Is it just me or do all great ideas come to you in the shower?
My name is Charlotte, and I joined Connected AU as a program manager for online hobby groups (hence the baskets of produce). Over time my role has grown and I'm now involved in most programs within the business. This works for me, as I've always had a love of writing and immersing myself in the varied projects we do - from letters, to products, to clubs.
So back to my idea, it was coming to the end of 2021 when I found myself ruminating about the Letterbox Project - the hundreds of letters we see coming through our office - and the real human impact they have. The impact that Connected AU has. We see it from letters to say thank you, emails telling us the letters have changed lives, to phone calls passing on heartfelt thanks. I really see that letters, in their tangible existence, can change lives and that connection is the lifeblood of community.
And now back to the shower...I started wondering 'what would happen if I wrote a letter every day for one year?' How many people would this effect? How would it effect me? And what would happen if I committed to this, publicly, and documented the process for the entire year.
The goal isn't to show that one must write a letter every day to make an impact, but rather, to see what connection, every day, can create for both the writer and the recipients.
I hear you thinking, that is a lot of letters! One every day!? Who has the time! It certainly will be a challenge requiring discipline and persistence, precious time and no doubt a whole lot of patience with myself as I curse the day that I decided this was a good idea.
This will be a bit like journaling, but to the benefit of others as well. There is a certain meditative element to writing that I hope to tap into at least on some days.
The letters will be written to folks close and far. They may even be written, on occasion, to my chooks, or my dog, depending on the mood, but they will all be written by hand - one per day - for an entire year.
I am a bit of a mixed bag on the personality front, not every day is going to be the same on this journey. I expect we will ride a rainbow of emotions, from humor to thought processing, philosophy and even to despair. But that is all of us isn't it? And the aim of this is that I make this real, honest, transparent and fun and that I really show how impactful it can be to write a letter every day.
What would happen if you wrote a letter a day, every day, for a year? We will see.
The letterbox project is our flagship program. It is a national pen pal program fostering connection and community, with handwritten letters being sent across Australia to people feeling isolated and disconnected.
Our Letterbox Project is the only national program with management and safety embedded. We do not share any identifiable information, and all letters are vetted by our team. Every single letter for the duration of the pen pal communication is sent through our team and approved, allowing relationships and connection to thrive while ensuring everyone in our community is safe.
In the digital age, a handwritten letter is a beautiful reminder of the power of real connection. Something seemingly simple can have a profound and lasting impact - for both the recipient and the writer. Every letter makes a difference and we would love for you to join us.
Click here to write your first letter