#10 Hand Write 30 Letters

When I started my 30×30 list, I thought this would be the easiest item on the list. Boy was I wrong. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do – ever. Having said that, it was also one of the most freeing and peaceful things I’ve done. I am guilty of assuming. I assume my friends and family know I love them and that I’m grateful for them. I assume those who make a difference know that they do. I assume a lot. This process took me out of my head and brought me into action.

It wasn’t easy, it took all year, and it was worth every second.

And of course, I had a system. Here it is for those of you who may want to do it yourselves:

1. Make a list of 30 people. Friends, family, people who have impacted my life; basically the first 30 people who came to mind.

2. Find the perfect cards. Each card was specifically picked for the person it was written for. They ranged from quotes to pictures to outright crazy.

3.Write from the heart. Part of why this took so long was the gut reaction of  “Oh my God, they are all gonna think I’m stupid”. Once I put that aside and just wrote, they flowed a lot better and were more genuine.

4. Let go. Let go of any resentment, anger, frustrations – basically all negative feelings.

5. Stamp them and mail them. No one really gets any fun snail mail anymore so it makes them more unique and special so forget delivery and stick them in the mailbox.


Have fun!



Love is…

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“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;

love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;

it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails…But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7,13

“Lasagna!” – Kaylee Kinter

It’s amazing how one week can change your life…or at least mine. Every year I am fortunate enough to be able to spend eight days with some of the most amazing people ever and every year I come back just a little bit different. Up on the mountain I am one of the best versions of myself and I feel like I bring more and more of that Jessica home. This year was absolutely amazing. I had the best cabin I have ever had; 14 of the funniest girls you will ever meet. They were not only extremely well-behaved, but kept me entertained with their shenanigans.

This year I had the opportunity to show more of what I can do. It seems every year, I get to do this a little bit more. This is a gift to me because I often feel like I have so much in me to give and having an outlet like camp, allows me to do so. Some things are quite successful, while others fall shorter than I would like; regardless I am in a safe environment where I can learn and grow along with the kids. It seems every year there is one kid who stands out. One who teaches me more about myself then I realize. This year was no exception. She gave me the opportunity to see myself from the youth’s perspective and for that I am forever grateful.

This year’s theme was “take love with you”; meaning the only thing you can take when you leave this earth is love.  I definitely felt like we each brought that love down the mountain with us. The key will be to pass it on. What can we do in our everyday lives to continue the theme of camp? Something as simple as making sure you hug someone everyday; or smiling at the gas station attendant. Minor things we don’t even think about can bring that feeling back. In the mean time, I leave you with this year’s camp song.

“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Just tie your fuzzy to a hug. There’s nothing you can say, just do energizers throughout the day. They’re easy. There’s not a friend up here who can’t be made. No one you can saved who can’t be saved. Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be you in time. YOU CAN CRY.

All you need is love. All you need is camp. All you need is love and camp. This is all you need.

Love, love, love (camp, camp, camp)

There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known. Nothing you can see that isn’t shown. Nowhere you can’t be, this is where you need to be. Be on time.

All you need is love. All you need is camp. All you need is love and camp. This is all you need.

Food is all you need. Water is all you need. Shower everyday. Please don’t lick a tree. A buddy is all you need. Keep your cabins clean. Love is all you need. This is all you need.

All you need is love and camp. This is all you need.”