Guys! I have been so excited just thinking about writing this post for the last month. Here we go:
I saw a woman speak at a conference last year and just finished reading (and rereading) her first book. She was a lonely girl living in New York City, feeling rather insignificant, and began writing love letters and leaving them all over the city for strangers to find. Strangers who might need to know they were seen or cared for. Then she offered to write anyone who contacted her via her blog a handwritten love letter. The need she tapped into when she made that offer blew her wildest expectations out of the water. Now people from all over the world send love letters through her website, MoreLoveLetters.com, to people who need them. Their testimonials page is packed with stories of hope being restored, love trumping hate, suicide attempts ceasing, PTSD feeling less lonely, light consuming darkness. Hannah Brencher is an inspiring soul and you can check out her book here.
Her story inspired me on a deep level and I thought I'd give this love letter thing a go in my own life. So here is the offer:
Whether you're reading this and you just think it would be fun to get snail mail, you're edges all feel ragged and worn, something enormous is shaking your world or, HERE'S THE BIG ONE
you know someone else in your life who could really use a piece of encouragment...
Send me an email at NatalieSkeith@gmail.com with you (or your friend's) home address and I'll send you a letter. Tell me about your situation in as little or nuanced detail as you choose and let's connect via post!
I know this all seems a little out of left field. To ask a stranger or friend or accquaintance for a love letter. But what reading Hannah's story helped me realize is that at one point or another we all need someone to take the time to say we're seen, we have what it takes, we're not alone, we're going somewhere great, we're doing a good job right where we're at.
Sometimes nothing major has happened and we just wake up feeling lonely and tired and lost. Sometimes catastrophe stares us right in the eyes and crumbles things we care about like a brick wall. Sometimes it would just be nice to hear from someone in a deep, concentrated way. Whatever the reason...I'm here with a pen and a cup of tea, some stationary and enough time to have a chat. Let's connect.
Okay--now it's your turn. No tough guy act, if you need one--put down the muscles and tattoos and just ask politley :). Hope to hear from you soon.
p.s. if you want to get involved writing letters to others shoot me an email as well!