Saturday, June 18, 2011

Letter Writing Challenge: Intro

I met with my beautiful & wonder-full friend Sarah over coffee and I was inspired in many ways. The first was that even if we are snarky and horrible, we can choose to be joyful. I know this, but then I forget it. Then I remember it, and then the cats come in the house meowing. So inspired was I, that I started reading a book that I've had on my shelf for some time: Choosing Gratitude. I guess what Sarah stated- and this book confirmed- is this impactful message: I can whine, or I can worship. But, hold up. I am totally getting off the original idea behind this post. This post is not about joy, necessarily, it is about the other way she inspired me. Sarah posts on her blog daily, engaged in the Emerson writing challenge. Now, although the transcendentalist author's nature-loving ways and, well, transcendental thoughts...(ahem) are mental ice cream; I felt far too intellectually stuperior (that's stupid and inferior folks) responding to such prompts. Yet, I wanted to do something (and Sarah said she would actually read them...so, that was incentive). Enter the letter writing challenge. Like many other challenges, this is a 30 day guide that could motivate someone to write. Now, unlike my English major friends, I am not a writer. I never thought of myself as one, never majored in English, never really even tried to write, never retained advanced writing techniques (sorry Mom)...but, it sounded fun. Therefore, I will start tomorrow. But, knowing my situation and my schedule, I needed to place some parameters on the challenge. This parameter might actually make it harder to complete, but I know that if this is to be a true challenge, then I must add the caveat of time. I will only allow myself to write for 15 minutes ( I was going to make it 10, but I have already written for 10 on this post.) Here are the prompts for your anticipation:

The 30 Day Letter Challenge

WRITE A LETTER TO THESE PEOPLE :

Day 1 — Your Best Friend

Day 2 — Your Crush

Day 3 — Your parents

Day 4 — Your sibling (or closest relative)

Day 5 — Your dreams

Day 6 — A stranger

Day 7 — Your Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend/love/crush

Day 8 — Your favorite internet friend

Day 9 — Someone you wish you could meet

Day 10 — Someone you don’t talk to as much as you’d like to

Day 11 — A Deceased person you wish you could talk to

Day 12 — The person you hate most/caused you a lot of pain

Day 13 — Someone you wish could forgive you

Day 14 — Someone you’ve drifted away from

Day 15 — The person you miss the most

Day 16 — Someone that’s not in your state/country

Day 17 — Someone from your childhood

Day 18 — The person that you wish you could be

Day 19 — Someone that pesters your mind—good or bad

Day 20 — The one that broke your heart the hardest

Day 21 — Someone you judged by their first impression

Day 22 — Someone you want to give a second chance to

Day 23 — The last person you kissed

Day 24 — The person that gave you your favorite memory

Day 25 — The person you know that is going through the worst of times

Day 26 — The last person you made a pinky promise to

Day 27 — The friendliest person you knew for only one day

Day 28 — Someone that changed your life

Day 29 — The person that you want tell everything to, but too afraid to

Day 30 — Your reflection in the mirror

Wish me luck!

♥ Lauren

2 comments:

Delaney said...

So look forward to reading your letters :) I love you! And I am so glad your time with Sarah was such a blessing to you!

Rose Starr said...

Ooooh, yay! I'm not a writer either...it intimidates me. Bravo to you for going for it. I think you'll enjoy it Lauren. I did a creativity challenge a few months back...loved it. Didn't finish each day, but the days I did were interesting and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading your letters :)
~Rose