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!

 

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 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?

 

Links mentioned:

Hannah’s website
More Love Letters – join the movement
Hannah’s book If You Find This Letter
Hannah’s Ted Talk
Scary Close by Donald Miller

 

About the guest:

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Hannah Brencher is a writer, national speaker, and founder of The World Needs More Love Letters. In three years, the global community has grown to over 20,000 individuals across six continents, fifty-three countries, all fifty states, and is established on over sixty-three college campuses. Named as one of the White House’s “Women Working to Do Good” and a spokesperson for the United States Postal Service, Hannah has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Glamour, USATODAY.com, Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other publications. Hannah graduated from Assumption College in 2010 with a double major in Sociology and English, with a concentration in Writing and Mass Communications.