Okay so, if you’re reading this, you probably have a few questions, starting with:
WHAT DOES ‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 LOVE NOTES’ MEAN?
First things first. If I’ve guessed your question incorrectly, it might be because my superpower to read people’s minds is more imaginary than real (about time I accepted the hard facts!). But if I’ve been somewhat accurate then please read on as I attempt to pen down the answer.
Around the World in 80 Love Notes is this mini-project I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks to surprise my husband. It wasn’t for any specific occasion. Just a little something I wanted to do to show him I don’t take him for granted. Since we don’t really have the budget to travel the world right now, this was like taking a *virtual* trip around the world together! The idea was to collect handwritten notes from all over, each one personalised with our names and telling him that my love for him was so big, it had traveled all the way to *insert name of place*. I know my explanation sounds a bit confusing. But see, here’s what I mean:
HOW DID I COME UP WITH THE IDEA?
(Yeah sorry, I don’t give up easy, gonna keep attempting to guess those questions!)
The internet. More specifically, a Facebook group I’m part of. The interwebs can be a magical place sometimes and, while I have worked on this little personal project, I believe I have seen the best of it. I first came across a post about these notes a few weeks ago by someone in the US of A. She had discovered a similar note on Instagram (who knows where this idea originally came from but whoever it was has made a lot of people super happy!) and wanted to collect as many as possible for her significant other for a Valentine’s Day scrapbook.
Within a few hours, hundreds (I kid you not!) of people had responded saying that they would be willing to write them and take photos. This resulted in a whole new spin-off Facebook group being created just for the purpose of exchanging notes. I was lucky enough to be one of the first few members and as I worked on notes for other people and they did the same for me, half-way across the world, each of us developed an unspoken connection. We were all strangers, helping each other create something beautiful and believing in the power of the universe to give back (yes I know that sounds a little cheesy but it’s true!).
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This entire idea works because it’s not just about taking. It’s about giving back as well. I’ve written notes for many people who were unable to return them but I’ve also received them from so many who didn’t want anything back. It’s a process that takes a little faith and patience but is worth it at the end! Some of my friends living abroad also helped add to my collection (shout-out to Anna and Ivan!)
CAN I BE PART OF THIS?
Yes! You can collect your very own personalised notes by joining this group here. These guys are awesome, especially the admins who manage the group – they spend hours moderating and sorting things out for people and are some of the sweetest women I’ve met (virtually!). I promise you’ll love being a part of the group, encountering peeps from all over the world! You may even make a few friends (I know I did!). In less than a month, the group has already grown to more than 2000 members (you know what they say – good ideas spread like wildfire!).
As a present
The notes make for a very thoughtful present. You can do it for any of your loved ones – mothers, fathers, siblings or friends. You can even choose to do multiple projects 🙂 The best part is that you don’t pay anything, you just need to invest a little bit of time and effort to return the favour. We may not have the money to travel the world or always have the time to show our loved ones how much they mean so I feel like these little gestures go a long way.
In case you’re looking for ideas on how to compile them, I put mine together in a video 🙂 I’m not the most tech-savvy person around so it’s just a simple compilation. I’m putting the video at the end so you can take a look. Good luck on your love-note journey! If you have any questions, feel free to comment and if you do go ahead with the idea, I’d love to see you what you come up with 🙂