As letter writers, we were tickled when Stephanie told us about her New Year’s resolution. We thought her story would inspire your creativity and, for those of you with sisters or loved ones who live afar, touch your heart.
We hope you enjoy this story and the inspiring year ahead!
I am so lucky to have an incredibly amazing sister who just so happens to live on the other side of the world– Sydney, Australia to be exact. Several years ago (when she lived oh-so-much closer) we went through a brief phase where we would send each other wacky postcards that we found on our journeys. It was always such an unexpected surprise to go the mailbox and find a postcard mixed in with the bills, magazines and junk mail that awaited me. It’s so rare to receive a piece of handwritten mail these days and these little cards brightened my spirit. They made me laugh, they warmed my heart and they made me think of my beautiful sister and remember how dear she is to me.
Late in 2010, an idea came to me that I hoped my sister would embrace. I thought it would be fun for us to do a sort of New Year’s Resolution together, but instead of giving something up, we would take on a challenge. The challenge? Send each other a postcard each week of 2011. Thankfully, my sister jumped right on board and, by the first week of January, a beautiful postcard of the Sydney Opera House arrived in my mailbox.
Searching for postcards fitting to send is part of the adventure. Wherever I go, I now scout for postcards that either make me giggle or evoke a memory from years past. The messages written on the cards vary from week to week. We share details of recent trips (hers are admittedly more exciting than mine– I sent her a postcard about my day-trip to Minneapolis to conduct a Store Audit the same week that I received a card from her with details of her adventure in Malaysia), other times we share memories from our childhood, and stories of the crazy things that our cats– and husbands– do.
Every week this year I’ve been able to find a little treasure in my mailbox, and my sister has been able to do the same. In a busy year for both of us, our ‘resolution’ has strengthened our bond and made the thousands of miles between us feel much shorter. I have saved every card that I have received this year and have them safely stored away so I can reread them whenever I start missing my sister.
Fifty-two weeks later, the tradition is still going strong and we recently decided that our year of postcards will continue into the New Year, and likely beyond. My plans for this weekend include a search for another stash of cards to send her way– I may even create a few of my own! I can’t wait to see what cards I receive this year and look forward to staying connected with my sister in this very fun and special way.
If you’re looking for a different sort of resolution for the New Year, grab a friend and start a postcard or letting-writing adventure of your own in 2012! Who’s in?