Tips for staying connected to your tribe when you’re always on the go!
I have a very busy group of friends. One of my best friends is an army wife with two children, another is a social worker and a mother of a toddler. My friend Eric is pulling 24-hour shifts as a medical school student.
I am writing daily while looking after my toddler as a stay-at-home mom. Our lives are hectic! Thankfully, we have managed to keep our friendships solid even with our busy lives.
When we are constantly busy with our careers, we sometimes put our needs last. Social time is a need and friendships are important. Our friends have helped us get through some of the toughest times in our lives. They have listened to us vent when we needed to. In some cases, they have talked us off ledges. They have laughed and cried with us.
Many of us have that rare friend that doesn’t require as much maintenance because they have been in our lives for many years. These friends are the ones you could go a year without talking to, and you pick up where you left off with them.
These friendships are rare and wonderful. These friends are “the OG’s” of friendship. However, they need some love too!
Friendships are relationships that require work to thrive, just like a marriage. These things are worth doing so a friendship doesn’t end up being a casualty of your busy life.
For the friend who is an early riser
When I have my coffee in the morning, I usually send a message to my friend Lacey. Lacey is usually up with the sunrise and I know she is having her coffee before going to work. If she doesn't answer, at least she knows I’m thinking about her. She also does the same for me, it is a morning habit we have developed before our day gets insanely busy.
For the friend who lives far away
My cousin moved away two years ago. We miss each other so we make time to talk on the phone. Usually, it is when she's driving her kids to school or when I am doing housework. We try to squeeze in that social time, even if it’s only for a few minutes. We make this effort to talk daily and have maintained our close bond even though we live fifteen hours apart. Thank goodness for Bluetooth!