When we graduate college and flock to new cities, we may find ourselves establishing a life that is hundreds of miles or even oceans away from our closest friends. I know that my relocation to Atlanta has been a somewhat isolating process, as I find myself geographically removed from many of my most treasured friendships. It appears that my friends did not have an interest in following me to the warmer half of the United States (I hope they will change their minds after the first New England frost)!
Until then, I know that it is important that we keep each other updated on the happenings in our lives so that we can continue to strengthen our already unbreakable bond. Social media has made these long-distance relationships much easier to maintain through posts on Facebook, photos on Instagram, quips on Twitter and quirky Snapchats. In balancing work and a social life in a new city, it can be challenging to find time for a lengthy phone conversation with old friends.
At work yesterday, I noticed that my friend Morgan kept pulling out a pocket-sized journal and writing little notes throughout the day. I assumed she was taking notes on her accounts, but she informed me that it was a traveling journal that she shared with her two best friends. In the same essence of the traveling pants that we all know so well, this journal makes its way across the country and connects these girls to one another through the stories on its pages. They share personal emotions, random thoughts, funny drawings – basically anything that comes across their mind in the week that the journal is in their possession. Morgan explained to me that when she does have time to catch up with her friends on the phone, she only touches upon the big events that have happened in her life, forgetting to mention the funny little moments that happen day-to-day.
The journal allows these girls to live each day with each other, even if they are miles apart. It connects them in a way that social media cannot, by allowing them to share the most personal details, arbitrary comments and aimless thoughts. The journal travels from coast to coast, dividing its time between San Francisco, New York and Atlanta. I think that this is a great way to stay connected with your BFFs and allows you to experience their lives with them in a unique way. It’s better than a simple letter that really only allows for one-way communication.
If you’re feeling like putting in a little more time and effort, you can also send a little gift or care package along with the journal, especially if your friend just moved into a new place! A candle or small housewarming gift is always a great way to let your friend know that you’re thinking of them.