I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I sure did! I spent Saturday hanging out with some of my super-awesome blogger friends for a Galentine’s celebration. Sunday I had the most scrumptious lunch with my incredible friends, Cate and Luke. I’m so glad I had a chance to spend time with such lovely people.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get the highest quality out of life and I’ve come to a realization. The things we remember in the end aren’t how many cars we had or how big our closet was, it will be the people we spent time with. The moments we cherished each and every day.
I spent my Friday night shopping and finding tons of cute blind boxes. It was AWESOME!! I hung out with my wonderful friend, Kelsey, of The Fangirl Crafter and we had an awesome time going around and fangirling out over lots of cute things. Come Saturday though I started feeling a little guilty for spending so much money. I mean, I spent a ton on little figures. It got me to thinking about appreciating what you have.
Here is the thing. Being a collector is all about wanting more. You want to add and grow your collection. For me, I collect little, cute things because they make me happy. I like looking at them, playing with them, or whatever else I do with them. I’m able to collect cute things because I’m very fortunate to have some extra funds. It hasn’t always been that way. I had crap jobs for a long time that paid very little. I ate cereal for dinner and entertained myself with free activities. It hasn’t been until the last year or so that Fletch and I have a little extra to be able to buy the things we want.
Recently I’ve been trying to figure out how to balance all of the stuff I have going on in my life. How do I balance work, friends, blogging, my Etsy shop, and time for Fletch? I mean, that is a lot! Work has been a bit more hectic but I feel as though I am handling it pretty well. I think where my difficulty lies is with balancing all of my personal stuff.
I like to think that Valentine’s Day is a time to not only celebrate romantic love but also the love you feel towards others. That could be your friends, your family, your co-workers, etc. There are so many different types of love that deserve recognition.
That is why I decided to celebrate Galentine’s day (a holiday that originated in Parks and Recreation and is now being celebrated in real life). Basically, you spend time with your special lady friends and show them love. It is pretty great. The friends that wanted to participate live all over the country so I am sending them little gifts in the mail. I mean, everyone loves mail! My dear friend, Meagan, came by to see the house, exchange gifts, and we went on a fun double-date with our partners. The meal was delicious and the company, even better!
Now I leave you with these final thoughts. We don’t need to wait for a holiday to show people we care. If you have a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, give them a call. Text that sibling that you never speak with to see how they are. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow so let’s make the most of today.
Love you all and thank you for being my supporters, my friends, and so much more. You all mean the world to me.
I’ve found that as I age it becomes more and more difficult to maintain relationships. Friends move away, they start a family, and you see each other less and less. In college you would visit in between classes or do coffee. Now you have to drive an hour (or more) to see each other. It’s tough.
What I’ve learned from all of this is the importance of maintaining those relationships and continuously working at them. It is all too easy to let days, weeks, or months pass before you pick up the phone and chat. I know because I am guilty of it. We all do it. We tell ourselves that we will call or text them tomorrow. But tomorrow comes and we put it off again. We fall into a pattern where we no longer hold those relationships we once cherished as highly.
I think I’ve learned this more and more as friends move away or as I gain more friends that live farther away. Through blogging I’ve made friends with people in Seattle, Florida, Austin, Australia, New Jersey, and much more. Maintaing these friendships takes time and effort but it is completely worth every ounce of energy I put into them.
The relationships I maintain, near or far, are important to me. Those individuals have had a huge impact on who I am as a person and who I might become.
Do you have a friend that you’ve lost touch with? Maybe you should reach out to them. Life is too short to let another day go by without letting those you care about know their importance in your life. Why not give them a call?