Kirstyn at her secretary desk working on a laptop with the Perkins Braille writer next to her.,


This is an experiment in courage and gratitude. It is a dedicated space for me to express my appreciation for the thousands of people who have held my hand along life’s journey. It can be a place for us to begin to post our random and intentional gratitude to the people we encounter over the years .
People we never had the chance to thank properly. People we’ve known for so long and so well that the last thing we would think of is to write them a letter. While I will be posting from my own experience, I hope this can become a forum for you to do the same. We can deliver joy to a person so easily. It only takes a few moments and a little courage. Let’s take this viral and change the  world, one letter at a  time!


If you like what you are reading and  would like to see courage and gratitude become contagious, please consider donating  to Dear Kirstyn. Share what you read.  Let appreciation overwhelm your hearts. Tell your friends and family. Start a  conversation with a  stranger. I  will really appreciate it and you’ll feel great too! 😊


I should have a bottomless pit of material, as I continue to live the same way I eat lobster, sucking the meat, marrow and juice out of each and every part- that is, if I continue to live rooted in gratitude and open to the less obvious lessons life has in store for me. Looking backward and forward, this will give me pause to reflect on those who’ve been instrumental in bringing me to this point, to this person I am today- filled with love and ideas and thankfulness. There is no dearth of inspiration, other than the possible shift in my attitude! And, who knows, maybe you will be the recipient of my next letter! Stay tuned!


Kirstyn is a graduate of Cornell University (BA English Literature) and Colgate  University (MAT in secondary English). She has been published in Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, the Catholic Courier, and Foster’s Daily Democrat. She is the President of Rochester Area Blind Athletes, Inc.  and lives  with her family in Rochester, NY