In January, I started to encourage others to write handwritten notes (yes, snail mail is a thing) through a letter writing challenge called the Year of Encouragement. The challenge is to send a letter to someone (anyone), once a week for a year (different people), so that they may be encouraged in some way.
Granted, I haven’t been the best example of doing my monthly check-in videos (in fact, we are 1/3 of the way through April), but my intention is to be that voice that every now and then, serves as a reminder (to myself especially) that there is someone in my life that needs to be encouraged. To be frank, there was two weeks in March where I didn’t send out any (what I would call) encouraging letters. I was running out of things to say, and I felt like I was saying the same stuff over and over again. I had hit a writer’s block. Then I thought – sometimes the best way to lift someone’s spirits is not to keep repeating how incredible they are – although I’ve been told that helps ;), but rather to share something going on in my life that may just put a smile on their face.
Just in case I’m not the only one hitting writer’s block, I wanted to make a list of topics to write about when you get stuck:
Topics for Snail Mail Letters When You Hit Writer’s Block
- Describe an incredible meal you recently ate
- Tell someone about something that is on your bucket list
- Recall a story or fond memory from your childhood and write it out
- Share some goals that you want to accomplish over the next 60 days
- Exercise your creative brain and write a short story!
- Tell a story that happened on a recent trip you took
- Share something a friend taught you recently
- Congratulate someone on ________ (graduating, finding a new apartment, getting a dog, getting engaged, growing a year older, having a baby, making it through the week, being a stellar friend)
- Share a list of your favorite things (favorite childhood pet, favorite park, favorite musical instrument to hear on a soundtrack, favorite genre of movie, favorite flavor of ice cream, etc).
- Share about a book you are reading (or read recently)
- Describe something you want to cook or bake
- Tell someone the best part about living in the neighborhood that you live in
- Share something you want to learn in the future (a new software skill, a foreign language)
- Write about a fun (unusual, memorable) dream you have had
- Share a frustration you recently went through (there was a leak in your house, your kids would not cooperate), and how you overcame it!
Here’s my video of encouragement for the month of March. Watch it here.
Happy Letter Writing Month!