My long-distance friends have been on my mind a lot lately. It seems like in the past year, more of those *big life moments* have been reverberating through this network -- welcoming new babies, planning weddings, enduring heartbreaking losses. At the risk of verging on the extremely cheesy, the responses to all of these events in the groups of close friends from high school and college are overwhelming, and only serve to reinforce the beauty and strength of the friendships. I've been reminded a lot lately of how amazing these women are, and how important it is to keep in touch with them. I'll be putting more of these into practice in the coming months:
- Visit. That's an easy first one. If your friends don't live all that far away (like mine in NYC), a weekend trip every once in awhile is a good way to connect. I love going on mini-vacations with faraway friends -- we're headed to Provincetown again this summer when Amanda and her wife come to visit from MN! If you don't want to go the distance, try meeting at a halfway point, renting an apartment, and exploring the area together. And take advantage of events like reunions, bachelorette parties, and weddings!
- Technology. Liking the occasional Facebook status is always good, but try FaceTiming, Skyping, or G-chatting (my personal fave) for a more intimate convo space. My close friends from college and I also have a conversation going all the time in the GroupMe app, which we like since it relies on WiFi -- making it easy for our international pals to participate too.
- Snail mail. Sending care packages, notes, cards, postcards, or handwritten letters is such a meaningful way to say hello or let them know they're on your mind. Double points if you include something handmade!
- Collaborate. Are one or both of you in a creative line of business? Work together! Sharing this space with Arielle (who puts together the Monthlies) requires us to stay in very close touch. It's wonderful to have an excuse to talk to her so often!
- "Coffee dates." Amanda and I will sometimes spend part of the afternoon emailing back and forth while each having a cup of tea or coffee. How sweet is the idea behind Our Common Mug (pictured above)? They will send one mug to you and one to a friend along with a handwritten note as a reminder of who's on the other end of that pretty blue string.
What special things do you do to let your long-distance friends know you're thinking of them?
*This is not a sponsored post. The above image belongs to Our Common Mug.