Note: To understand the story from the beginning click here.

I didn’t leave you with a classic cliffhanger last time. It didn’t need one as the story is just so serendipitous. Big shout out to the spell check there. I’m pretty sure ‘serendipitous’ didn’t make an appearance in the school spelling tests. I’ve never really need to use it before but it has quickly become one of my favourite words.

Lights, camera, action for Steph!
Steph showing an alternative way to get up stairs!
Steph showing an alternative way to get up stairs!

Stephanie the dancer not only got back to me but also carried my mission on……

“Hello Rachael,

Congratulations on the start-up of your blog! I think it’s such a perfect way to honor your mom.

So today was the day I dropped your postcard off somewhere in the city. And what better place to put it than the Shakespeare & Co in Soho! It was the first 70 degree, perfectly sunny day of 2013. I also happened to be with the same person that I was with when I found the postcard in Paris. I| placed it on a very colorful hard copy shelf, in between the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carrol and Great Expectations by Dickens. Classics. I sent you a separate email containing photos from my iphone.

Soho NY bookshop


This week is my ballet company’s New York Lincoln Center season. It marks the first time my company has performed in NYC in nine years! After this week, we start touring to other places like Florida, Washington DC, Russia, Tel Aviv……….”

I love the way that she has continued the scattering of the postcard. The equivalent book shop is the perfect idea, too. Even if no one ever sees it or finds it – that’s OK. The point is that it made it. The postcard has made it across the globe. I’m hoping this story will too someday.

I have mentioned a few times that I have my next location chosen for the challenge ahead, where I will leave another 60 postcards and take a new task with me. It’s been so difficult keeping it quiet.

I don’t actually need to leave 60 postcards there. Why not? That is the point surely? I actually only need 59.

Before I even knew that the Paris postcard had been left by Stephanie in Soho, New York, I had already booked to go there on holiday. Wayhey!


The clocks @ The Royal Opera House - how fitting
The clocks @ The Royal Opera House – how fitting

Caroline (Paris crew member) and I fly over there in 9 days time. I’ve never been and, just like Paris, it is a city I need to visit. I plan on accentuating my accent of course. “OMG, are you like British or something?”. “Yes darling, yes I am. Oh gosh, how delightful!”.

I’m so excited about the postcards. I’ve done this before and I will most definitely have more of a game plan this time. I know what to aim for, to be more confident and to enjoy it rather than quake in my boots and perhaps avoid literally throwing them about the place.

As for the other challenge – well that’s where I need your help. I will post soon, giving you 3 Tasks to choose from. Please don’t judge me if I am not successful but trust me when I say that I will try my best.

Of course, I should probably mention at this point that Stephanie and I are going to try to meet for a coffee. AND I am going to see her perform! Magic.

Until I send you the task options I will leave you with this:

“Serendipity – a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.’

Goodnight x

Published by rachaelchadwick

🔸Author - 60 Postcards, Agent - Bell Lomax Moreton 🔸Co-Director @actionforsama 🔸Media + Comms @thepositivebirthcompany 🔹Dorset + LDN

12 thoughts on “Serendipity

  1. Absolutely fabulous and really talented. I am not surprised; you have always illustrated these qualities.I have loved all your postings so far and can’t wait to read more. Enjoy NYC! x

  2. Hi Rachael, what a totally wonderful blog. I have just read this in my office on my lunch hour – I have nearly shed a tear……….
    What a beautiful way to remeber your mum – just totally fantastic.
    Enjoy NYC – I am going in November for the first time – I can’t wait!

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