My best friend and I are in different states, miles away from each other, amidst the whirlwind that is our lives. For me, it’s marriage and a full-time job, for her it’s graduate school, a job, relationship, and new puppy. We’ve now only recently settled into our long-distance relationship, which takes a good bit more intention for catching up. I’m super happy for her, extremely proud of who she is and what she’s doing, and am thankful to call her my best friend. Naturally, the last thing I want is for our relationship to dissolve into solely Instagram likes and the occasional text. I want us to remain close, I want us to know details of each other’s weeks, things to pray about, etc. I find an important thing is to keep sharing experiences together, new especially. I’ve been brainstorming some ideas for staying super-tight, even though we’re far apart.
Send letters and fun cards – A favorite of mine, I really dig snail mail. And cheering people up with a funny, ridiculous, or sweet card.
Deliver small gifts or care packages – Etsy is my go-to for this kind of thing… or Target for candy and snacks. I’ll find something I think she’ll really like, and mail it to her. I’ve yet to the do a true ‘like we’re back at camp’ care package, but I’ve got the itch.
Start a challenge together – Exercise, time away from the computer, time outside, reading a book, finding the most creative recipe, etc.
Leave fun voicemails – I usually am not one to leave voicemails, but I’ve found it fun to leave a random, silly, story-telling voicemail on my bff’s answering machine.
Trades links to articles and quirky web finds – MB and I are back and forth with random, fun, interesting links to each other. Whether it be the topic of Jesus, Gilmore Girls, clothes, or current events, we share a lot. It’s great.
Have a best friend in another state? What do you guys do to stay in touch?