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Why I Have A Pen Pal (And Why You Should Have One Too)

I have to be honest at first the idea of a pen pal seemed pretty boring and childish to me, that's something that kids do in primary school - so I once thought but over time my opinions changed deeply towards it. The idea of having a penpal as an adult first struck me when my partner, Tee brought up the subject and decided that she wanted to send letters to internet friends from the UK. Weeks past and the letters were coming back and forth between Tee and her new-found buddies and then my curiosity got the better of me - I got a penpal of my own.

I've always had a love for writing and that's why I have a blog but it's not the same as putting pen to paper. I just adore the look of handwritten letters, journal spreads and vintage stamps, they're like little time capsules because they're not very common anymore because everybody is too busy texting or tweeting 24/7

The biggest challenge in having a pen pal is finding a decent one, you could write to anybody you want to but you won't truly enjoy writing your letters unless you connect with them. Of course you may not know if you will both get along until you've both sent a received a few letters to each other but you have to be careful because some people can be a waste of time. I've had a lot of half-arsed letters that I've put straight into the bin (that sounds terrible, I know but hear me out...) because they were either asking the same boring questions over and over again, only written a tiny amount or the letter just seemed rushed and un-meaningful. I feel like a terrible person for owning up that I have stopped replying to some of my other penpals but that's only happened once or twice in the space of months.

Having a penpal has opened my eyes to a whole new hobby, I spend my spare time making little goodies to send to my friends, decorating papers & envelopes and joining pen pal and stationery communities on facebook - it's really opened me up to the idea of long distant friendships. 

Truthfully I suck with having friends, I'm too much of an introvert to go out and see them and I'm too busy to always talk to them through social media so the idea of writing letters fits in really well with my lifestyle because at the end of a long day I can sit at my desk with a cup of tea and write to my dear friends about all the little things in life. It really helps me to clear my mind and reflect on all the things that have happened in the past week or so and gives me a break from the computer screen.

I recommend looking into getting a penpal if it sounds like your cup of tea! I'll be writing a post in the near future on how to find penpals and what to send to them so keep your eyes peeled too.

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