Last weekend I had the chance to get out of the house and attend a blogging masterclass and catch up with some lovely people at the same time. As a homebody who doesn’t live close to any of my friends I can really forget how important those face-to-face connections are. I love the internet for making connecting from far away easy, but it’s not quite the same thing. It really “filled my cup” so I thought I’d share some ways to add more of it to our lives.
Ways to Fill Your Cup:
- Coffee Catch Ups – organise with a friend or two to catch up for coffee on a regular basis. If the same people can’t meet regularly, see if you can organise a different person every other week so you’re getting out and making those great face-to-face connections
- Skype Calls – if you live in a remote area or your close friends are far away, Skype is great for getting that connection even though you might be hundreds of miles away.
- Weekends Away – logistically, this might be a once a year thing, but having a weekend away with friends or even family can really help you to feel more relaxed and fill that cup
- Monthly Meet Ups – organise something with a few friends that get along well and hopefully don’t live too far apart. It could be a themed meet up like a book club or a craft-a-long or just a chance to get together and have some food and laughs
- Trip to the Movies – taking the time to see something that you want to see, even if you go on your own, can be a wonderful way to take some ‘me’ time and feel good afterwards
- Conferences or Events – if you can get to go to a conference or event on a topic you love, it can be a great way to surround yourself with people who “get” what you’re trying to achieve and are doing similar. These events can help you feel more confident and “full”
- Join a Gift Swap or Get a Pen Pal – if you love to receive mail and you have the time, you could join a gift swap (where you send someone a gift of a certain value and someone sends you one) or get a pen pal to write to each month. They let you share the love and receive it too!
Not all of these will be the right fit for everyone, but hopefully they give you some ideas to help you get started if you need to add a little more self care and cup-filling time to your life. Sometimes we just need a friendly reminder that taking time for ourselves is important too, and even if it’s the little things to begin with, it’s important to start somewhere.
Do you take time to fill your cup? What’s your favourite way?
Note: The Embracing Imperfection series is a fortnightly blog post series, every second Thursday, where I talk about creating a great, happy home for you and for me. One where we not only talk about embracing imperfection, but where we make steps to do it. Read more about it here.