So I think its kinda cool to think I have friends in all corners of the globe – Australia, Chile, Denmark, Florida, Germany, Texas..etc. But everyone seems to have their own lives, busy with work, family, and just LIFE in general. Why is it that there seems to be a disconnect between thinking of someone, and actually reaching out.
This is something I changed in February.
A big part of my happiness is tied with interacting with people in my social group and meeting new individuals who share the same interest as me. So I decided for Feb I wanted to simply… love more. Love my friends, family, coworkers and anyone whom I may cross paths with MORE. My quote for this month is the very same quote I chose in 2010 when I ultimately decided to declare Hospitality as my major.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Feb – LOVE MORE
Take birthdays serious; Spread the Love
Keep in touch
Be a good neighbor
Call up a friend once a week
- Take birthdays serious; Spread the Love. In January I had sent out about 15 Facebook messages asking for friend’s addresses. Many were skeptical. Questions I received: ‘Kara you’re not signing me up for magazine subscriptions are you??’ ‘But why do you need it??’ ‘Oh I guess I thought you were joking, it’s…’ Did anyone not just assume that a dear ole friend wanted to send them a little somethin’ somethin’. If it was your bday in Feb and I didn’t reach out to you I’m sorry but I LOVE YOU, and happy freakin belated bday! I also gave out random gifts such as honey, chap stick, and my art work to coworkers, friends, and family.
- Keep in touch. Let me start off by saying I currently have 75 unread text messages on my phone and 60 Facebook notifications I just don’t care to check/view. Basically I’m the worst communicator. Realizations: not responding to people may actually hurt their feelings. If they text me and I don’t respond for a few days, some people may think I’m blowing them off, or I don’t want anything to do with them. This month I really tried to stay in touch but not just via text or facebook. I sent two dozen handwritten cards to family friends, and family members. I’m lucky to be friends with some truly incredible individuals and I want to CELEBRATE them and keep close ties with everyone! I want my friends to know I care about them and will not disappear.
- Be a good neighbor. I’ve always admired my father for being a good neighbor. He doesn’t have to think about it either, he just IS, which is why I give him my utmost respect and honor him. I remember when I was younger I would be biking into our neighborhood and look up and my dad would be up in a tree with like a Husqvarna (chainsaw) yellin’ “KARA” ** waving hysterically. Bless you dad. Multiple times I would see him mowing an elderly neighbors yard and helping neigbs lift things after a hurricane. Kinda failed at this one, but hey I’m not perfect, I cleaned my bff’s windows without her knowing. I purchased some unnecessary items at a neighbors garage sale..? What do you guys do to help neighbors? See you in the comments.
- Call up a friend once a week. As I said earlier friends are a big part of my happiness. I want to make sure I nurture those relationships I’ve made over the years. Once a week maybe more than once, I reached out to an old friend. I became present. I went the extra mile. Being there for them to vent, providing encouragement, or just being a safe person to talk to.. I was there.
Thanks for reading!!! See you guys in March!