52 Weeks, 52 Letters Project — Week Four

by Katy on January 25, 2011 · 12 comments

I may not have received a return letter from Kristen over at The Frugal Girl yet, (she just received it yesterday) but she did take the time to photograph her letter and post it on her blog.

We’re midway through the fourth week of the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Project and despite there being an ahem, single week two/week three letter, I’m actually getting in the groove. I’m remembering that I like writing letters, and that they don’t actually take that long to produce.

The key to writing letters for me is to address and stamp the envelopes ahead of time, and even pop a piece of paper in, that way they’re ready to go as soon as inspiration hits. I’m noticing a tendency to have my letters be a bit complain-y, but that might just be because I’ve got a number of things going on in my life that I’m needing to puzzle through at the moment. Hopefully my letters aren’t a huge bummer to receive, and I’m trying to remember to include some positive spin.

And although I have yet to receive a return letter, Kristen over at The Frugal Girl did snap a lovely photos of the letter and tea bag that I had sent her during week three and post it on her 365 blog. Very cool.

My letter this week was to Naomi Seldin from Simpler Living. I had noticed that her interview with Dave Bruno ofย The 100 Things Challenge ran in The Oregonian newspaper, and she had asked that I mail her the clipping. I figured this was begging the perfect opportunity to check off a letter for week four. So Naomi, watch your mailbox, because a genuine scrappy Katy Wolk-Stanley letter is on its way. (Seriously, my handwriting has become downright insane. Charles Manson probably has better penmanship.)

Have you been participating in the 52 Weeks, 52 Letters Project? Please add your thoughts and words in the comments section below. Those with insane forehead tattoos need not apply.

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen@TheFrugalGirl January 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

Well, I did just get the letter YESTERDAY, so I haven’t managed to write you back yet.



Katy January 25, 2011 at 9:55 am

Ooh, I think that came out wrong. I super-duper appreciate your blog post!



Kristen@TheFrugalGirl January 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

lol! No worries.


Kristen@TheFrugalGirl January 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

By which I mean, I wasn’t offended. Just teasing you. ๐Ÿ™‚


Heather January 25, 2011 at 9:46 am

I love this project. I am finding my groove, and our whole family is writing more. This week I sent a letter to my niece in disappearing ink. I know she will love it.


mel January 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

Well… I sent one care package so far… but I am not giving up! I picked up more notecards and looked around the house for fun things to send (postcards, photos, games). Hopefully I will catch up soon!


Megg January 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

My biggest challenge is finding someone to write to every week! That sounds like I have no friends, but really it’s more that I just don’t know what to say to who…so I have written a few letters to the same person, but so far no missed weeks!


Shannon B. January 25, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Yep, I’ve done mine. My procrastination is in writing a blog post about each one, but that’ll be coming soon!


Jeanne K. January 26, 2011 at 8:27 am

This sounds like a challenge I can handle, at least until I run out of funds for postage. I sent 5 letters out last week (catching up). I find most of my randomness goes to people on sendsomething.net, so I think anyone who is running out of friends might want to check it out. Frankly, my personal friends are much less likely to send mail back than a stranger who has signed up on a site like that and has promised to reciprocate!
And if you want to send something to me, I’m on there as Mandala Dreamer!


Jude January 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

I wrote another thank-you card this past weekend. This coming weekend I think I’ll tackle a full-blown letter. I used to write those all the time before email came along.


Karen January 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I fell behind last week, but I’m writing two this week:o) I like your idea of having the envelope addressed and stamped, I’m going to try that.


Karen C. January 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I began this as a New Year’s resolution and have been meeting my goals each week. It is a pleasure to step away from the daily scramble and just sit back, putting pen to paper, and write to an old friend or family member all the while thinking of the pleasant surprise they will get when they find my unexpected letter in their mailbox!


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