The first time I interacted with Abby was on April 12, 2017. I took to Instagram to announce a newsletter project I was thinking about starting, and this kind stranger Abby signed up, then replied with, “So exciteddddd!” I did nothing with those email addresses until December 1st (that’s where you all come in).
When I re-announced the newsletter, Abby responded again with, “already making December the best month yet.” Since then, we’ve interacted through instagram and email, where she told me she lives 10 minutes from where my parents second home is and would love to get coffee over the holidays.
We met Abby today. The second I saw this complete and utter stranger, we hugged a best friend kinda hug. The kinda hug you give your old college roommate or an ex-coworker you miss.
We spent the next few hours talking family, heartbreak, hope, and a bunch of stupid stuff over coffee, then lunch, then champagne-hunting at CVS.
It was awesome. It was fun. It was goofy. But most of all, it was real. I was reminded, in the most literal way, that there are eyes and hearts and souls on the other end of these emails. People, not numbers, that are reading these emails.
That is why I am not stopping this newsletter. Abby, and you, and you and you and you. I’ve been learning a lot about writing, and one of my favorite revelations is that you should write for the people who are reading, not the ones you want to be reading. I am writing for you and I have loved every minute of it.
Now, I’m not going anywhere, but I’m certainly not going to continue sending these daily. It’s a lot. I’m currently combing through all the feedback you sent
and will likely be sending things out 1-2x/week, but I’ll let you know when I know.
I’m going to write my learnings post and make that video and holler back in a day or two, but damn.
Please know that by reading these letters and words and sentences, you have changed my life.
Happy New Years. I hope 2018 gives you the things you need, not the things you want.
See you soon,