Monday, December 30, 2013

Stay Connected: Making Time for Friends and Family This Year (Guest Post)

Whether you live in the same town you grew up in or have moved to the far stretches of the world to see what lies ahead, staying connected with those closest to you is one of the most important things in life. Your loved ones are the ones who help you through it all and without making the time to get together with them they’re likely to get lost in the shuffle of your hectic life. So here are a few tips that will make keeping in touch with friends and family that much easier.
  • Explore your options. If dropping by your parents’ house isn’t feasible right now, take the time to find a solution that works for both of you. Whether it’s contacting one another by phone or by social media (you can use low-cost mobile broadband provider to keep in contact even when on the go). If you simply can’t find the time to be on the same page, consider regular Gmail exchange so that you can respond on your own time. Whatever the case is, make time to make it work and your friends and family will do the same.
  • Make dates. Schedule a time to see your friends and family and stick to it. Too often someone will ask to talk again later because something comes up. Or you might try giving someone a call and reach only their voicemail. Set a day of the week to make phone calls and get caught up and don’t let it slide through the cracks. Treat your time with your friends and family as if they’re important appointments you can’t afford to miss – because it’s true! Your loved ones are worth the extra effort so you should put in what you can to the relationship.
  • Get together in person (or close to it) as often as possible. Take the time to visit family and friends in person. Your grandparents will appreciate you taking the time to see them and you and your friends will have a much better time grabbing a drink or a bite to eat. When getting together is impossible for geographic regions, try Skype or another video chat option to see their smiling faces. Being able to see someone’s face will make the experience much richer and you’ll be glad you ended up doing it.

If you’ve had a hard time connecting with the people you love most in the past, make a point of trying to connect with them on a regular basis. It can be tempting to let relationships fall by the wayside when you get busy knowing they’ll still be there when the dust settles, but your life will be much more worth it if your loved ones are there to share it with you. And keep in mind that people will only put into a relationship what they expect to receive back. Being there for your friends and family means that they’ll be there for you when you need it. And that’s never a bad thing.  

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Pam L said...

These are great ideas. I always told my children to take the initiative when staying in contact with loved ones because people are either too busy or lazy to call or write.

I use skype for people who do not live close by, that way we can see each other when we talk. I love skype.

Shelly Peterson said...

This is a great post with good information. We need to make sure to make time for the ones who mean the most to us.

AMY said...

This is one of my New Year's resolutions. It's so easy to let time slip away and not do what is most important.

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