JOHN DERIAN Paperweight // SMYTHSON Stationery

Despite the digital age we live in, I think we can all agree that there is still something oh-so delightful about snail mail. Who doesn’t love checking their mailbox to find that amongst the bills and junk, likes a hand-written letter with their name on it? Whether it’s a beautiful calligraphed envelope (sure to be an invitation!) or a one-line postcard, receiving a handwritten letter will always and forever feel like such a treat to me.

With that in mind, I’ve really made an effort to write at least two letters per week. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s something. (The only rule I have is that thank-you letters for gifts received do not count towards the two. Why? Because writing a thank-you letter for a gift is absolutely mandatory in my book. You should be doing that anyway.) The letters have ranged from a quickies accompanying an article or magazine tear that made me think of the recipient to longer, more heart-felt notes.

I’m someone who loves to write (and not just because it means getting to use new stationery from Ellis Hill) so this never feels like a dull task to me – plus, knowing that the unexpected joy that comes with its receipt makes me enjoy writing it all the more. It’s a ritual that has totally changed my week for the better.

Think about it: when was the last time you wrote a letter just because?

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