Ashley interviews one of her favorite Authors: Hannah Brencher on her newly released memoir, If You Find This Letter. Hannah shares her journey of moving to NYC for a year of service, falling into depression and writing love letters to strangers to overcome her personal struggle. She ended up creating a movement of people writing love letters, gave a Ted Talk and found faith. And she’s only 26!
Things mentioned in this episode:
- Hannah tells her story of living in NYC for a year of service and living on $25 a week.
- How writing letters to strangers during her commute from the Bronx to the U.N. in Manhattan helped her during her own personal struggle with depression.
- What happened when Hannah announced on her blog that she would write a letter to anyone who needed it?
- What did Hannah write in those first, early letters? And why did she leave them unsigned?
- How writing letters evolved “from one girl into a movement”.
- The other steps Hannah took to begin recovering from depression.
- After writing her new book If You Find This Letter Hannah experienced depression a second time and why this time she wrote letters to people she does know.
- Does writing an email work as well as a letter?
- What’s the first step to writing your own love letters?
- Is it hard for her to deal with having such a public blog?
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