I sent the final letters for Love Notes 20 this morning. Sigh. I’ll send postcards periodically to my Love Notes pals while we wait for the next round, but the return to work tomorrow and preparation for the 2017-18 academic year means I must take a short break from my role as a snail mail revolutionary and focus on the life of the mind.
As you may recall from earlier posts:
Love Notes is a postcard project coordinated by Jennifer Belthoff that “encourages slowing down, getting back to basics, and connecting through handwritten notes sent through the mail.” Participants sign up for the swap on Jennifer’s website and then she assigns partners–notified via email–who correspond with each other for three weeks based on a prompt she provides each Sunday.
The prompts for this round were provided by Mindy T of Embody Love Movement. Each prompt provided participants with the opportunity to reflect and share with their partners. I plan to use today’s microblog and the next two “Microblog Mondays” to share the cards and messages I received from my assigned partner and the kind souls who sent beautiful reflections out of the goodness of their hearts.
The first prompt was “Hello beautiful…”
Being told we are beautiful makes a tremendous impact on our mental, physical, and emotional health, so I can only imagine the good vibes that reverberated throughout the world as Love Notes participants retrieved postcard after postcard, note after note, letter after letter that began with the words, “Hello Beautiful!”
My partner, Jenni P, sent a postcard from the “Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.”
Jenni has no knowledge of my love for purple, so it was a nice coincidence to find the purple flowers in the photo. Her message:
Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks, not in what they say. Just in what they are. –Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger
Andrea F, whose work you’ve seen recently in a “summertime post,” graced my mailbox with a collage of “happy red postcards.”
She wrote that the collage is a compilation of postcards from some “beautiful happy moments” in her life she wishes to share. She closed the note simply–
Lori W’s cute chipmunk gave me the “warm fuzzies.” The little critter comes from Animal Box: A Collection of 100 Animal Postcards.
Hello beautiful! Rest your heart on the ultimate certainty–you are loved!
Isn’t it so that when we walk in this truth (knowing we are loved) we are indeed more beautiful–inside and out?
I did the happy mail dance when I pulled the cards from Christine B and Connie F from the mailbox. Why? They both sent sunflowers! Christine sent a bouquet of sunflowers embellished with washi tape and paper accents.
Be true to who you are and smile. It’s the prettiest thing you can wear.
Connie designed “one of a kind” cards for some of us in the group. I was simply speechless when I pulled her card out of the envelope. Everything about this card made my heart sing–the sunflowers, the washi tape, the tiny mirrors, and the heartfelt message. [Photo does no justice].
There are many beautiful people in the world. Never forget you are one of them. I hope you feel beautiful today! If you start to wonder what beautiful looks like, check the mirror.
My own message, drawn from a wall sticker in my home office, “Be your own kind of beautiful,” encouraged my postcard pals to embrace their unique light and shine on!
Just yesterday, I happily found a package of “Hello Beautiful” notecards (top) designed by Timree that I purchased some time ago. They’re too pretty to remain stored in my stuffed box of stationery, so I plan to write to some of my sisterfriends and remind them of their beauty.
If you were to write a “hello beautiful” message today, to whom would you write and what would you say?