April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. Itâ€™s the perfect opportunity to connect with the special people in your life by writing them a letter and expressing your gratitude and care. But as we think of all the people we could offer words of appreciation and encouragement to, itâ€™s easy for us to forget the most important person on the listâ€”ourselves!
This month, why not set aside time to write a love letter to yourself? You can celebrate all your accomplishments and reflect back on the challenging times youâ€™ve bravely moved through and overcome. This writing exercise also gives you space to reminisce on the dreams of your younger self and to map out plans to make your current aspirations a reality.
We know the difference uplifting words can make in someoneâ€™s day. But we often miss the chance to express love and gratitude for ourselvesâ€”to reflect back on the road map of our life and say thank you to ourselves for getting us where we are today. Or to give ourselves the affirmations that we are strong, we are beautiful, we are capable, no matter where we are on our journey. By carving out this time and writing a letter, it gives us space to honor all that we are and all that we will be.
There are several approaches you can take to write a letter to yourself. Choose one of the prompts below, try all of them, or take an approach that is uniquely your own.
- Write a letter to your past self.
Think back to your younger daysâ€”your thoughts, your wishes, your joys. Who were you and what did you care about? Write a letter to your past self. Tell them what you admire about them and what you hope for them. Forgive them for what they did not know. Affirm that their heartâ€™s desires matter. Think on all they can accomplish and encourage them to keep pursuing their dreams.
- Write a letter to your present self.
Bring yourself to today. Consider who you are and all that youâ€™ve done, and write a letter to your present self. Let them know you see them for who they are, every single wonderful quality. List out the ways youâ€™re proud of them and the ways you know they impact the world.
- Write a letter to your future self.
Imagine the journey ahead, and write a letter to your future self. Who are they? What are they doing and what do they focus their time on? Tell them you see how hard theyâ€™ve worked, and let them know theyâ€™re incredible for always reaching for the next good thing.
When youâ€™re done writing, save your letters and open them a year from now. Youâ€™ll be surprised by what has changed in your perspective and what things continue to hold true. Itâ€™s a little act of love that you can revisit again and again.
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