Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

I don't talk about it often, but a lot of my best friends live far away. We may not see each other every day...or even every year, but we always know that we're there whenever we need each other.

My O-Bff Ari and I!


Long distance relationships are difficult - whether those are romantic relationships or friendships. I couldn't tell you how often I feel my creative juices flowing at a "normal" hour by Cali standards, and I have to wait until the next morning to tell my soul sisters!

Case in point, Sunday night.


It's not only about the days where you are feeling completely inspired, some nights you just need to talk to that ONE PERSON and she's already in bed, fast asleep. There's also the days when you know your best friend is going through something, and all you want to do is be there for her. Phone calls and texts can only go so far, but sometimes that's all you've got!

My high school best friends, I made this in college when we were far apart.


Are you feeling the pain missing your long distance best friend? Today, (since I've been super missing my O-BFF) I decided to put together a list of ways to bridge the distance!

1.Send a Card! I absolutely suck at actually mailing cards and packages. Seriously, you can ask one of my best friends Erykka who was at camp all summer and literally did not receive one reply to her letters. Well, I replied by text? Luckily, I discovered Treat by Shutterfly. You may or may not know that I am obsessed with Shutterfly. Seriously, I love it so much. Treat is the newest greeting card website by Shutterfly. You can create a greeting card and they will actually send it for you! What's more, you can put pictures on the cards...aka my favorite part about Shutterfly.

Treat makes the cutest cards!


2. Skype Dates! Whenever my best friends and I have a spare moment (or I'm cleaning my room) we try to hop on Skype. It can be a little difficult for me to catch Ari - since she's in Grad School - but I can usually catch Paulina online!

3. Save your miles! I've always been pretty lucky with my dad traveling for his job and collecting miles to send me to visit my friends in Ohio after I moved back home. After he stopped traveling as much, I was inspired to get an Alaska Airlines credit card to build miles. My goal was to be able to fly to Ohio or North Carolina and visit my girls. Fast forward a couple of months after I got it and Iman proposed. That card became the perfect way for me to get my long distance best friend to fly to my wedding!!

A few of my Ohio best friends who were able to come to my wedding!


4. Packed Party has a package called Miss You Bitch, that I've been wanting to send. I haven't bought anything from them, but I follow their Instagram and love their images

5. Watch movies at the same time. This is a trick Ari taught me. If you plan on seeing the same movie at the same time, you can talk all about it after as if you had been there together!!

If you can't do any of these things, it's always great to just send a "Hope your day is great, I'm thinking of you" text. That's my go-to.

And on that note, I'm off to text my girls.



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20 comments:

  1. I've moved a bunch of times in my life, so I'm definitely feeling this post. Personally I'm a big fan of sending cards - doesn't even need to be a birthday or special occasion! Getting surprise mail is always fun.

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  2. I have so many long distance friend's and these are so true! I didn't know about packed party though- definitely want to try that!

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  3. Most of my best friends live all over the country since we're all at different schools. It is super hard but these tips are great ideas! I love the one about watching movies at the same time! Such a great idea!!

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  4. Aw, I couldn't have needed this post more at any other time. I've been missing my two best friends that moved away so much it hurts this week!

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  5. <3 <3 CANNOT WAIT to be out of grad school so more skype dates and movie dates can happen! Miss youuuuu

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  6. I love this post! Life after college really makes you miss all of the awesome friendships you made. Long distance friendships can be tough, and sometimes I feel like all we do is plan our next get-together, which is a-okay with me. I love that Miss You Bitch package! Omg!

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  7. I wish more of the social media tools had been around when I was in my 20s and moving around the country, could have helped me maintain some of those connections!

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  8. seriouslyyyyy!! Also, I really need to call and tell you something crazy awesome...so call me when you're freee!

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  9. Yes!! I am exactly the same way! I love mail and I love sending cards, but I am just the worst at mailing them...we still haven't sent our thank yous from our wedding and our 6 month anniversary is on Sunday! That's why I am loving Treat!

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  10. eee, I definitely need to save up and try it because it is so FREAKING COOL! If you happen to do it, let me know how it goes!!

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  11. That is exactly what happened to me when I went away to college...then I moved home from college but not all of my friends did and now they're spread out even more! (plus add in bloggy friends!)

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  12. Aww, I'm sorry Angie!! I'm glad I could magically (I have esp) know that you needed this!

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  13. haha, yess it's always like "ok, what is the next big event that we can't miss!" Although sadly, I have missed the birth of two of my favorite little girls - one I haven't even gotten to meet and she just turned 1!!

    The Miss You Bitch pack looks SO, SO awesome!

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  14. The availability of socla media is just amazing these days!! I am so grateful to have always had it during my long distance friendships

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  15. I completely suck at sending real mail too - it's so rare but it makes it so much more special to send/receive a package these days. I'm making a resolution to send more letters right now!! xx

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  16. Love these suggestions! I also have a lot of long distance friends and will definitely use these tips in the future. I especially love the "send a card" and "watch a movie at the same time" ideas.

    -Alex
    http://believeinyou24.wordpress.com/

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  17. I love all these suggestions! Almost all my closest friends are across the country, so it's hard to keep in touch sometimes. We have a couple group chats going that we blow up whenever we have some spare time though. Technology definitely makes it easier. :]

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  18. yes! How have you been doing at it? I'm stiiiiilll slacking.

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  19. Thanks Alex! I'm glad you enjoy them!! It can be so hard to keep in touch!

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  20. I love it!! Technology definitely makes everything easier, and makes it easier to keep in touch!

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