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Reviving the Lost Art of Handwritten Letters While Discovering New Hobbies Such as Calligraphy and Wax Seals

We are living in a digital world nowadays. The main forms of communication have been texting or emails. Not too many of us even make phone calls anymore. I will admit I am an avid texter. I hate talking on the phone, which in my teenage years was the best thing since sliced bread, but not anymore. Does that ring true with you?

What if we go back to a simpler time? There's an undeniable charm in the simplicity and sincerity of handwritten letters. It's something that seems to have gotten lost in our fast-paced world. Handwritten letters seem to be artifacts in today's world, overshadowed by the conveniences of modern technology. However, in our hectic lives, I believe that there is a need to connect with the art of slow living and bring these traditions back.

When you take the time to handwrite a letter, it offers an intimate connection that digital communication can't replicate. The deliberate act of sitting down to compose a letter encourages mindfulness and reflection, fostering deeper connections with both ourselves and the recipient. It's a reprieve for you from the busyness of life, and it's a very special moment for the recipient of the letter. First, they will be surprised to receive something other than a bill in the mail, and then they will feel the connection and love you sent to them in the form of that letter.

a woman sitting by the water writing a letter

If you have never done so, a great hobby is trying your hand at calligraphy. It's a very relaxing activity but also requires some practice. Its graceful strokes add an element of beauty and sophistication to handwritten correspondence. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, calligraphy is a form of artistic expression that celebrates the intricacies of language and the art of storytelling. Mastering the art of calligraphy allows us to slow down and savor the beauty of written words, transforming the act of communication into a meaningful experience. You by no means have to write an entire letter in calligraphy, but once you master the technique why not? It's a beautiful script and an art form that we need to bring back to life.

Another fun hobby that goes along with our theme is making wax seals. It's an easy project and can be customized in any way you like to make them unique to you. The extra touch they add to your letters is so special and gives a personal touch to every letter you send. There are so many ideas out there to make your seals that you could spend hours researching. The good news is you can make them ahead of time and just glue them on when you mail your letters. Here is a YouTube short showing the very basics of making a wax seal.

wax seal on a letter

Incorporating handwritten letters, calligraphy, and wax seals into our lives aligns seamlessly with the principles of the slow-living lifestyle. We can reclaim the lost art of meaningful communication and serve as a reminder to slow down, disconnect from the noise of technology, and savor the simple joys of human connection.

It's also important to pass these traditions on to the younger generations so they are not lost forever. What this technology takes away is the human connection, learning new skills, and learning to slow down in a fast-paced world is crucial to good mental health. It's the perfect way to infuse some calm in a world of chaos and incorporate a slow-living lifestyle.

There is so much joy out there to be discovered that you probably have forgotten about. We want to bring that to you every month. More joy, a new hobby, spending more time with friends and family, and doing more of what matters. What are you waiting for if you are not on our email list or following us on social media? You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest.

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calligraphy, wax seals, and handwritten letters


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