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Why I Love Sending Mail

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Sending letters and care-packages makes me happy and it’s one way I practice gratitude and mindfulness. The act of physically writing a note and creating packages forces me to slow down and to be more thoughtful in my everyday life. And as a bonus, I get to buy stationary from small business owners.

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Lately, I’ve been sending packages and letters to friends who have experienced loss and big life changes. Coping with loss and change isn’t easy and I hope my packages bring a little brightness to my buddies.


Below are a few goodies I’ve sent to friends lately:

Do you send out letters or packages in the mail? If so, what kind of goodies do you send? And where do you buy stationary?

Be well,

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  • Karen May 1, 2013, 11:10 am

    Love this feature, Tammy! Many thanks as always!
    Enjoy all of your letter writing and card goodies!
    ~Karen 🙂

  • Becky May 1, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Tammy, I absolutely LOVE sending letters to people! I think I enjoy sending letters more than I even enjoy receiving them! I am so glad to see that you are still keeping letter writing alive in our society. It seems to be an ever fading art. I also thought it was neat seeing the picture of your various colored pens! I have that same collection and use a different colored ink for each day of the week. I am just getting back to writing and hope to be a successful writer some day. Love your blog and website!

  • April May 1, 2013, 4:15 pm

    I love sending letters and little notes through the mail though I don’t get much of a response back. Did get lucky with one of my friends. We write back and forth to each other every month or so in small notebooks that I’ve made. It’s always a great day when the current book arrives in my mailbox.

  • Lindsay May 1, 2013, 4:23 pm

    I am trying to do more letter writing, but I’m not very good at setting aside the time to do it!

    I have been reading your blog for nine months or so, but have never introduced myself. I am Lindsay from North Dakota 🙂 My husband has grandparents in the Mt. Shasta area, so we love your photos. At the end of this week I wil officially be switching gears to become a blogger full time (finally). Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Aime Lopez May 1, 2013, 8:22 pm

    I LOVE This post! 🙂 I’ll been trying to send some letters to one of my highschool friends that is living in Puerto Rico, but never send them!, sadly the Mail in Mexico is almost obsolete, but when I was in Highschool I used to write some friends a lot ! and it was so so exited to receive letters so much FUN!… At least I started doing the care-packages with my family and friends on their birthdays, I really miss the real letters from the old times.. and by the way I was going to ask you if you have think in getting a Wax Seal? I have one with a lovely rose.. is not expensive and is so so lovely to Stamp an envelope with the wax and put some dry leaves, that’s how I create my wedding invitations, like and antique letter… so so pretty!!! , you should try it!! 😉 :


    Love the pictures!!! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing !!!


    • Tammy Strobel May 2, 2013, 7:51 am

      Hi Aimie – A wax seal sounds like something fun I can add to my letter writing toolbox. I’ll check out the link later today. Thank you!

  • Julia May 1, 2013, 8:24 pm

    Dear Tammy,

    Your blog and book have been a huge inspiration for me in the last months.
    I recently moved from Germany to NYC and always thought of what I learnt from your blog to keep things light, simple and full of love!
    Last week my friend and I started our own blog, and it’s first entry is also about writing (in our case) post cards! Isn’t this a coincidence in combination with your blog as one of my inspirations?

    Thank you so much!

    • Tammy Strobel May 2, 2013, 7:52 am

      Right on Julia! I’m happy to hear you are blogging. And what a fun coincidence! xo.

  • bethany May 2, 2013, 7:43 am

    I love mail! I do write letters, but find I’m much better at a quick “thinking of you” note than lengthy letters. As such, I especially like keeping a stash of postcards around – right now it’s the farmer’s market collection here: http://www.cavallini.com/p-postcards-cartepostale.php My other regular stationary indulgence is satsuma press – letterpress has such a great hand, and I love her work: http://www.satsumapress.com/SHOP

    I also like recycling images from magazines, etc. into a personal card or envelope.

    • Tammy Strobel May 2, 2013, 7:51 am

      Great ideas Bethany! I LOVE the link you shared. Super fun. xo.

  • Emily May 2, 2013, 9:30 am

    I love to send mail, too! This post has inspired me to get cracking on it. 🙂 I will definitely be going to Michael’s for some stamping supplies to make my envelopes even prettier.

  • Jennifer Brown May 2, 2013, 11:00 am

    There is something so much warmer and personal in getting news by handwritten mail. I like the subjects you raise in your blog, and your take on thinking about the world. I’m an irregular blogger, but my last post (http://wawdwol.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/the-power-of-the-handwritten-written-word) was on the special value of written letters and cards, prompted by a friend who found a letter from me in one of her books from college. That sort of discovery moment doesn’t happen with email. Thanks for your words.

  • [email protected] Home May 2, 2013, 12:41 pm

    The photos of your work space always look so warm and inviting. I think it’s the wood background that makes them so charming.

  • Jan May 2, 2013, 2:37 pm

    Great post! I send little care packages often to my 87 year old grandmother. She lives far from me (I am in Florida and she is in Newfoundland, Canada) and I don’t get to visit her as often as I’d like. I love the process of putting the the packages together….picking out things I know she’ll like…..tea, honey, biscuits, medjool dates, books, word search puzzles (large print!). She has told me that she that the packages really cheer her up and that makes me feel really good. Email is not an option as she does not have a computer (nor does she want one!) so I also send her handwritten letters. By the way, Tammy, I ordered my grandmother a pair of Lamo slippers (you mentioned them in a post), and she absolutely loves them!! It gets mightly cold in Newfoundland!!

  • Litsa Williams May 2, 2013, 3:55 pm

    Love love love snail mail! I get so excited to get cards and I think that is why I get equally excited to send them. As you know, my and Eleanor’s blog is all about grief and loss. How to write a sympathy card is actually one of our most visited posts through google, and I have often thought that speaks to the fact that so many people aren’t comfortable with what to say in hand written cards anymore because we just don’t write them that much any more (not to mention that people aren’t all that comfortable with loss and death to begin with, so it is doubly hard). Many people actually get to us by searches for what to say in an email after a loss, so they are probably disappointed when they get to the post and it says that this is one occassion when a real, hand written, stamped, through the mail card is a must! Finding a good loss/sympathy card can be hard because many of them are so over done. I try to stick to a simple, basic cards or stationary. Here in Baltimore we have a store called TROHV that sells mostly small press and local cards and they are my go-to. Though I have to admit, cards are one area where I have a bit of a hoarding problem — good cards/sympathy cards can be tough to find (partially because I am picky) so when I find something I like I tend to stock up. I like to always know I have a good card on hand when I need it 🙂

  • Katie May 6, 2013, 3:41 am

    Hey Tammy! I too have recently become penpal extraordinaire! I’ve been spending an absolute fortune on postcards that I am collecting from all over the place on my travels, and sending them to friends – for birthdays, or just to say hi. I LOVE receiving mail – it never happens anymore, and to receive something physical that someone has taken the effort to write and get down to the post office and send is really warming. My friends have been dropping my notes to say how happy they are to receive the post – hurrah!

    Those care packages you are sending out are such a great idea – how beautiful and thoughtful you are Tammy.

    You’ve also reminded me I need to write to my Grandma more, to remind her who I am and to keep her company whilst I am romping around different lands.

    Katie. XXX

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