I have been having the hardest time catching up with my girls lately. It's always been hard to plan girls time, but between killer hours at work, husbands, babies, new boos and fatigue, it just seems especially tough right now.
When we can, my girls and I plan brunches, weekend getaways and party nights to catch up weekly. And, I was really happy when I came across this article in the October issue of Essence about different ways to catch up with your best gal pals:
1. Create Sweat Equity
Catch up with your girl while working off those last five pounds. You'll have someone to talk to instead of counting down the remaining five minutes on the treadmill and a partner to keep you accountable for your routine. "Not only will you feel more committed to the weight loss, but to each other as well," says Shakara Bridgers, coauthor of The Get 'Em Girls Guide to the Perfect Get-Together
2. Look to Cooking
Take a culinary course and then use your new skills making Sunday brunch as a crew. "Gathering in the kitchen with your friends sure beats trying to figure out who ordered what at the end of an expensive meal out," says Bridgers.
3. Give Back
Strengthen your relationship while stregthening your community. Spend an hour at the local soup kitchen, or chaperone a trip for your church's youth group. By doing service together, you can enjoy each other's company while doing something good for other people.
4. Hit The Road
A day trip to the quaint town 30 minutes away may be all the vacation you need. And it doesn't place a huge demand on your jam-packed schedule or your not-so-jam-packed wallet. While you're there, explore gift shops, restaurants and bookstores. Get mani-pedis at the local salon, and try a few new dishes at a popular restaurant. It will be a great escape and another wonderful memory to share with your girls for years to come.
5. Be Kids Again
You're never too grown for a slumber party. And at this age, you can grab your jammies and a bottle of wine. Settle once and for all who has the biggest vocabulary over a Scrabble session, play a game of Truth or Dare, or decide if Idris Elba or Terrence Howard is a better leading man. No matter what you do, make sure it's fun and full of laughter. "Spending quality time with girlfriends allows women to step away from their everyday roles as mothers, wives and businesswomen and just let their hair down," says Bridgers.
by Niema Jordan