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Writing Out Loud: Incowrimo 2018

It’s almost the end of February, which means it’s almost the end of International Correspondence Writing Month. I signed up to do InCoWriMo on the spur of the moment – which is pretty much how I sign up to every challenge – and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to complete it, but I have … and a day early to boot. I’ve actually written and delivered 35 items of correspondence. Most have been to recipients in the UK. Some are winging their way across the world as I type. Most have been to people I’ve never met. Some have been to family and friends. Most have been letters. Some have been postcards, and a few have been little thank you notes left for the staff in cafes. All of them have been handmade and handwritten by me.

I’ve had a blast making, writing and sending everything. I started off not quite knowing what to write about, but I decided to just share the kinds of things I write about here and to share some of the quotes that I’ve found helpful over the course of my recovery from mental illness. I wanted to spark a little joy and hope in people’s lives if I could. As I said above, I didn’t know most of the people to whom I was writing – I got the names and addresses from the sign-up sheet in the Boho Berry Tribe Facebook Group – but I figured everyone can do with more joy and hope in their lives, so that would be a good place to start. I’ve had a few replies, which have been the icing on the cake. I shall reply to those replies in March. I’ve missed writing letters – I haven’t had a pen pal since I was a teenager 30 years ago – so I want to make it a habit and write one letter a week from now on. I think that’s doable, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know my new letter-writing chums a bit better.

There were a couple of extra-special letter that I wrote this month. These were to people who, unknown to them, have had a massive impact on my recovery. It’s through the things they’ve shared online that I’ve, in part, been able to discover wellness, resilience and purpose, particularly through artful journaling and bullet journaling. I figured it was about time I said a proper ‘thank you’ to them and gave them the encouragement they deserve.

All things being equal, I’ll definitely be doing InCoWriMo again next year. How about you? Do you write letters? What kinds of things do you write about in yours?

Thanks for reading! Catch you soon. xxx

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