Hankering for some snail mail, but too shy to get the ball rolling? Let me offer you an intriguing and no-strings attached suggestion: Stuff In Envelopes.
You can sign up to receive a free letter from the SIE crew and here’s the best part, you get to choose the topic of the letter if you like. Based in British Columbia (hello, beloved left coast!), they are a dedicated bunch of folks who want to put an extra spring in your step on the way to the mail box. I’m looking forward to being a part of their next round of mailings on August 1st – there’s still time if you want to join me! And their motto, “Bad handwriting has never looked so good”, makes me love them that much more.
If you already have someone in mind to write to but find yourself procrastinating, perhaps the Post A Letter Social Activity Club can help? With local chapters all over the world which include Toronto, Los Angeles and Copenhagen, this club’s mandate is to “promote letter writing as a social and political tool, as well as a powerful generator of love, surprises, anticipation, relaxation and fun!” Gather with some like-minded individuals and hunker down at a cozy location to write letters, have a beverage and maybe swap stationary. I dig the idea of hanging out with other people over a shared love, but not having the pressure of maintaining a running conversation the entire time. (Why yes, I AM an introvert. How could you tell? ). For my fellow Torontonians, the next event is happening on Wednesday July 31 at the Holy Oak Cafe from 7-10 pm.
If you live in Vancouver, head to The Regional Assembly of Text on the first thursday of every month and join their letter writing club. I had the great pleasure of visiting their flagship store on Main St. last summer and it is a beautiful space filled to the brim with swoon-worthy paper products. I can’t imagine a better place to congregate and get inspired to write!
If you have any other tips on how to make your mailbox a hub for fun mail, I’d love to hear them!