The Lost Art of Letter Writing
This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Rebecca Wilson, co-founder of San Diego Letter Writers.
San Diego Letter Writers is dedicated to the craft of written correspondence. Follow them on Instagram at @sdletterwriters for their latest happenings, plus join Rebecca while she leads a workshop on the lost art of letter writing at next month's Bliss Out Camp Out!
Where do you call home?
I live in University Heights, San Diego, but I’m definitely an East Coast girl at heart. My hometown is in southwest Virginia.
What was the first job you felt excited about?
I was really excited about my post-undergrad fellowship with Atlantic Media in Washington, D.C. When I did the math based on the number of applications and the number of fellows in my fellowship class, I had only a two percent chance of ever having gotten into the program. While that took some skill, it really cemented in my mind how much luck plays into our futures. I was lucky that the company needed a design fellow and lucky that the person who interviewed me appreciated someone who was self-taught.
Are you working on any passion projects outside of work?
Absolutely! All of my current passion projects revolve around snail mail. In February 2018, I challenged myself to write 365 letters in 365 days, and I’m still pushing forward with that goal. I also recently co-founded the San Diego Letter Writers with my friend Katie (@katiewooley). We started out as pen pals and quickly realized we wanted to share our love of snail mail with the city!
We’re always told how great it is to pursue your passion, but we all know it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s never easy! Last year I decided to start a blog (@touchandgopaper) and I had high aspirations for what I wanted it to be. After a failed attempt at incorporating, I decided to take things more slowly. Currently, I’m using the platform to share progress on my 365 letters goal and share other snail mail updates. But overall, I’m at a standstill as to what I want to do with the brand long-term.
What advice would you give someone that wants to pursue a side project?
Just do it. Two quotes that resonate with me the most are: “The key to success is to start before you’re ready” and “If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting the rest of your life.” They both say essentially the same thing. In my experience, it’s better to make mistakes and learn along the way than to never try.
What would you like to see yourself doing in 5 years?
I'd love to still be making new friends through letter writing and traveling just as much or more than I am now!