As we get older and our schedules fill up, it gets harder and harder to spend quality time with the people we love. Work, significant others, and other aspirations tend to take up all of our time and before you know it, it’s been months since you’ve actually seen your best friend in real life (FaceTime and Snapchat are great but just not the same). It’s so easy for us to blame being busy, but truth be told we make time for the things we want to do and the people we love.
To help bring you and your bestie back together, here’s a list of my top 10 favorite things to do with my friends and family.
Go on walks and hikes:
While apparently I have allergies I LOVEEEE to walk and enjoy the outdoors. Whether you just walk around your city, a park, or hike a mountain; this is an easy and free way to catch up.
Teamwork makes the dream work right? Have you been trying to get #summertimefine, but you’re motivation has been at a low? Try working out with your friend, whether you meet up every Saturday and take a class together or go running a few times after work, you can push each other to be healthier while catching up on all the latest gossip.
Some people believe that sleepovers stop at 12-13. LONG LIVE SLEEPOVERS! I mean think about it, you’re older so the conversations get realer and you can enjoy drinks in the comfort of your home. Make a #tbt video and make up a dance routine or do face masks and then fall asleep after talking all night. Or fall asleep while you drive from a sleep-less sleepover.
This may seem like an odd option, but why not? Do you both need to go to the grocery store or need to drive out to change your driver's license? Having someone along for the ride makes mundane tasks seem sooo much better!
Take a class together:
Who better to try out that new boxing class, or learn how to play the guitar than with a friend with the same interests? Whether you are taking a class for educational purposes or to try something new. You both can experience it together and create great memories.
Do It Yourselves:
Have you been avoiding repainting your house, or have a dresser you want to paint? Ask your friend to help you! Throw on some old clothes and create something new together!
Long car rides:
Take a mini road trip to a new city, or carpool to an event out of town. Long car rides always resurface old memories and bring up some interesting conversations. Long car rides give you the excuse to jam out to every Usher CD screaming your confessions at the top of your lungs.
Create a new things list:
Create a list of 10 new things you want to experience and take 5 for yours 5 from theirs and set a date to accomplish those things. Whether it’s 10 new restaurants, 10 farmers markets, or 10 completely different experiences they are memories just waiting to be created.
Touristy city things:
You can live in a city your entire life and never do the touristy things. I suggest making a list of all of the touristy things in your city and knock them off the list one by one. Whether it’s visiting the home of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, or taking the ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty in New York there are so many experiences you can have in your home town and you’ll probably appreciate it more now that you aren’t in 4th grade.
This has to be my favorite. If you both have something you need to work on whether it's grad school applications or your own personal website, make coworking dates where you go to the library or your local café and work on your projects. You’ll both leave feeling productive and you’ll also have someone to talk to when you need a 5-minute mental break.
Three women going through life.