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365 Days in the Blink of an Eye!

Happy Birthday Card>On June 1, Postmark’d Studio reached a milestone! It turned one year old! 365 of the best days. The year has flown by, and I have loved every minute of running this little business. Oh, it has been plenty full of challenges, but connecting with so many wonderful snail mail enthusiasts has been delightful! I feel so fortunate to be doing what I love, and the joy of connecting with you—from makers to subscribers to followers—has made this journey even more special.

Cheers to the next 365 days ahead, but most importantly, to savoring today and looking forward to tomorrow as we discover cool and modern ways to connect with snail mail!

Anne


Mailbox with Pink FenceSpeaking of 365 days, I want to introduce you to a wonderful friend I met this past year through Instagram: Rebecca Wilson. Rebecca has a blog called Touch and Go Paper, where her aim is to connect readers with some of the best paper and stationery shops with a bit of wanderlust inspiration tossed in. Her secret ambition is to one day open a stationery shop!

Take a look at @rbccawilson and @touchandgopaper on Instagram—you’ll love her feed.

Enjoy my conversation with Rebecca about her 365 days of a letter-writing journey.

Anne: On February 1, 2018, you set upon a challenge of sending 365 letters in 365 days. What made you decide to take on this letter writing challenge?

Rebecca: I first became intrigued by a 365 letter-writing challenge when I saw how @devotediarist on Instagram had completed one. I had participated in Write_On’s 30 letters in 30 days for National Letter Writing Month twice, so I decided I was ready for a bigger challenge.

Anne: To date, you have sent 120 letters! How do you keep yourself inspired and motivated?

Rebecca: As of now, I’m a little behind on my letters, actually, but I’m doing my best to enjoy the process. Every time I feel like giving up, I just sit down and crank out a happy pile of mail, and I keep going. Inspiration is easy with an Instagram feed full of fellow snail mailers who are crafty with their envelopes.

Anne: I am not sure I know 120 friends/family! Who do you write to?

Rebecca: I write to basically everyone and anyone, though mostly friends and family. One of my recent letters was a thank-you note to someone who works in PR for a sunglasses company. She brought sunglasses to the office, and everyone got a free pair! It’s easy to find people to write to when you think of the little things.

Anne: Do you have pen pals? Are you looking for new pals?

Rebecca: I would say I have one dedicated pen pal, and I’m working on a couple others. I have a lot of friends whom I try to reach out to and keep in touch with on a regular basis. And I’m always looking for new pen pals!

Anne: Do you have a close group of friends and family you write to every week?

Rebecca: I would say I have a group of about 10 people I write to regularly but not every week—maybe at least twice a month.

Anne: Who is the most unusual person you have written to?

Rebecca: I can’t say I’ve written to anyone unusual. However, one of my favorite things to do is find college acquaintances—people I barely knew whom I maybe had one class with—and ask for their addresses. It’s fun getting to know people that you barely had a conversation with but who you have maybe admired from afar through mail.

Anne: Do folks write you back?

Rebecca: I’ve been keeping track of responses during my 365 letter-writing journey, and so far I have about a 28% response rate.

Anne: Where is your favorite spot to write?

Rebecca: I’d say 99.9% of the time I’m writing from my desk in my apartment. It’s convenient because I have everything I need within reach—markers, stickers, washi tape, stamps.

Anne: What’s in your tote bag/writing kit?

Rebecca: I have a box full of sharpies as well as washi tape, a pile of stickers, and a humble rubber stamp collection.

Anne: What item would you be lost without?

Rebecca: The common denominators between most of my letters are a pencil and large eraser for creating pretty envelopes. Those are my necessities.

Anne: What person, dead or alive, would you send an invite to dinner?

Rebecca: Thomas Jefferson has always been my go-to historical figure that I’d like to invite to dinner. Mostly because he was a fellow redhead.

Anne: And would that dinner invitation count as a letter?

