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Importance of Socializing

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So many wonderful things have been happening in my life over the past month and I am so grateful for the unexpected blessings and the peace that has been afforded me. I have been working very hard to be better about my own self-care. It is something I stress to my clients and I know the value so I have made a renewed commitment to take care of myself in order to be happier as well as be a better spouse, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, friend and therapist and future mother (not an announcement, by the way emoticon). Tonight I just want to stress how beneficial it is to make time for regular socializing with friends.

A friend and I instituted a weekly girls' night with the intent to find others to join our group. My friend got this idea from a book (can't remember the name right now) where several women got together for breakfast once a week to spend time together. Two other women have materialized that we want to join our group and one of them joined us for the first time tonight. We are all at different points of our lives; one with grown children, one with preteens, one with little children and one with no children with varying life experiences and professions. We are all open to spending time together each week (1 hour to 1 hour and a half) and opening ourselves up to building stronger emotional connections and offering support to each other and to just have fun without spending much money (if any).

It is wonderful! It doesn't even matter specifically what we talk about (and believe me, the topics run the gamut), but just knowing that Wednesday evenings we'll spend enjoying friendship, camaraderie and support is something I really look forward to. It is important to make time (even if it is impossible to do it on a weekly basis) to socialize with friends. Here I am documenting publicly my commitment and encouraging others to do the same!

Have a great night!

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