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Open Letter to my Secret Sister


If you’re on Twitter a lot, you might have seen the #otspsecretsister hashtag been thrown around on there. On the Same Page: Secret Sister is a wonderful six-month event hosted by Brittany, Amy, and Alyssa, in which people send others presents and notes of encouragement. If you want to know more about the nitty and gritty of it, check out the FAQ post.

The project has been going on for a few months now, and while I occasionally tweet about my Secret Sister, I thought it would be nice to blog about my thoughts on this project. One warning: I’m severely sleep deprived at the moment, so if I get weird and rambly, please bear with me 🙂

Dear Secret Sister,

Or, as you introduced yourself to me, dear Luna. You first sent me a letter of introduction, and I loved it immediately. It was full of Harry Potter references, and it put a smile on my face. To this day I do not know exactly who you are – you never gave any hints as to your identity, only that we hadn’t known each other before the Secret Sister.

Throughout these last few months you sent me cards, letters, and presents. People that know me very well know that I LOVE receiving presents. Seriously, Christmas and my birthday might be my favourite days of the year, because I just love that feeling that people thought of me, and are giving me something to show that appreciation. A present doesn’t have to be expensive – it’s the thoughtfulness that counts. And you absolutely nailed it. Not only did you get me the coolest stuff, you also made me writing prompts. I’m sure it took quite some work, and it’s just so perfect and sweet.

Additionally, your cards are absolutely spot-on. I put them on my desk, so when I need some encouragement, I can look at them. Especially the “Good luck & don’t feck it up” card is highly effective. I’m doing my best not do feck anything up.

Sometimes I feel like I complain too much about how difficult getting my master’s has been, but it does completely dominate my life right now. I barely sleep, I constantly have more things that need to be done, articles that need to be read, essays to be written, presentations to be prepared for. I’ve barely had a break since… god. I probably haven’t had a proper break since last Christmas. I’m run down, and I’m tired as fuck. But there isn’t anything to do except bite the bullet, ride it out, and hope I come out in one piece. So things have been tough lately. I haven’t been in the mood to do anything. I’ve barely read, blogged even less.

But your letters and packages have made my day happier and maybe a little bit easier every single time. And I have troubles expressing how much I appreciate how thankful I am for that, and for how lucky I feel that you are my Secret Sister. You always manage to have perfect timing – whenever I am feeling particularly down, there is a little something waiting for me. It’s uncanny, and it’s awesome.

Maybe I’m being ridiculous or overly sentimental right now, but I’m very thankful for everything you did for me these last few months. I hope we can get to know each other better, and I’m very curious to find out your very secret identity some day 🙂

Lots of love,


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