2011 above, 2021 below
Last week was our mid-winter break and we hardly had any plans.
I hate planning trips (my mind goes blank if I have to pull a destination out of thin air) and we were resigned to the same ol', same ol' at home (plus more screen time).
But when we heard our good friends were going to drive up to Oregon from southern California, we invited ourselves along and hit the road!
It was a great few days together.
Greg has known Brian and Michelle from their first year of undergrad at Harvey Mudd College (where they all got engineering degrees - any other Claremont people here?).
He was in their wedding, and especially since having kids, our families have become like family to one another.
After coming home I realized:
That great time together wasn't a coincidence.
Ten years ago, Greg and I read the book 3 Big Questions for a Frantic Family (or more likely, I read it and made Greg read a summary of it :).
It walked us through making a "rallying cry", or top priority, for our family, and the one we landed on was to build a comfortable community.
Having a comfortable community means having people over even if the house isn't perfect. It means letting others know when you lose it on your kid. It means tending to breastfeeding or diaper changes or potty training around each other, knowing they'll understand.
Brian and Michelle become part of our comfortable community because we made it a goal, and the result is over a decade of friendship.
Investing in friendship IS (brave!) self care. Here's how to do it:
8 Ways to Deepen Friendships
(even in a pandemic)
Well, my friend, which one of these tips will you try?
Tap the button below and let me know - friendship is one of my favorite things (and an important part of my self care) so I'd love to cheer you on!
To your deepening friendships,
Self Care Coach
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