As you know, intentional time spent with one woman can create a quiet yet far-reaching ripple effect. Therefore, this week’s tip is to take time to connect and invest in someone’s life today. Here are a few ideas to help you apply this tip in your life:
1. Cook together. Grocery shop together. Share tips while in the kitchen. Enjoy the meal together or make enough to take home to both families. Even clean-up will be more fun together!
2. Make a standing date. Set a biweekly or monthly date. Swap planning responsibilities for variety or grab coffee and a snack at the same restaurant every time. You’ll soon anticipate your regular time together.
3. Give mom a break. Offer to hang out with a young mom on a regular basis so she can get things done around the house while you occupy the children. Your willingness to spend time investing in her children will pour encouragement into her.
4. Serve together. Find a way you can help someone you both know or serve a community agency.
5. Work out together. Try a new exercise class together or hold each other accountable by expecting to see each other at a weekly class. Meet at the local gym for regular workouts or enjoy early morning strolls together.
6. Swap support. Find out what projects others are working on and lend your support. Ask for help so others are comfortable asking you, too. As you support each other, you share the weight of responsibilities while also getting to know each other.
7. Gather a group together. Get together with additional people so you avoid isolating yourselves. Attend an event or study with other women or host friends for coffee and dessert.
8. Organize photos together. As you categorize photos into years, family members, or projects, you’ll get closer to each other as you share memories.
9. Learn from each other. If you want to know how to create an event or share someone’s photos on Facebook, just ask. If you want to gather ideas for closet organization or landscaping, just ask. If neither of you knows the answer, search for it together.
10. Remind each other. Serve as sticky notes for each other, extending accountability by following up when someone shares plans for an apology, organization, service, and so on. As you touch base with each other on a regular basis, you’ll stick together through struggles and triumphs.
Do you have additional ways you like to intentionally connect with other women? Share them in the comments below!