Near and Far:Staying Connected to Long-Distance Loved Ones

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I’ve moved what feels to be a million times, but my move from Orlando to Boston has been unlike any other.  While the list of reasons I love Boston grows by the minute, this move has posed a few challenges I haven’t faced before.  The biggest one being the making and keeping friends.  This is the first time in my life I haven’t had some sort of social institution like school or College that helped me develop a friend base.  That being said, I think I’ve found a decent solution.

I asked my friend Erin from Orlando to do this 31 day challenge with me so that we can participate in something together and help to motivate each other.  We’ve checked in with each other every day sharing recipes, snapping pictures of our weekly meal prep and sending videos from runs and workouts.  Doing this has helped me stay more in touch with her and feel more in the know about what’s going on in her life.  Nothing compares to being with the bestie in real life, but this has definitely helped to curb my withdrawals.  I’m trying a similar thing with my mother too.

My mother came to visit me the other week and we had such a great time.  It was like a sleepover.  We shopped, went out to dinner, binge watched trashy TV shows and even indulged in a spa day.  One night we were talking about books when we decided that we should do a mother-daugheter book club.  We settled on this book as our inaugural title, which actually is based on a town I used to work in.  We decide how many chapters we want to read by Sunday and talk about it Monday morning.  With only two people in the “club” it’s easy to work around our schedules and make time to do something fun together.

These little rituals are small but make a world of difference.  It helps me to feel in touch with the people I care most about keeping me balanced and happier throughout the week.  What do you think?  Do you already do something like this?  What do you do to help you feel closer to your long distance loved ones?

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