I don’t know about you, but all the time at home I crave time with friends. While I love my family, I talk about spending some time with people who don’t live in my home.
More than once I have hidden in my car to be alone or to take a pointless drive, to escape my family and to make a non-stop call with friends. Can you understand
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we are hopefully in the final step of this pandemic. And let me tell you that I enjoyed the whole time with family, but I am ready for the moment when I can be reunited with my friends and extended family. But how to keep a friendship going during a pandemic is the big question, right?
Well, I have taken the time to reconnect and nurture my friendships from afar. So read on to learn how I keep connected through this final blow of the pandemic and beyond.
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Start a book club.
It seems like I read more on my New Years resolution every year. So why not use the time to reconnect with friends? While you’re at it, do it educational! I reached out to all of my white friends and asked them to diversify their reading lists. If you’re a colored person this is also a great way to invite your white friends to work and create a safe place to have difficult conversations in a zone of no judgment. Start a book club with your favorite pals with a monthly Zoom call to discuss this.
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Create a Pinterest group forum and plan your vacation.
In all honesty, I can only think of my great escape. There are so many options in LA like Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, but I’m looking forward to my first friend’s trip to Napa. In the meantime, I’ll be curating our getaway and delighting everyone with a shared Pinterest board.
If you’re not a Pinterest enthusiast like me, I recommend giving it a try. All you have to do is create a board and invite your friends to be a part of it. You can even develop sub-boards within the initial “Friend’s Trip” board and block different destinations. Go to me Inspiration board for girls to see what we stick together
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Plan virtual live workouts together.
As a mother of two, it’s fantastic to have the flexibility to go to class in my spare time. Even if I don’t mind training alone (or with my husband), it’s nice to recharge your batteries with a training partner. I have also noticed that many trainers offer private training sessions through Zoom. To do Live workouts together When you hire a virtual private tutor, you’ll both stay tuned and engaged. It’s a great way to take your training to the next level and connect with your BFF too.
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Host a virtual wine course.
It’s no joke that US alcohol sales soared as we huddled in response to the coronavirus outbreak. While many people settled in in 2021 (exclamation of New Year’s resolutions!), I’ve decided to pay more attention to my wine consumption this year. I always loved happy hour with my friends or a quick drink after work with coworkers. Of course we can’t do that now. But did you know you can book virtual wine courses?
Through Corkbuzz, sommeliers guide attendees through regions, history, geography, producers, and information about wines. Zoom links are sent by the instructor in the early afternoon and students can view the class presentation screen. Participants can drink wine that is tailored for the class or open any bottle of wine they have at home to drink. So grab your trunk, get dressed, and turn it into a wine tasting night.
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Send a snail mail.
And finally an oldie, but a goodie, but this one makes a meaningful impression: writing letters. Send letters, love letters, cards and even print photos again. Christmas cards are always a reminder of how much I love holding pictures. So why not keep this tradition all year round? Print out a photo of you and your friends together on a trip or at a time that has special memories for both of you, then write a small note and mail it. It will make her day, her week, her year!
How do you maintain friendships during quarantine? Share your tips with us below.