The world needs a lot of things. But what it needs most is more love.
Sending something as intangible as love into the world is like trying to lasso an invisible grasshopper. But there are ways. Here’s mine:Gather a small group of lovely people with hearts a tad too big for their rib cages. Sit together and pour love into as many handwritten notes as we can scribble in an hour or two. Spread out through the city and tuck our love notes into chain link fences, the branches of trees, and cracks in the sidewalk. It’s love made tangible and hand-delivered to the world where it waits to be picked up by the right person at the right time.
Where It Began
A few years ago, I needed a lift - and a reason to stop binge-watching Friday Night Lights while covering all my furniture in a fine dusting of Cheetos crumbs. So I wrote a stack of love notes. After carefully folding them up, I wandered through San Francisco propping them on window sills and tucking them between the flowers of climbing vines. Spreading love in that way settled under my skin and it’s something I’ve wanted to do on a bigger scale ever since.
The world needs more love and this is my best idea re: delivery method.
Where It Will Go:
To and through you, via the digital guides for loving and noting and scattering.
Through me, to San Francisco and New York. Once there, our fearless love note writers will gather, write the love, and scatter. After the first round, I plan to hit Portland and LA. From there, I hope the love notes catch fire and take over the world.
Why This Needs Money
You can’t buy love, but you can buy pens and paper and snacks for people devoted to spreading it. I want the gatherings in San Francisco and New York to be filled to the brim with love, to better fill the notes with all the joy and light that can be infused into paper. That means buying the good cheese, yo.
Creating and developing the digital love scattering guides takes time and effort and someone who knows more about design than I do. I need to buy the time and the design and then I need help getting to New York and San Francisco.
Your love supports our love so our love can weave its way into the world. It’s an advanced version of Chinese telephone where the more people it touches, the bigger and brighter it gets.
What You Get
More love, for you and for the world.
Love Blast: If you've come this far, here's a blast of love just for you.
(Did you feel it?)
Digital Love Note: One of the hundreds of love notes, delivered to your inbox. Sent with enough happy juice to fuel you for hours.
Love Note Collection: I've been writing love notes like a fiend and crowd sourcing them from my brilliant friends on Twitter and Facebook. I'm also asking my favorite big-hearted and clever-penned writers to contribute to the cause. All our love scribblings will be gathered into a digital book that you can use to fuel your own note scattering or read when you need a shot of love.
Love Note Scattering Guide: A digital kit stuffed with ideas on how you can do this on your own or with friends. More love for everyone.
24 Ways To Be Less Crazy: My best tips for loving yourself, which is where all this starts.
Spot at the party: Want to join us in the inaugural love note scattering in San Francisco or New York? Claim it. Nowhere near New York? Get first crack at tickets if/when this happens near you. (Next spots will likely be LA and Portland.)
Other Ways You Can Help
Scatter your own love notes in your own city. Share the campaign. Spread the digital love on Twitter and Instagram (#lovenotes) or Facebook. Teach a squirrel to deliver notes to people who need them.