My absolute favorite thing about having a blog is that I can go IN DEPTH to what I mention on my Instagram account. It's clear to everyone that Instagram is my favorite source of social media. I love expressing my creativity and taking pictures of the world around me.
One of the things on my instagram account is pen pals. I know that pen pals come in seasons. It's always usually towards the middle-end of summer, AND I LOVE IT.
Ever since I was a freshman in highschool I was always known as the girl who wrote letters. I love handwritten letters because I feel as if my words don't just disappear in the mess of text messages. Letters are real, raw, true, genuine love and encouragement and I can't get enough of them.
In 2016 I made a post about wanting pen pals. This is where the whole thing started. I had about 10 people I wrote to, and to this day I still have their letters.
AT THIS EXACT MOMENT
I have about 90 pen pals. I wrote out all of my letters (I'm currently taking a break because of school), and I still check my mailbox for new letters that come (trust me I still get new ones).
I love it. I absolutely adore each and every person who takes the time to write me a letter. So far my furthest letters has been from a soldier overseas in Germany, a foreign exchange student in Spain, a sweet gal in Washington State, my best friend in Arizona. I keep them all in a box beside my bedside table and whenever I feel down about life I open them up.
I don't think I have ever said this, but if you have ever written me a letter, THANK YOU. Thank you for your love and your time and your cute stationary. This movement has changed my life and is a BIG PART of who I am and what I want to do with my life. You all have inspired me to be the best version of myself and I am forever grateful for each and every one of you.
WITH THAT BEING SAID
I have received so many DM's about HOW to do pen pals, what they are, and what is the first step. So aside from my little story time, I decided to give you guys some TIPS on the best way to achieve the ULTIMATE pen pal *que the excitement*
I feel like everyone thinks that this step is the hardest, and for some -- it might be. BUT THIS IS THE GREATEST THING ABOUT OUR GENERATION AND THE TECHNOLOGY WE ARE EQUIPPED WITH. It is literally SO easy to connect with people ALL over. Heck, you might already have some people who follow you that would LOVE to receive a letter from your hometown... I mean, that IS the point of pen pals.
It is really simple, honestly to find a pen pal Like I showed y'all earlier, all I did back in 2016 was post a photo. You do the same. Basically all you have to say is, "HEY! If you are looking for a pen pal, hit up my DM's with your address. I would love to get a letter/send you a letter."
This is the best part, and this is where the little spark of creativity can really TAKE OFF. I attached a link to my pinterest board if you are lost for inspiration.
Some tips are this:
- Experiment with some really cool fonts. Try some cursive. Do a font like the one in the "step two:" banner. All caps? Handwriting is a really fun way to add a creative element to a little letter.
- STATIONARY: This is where it gets REALLY good. Michaels, TjMaxx, and Hobby Lobby have some really cute stationary. You can get some really good discounts with them as well. I like plain letters that way I can doodle + draw on the front/inside. EXPERIMENT WITH THIS BECAUSE LITERALLY YOU CAN DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!
- ADD STUFF: Stickers, glitter, pictures, bracelets, memoirs, etc. These letters are always so much fun to receive. I have gotten little anklet bracelets, stickers (WHICH I LOVE TO COLLECT) and this past week I received a letter with little glitter stars in it. I LOVED IT.
hahaha I don't think I really need to explain this one. JUST SHIP YA LETTER BOO! I have had a few questions about HOW I pay for stamps. With 100+ letters to send that clearly can get expensive. I really do feel like this whole pen pal movement was a God thing because when my grandmother passed we found a WHOLE box of random stamps in a shoebox in her closet. I might've used wedding cake stamps for months, but I was so thankful because stamps are so expensive. Hopefully you guys will be just as lucky as I am!!
Pen pals are such a blessing and I hope that you end up meeting your best friend through this like I did. I wish you all the best!! Let me know in the comment box if you have any more questions!
About the Author.
Brittany Merrill is an eighteen year old senior who lives by the quote, "Life isn't perfect, but your outfit can be." She is passionate about Jesus, setting new trends, and french fries.