Keeping in touch with your buddies during breaks or when someone moves away can be an awesome experience. It may seem overwhelming to maintain a strong and deep relationship with all of your good friends, while simultaneously keeping them posted on your own life. So, here are some fun suggestions about staying connected without feeling burdened or bogged down.
- Make an effort to send out a mass e-mail to all of your friends once a month; let them know what you are up to, what you are learning and what you are struggling with. E-mail is great because you can write a letter once and send it out to hundreds of people with a simple click! Not to mention that it’s free! Be sure to include pictures, scripture versus that are currently impacting your spiritual journey or funny and embarrassing moments. Make a vow with your friends that you will each try and send an update once a month so you can all look forward to catching up with each other. Put your friends’ e-mail addresses in one folder in your e-mail address book, so it is easier to send your letter to your entire group of friends.
- Start a website where you can all share pictures of each other and what is going on in your life or use an online journal or blog (http://www.blogspot.com, or www.wordpress.com). Facebook status updates may seem like enough of an update, but through blog entries, you can really dig into some of the deeper issues you’re experiencing without broadcasting to everyone.
- Written, tangible letters are still super fun to receive in the mail. Send one a week to a different friend. Make it fun by drawing pictures and include fun quotes and poems. When your friend receives the letter, it will totally make their day, and I can guarantee that they will want to write you back. Little gift packages are also really fun to receive as well as put together. Send your friends some of their favorite candy and some stationery, stickers, some cute socks or fun jewelry. $5 gift cards are also splendid gifts and they’re easy to send.
- Start a journal at the beginning of the summer. Create a plan about the order in which each of you will have the journal, make sure it can be repeated. After a week of journaling your experiences, thoughts, crushes and wishes, send the journal away to your next friend in the rotation. Then, they will be able to read all about your latest challenges and excitements while adding their own thoughts and experiences before sending it to the next friend. Pass the journal around a couple of times over the break so everyone has a chance to read about each other’s experiences. Add drawings, poems, press flowers and ticket stubs to make it more interesting.
- Before you head out for a break, go to Target with your friends. Together, pick out an outrageous skirt, pair of sunglasses or t-shirt that fits you all. Each friend should wear the item for a portion of the summer and write about everything that happens to them when they are wearing the item. Be sure to include pictures of that item in action. Then, send the item and your notes to the next friend. It’s exciting to see the journeys of the traveling item, and it makes you feel connected to your friends in a special way, even if you are far away.
- Skype or Facechat your friends, you do it during the school year, but now that you’re far away, set a reoccurring date. Be sure to pray with one another at the end of your conversation. Praying together builds a strong bond that neither time nor distance can break.
These are just ideas to get you started. Good luck and have fun! Let your friends know how much they mean to you and take an active step, to not only keep in contact, but to build a stronger bond during the Summer.