Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Reconnecting & Finding Balance

I'm sure we all have them...the old friends who we keep in touch with via facebook and the occasional text message. They are fabulous and we don't want to cut ties with them but life has seemed to have gotten in the way of regular meet ups and truly connecting.

I have a few friends who fit the description above. It saddens me that we do not get to spend more time together but at the same time I understand that marriage, careers, and adult life in general make it hard to break free for dinner and drinks.

This morning I was able to escape my career, motherhood, and all of my other responsibilities and enjoy the company of a long time friend at a local cafe. It had been almost a year since our last date which is totally crazy seeing that we live in the same town.

It was so refreshing catching up with this friend. Our conversation had a entertaining mixture of nostalgia from our past and chit chat concerning our current lives. I am still reeling with "happy vibes" from my morning at the cafe.

My morning has gotten me thinking...why don't I allow this to happen more frequently? Is life truly so crazy that me and my dear friend can only see each other a couple times per year? I will not be hard on us because we do have very hectic lifestyles. Yet I do believe that taking the time to sit down with and old friend and just relax is extremely beneficial and even therapeutic.

So in the name of mental health I'd like to create a goal for myself. I'd like to commit to reconnecting once a month to a friend or family member who I still value but don't get to see enough. I am hoping that by posting my goal here it will hold me accountable for achieving it. It all comes down to balance; finding a healthy equilibrium between work and relaxation.

Wish me luck on my venture, I will keep you updated!


  1. this is a wonderful goal! I love it! a good conversation can reset your whole perspective! good luck with your goal! look forward to the update :)

  2. It is wonderful thoughts and a great goal Rachel. Good luck :)

  3. I think that is an AWESOME goal! I ask myself the same questions very frequently. I should be like you!

  4. That is an awesome goal. I feel the same way about a few friends and my sister. It's all about taking the time to do it. This is something I really need to work on!

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  5. good luck! we tried this last year..and met for about 5 times total for was sooo fun..noone could get a word in..we tipped the waitress $25 b/c we stayed so long...but just like everything, work, house...i guess the only way is to MAKE the time!
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  6. I try to at least once a month do something with a friend. It's so nice to sit face to face and enjoy each others company. It's hard for us mom's to make time for ourselves. It is a practice that we fall out of.

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  7. Hey.
    So nice blog you have.
    I like your pictures.

    Good weekend, Marit, Norway