach, like widening ripples, down a long eternity.”
Joseph Norris