I have embarked on a new journey, one that complements who I am and what I love. From a very young age I have loved the written word. Books were a welcome escape and writing that first poem in 7th grade was a revelation. Even though having it read in class was traumatic for me and I denied that I wrote it, inside I was glowing. My poem was read (it was the only poem read aloud); therefore, it must have been good. Wow! Validation.
For awhile there, I wrote a lot. Poems poured out of me. I wrote a few short stories, but they weren't any good. I haven't been able to find a story voice. But, I digress. Fast forward 30-some (okay, maybe 40-some) years and here I am. Finally able to see that all that worry, all that negative thinking was a colossal waste of time. But, as a kid, you just don't know that. Seriously.
So, I have decided to combine my new found drawing/doodling creativity with my love of writing and every day I am designing an envelope (or postcard) and sending a written note or letter to someone in my life. There are going to be repeat recipients, of course, as I don't know 365 people who are close to me. Sure, I could send out some business correspondence in a decorated envelope or send to randomly selected strangers, but I'll see how it goes sending to the people I know first.
My start date was October 4, 2010 and I will continue to at least my birthday in June 2011 and hopefully I'll continue on until I have a collection of 365 decorated envelopes or postcards. Each day I log the date and the recipient's name and take a picture of the envelope/postcard. I've already received two phone calls thanking me for my correspondence and complimenting me on my artwork. It feels good. I'm excited to see a growth in my artwork. At least I'm expecting that to be one of the side benefits.