The Importance of Handwritten Letters + Giveaway!

To write is human, to receive a letter: Devine! – Susan Lendroth

In an age where folks incessantly check their phones and tablets for new messages and where “likes” are the golden stamps of approval, this old soul still believes in the good old-fashioned art of putting pen to paper. As someone who frequents stationery stores, has an address book and actually buys stamps, I can’t recommend letter writing enough. It’s a surprisingly cathartic way to show someone you care and hey, why should phone bills and take-out menus dominate our mailboxes anyways? Spare 49 cents and send a note that’s more than 140 characters to someone you love. It’ll probably be the cheapest thing you do all day.

1. Sending a letter is more personal. When I write a letter to someone, I’m writing it for that person’s eyes only. It’s not some public proclamation meant for all to see on Facebook or Twitter. It’s from ME to YOU. When I drop that letter into the mailbox, I anticipate the moment you’ll find it buried under all of the junk mail and smile knowing that I was thinking of you.

2. It’s a creative outlet. Letter writing is a wonderful way to break out of the seemingly mundane day you might be having. It allows you to unplug, to think outside of the [mail]box and work the right side of your brain. Don’t fret if you feel you have nothing to write about; I often include funny quotes, song lyrics or entertaining doodles to offset my rants and ramblings.

3. It’s affordable. For the price of one fancy coffee, you can send about ten letters via the good ol’ USPS. And while I don’t expect you’ll swap your cell phone plan to revert back to the days of the Pony Express, a letter can serve as a neat way to surprise someone on the cheap.

4. Letters last longer. I keep a box several boxes of all the letters, postcards, and notes I’ve ever received. It means more to me to have this collection than any amount of ‘likes’ or followers I could ever gather on any social network. These written words reflect a real moment where someone took the time to write something meaningful, not a fleeting thought or careless musing simply shared with the tap of a finger. I write with the hope that the person who receives my letters will hold them as dear as I do.

5. Handwritten notes inspire kindness. While sending letters and notes is a fun, personalized way to keep in touch with family and friends, writing a letter is also an amazing way to reach out to someone you may not even know. Just head over to moreloveletters.com where you can find stories from folks who have found letters on subways, in textbooks and even in grocery stores! Check out the ‘letter requests’ page (updated each month) and write a letter to someone who could really use some extra encouragement and love.

6. Writing letters keeps the mind sharp! When you write, you’re working not only your motor-skills but tapping into memory as well. And when you don’t know how to spell a certain word, having to look it up will help you remember it longer than if a phone or computer had just auto corrected it for you. Forcing yourself to pause, reflect and write will do wonders for your mind, body, and soul.

Now, go! Write a letter to a young lad who has never known life without cursors and keyboards. He or she will no doubt appreciate your chicken scratch and scribbles to be sealed, stamped, sent and saved forever.

Pssst…this was originally posted (by yours truly) on Thought Catalog!

Oh, right… the GIVEAWAY! 

Since I’m a HUGE advocate of snail mail, I’m hosting an Amazon Giveaway for a Kate Spade note card set! I hope the winner will use this dog-themed (of course) stationery to write some unexpected letters and spread smiles around the world!

Here’s the link! https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/1875a21f99af0b21

All you have to do is send a tweet to enter — no purchase necessary!

Good luck!!!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo

Jackie

Seek Out Adventure

Two years ago, I quit my job and booked a one-way ticket to California. At 23, I had never been to the West Coast and was excited about my first solo travel adventure.

I needed a fresh breath of air and this trip provided so much more than that.

New experiences, friends, and memories to last a lifetime.

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TBT: That time I went to Utah…

In honor of Best Friends Day, I’m reposting this! Best Friends Animal Society is an incredible organization! Today would’ve also been my first dog Sammy’s 17th birthday!

Rapetti Review

Back in 2013, I was a senior at Northeastern and decided to use my last spring break to do some good. I signed up for Northeastern’s Alternative Spring Break program where students spend the week volunteering at one of many participating organizations. I, being the animal lover that I am, opted for the program at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. It was an amazing week; spending time with the animals, exploring the Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Zion National Park, and getting to know new people from my school – ah, so fun! It was unlike any place I’ve ever been and, at the time, it was the farthest West I’d ever traveled. 531518_10152668392960118_1419418716_n531555_10152668393230118_1157599316_n313808_10152668393915118_82020514_n537564_10152668394880118_438560448_n602787_10152668395855118_1634239435_n482809_10152668392875118_1483484582_n1696_10152668394325118_2145519080_n559669_10152668395220118_181811803_n537475_10152668394895118_1412887369_n26327_10200838288743046_1352955968_n580447_4771189003315_1906962984_n

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

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Donut Judge Me

In honor of National Donut Day!

Rapetti Review

IMG_3398 The “Voodoo Doll” doughnut filled with jelly!

Portland, OR, is a wonderful city with superb donuts. While most have heard of Voodoo Doughnut (a quirky doughnut shop based in Portland), y’all may not know about Blue Star Donuts. I took a train from Seattle to Portland and made a beeline to Voodoo, luggage and all. Hopped in an Uber afterwards and when the driver saw me with my box of Voodoo deliciousness he goes, “You know it’s funny. Voodoo doughnuts always has a line and everything but they’re not even the best doughnuts in Portland. Blue Star is where it’s at.” Oh okay then…

DSC02440 Blueberry Bourbon Basil Donut. NOM.

…So I tried both. And both places were delicious.

And I can’t choose a favorite.

If you’re ever in Portland, try both and you shall not be disappointed.

HUGS AND KISSES TO PORTLAND. KEEP ON BEING WEIRD AND AWESOME!

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