Note to Self

A year ago one of the Shine Tips featured on the front page of our website read, “Write yourself a letter to be opened one year from now.

I did. And then I tucked it in the corner of my desk at our house in Florida and forgot about it.

Until last week when I stumbled on the white envelope and immediately curled up in a porch chair to revisit what I wrote.

What fun it was to revisit topics such as: how I was feeling physically and emotionally; what I was working on; goals for the House of Shine; new ideas that were brewing; lingering questions that, little did I know, would be answered just days later; observations about my marriage; and fun anecdotes about each of my boys.

I even recorded the weather and the date and time the letter was penned – Eighty-eight and sunny, June 14, 2013, at 1:03 p.m. 

We shove out of Key Largo later this afternoon and I decided I couldn't leave without writing a new letter to myself.

It's an update on many of the same kinds of topics: how I am feeling physically and emotionally; what I'm working on; goals for the House of Shine; new ideas that are brewing; lingering questions that, I am sure, will be answered any day now; observations about my marriage; and fun anecdotes about each of my boys. Even the weather, date, and time.

The new letter sits sealed in an envelope… with the letter from the year before also tucked inside.

There's something poignant about writing a letter to yourself, knowing that you're going to read it a year later, but having no real idea what's in store over the next 365 days.

I suggest giving it a try. Find a chair where you can curl up and set your pen free.

Next July you'll be glad you did.

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

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