An unknown handwriting. 

Over the last nine months or so I have received a few requests to be pen pals with someone. Usually when this happens I like to be the first one to send something out, but when my last request came to me I was in the middle of so many things I asked them to start the chain of letters. It was fun to know that eventually I might get something from this new person, but not know when to expect it. After weeks I had thought maybe they changed their mind, but today I got a letter with an unknown handwriting.

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It was fun to open a new letter without knowing what I would find inside. What would their handwriting be like? What would they say? Will there be any other goodies?

The answer to all the questions were positive. The handwriting was legible and very teacherly. The letter flowed beautifully and gives me many wonderful ideas to write back about, and inside was beautiful paper squares that I will need to find the perfect project for.

There really is something wonderful about starting a new pen pal relationship.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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For me.

This evening I took time for me. I got home from work and took a nice walk in the sun, got something to eat and relaxed in my hammock to write a letter. It was a lovely way to spend the evening. True, I am just as behind as ever with chores and other parts of life. But tonight I was the priority, and I feel more refreshed because of that decision. Tomorrow, I will most likely have to face up to my responsibilities, but I will face that tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Time in the sun.

img_6428Today was a beautiful day. I read, relaxed in my hammock, got one pen pal letter ready to go and prepped for the rest. In the evening I made a quick trip to the store and got my dishes done. Truthfully, I had hoped to get more things checked off my list today, but sometimes you simply have to take what you can get and be happy about it. All in all it was a wonderful relaxing day one of this three day weekend. I am feeling recharged and ready to go another round tomorrow.

Hopefully the weather holds out and I can get more much needed time in the sun this weekend.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Let the cream rise to the top.

My apartment has been sorely neglected over the past few weeks. It feels like I am always on the move in one direction or another, but today I got one room mostly cleaned. The floor is free of cat hair, plants are watered and dead leaves removed. I still have a few piles here and there that will need to be taken care of, but it is nice to sit in a semi clean space and write.

This weekend I have many goals. Letters to be written, rooms to be cleaned and hopefully some downtime to relax. Earlier in the week I was reminded that sometimes we add things to the list to keep ourselves busy, but that rarely helps anything. Every now and then it is important to take the time to evaluate what we feel needs to be done and let the cream rise to the top. In the end we will be much happier for it.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Time loop.

My days are blending together. Thank goodness for scheduled alarms, otherwise I would never remember when I needed to get up day to day. I wish I could wake up ready to go, but I seem to be in a daze and things are falling into the cracks. Replies to letters are taking longer than I like, the mess in my apartment feels like it is growing instead of shrinking and tired seems like an inescapable truth. Consistency has been lost on me, instead I am in a time loop watching, but not participating.

I have been living on my hope for tomorrow for far too long, but I feel so behind on yesterday that it seems impossible to catch up. Today I got one letter finished, and started to get back on track with my devotional. All I can ask for is baby steps and maybe one day soon tomorrow will feel closer than it is right now.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

A world of difference.

Today the list kept growing and time shortening. I came home on lunch and felt defeated, but I found a lovely surprise in my mailbox. After sending out so much happy mail to unsuspecting people in the month of April, it was nice to receive an unexpected note.  Last month it was so fun to know that many friends and family got at least a post card from me. Starting this month, I think I will make it a goal to send out at least 5 postcards to people who I care about. Even if it is just a quick hello it will be worth my time to put a smile on their face.

A simple gesture can mean a world of difference, and the happy mail I got today was no exception.

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Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Sweet success.

img_6098When I decided to undertake writing a letter a day for all 30 days of April I was not sure how successful I would be. Now, on day 30 I can proudly say that I did it! Each day I wrote at least one piece of happy mail. Many days more than one.

Before April began I made a list of 37 people, I even had each piece addressed to help me get through the month with more confidence. I figured the more prepared I was going in, the better chance I had to succeed. Even after the list was made I added a few more people. New pen pals that I hope I will continue to write in the coming months, and of course there were letters to reply to scattered throughout.

I am proud to say that my grand total was 47 pieces of happy mail over the last 30 days. I hope each piece put a smile on someones face. There were days that I was not sure I wanted to follow through, but now that I am looking back on it I am so glad that I did.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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