A Month of Letter Writing

I mentioned back in January that apart from my one word focus for the year I had set myself two simple goals for 2016, to read more fiction and to write more letters.

As I started to work on my second goal and think about pen pals, I happened to stumble across the International Correspondence Writing Month, a challenge to write one piece of correspondence a day during February.

I decided to accept that challenge and it turned out to be a great way to kick start my letter writing, giving me so much enthusiasm to keep going.

I decided to document my InCoWriMo challenge over on Instagram and am pleased to say I was successful with all 29 days. Here are all 29 pieces of outgoing happy mail I sent in February.

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Day 1: A little hello note for some UK based friends.
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Day 2: A note of thanks to a lovely lady.
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Day 3: A sweet elephant postcard for some friends in Jersey.
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Day 4: A sweet postcard for our dog loving friends in the UK.
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Day 5: A fun little card for our godchildren in the UK.
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Day 6: A beautiful Belle & Boo postcard for an old work colleague.
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Day 7: For my lovely sister-in-law, just because.
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Day 8 : This handmade card is on it’s way to friends in the Middle East.
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Day 9: A quick hello for a London based friend.
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Day 10: Sent via Postcrossing to a bicycle loving gal in Russia.
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Day 11: A spot of mail art for the birthday girl.
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Day 12: An introduction to Guernsey sent via Postcrossing to a group in Finland.
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Day 13: Sent via Postcrossing to a lady in Germany who loves breathtaking views.
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Day 14: A hand delivered love note for my very own valentine.
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Day 15: A handmade card and a mail tag request to my friend in Australia.
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Day 16: Another handmade card and another mail tag request to my friend in the Caribbean.
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Day 17: Sent via Postcrossing to a girl called Sunshine in Taiwan!
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Day 18: Another Belle & Boo beauty sent via Postcrossing to a mama in Minnesota, USA.
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Day 19: A little hello note for an old college buddy who is currently in Paris.
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Day 20: A lovely card for a lovely college friend, based in the UK.
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Day 21: A thank you note to my grandparents-in-law.
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Day 22: A birthday thank you for a sweet school friend.
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Day 23: A reminder to my niece that girls like dinosaurs too, thanks to Belle & Boo.
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Day 24: A word of encouragement for a sweet friend who recently became a mummy.
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Day 25: Some mail art for the birthday girl.
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Day 26: A cute postcard for my cute niece and nephew.
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Day 27: A scandi style postcard for my Guernsey based god-daughter.
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Day 28: A “just because” postcard for a friend who recently moved back home to the island.
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Day 29: A leap year love note in our travelling marriage journal for my travelling Husby.


I had so much fun writing handwritten notes this month, I had forgotten how much I enjoy letter writing and how much joy snail mail can bring. It has really spurred me on with my goal to write more letters and I am now a member of Postcrossing, The Postal Society and Letter Writers Alliance and already have 3 new pen pals! I am having so much fun!

Any one else enjoy sending and receiving snail mail?



8 thoughts on “A Month of Letter Writing

  1. Karla March 4, 2016 / 15:14

    Receiving a hand-written note in the mail is so special! Unfortunately, it is becoming even more and more rare. Keep up the good work!


    • theopenhome March 4, 2016 / 16:15

      Thanks Karla and so true, handwritten notes are becoming a dying art. We must keep the snail mail going!


  2. Emma March 4, 2016 / 16:26

    You have inspired me to write more, so I joined Postcrossing at the weekend! Looking forward to sending and receiving my first postcard.


    • theopenhome March 4, 2016 / 16:35

      YAY EMMA! We can go shopping for postcards together!! 🙂


  3. Cherie March 4, 2016 / 18:29

    Oh this is just so delightful! Very inspiring Jessica. I’m looking at one of your gorgeous cards on my noticeboard as I write.


    • theopenhome March 4, 2016 / 18:57

      That’s so lovely Cherie. That is what I love about sending handwritten notes, they’re little gifts that keep on giving. 🙂


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