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September 28, 2022

Join Our Annual Tradition: Letters to Self

At this point in the year, we have roughly 12 weeks left. If we were running the mile in middle school gym class, this would be our final lap.

One of our favorite traditions is to pause before October and write a letter that will be opened on January 1st. A few years ago, we began inviting our larger community (all of you!) to join in the practice. Here's how it works:

Handwrite a letter to yourself that you will open on January 1st. Seal it in an envelope by October 1st and keep it somewhere safe.

Here are a few more details to help give this some shape:

  1. Schedule time to write the letter. 30-60 minutes should do.
  2. Handwrite the letter. Get off your computer/phone. Grab a pen and piece of paper. Handwritten letters are always more fun, especially when it’s your handwriting.
  3. Place your letter in an envelope. On the front of the envelope, write Dear ____(your name)______. And the words "Do not open until January 1st, 2023."

But what should I write about?

There are no limitations here. The audience is you. What do you want to remember about your year thus far? What have you seen? Who have you met? How have you changed? What have you celebrated recently? Where do you hope to be this time next year?

Compile all of those memories, thoughts, and bits of wisdom before the year speeds to an end. Use the sunlight of the summer and the freshness of the fall to capture important words before the cold takes over and the noise of "resolutions" rises. Then, as you start 2023, you’ll have your own words as clues and guides for your next steps.

If you choose to participate in this little experiment, can you leave your name/email address here: bit.ly/newyearsletter? I’ll send a quick reminder this Saturday and again on January 1st.

I hope this is a meaningful time of reflection. I’ll be doing this one with you.

PS: To our Jewish friends, Shana Tova! Our team is sending our best to you and yours this season.

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