Rebecca: I count anything that has a thoughtful message longer than “Happy Birthday” as a letter, so yes!

Anne: What has been the most rewarding experience of your 365 letters in 365 days challenge?

Rebecca: Even though I’m often off-pace when it comes to numbers, I keep going, and that journey has been rewarding. Also, it’s always fun to write to new people and see if we click as pen pals.

Anne: Thanks for sharing, Rebecca! You have inspired me to think about taking this challenge on; look out, 2019! I wish you joy and happiness as you continue on your letter-writing journey!


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Will Your Letter Spark a Bond?

US Flag Waving in Wind May is National Military Appreciation Month. Somehow, some way, all our lives are touched by someone who has served or is currently serving in a branch of the US Military. This month, I would like to highlight A Million Thanks. The goal of A Million Thanks is to provide support to service members and their families for as long as the United States has a military. This organization was started in 2004 by then–15-year-old Shauna Fleming with the goal of sending 1,000,000 letters of thanks and appreciation to US Military serving overseas. To date, A Million Thanks has distributed nearly 10,000,000 letters to US troops stationed around the world.

A letter can be so powerful. A note penned as a simple thank-you can turn into so much more for both the sender and receiver. I don’t know about you, but I just love to read about pen pal stories that evolve beyond that first letter!

I adore the story about Rachel, an elementary teacher whose goal was to improve her students’ communication skills through letter-writing to soldiers and who wound up with the pen pal of her dreams. Another favorite of mine is Jen. Her letter—out of hundreds anonymously sent through a community service project to soldiers serving overseas—landed in the hands of her now-husband Jeffrey. You can’t help but admire Sophie, a second-grader who turned her class assignment into a letter friendship that resulted in a trip to meet her pen pal in person. Livi’s story gives me chills every time I read it. When a friend was concerned a staff sergeant serving overseas did not get enough contact from home because he had few family members, Livi sent an email that ended many letters later with them falling in love.

I am in awe of the military correspondence stories of friendship and love that grow from a simple letter. Not all letters turn into stories, but remember that feeling when you open your mailbox and see a handwritten letter. It’s the same for those serving in our military branches when they receive your letters of thanks and appreciation. Take a chance, check out A Million Thanks. Maybe your letter will spark a bond.

Anne

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Partial to Postcards

p Do you know why I always include a postcard or two in our PostBox every month?

Postmark'd Studio Box of PostcardsI love postcards! In the midst of our current downsizing move, I came across my postcard collection from when I was young. I actually thought it had been tossed in a previous move. What a blast it was to reminisce and read through them again. There were postcards from my parents, grandparents, siblings, and now-lost pen pals.

Raise your hand if you collected postcards when you were young! Raise your other hand if you still tuck them away!! And stand up tall if you still send a postcard or two when you are traveling!!!

I am an avid fan of the Postcrossing project, which Paulo Magalhaes founded in 2005 as a side project while he was a student in Portugal. Paulo loves to receive mail—postcards in particular—from friends, family, or anyone in the world. He knew others did, too, but there was no easy way to connect. That’s when he hatched the idea of an online platform.

The goal of this project is to connect people across the world through postcards, independent of country, age, gender, race, or beliefs. The idea is simple: for each postcard you send, you receive one back from a random Postcrosser from somewhere in the world.

Enjoy the journey of meeting new people through the magic of postcards!

Let’s make March Postcard Month! Can you send 5, 10, or even 30 postcards?

Happy mailing,

Anne


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Snail-Mail Revolution

Did you know that just one year ago I was in the infancy stages of developing Postmark’d Studio and the snail-mail revolution? The journey has been surreal—a dream come true! My goal for 2018 is to reach subscribers in every state!

The March PostBox will ship to 21 states! Only 29 more to go! Yay!

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We so appreciate your support in getting us to our goal in 2018! Spread the word about our funky, fun little snail-mail company with all the paper-lovers you know!

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