Last month was National Letter Writing Month and if you missed it, I spent the whole month on Instagram sending letter writing inspiration your way! If you're wanting to write more letters, I have 30 ideas for who you can write to right here. Let's get mailing!
1 | I'm kicking things off with an easy one: a birthday letter. You can elevate a birthday card you were planning to send by adding a few more lines about a memory with the person, or give them some advice for whatever age their turning. Whatever you decide to write it will make their birthday even sweeter because you took extra time and attention and spent it on them.
2 | The second inspiration is all about the books! Do you have a great book suggestion that you know someone in your life would love? Rather than sending them a text or email, take this chance to write to them and explain why you think they'll love the book. If you don't want to keep your copy you can also package it up and send it along that way they can get reading right away!
3 | You know that nagging feeling of "you should call your Dad"? Why not pen him a quick letter instead of the usual call or text? It would probably be an unexpected and welcome change of communication, and if you don't want to send it right away you can always keep it and mail it to him for Father's Day!
4 | Number four is a fun one! Do you have a company or organization that you believe is making a difference in the world? Write them and tell them what you think. It may feel strange to write to a company, but there will definitely be someone who reads your letter and is thankful for it. If it's a small company the whole organization may get a chance to read what you have to say and feel inspired by your appreciation.
5 | Number 5 is dedicated to the person that has become a mentor in your life. This can be someone in your professional life, someone apart of your fitness journey, someone that has helped you spiritually, or anyone that you look up to and seek advice from. This is a great way to practice gratitude and let your mentor know how much you admire and trust their advice.
6 | If you're lost on what to say or write about in a letter, including a quote and then sharing why you chose it is a great way to get the writing juices flowing! You can pick a quote from a book, a song, an inspirational quote you found on Pinterest, a funny quote from a show, and on and on. As long as the quote made you think of the person you're sending it to, it's relevant and therefore the perfect starting point for a letter.
7 | Grandparents. They are simply amazing and the seventh inspiration. You can write to your own grandparents or, if you have children, make a fun activity out of decorating cards and envelopes to send to their Grandma and Grandpa. Either way, this letter is one you should definitely try to write this month as I guarantee any and every grandparent would be over the moon to receive a handwritten letter from their grandchild.
8 | If you can write this letter without weeping, you are a stronger person than I am! Inspiration 8 is all about writing to your child. Whether he/she is an adult, newborn, or anywhere in between, a letter from you will be cherished forever. It doesn't have to be sappy or deep, you can simply include a funny story or write about your daily routine together. Life changes and moves so quickly that one day you both will want to look back and remember the simple, daily things you did together.
9 | Number 9's inspiration is an opportunity to reconnect with someone that used to be a regular part of your life, but for one reason or another you've lost touch. Take some time today to write a few lines to an old friend and tell them what you've been up to and ask about their life. Writing a letter is a no pressure way to reach out!
10 | We've hit double digits and with it is a big idea for who to write a letter to: write local hospital staff! It can be a thank you or encouragement card, but I know nursing is hard and usually thankless so think of how uplifting it will be for whomever reads a genuinely written letter just for them.
11 | Naturally I'm super jazzed about this one, as I am a bonafide book nerd: write your favorite author! If the author is no longer living, write a letter anyway and remind yourself why you love his/her work so much. I will be writing L.M. Montgomery because Anne with an E. Do I need much more of a reason? Who will you be writing?
12 | Time to get swoony! Today write to your partner, and if you don't have one, don't miss out! You can still write a letter: write to the person you see yourself with or write to yourself and say what you hope others see in you. If you have someone you share your life with, surprise him or her with a non-Valentine's Day card from the heart. It doesn't even have to be mushy, just spend the time on them and they'll feel the love!
13 | Why not write to someone you know - or someone you don't know - that is sick. You can contact organizations like Ronald McDonald House, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, or Send a Smile 4 Kids if you want to send an encouraging card to a child that is sick. Or you can call a nursing home, hospital, or rehabilitation center and ask them if there is a program set up to deliver encouraging letters to patients. A stranger's time and caring attention is sure to lift anyone's spirits.
14 | Thank you cards are my best sellers here at Cafe Notes + Company which makes me so happy to know the tradition of sending a handwritten note of gratitude is still alive. Take a few minutes today to jot down a few words of thanks to someone who has helped you recently
15 | We're halfway through! What about writing to your sibling? If you're rocking the only child life, are there any cousins or friends that are practically your sister/brother? Write to them! I have 2 sisters and a brother so you can also borrow one of mine if you want...
16 | Write a politician and either share what you appreciate they're doing for you and your community, or write with suggestions, ideas, or constructive criticism. I would suggest not writing someone you are strongly opposed to unless you can do it tactfully and respectfully - let's keep this letter writing challenge positive!
17 | Congratulation cards are the best! Whomever you're sending the card to is feeling amazing for what they've accomplished and a letter from you means they can save that feeling and look at whenever they want.
