Lifestyle: Maintaining Long Distance Friendships

I have a low pool of friends, so any I get I need to keep. Since moving to Idaho I have  not really had a chance to grow relationships like I want, but I also have to remember that I still have friends back home. So I have a couple things I am doing to make sure I keep my long distance friends

Text often

I am not a phone talker. The only person I call is my mom and my husband. I am very awkward on the phone mostly because I get distracted or the phone breaks out and I end up asking or saying the same thing multiple times. Texting is easy though and a quick ‘How’s your day going?’ really does go a long way. Maintaining communication is key and you can’t get lazy. If you are forgetful set up a quick weekly alarm to make sure you check in.

Plan a Skype call

My best friend and I Skype every Friday to play board games. It’s fun and we talk and drink a little wine. While I wish we were together in person this gives us a chance to do something different while also keeping in touch. Plus we can see each other and any physical changes that can occur.

Stay active on Social Media

Honestly I don’t really like Facebook, but it is crucial when I want to stay up to date on family events and friend events. I only have Family and friends on facebook and I make sure that I keep my personal social media separate from my blogs. Not because I am ashamed of my blog, but so I can get information when I want it. Instagram and snapchat are key as well.

Video Games

I am a gamer plain and simple. I also have friends who play games. Playing MMO games are a great way to stay active with friends and open doors to meeting more people. If you don’t play games that is fine, but if you do definitely do multiplayer games.

Huntington Dog Beach

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This past weekend Tesla and I went on another adventure. Hunting Dog beach is a beach devoted to pet owners and their dogs. Usually the beaches don’t allow dogs, most likely because irresponsible pet owners, but Huntington Beach has a small section where you can let your dog bask in the sun and frolick in the waves.

Tesla wasn’t much for frolicking however. She didn’t like the water at all really, I think it’s just because it’s a new experience and she just needs to get used to it. This was the first time we let Tesla go off leash. I was so nervous about this that I made my husband stand next to her just to make sure she didn’t run off. She did really well, never straying too far and coming when called.

I was so proud of her!

xo,

Kimberly-3

Why does it offend people if I don’t eat Meat?

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So I’ve recently made a big life decision in my life. I decided to no longer eat meat. I won’t go into specifics on why I made this decision or any of my personal beliefs.

Please note that I have only been doing this for a couple of weeks, and to be honest I didn’t want to make it a big deal. I don’t go around wearing shirts that label me vegetarian, I don’t try to prosecute people who eat meat. I am pretty much silent about the whole thing in general.

Lately however I notice a lot of negativity come from the people I have mentioned it to, and I  just don’t understand it.

How does my food decisions affect anyone else but me? I’m not you, I don’t decide what you eat or what you put in your body, and I really don’t want to.

The first thing I get asked is ‘Why?’, this may seem like a harmless question and it usually can be but it’s the questions that come after it make me shake my head and then ignore you.

You don’t have to understand my reasons.

You don’t have to start listing reasons why you eat meat (I didn’t even ask.) and I am not trying to stop you.

You don’t need to give me a sarcastic “Good Luck’

You don’t need to give me all the reasons why you think I will fail, trust me I’ve already gone through them multiple times in my head.

My husband is the only person who’s opinion on this even remotely matters and guess what? He absolutely 100% supports me and my decisions, he even went so far as to look up recipes, order me food and try my meatless ‘meat’.

In conclusion what I eat and put in to my body, shouldn’t offend you. It’s not like I’m trying to eat a baby or anything.

Has anyone ever had a problem of other people being offended by something that doesn’t even affect them?

xo,

Kimberly-3