The First Letter

Mail, Personal

One of my favorite things about sending mail is sending that first letter to someone. It’s so much fun to introduce yourself and your style to a stranger. I also love the first letter because I can send all these little odds and ends, and know that the person is receiving them for the first time. I often feel like I send a lot of the same things to the same people; not on purpose but because I don’t keep a very detailed log of the little things I include with letters.

The only thing I don’t really like doing in a first letter is describing myself. Like most of the population, I’m not too fond of talking about myself. Which is kind of funny because I learning things about other people. You gotta share to get that in return! I’ll get better at it, I promise. I often find that it is easier for me to describe myself using fun lists instead of the typical “My name is Tara, I’m 26 years old. Blah blah blah” description.

I inevitably always end up talking about mail in the first letter to. One of my favorite things to know about my pen pals is their mail story. I want to know how and why you first started sending letters, what your favorite type of letter to send or receive is, and how long they have been sending mail. We all have such different stories when it comes to our involvement with mail!

What is your favorite thing about sending, or receiving, the first letter?


Mail In Review


I ended up not sending a lot of mail in 2014, and didn’t receive much because of that! This year has been the longest time I’ve been living in one place since 2011! I have no excuse for being such a flake. I didn’t send any Postcrossing postcards this year, and took forever to reply to my pals.

But, you know what, I received such fantastic mail. It’s never the quantity; always the quality. It is a great mail year even if I just receive one thing in my mailbox. That being said, I will always love keeping track of all my incoming and outgoing mail!

In 2014 I…

► Sent 82 letters and 3 postcards

► Received 88 letters and 23 postcards

Thank you to all the fabulous people who spent time to send me something beautiful!


I don’t typically make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really been a goal-making person but there are a few things I definitely want to focus on this year.

► Send more mail (obviously). More specifically, I want to get back into Postcrossing again. I also want to set a standard for myself to reply to every letter I receive within a week.

► Less Netflix, more learning. If I’m at home, I’m usually always playing a show or movie through Netflix on my TV. Earlier this year, I started learning programming and German. Unfortunately, there isn’t much room to have two different things playing at once, and it is hard to learn if you have something else talking at you in the background! It’s one or the other and I chose learning!

► Start a paper journal. I used to journal allll the time when I was a teenager. I love going through my old journals but I just don’t do it anymore! I’ll start one but never keep up with it.

365 photo project. I read Kaylah’s post on her takeaway from doing the project this year and I’m convinced I need to get in on this. I’m sure I’ll forget some days but it’s more important to me to take more photos rather than take a photo every day.

Do you have any goals for 2015?