As our lives become more and more consumed by “life improving” electronic devices each day, one can easily argue that the art of handwriting is gradually becoming obsolete. Against common knowledge, the stationery and paper goods industry continues to grow year after year. Why? Maybe it’s because the craft of calligraphy is rapidly rising as an aesthetic Instagram practice, that we’re beginning to rediscover the excitement of snail mail (parisian inspired greeting cards anyone?), or Kate Spade’s glamorous line of writing materials… However, I think perhaps the more powerful reason is that the physical act of writing has a number of benefits. Not only can it improve productivity and help us achieve goals, but writing can also play a role in developing healthier mental wellness habits. RELATED: Analog Tools to Organize Your Brain (or Business) in the Digital Age Suggestive information aside, there may not be much scientific evidence to prove writing things down has memory enhancing
I have a HUGE secret to share with you – this is something I’m just recently starting to discover myself. No one – and I literally mean NO ONE – actually has all of their shit together. There are three types of people in this world: 1) people who let the shit run their life, 2) people who work so extremely diligently to hide all of their shit and 3) people who embrace the shit. I used to be a 2. I wanted everyone to think I had everything together and every little piece of my puzzle was together – all nicely packaged together with a pretty bow. Guess what happened – BURN OUT (more on that here). One of the goals I’m currently working on is embracing the chaos of life. I’m (trying to be) done constantly asking myself things like, “why is this happening to me?” and “why is nothing I do working?”.