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It’s National Handwriting Day!

23 Jan

Move over Thanksgiving! I might have a new favorite holiday!

I just found out that today, January 23rd, is National Handwriting Day and I just had to jump on here and do a quick post (which is a bit ironic as I’m typing! ha!)

Let me just say that I don’t know if there is anything that warms my heart more than opening a handwritten letter! In a world that continues to gravitate towards electronic communications, I try to find as many excuses to write by hand as possible and you should too!

Here are a few examples…

I leave handwritten love notes for my family (under their pillows!) when I go away on an overnight trip.

I hand write my notes when I interview a story source. (And I don’t even use short-hand!)

I have an actual planner (three cheers for ErinCondren.com!) that I hand write all of my appointments and reminders in.

I have handwritten notes about ideas of books I’d like to write stashed all over the house.

I hand write my grocery list and my to do list for the day…because who doesn’t love to cross things off?!

And I absolutely love to stop and make time in my day for handwritten notes to friends and family that I love and don’t see every day.

I’ve even been known to slip a handwritten note into my kids’ lunch box (carrying on my mom’s tradition.)

What I think is funny is that the beauty of a handwritten note is in the eye of the beholder. I just had a friend tell me the other day that I should have been a teacher because I have teacher handwriting. It made me laugh because Matt and the kids think that my handwriting is terribly sloppy! (To their credit, they usually see my writing when it’s in a hurry.)

But here’s what I want to tell you about handwritten notes…it doesn’t matter how long or short they are. It doesn’t matter if your handwriting is pristine or sloppy. It doesn’t even matter if you spell things wrong, or cross things off or you use beautiful paper or a scrap that you torn off an a receipt.

Words matter and seeing them in the way that only you can write them matters to those who read them. 

So it’s probably not surprising that I am a saver of handwritten things. Here’s proof. Just a couple of the file folders I have full of notes I’ve gotten from people I love…


Like this one…

love note

Happy National Handwriting Day to you and yours!

Now, go hand write a note!


ps…For a little extra fun, follow this Twitter feed to see the creative ways that brands and organizations are celebrating this important holiday (you might just win a signed baseball!)