Why We Should Send Snail Mail Again!

Why We Should Send Snail Mail Again!

11 reasons why you should reclaim the lost art of sending letters in the mail!

Every summer, my best friend in Middle School went away to camp for a month with no access to electronics or phone calls or anything. Every summer, my friends and I would write her letters and send care packages. It quickly became a tradition within my circle of friends to send letters to each other throughout the summer. We'd spray the card down with our favorite perfume, kiss the envelopes with lipstick on, and maybe even include a surprise in the envelope before sealing it and sprinting down to the mailbox to catch the postman. Every day we would patiently await our letters so that the cycle could repeat again. Even today the tradition is still kept alive with a few of the same friends, and even some new ones! This tradition is one of my favorites, and now that I'm off to college I've decided to extend the tradition through the entire year, and also to tell you 11 reasons why you should still send snail mail!

1. Letters are a little more personal than a text message.

Need I say more?

2. It is an easy way to stay in touch with long-distance-high-school-friends.

When you move away or go off to college, keeping in touch your friends from home every day or trying to connect every day like you used to can get hard and make you feel as though you've lost touch. Exchanging letters every few weeks can confirm the friendship and make it easier to catch up rather than texting every day!

3. It is an easy way to show off or practice your penmanship.

Practice your cursive or calligraphy, take the time to make your letter a work of art and show it off to your friends! (And the postman!)

4. Chances are, you will get a letter back.

For a few people I write to this isn't the case, but more often than not when you send someone a letter, they will be so appreciative and happy and will write you back! Say hello to pen pals!

5. It creates anticipation and is a fun surprise

Nowadays, the mail is just bills and promotions, maybe a few catalogs here and there. Take it upon yourself to brighten someone's day with a colorful envelope or hand-written letter mixed in with those taxes and bills.

6. You don't have to write that much.

In all honesty, you don't have to pour out your heart and soul in your letters to make someone's day. Simply saying "I miss you, and I hope you are well" and taking the initiative to send it in the mail can tremendously improve the quality of someone's day.

7. It shows the other person that you value your relationship as important.

Taking the time to sit down and write a letter, address it, and put it in the mail shows the recipient how much you care and confirms your relationship and how you feel about them.

8. It honors tradition.

People have sent hand-written letters since 500 BC, and stamped letters started being sent in 1840!

9. You can keep the letters you receive forever.

I still have all my summer middle school letters in a shoebox under my desk that I love to read when I'm feeling nostalgic!

10. You can send a letter to or from anywhere in the world.

Yeah yeah you can send texts and emails around the world too, but how fun is it to receive something that has actually traveled across the world to get to your mailbox? Also, can you say "adorable postcards"?? Don't have to ask me twice!

11. Letters are inexpensive.

A few cards will cost you $5 and a pack of stamps will be around 50 cents. Get out your coin jar and send a few letters to your loved ones!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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