18 | Residents in nursing homes, memory care facilities, and even assisted living locations struggle with depression and loneliness if they don't have family or friends nearby to visit them. A fantastic letter to write (or several!) would be to a local establishment. Just call and ask who to address your letter to and most likely it will be the activities coordinator that will help you out!
19 | Ah the BFF, does anything beat it? Today write to your best friend and surprise him/her with a little snail mail action! You can write absolutely ridiculous things that only you will understand or if you're in the mood dig a little deeper and write from the heart. Either way I guarantee you it will be a fun change from the text, calls, and emails you usually use to chat!
20 | Are you feeling inspired to put pen to paper? Well here is another good idea, because no matter where you're from or what you do I'm sure your life has been touched by a teacher. Whether it is a teacher from your own education or, if you have children, an educator that has played a key role in your son or daughter's life, they deserve all the thanks, support, and encouragement we can give them!
21 | Are you close with any of your aunts or uncles? I have been fortunate enough to know all of my aunts and uncles throughout my life, even living close to a couple at different times. Being a military brat, it was hard moving around all the time so staying close to family in whatever way we could was important. Write to an aunt or uncle today and keep those family lines of communication open!
22 | This inspiration is near and dear to my heart as I have many family members and friends who have served in the military. Most impactful was my father's 21 year service with the Navy. I grew up all things military: moving every couple of years, living in base housing, attending Department of Defense schools, saying good bye to my Dad as he went on 7 month deployments, and the list goes on how it not only affected my family's life, but also how his service still plays a large roll in his life today. A week ago my grandfather was a part of the Old Glory Flight from Wisconsin to Washington D.C. where he and 100 other veterans were taken to memorials around the city as a thank you for their service. Family and friends were asked to write letters which were given to the veterans on their flight home. I was honored to be a part of that day and I am striving to send more letters to active and retired military personnel in the future.
23 | Today's idea is all about the inspiration! Is there someone in your life that inspires you? It could be a stranger on social media that lifts your spirits with great posts. Or it can be a family member that is working their way through a tough time and killing it with strength and determination. It can be a friend that epitomizes positivity and energy. Or it can be a coworker or boss that motivates and inspires you with their hard work, focus, and drive. Whoever it is, send them a card and let them know how they motivate and inspire you!
24 | We're all about the niece and nephew. If you're an aunt or an uncle, take some time out today and send a card to one of your nieces or nephews. Maybe they're in the home-stretch of high school, or they're about to start semester finals next month and could use a little encouragement. Or you can send a just because card and let them know you're thinking of them for no good reason other than that you love them!
25 | I have been so excited for this one! I think this is a fun idea to brighten a stranger's day: write a letter and leave it in a public area for someone to find! How fun is that? Leave it in a park, on a hiking trail, at a table in a coffee shop, on a parking meter, or anywhere where someone will see it and know they can open it. (PS I'm not advocating littering...)
26 | Anytime is a great time to take on a new writing goal and I've got the perfect idea for you: write to military service men and women who are currently deployed or working away from their friends and family. There are many great organizations that facilitate mail and packages for active duty service members so reach out to your local Red Cross or USO branch and see where to send your card and letters. These men and women are often away from their homes for months at a time, so an encouraging and appreciative letter would be huge in lifting their spirits!
27 | Words of encouragement are powerful things that have the ability to change lives. It can be something simple like cheering on a runner at a race or writing a card to your friend who is in the final weeks of pregnancy and just. done. with. it. Or you can encourage someone who is going through something bigger like a divorce, death in the family, losing a job, changing careers, struggling through college, or just struggling in general. We've all been in a situation in our life where we've depended on the strength, guidance, and encouragement of others, and it's that kind of support that creates positive change in everyone's life. So take some time to today and write a few words of encouragement - for something big or small - to someone who could us it
28 | Have you ever written a letter to the editor? My husband is a science writer and editor for a magazine and I always find it refreshing how many letters to the editor his publication receives. It makes me happy to know that there are people who still take the time to not only read hard copies of magazines and books, but also are moved enough to sit down and write how the publication made them feel. If you've read something recently that resonated with you, take the dive and write a letter to the editor and say what you enjoyed (or didn't) about what they printed!
29 | Perhaps one of the most important and fun idea I've had is to write to yourself. You can write a letter that you never intend to open and it will feel good to simply write some things down. You can write a letter to open in a few weeks, months, or even years. Or you can write a letter to yourself that you can only open at a certain time, like when you're feeling doubtful or being really hard on yourself. I wish I would have written a letter to myself 2 years ago when I opened this business because it would be so refreshing and inspiring to remember everything I was feeling when I started this solopreneur adventure! So think about your future self and when he/she could use a letter and jot one down then store it away for when you need it most.
30 | We're at the last idea and it's just in time for Mother's Day! If your mom is no longer in your life, write a letter anyway if you feel you have something to say - letter writing is as much for the writer as it is for the receiver. If you're not sure what to say, I'll be on the blog next week with different prompts to get you inspired!
That wraps up 30 ideas for who to write a letter to and up your snail mail game. If you have any ideas I would love to hear them, just leave a comment down below!