our story began in new york city...
I moved there my first year after college to work for a human rights organization. Maybe it was naive to think I would show up in such a big city and instantly find my way. Shortly after the move, I began grappling with feelings of loneliness and sadness. Those feelings gradually morphed into something bigger-- something largely unspoken about at the time-- depression.
Unable to figure out how to exit my own sadness, I began leaving letters around New York City for unsuspecting visitors and commuters to find. I'd grown up with a mother who consistently left me love letters to find tucked in boxes and bags. It made sense to me to write these same letters to strangers. I'd write on the front of the letters, "If you find this letter, it's for you."
These letters scattered around New York City prompted me to write a blog post and offer a simple promise to the Internet: if you need a love letter, just ask.
Nearly 400 handwritten letters to strangers later, the idea for More Love Letters was born. We built a website. We started delivering love letter bundles around the world. And the real magic began.
So welcome to the most unexpected movement. I hope you get involved and find yourself at home here in our tribe. You're needed & you matter.
Hannah Brencher + the MLL Team
HANNAH BRENCHER //
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Hannah Brencher is a TED Speaker, and blogger dedicated her life and work to the brokenhearted. She founded More Love Letters in 2011 and cofounded If You Find This Email in 2015. Her second book "Come Matter Here" is available for pre-order. Her memoir “If You Find This Letter” is now in bookstores across the country. Hannah's life revolves around dead-lifting, theology, and Atlanta, GA.
LAURA BACKE //
// LOVE LETTER BUNDLE COORDINATOR
Laura began writing letters at age 8 when her family moved 600+ miles from the mid-west to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and continues to write letters today. By day, she can be found creating adventures all over town with children as a nanny. By night, she is MLL's bundle coordinator - knee deep in spreadsheets, emails, requests for love letters and stories of how letters have impacted lives.
SARA BRINK //
// CAMPUS CURSIVE COORDINATOR
Sara Brink is an avid writer, a voracious reader, and a serious cat lover. She helped design and implement the Campus Cursive program back in 2012 after graduating from Hofstra University. When she's not writing love letters, she's baking and decorating cookies and cakes. You can probably find her slugging coffee and dancing to Taylor Swift.
SHARON RHODES //
// CAMPUS CURSIVE COORDINATOR
Sharon is a writer, editor and vivid dreamer. She loves OneRepublic, hiking and stories behind tattoos. She hopes to visit all 50 U.S. states in her lifetime (only 33 left)! Above all, Sharon prefers backing into parking spaces and eating large quantities of chips & guac.
CLAIRE TAYLOR //
// ASSISTANT TO HB.
Claire is an avid lover of sharpie pens, motivational quotes, and Serial Podcasts. Her love of story telling has led her to study at the Missouri School of Journalism. She is a college student by day, a group fitness instructor by night, and a college basketball junkie in March. Promotor of Saturday walks, sappy movies, and self-worth.
NICOLE SHEPARD //
// TEAM LEADER
Nicole has an old soul, an obsession for stationery and a deep love for the written word. She earns her living as a graphic designer, but lives her life as an encourager and comedian. Team building and mentoring are her jam. Words of affirmation are literally her love language which gives her a deeply rooted passion for MLL. When she's not writing love letters, she's probably reading, singing show tunes or dreaming about New York City.
TAYLOR BERTOLINI //
// CAMPUS CURSIVE INTERN
Taylor started writing love notes when she developed the habit from her mom, who used to leave them in lunch boxes, medicine cabinets and on bathroom mirrors. Her passion for spreading love has morphed into starting a Campus Cursive chapter at her college campus. Taylor is an avid lover of iced coffee, flowers and stationary. Her love for nature and being outside in sunny south Florida has lead her to study Environmental Science. By day she's an ordinary college student, working at her on-campus radio station who leaves notes in the coffee shop. But by night she's a love-letter ninja handling spreadsheets, emails and brainstorming new ideas.
BELLA BONANNO //
// LOVE LETTER BUNDLE INTERN
Bella is an encourager and story-teller. Black coffee, magnolias, and grace are her love languages. While her heart is rooted in the mountains of Oregon, Bella can also sometimes be found penning love letters in France and the Netherlands. She’s Laura’s sidekick, and spends many a night reading the heartrending and gutsy stories of human beings for MLL.