January 24, 2019
One of my favorite things in the world is receiving a note or letter from friends and family. For my birthday, I’d much rather receive a thoughtful card than a gift. I love words and I love paper goods.
The most wonderful thing about receiving a letter is that you can save it. It becomes a keepsake. And you can go back in time whenever you read it. It’s sorta like you’re transported to that moment, time, and place.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner (can you believe it?!), you’ll most likely write a few letters to friends, family, and a significant other. But before you start writing to others, how about you give yourself a very powerful gift? Writing a letter to your future self.
Here’s why you should write a letter to yourself:
Six months, a year, or even in 10 years, you’ll want to see how far you’ve come. In moments when life gets tough, you’ll want and need a reminder of all the good that has happened and all the progress you’ve made in life. And you’ll be reminded of how strong you are. It will motivate you to keep going.
As you look back and hear your younger self, you’ll probably be transported to that time and place. You’ll read the struggles and challenges you were facing at the time. You’ll be reminded of answered prayers. And you’ll be thankful for the way God brought you through it all.
I have letters and journals of when I was in high school and man, do I laugh my butt off when I read my teenage words. Looking back at yourself, even if it’s just six months, may make you laugh. Specifically, at how dramatic you can be sometimes (I’m talking about myself here).
So have I convinced you?
If I have then here is what you can include in a letter to yourself:
Ask yourself questions about your life. Where are living? How’s your job or career going? How is your family? Do you have any new friends? What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? What are you praying for?
2. Life Lessons
Write a few life lessons you are currently learning. Maybe you can give your future self some advice or a reminder to keep working on the life lessons that mean the most to you.
3. Prayer & Goals
Make a list of the prayers you are currently bringing before the Lord. You can also include some prayers that have been answered recently. Also, make a list of goals or aspirations you are working on and asking God to help you accomplish.
Include some habits you are creating and habits you are trying to break. Perhaps you can briefly write how you’re working on this. It can be your eating habits, morning ritual, or relational habits.
You can write a physical letter, put it away in a secure place you’ll remember about, and set a reminder on your calendar or phone to open it on a certain date. Another option is to do a virtual letter via FutureMe and you’ll receive the letter straight to your inbox on a specific date you select.
So, will you be writing a letter to yourself this new year? What are you looking forward to reading about as your future self? Comment below!
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I love this! I remember doing a letter similar to this but to my “future husband”! I’m definitely going to write one up and let you know how it goes!
I thought this was a great idea. I am going to write myself a letter, and I’m also going to use the website you mentioned to let my middle school students write themselves a letter on the 100th day of school (coming up on Friday)! Thank you for what you’ve been sharing. I watched your vision board videos too.
Teresa from Bible Journaling Journey
Aw this makes me happy. So glad you like this! And how cool, we have the same name 🙂
I think I’m going to actually pull up your post and show it to my students too. 🙂
Awesome!!!!! Let me know what they think 🙂
Sure, it really did! I am looking forward to writing a letter to myself on Friday along with my students.
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It really did inspire me is what I meant to write, lol. 🙂
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This went really well as a lesson. 🙂 We read your post, and then we wrote letters. The students were focused on their writing, and I made it special for them by putting a fancy stamp on the outside of the envelope when they finished. I didn’t read their letters, but I made them show me that they had hand-written at least a page before I would give them an envelope. We are going to open the letters on the last week of school. They were interested in the Future Me email too.
Ahhh! This makes me so happy 💕 I’m so glad they liked it!!!
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