In my last newsletter I was discussing the upcoming holidays--I can’t believe they will be here before we know it!--and it got me thinking. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and family “politics” that we forget to actually sit back and enjoy creating fun and joyous memories with those that we love the most.
Life can get crazy, busy and hectic throughout the year. It is easy to get out of touch with those we care about. If you are anything like me, you love your friends dearly, but just get caught up in the details of day-to-day life and forget or simply don’t make the time to reach out to those you hold dear in your heart.
Well, I have decided to become a better friend, daughter and sister. I came up with some relationship “ground-rules” to follow.
Will you join me?
Here is the commitment:
- When someone enters your thoughts that you haven’t connected with for a while, send them a text just so they know you are thinking of them. (I have such a bad habit of sending “mental-texts” but never actually sending a real one! Do you do this too?)
- Instead of waiting for a convenient time to call a friend (like when I am home alone with nothing pressing to do so I can talk for an hour without interruption—yeah, that never happens!) send a text and schedule a phone date and write it into your calendar. Or call anyway knowing it will just be a quick chat, but at least you got to hear their voice and tell them you were thinking of them!
- If you come across an item that you know a loved one would totally vibe with, just get it for them, whether it is a holiday or not. Why wait to give a gift that would light someone up just because their birthday isn’t for another 5 months?
- Most importantly make a better effort to schedule your life and work schedule in a way that allows you more quality time to spend with your friends and family, whether that means designating "phone time" every Sunday afternoon to catch up with friends or grabbing your calendar and scheduling things out in advance so activities don't take you by surprise as you have already planned for them!
Let me know what you think about this list! What would you add to it?
All of the gratitude I have inside for those I hold close to my heart has inspired me. How can I symbolize the love I have for my friends and family and dedicate a token of gratitude to them for being a positive influence in my life?
I have decided to create a Friendship Bracelet.
It is not ready to reveal yet, but I plan on releasing it in September. I was originally going to create this as a gift for my family, but then I thought if my loved ones would enjoy this gift, yours would too! A gift of my Friendship Bracelet is a way to show your loved ones that you are thinking of them every day, even when you don’t talk to or see them all the time.
Those who sign up for my Circle newsletter will be the first to get on the waiting list for these bracelets! Be sure to sign up if you want to make sure you have first access!
Peace & Love,