True confessions: I was on a downhill slide into full-fledged, middle-aged frumpiness. One of the best antidotes for my affliction was to begin watching the show “What Not to Wear” with my daughter. We started when she was in Middle School, that season of life when a daughter’s sense of self-worth is tightly coupled to her mother’s appearance. And although I never quite progressed to the rank of fashionista (not even close!), I did learn enough from watching the show to ditch the “mom jeans” and quit buying clothes from certain catalogs.
A side benefit of my “de-frumpification” was to realize the benefit of coaching, and to experience the value of having someone clearly show me not just what to do but also what not to do.
My goal with Leave Nothing Unsaid is to provide a step-by-step guide to help people write meaningful and affirming letters to those they love. Just as it helped me to see outfits that would cause Stacy and Clinton to shake their heads “no,” I hope that the following 7 tips on “what not to write” will also be useful to you:
Writing words that matter forever. Is it easy? Not always. Can you make mistakes? Yup! That’s what this post was designed to help avoid. Is it important? Oh yes. Is it worth it? A million times, yes! Can you do it? Absolutely!
I’d love to hear your letter stories. Please share them with me: write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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