I recently mentioned the application FutureMe.org in my almost-weekly email newsletter. I’ve been using it – and blogging about it – since 2007. Looking back, I can see how far I’ve come as a human, a woman, a mother, a wife. I am grateful for that.
Me in 2007: …I try not to be negative all the time. I try to find humor in the pain. I’m sure I will survive this – most people do survive being a parent. Yet right now, the negative feelings are still an arms’ length away. Too close for comfort.
FutureMe.org lets you send emails to your future self. Write the message in their site, designate the recipient (yourself) and date. Then forget about it…until it arrives. According to the site: “FutureMe.org is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than e-mails.”
Me in 2009: “Work is going well. I wish I had more time to work. I love my work. I love being creative. I love that other than a bad memory, my brain works pretty well now. I love earning money for our household.”
I’ve been writing a letter to myself in the future every January 1st. And on each January 1st, after welcoming the new year, I receive the letter via email from the previous year.
Me in 2010: “Today I’m in a good space. Yesterday was pretty good as well and the first day that I allowed myself to sit around and do nothing in particular.”
You can make your messages public and anonymous or private. You can also read public messages that others have composed.
Me in 2011: Love my clients and my work. Love coming up with new revenue streams for 2012. I sure hope they pan out…Create, motivate, inspire, give back. Mantra. Motto.
I’m looking forward to seeing what I wrote about 2012. I encourage you to do the simple act of writing your future self a letter. Try FutureMe.