My name is Carly Butler Verheyen & I’m an adventurer, dreamer, photographer & writer. I love exploring new places, talking about feelings & capturing the gorgeousness of the world & the incredible people in it. I love the power of creative expression & have been told on many occasions that I have an old soul. I am about to launch my first book into the world that, to be honest, sort of fell into my lap. I was always a fan of journals, letter writing & love notes, but a book – I would have never guessed.
It wasn’t until a few years ago, when my mother & I discovered 110 love letters that my grandmother wrote to my grandfather, that I realized a story was brewing inside of me & would someday need to be written. The letters were dated from January to July of 1946. By following both my heart & gut, just as my Grama did her whole life, I took a sabbatical from January to July of 2013 to retrace her steps as a British war bride. It truly was a journey within a journey. I moved to London, England and learned a heck of a lot about myself, my Grama, faith, life & love. The finale to the journey was the incredible transatlantic voyage home on the Queen Mary II, just as she did 67 years earlier on the original.
One of the biggest things I learned while in England had so much to do with authentic human connection – the LIVE in real time kind of connection. That is my hope for Life’s Letter going forward. That it will be a place to connect & a place to create.
In 2014, my husband and I moved from Ontario to beautiful British Columbia, Canada and we fall in love with the mountains a little more every day.
Love letters to your inbox? Yes please :) I'd love to send you regular little love notes about all things connection, creativity & cursive.
Check out this video about my journey retracing the steps of my grandmother.