The Importance of Handwritten Letters

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.

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I’M FREE! I’M FREE!

Y’all I’m taking it back to the Stone Age and I’ve never felt better. I just deleted my Snapchat and two of my three — yes, THREE — Instagram accounts. And by “deleted,” I mean DELETED.

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I didn’t just remove the apps, or temporarily disable my accounts…they are GONE. Well, besides Rudolph’s Instagram, but he’s an adorable dog and his followers love him so…

Why the sudden move to purge these social media accounts?

I was actually inspired by fellow blogger, Audra and THIS post she recently penned.

When I look back on my life, am I really going to care about how many likes I got on a certain photo or how many followers I had? I sure hope not. I want to remember the people, the experiences, the moments that left me completely speechless. The times when I took in everything there was to see and made the most of it.

I love every point she makes and I couldn’t agree more. I have my reasons for keeping Facebook (it’s how I keep in touch with my bf who is currently in JAPAN of all places for the next two years) and I’ve actually found Twitter useful for networking (go figure). Plus, I like using FB and Twitter to share these blog posts with folks who aren’t on WordPress.

Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Miami with my grandma and two of my aunts; I found myself thinking about the photos I’ll take and the amazing memories we’ll have from this all girls trip.

And I don’t want to spend my time filtering through the filters of Instagram and Snapchat.

I’ll have my phone, sure, but I plan on keeping it off most of the time. I’ll bring my DSLR camera to capture candid moments because that’s something I enjoy doing. I love photography and videos and being my family’s so-called historian…but I don’t want to feel the need to upload and share every moment with everyone in my social network just to be ‘liked.’ Because guess what? I’m loved and I already know that, and that’s all that matters. And guess what? So are you. And you can live without all this social media too. #ImpromptuRhymeTime

It’s going to be a while (if ever) till I break from #RandomHashtags. But I’m off to a start. My point is, while it’s good to want to share your experiences with others, don’t let all the social media craziness get in the way of the actual experience. Live your life for YOU, not for the Insta.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie