This month we’ve covered a couple of different aspects of selfcare. This week let’s talk about social connections. This is SO important since we’ve been disconnected in many ways for the last two years. We are, at our core, social beings – both extroverts and introverts. And though the amount and type of connection we need may vary, we all need those positive connections that make us feel valued and loved. Moms can sometimes forget this, we spend so much energy on others that we forget we need to charge our own batteries too. We’ll talk in a different post about family. Today let’s focus on friends.
Who are your people, your circle? Who are those people that make you laugh so hard your sides hurt? Those friends for whom time stands still and catching up is like you’d just had coffee yesterday. Your “let your hair down crew”?
I have a couple of these, and I’d like to share what makes each of them so special to me:
My best friend from college is one of these for me. She is a rock. Nothing phases Karen. And I love that she tells it like it is. She’s the smartest woman I know. She left her career to be home with her children and did an amazing job raising wonderful young people. We could talk ‘round the clock for days. She’s the one that I’ll get into trouble with when I’m old.
My friend Dawn is another. She’s from the South and I still lovingly tease her about her accent after all these years. She has the biggest heart. And she gives selflessly to others and the causes she’s passionate about. When we find a chance to connect, there’s always cackling and some shrieking. My kids know who’s on the other end of the line when we’re chatting. And she’s the one that always comes to my rescue when I’m struggling.
My business partner, Amanda, is one of these too. She doesn’t know a stranger. Gives everyone a hug. And is always the last to leave the party. In some ways we’re entirely different and in others much the same. Big hearts...different expressions...same passion for the work we do. I’m so grateful that softball brought us together. Or maybe it was getting her little guy out of a tree when we were supposed to be watching our girls play ball - I can’t remember that many seasons ago.
I’m lucky to have them. And the many others I didn’t mention. And I don’t get enough free time with any of them in this phase of life. But I know they’re there and that goes both ways.
So if you missed out on connecting with your people this month of love, it’s time. Put it on the list, block the calendar and make it happen.
MAKE TIME FOR YOUR CIRCLE.
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