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Send a Letter


The tradition of hand-written letters is in jeopardy of extinction. In a world of electronic mail, texting, and direct messages, we’re able to communicate with one another in an instant. An email from an old friend might surely make you smile, but faster is not always better. Today’s world of immediacy leaves little time for thoughtful, personalized correspondence. And with tools like spell check, it’s possible we’re paying even less attention to our messages as we compose them.

Envision walking to retrieve the day’s mail on any afternoon. Typically, what lies in wait are bills, circulars and credit card offers, though on a good day, perhaps there’s the latest edition of a well-loved magazine. Now imagine discovering a brightly-colored envelope, boldly standing out amid the pile. It’s addressed to you; your name appears in actual handwriting, not pre-printed on a mailing label, or run through a printer. Maybe the envelope bears an American poet or famous choreographer–something other than the American flag or Liberty bell–something that makes you stop and take notice. As you turn the envelope, there’s a hand-stamped return address; you slide your finger beneath the envelope flap to reveal a vibrant note card. You open the card to be greeted by words from a friend or family member, and take pause to carefully read the words that have been written just for you.

I find such joy in the simple task of sending notes, especially when it’s for no reason at all but to send a note. This month, find a moment to sit and write a letter to a friend. Be thoughtful with your words, write them with care. Enjoy the friction between the pen and paper, the art of shaping letters. Show them you’re thinking of them and take pleasure in knowing you will have brightened their day with your unexpected written gift.


This month, we’re serving up bite-sized advice from experts in different fields to help us all make life a little brighter, more creative and more efficient for 2013. Think of this month as a chance to connect with yourself on a deeper level, get closer to what makes you happy, and take control of the balance in ‘work-life balance’ for yourself this year.

Author Description

Ashley Fauset

Ashley is a party planner, grammar enthusiast, classically trained dancer, and coffee aficionado. She lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband and their hammy four-year-old, and shares her tales of mama-hood at Silver Lake Mom. You can find her online on Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

  • Preciously me
    I agree that today we don’t use to write notes or letters but we should take time to do it. I like to send letters to my beloved because for me it’s much more personal, you send a little bit of yourself with a note, with the words you write … You receive dozens of mails everyday, but can you remember the last time you received a handwritten note or letter?
    • Ashley Fauset
      I couldn’t agree more, Nadia! I still even send thank you notes in the mail to my husband. There’s just something so personal and lovely about handwritten notes. I hope this has inspired some of our readers to follow suit!
  • Sylvia Hendershott
    I agree! A warm handwritten note or a card is always such a welcome sight in the everyday sea of bills and junk mail.
  • Anya Zhukova
    It’s very nice to get an actual letter in your mail, but noone I know is really interested in sending hand-written letters. I should find new penpals. Anyone? 😉

Move LifeStyle is an e-zine for the modern working woman created by Autumn Reeser, Jenn Wong and Ashley Fauset.

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