I took a little trip to the post office the other day to check my mail, and boy was I surprised! I have a relatively large PO Box as I get a good amount of mail pretty regularly. But imagine my shock when it was stuffed to the brim with InCoWriMo letters!
** InCoWriMo is short for International Correspondence Writing Month. Learn more here.
Although I’ve been slacking a bit on my InCoWriMo challenge this month (I’ve only written 10 letters so far), I was SO excited to see such an outpouring of love from our community.
I spent a wonderful three hours that evening opening and reading through each and every one of those beautiful letters. Each piece of mail was infused with so much personality, and my eyes swelled with tears on more than one occasion.
After reading through the letters, I was struck with the idea to film a video reading a few of them out loud. I reached out via my Instagram story that day, and the answer was a resounding YES!
In addition to the video, I thought it would be fun to publish a gallery of all of the letters that I read out loud. I’ve been thoroughly impressed by some of the envelope art so far, and they deserve to be celebrated! :)
You can click on any of the images below to view them larger and scroll through the gallery. I edited out the return addresses for privacy.
After that, be sure to check out the embedded video at the end of this post to watch me read the letters.
I was determined to keep the video under one hour, so I was unfortunately only able to read one-third of the mail I received so far on film. Despite that, I want to say a HUGE thank you to every single one of you who has reached out via snail mail so far this month. I’m absolutely reading every single letter, and I’ll be replying as soon as humanly possible.
Here’s a peek at the stack that I couldn’t squeeze into the video:
I’m absolutely thrilled that so many of you are finding renewed value in handwritten letters!
While I love social media for its ability to bring people together, it can sometimes lend itself to a lack of warmth. Personalities and quirks can be subdued when everything is all the same font and in black and white.
Reading through these letters brings me so much JOY that it’s hard for me to express in words. I feel like I’ve gotten to know you so much better through this process, and I’m eternally grateful for that!