September has always felt like the beginning of a new year for me. Even after I was out of school, my birthday is early in the month and the gradual change of seasons feels like starting a new beginning, maybe even more so than in January.

With that, I wanted to set a resolution for the new ‘year’ and was inspired by what I found when I was cleaning out some boxes:

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This is only a small sample of the postcards I have been holding on to for years from various trips. I obviously like getting postcards from my travels, but what purpose are they serving sitting in a box collecting dust? I’ve turned some of them into wall hangings, but the majority are just hiding, not being enjoyed by anyone.

So this year, I have vowed to send at least one postcard a week for 52 weeks. Not sure who I’m going to send them to yet, but I hope whoever gets them will enjoy and maybe even be inspired to send a postcard to someone else. Handwriting notes is becoming a dying art, but I think there’s nothing quite as special as getting a piece of snail mail from a friend or family member.

Plus, now there are more and more kids in my life that can read. How cool would it be to inspire the next generation to get out there and travel, even in a small way? I remember how excited I would be to get a postcard from my grandfather who traveled the world in his retirement or a family friend that was in the foreign service and always sent us little trinkets from the most interesting places.

So here goes nothing! Guess I should get myself to the post office…

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions for the start of September? Do you think snail mail is awesome or too slow nowadays?

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One Response to 52 Weeks of Postcards

  1. Mail is GREAT! And postcards are a great way to let someone know that you’re thinking of them without burdening them by writing the first 1/3 of tLOR. I applaud your resolution. :)

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