I don’t often give myself permission to live in regret about things that have happened in my life. Sure, I haven’t always got it right and could easily fill a notebook (or two) with things I could have done differently, but my theory is that wasting energy regretting things doesn’t really add anything to your future. Learn and move forward. But, if I’m really honest I do regret not maintaining some of my friendships in a better way. Life only brings you along a certain number of truly deep and connected friends and they should be treasured – which does take effort on your/my behalf.
I think, for me, as I became consumed in the business of raising a family, the sleepless nights and drain of being ‘needed’ 24/7 took their toll and I struggled to have the extra energy I needed to maintain and build friendships. You see I’m an introvert by nature. I need time alone to feel balanced and energised so I can meet the world head on and dazzle it with my smile. When the pressure grew and the ‘me time’ stopped I no longer had the energy to tend to some my friendships and time has left them feeling disconnected and a little distant. That makes me sad and is something I want to change.
A few weeks ago the team at SOUP contacted me to see if I’d like to participate in their Nescafe Menu promotion – which is all about catching up with friends over coffee. It was this that really got me thinking about my friends past and present. I’ve got some beautiful friends these days. Wonderful women I’ve connected with through my children, through blogging and through my free range relationship with God. (That’s just an entire other story for another day.) But I also feel like I’ve lost some of my pre-kids friends. Wonderful women who added so much to my life and in the words of Donna Roberts, “knew the song in my heart and sung it back to me when I forgot the words”. I need to reconnect with these women.
Do you have friends you miss in your life too? Well the Nescafe Menu promotion is all about connecting more with those you love. One of the greatest joys in life is sitting down and sharing with a friend over a good coffee. Nescafe Menu and SOUP have provide me with a $150 voucher to giveaway to someone who comments on this post. So this is what I’m thinking. If you have a friend or friends you’d like to reconnect with and you think $150 would help make it happen tell me how. Write a comment below letting me know how you would use $150 to reconnect with an old friend, or enrich a current friendship, and the best and most do-able answer will win. Maybe you could put it towards a flight to see a friend in another state or a grocery voucher to buy supplies for a special ‘friends dinner party’ or even for a florist so you could send your friends flowers to let them know how much they mean to you.
Be creative, be meaningful, but please remember it needs to be something I can source a voucher for too. And come what may let’s all think a little more about our friendships. It’s easy to believe good friendships don’t need to be maintained and will always be there. But these days I’m not so sure. Three runners up will also receive three boxes of delightful Nescafe Menu coffee to share with their friends.
Follow these steps to enter.
- Leave a comment below how you would use a $150 to reconnect with your friends.
- If you are nice enough to share this giveaway on facebook or twitter please feel free to leave a second entry comment.
- Follow The Truth About Mummy in any way you like (facebook, twitter, email or reader feed)
- Giveaway is open until Midnight on the 8th of August and has a total value of approx $180.
- (Check the T&C tab for full T&C).
- Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I received some lovely Nescafe Menu and $120 voucher for completing this post.