5 Places for Moms to Make New Friends

Friends Photographing Themselves

Hey, mama! Think you’re too busy to make friends? Or, if you’re like me – a total introvert – you find it hard to do so. There are many opportunities throughout your day to make friends.

  1. Work – Making friends at work should be the easiest, since it’s where you spend most of your time. Take time to get to know your co-workers. You may be surprised by how much you have in common with some of them. Look for common interests, fashion styles, etc. Strike up a conversation in the elevator, or in the cafeteria. You never know, your new best friend could be sitting in an office just two floors down.
  2. Church – If you attend church together, you already have one thing in common: your faith. Build on that. Do you both have kids that are around the same age? Are your husbands friends? Maybe invite her family over for a cookout, or movie/game night.
  3. The Gym – While most people don’t go to the gym to socialize, there are still opportunities to do so. Does she have a physique or workout routine you’d like to emulate? Maybe strike up a conversation in the locker room (not when naked, because that’s weird), it’s possible you can become workout buddies, leading to a friendship outside the gym.
  4. PTA/Other School Committees – Your kids are already friends – or at least they probably know each other. Start off with playdates to see if you have anything in common. I know it sounds like you’re interviewing for friends – in a way, you are. You have kids who go to school together, so it’s safe to assume you live in the same neighborhood. Invite her over for coffee, maybe form a book club with other PTA/school moms.
  5. Book Club – Are you an avid reader like me? Find out if anyone you know is a member of a book club, ask if you can join. Or, search online for book clubs in your area. You already have your love of literature in common – maybe there’s more.

You see, it doesn’t have to be hard to make new friends. You just have to put some effort into it – just like you would building any other relationship.

What about you? Where did you meet your BFF?

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Happy Anniversary to Two of my Favorite People

A year ago, today, two of my favorite people – my cousin Dominique Morisseau and her (now husband) Jimmy Keys – got married. I was blessed to be one of her bridesmaids. I had such an awesome time!

Last year, when I originally shared this video on YouTube, it went viral! I just wanted to share it again, in celebration of two wonderful people.

And, as you’ll see at the end, my ending is abrupt… even I couldn’t resist the call of the music. :)

Best First Dance Ever: Dominique Morisseau & Jimmy Keys

Attended the wedding of two of my favorite people: my cousin Dominique Morisseau and her (now husband) Jimmy Keys, this weekend. Such an awesome weekend! I just wanted to share a piece of it with you… And, for all of you who are getting married soon… THIS IS HOW YOU DO A FIRST DANCE!

And, as you’ll see at the end, my ending is abrupt… even I couldn’t resist the call of the music. :)

(P.S. check out the kid, with a cameo.)

The one where I went to New York, spent time with family and saw an AWESOME play.

This past weekend, I packed up my bags, kissed my two guys goodbye, and headed to New York.

I was on my way to see my cousin Dominique Morisseau’s play, Detroit ’67, at the National Black Theater in Harlem. Words cannot even begin to describe how excited I was – even if I was traveling, from Detroit to New York, by minivan, with my parents, aunt, uncle and two great aunts.

We left early Friday morning – and when I say early, I mean early… my alarm work me up at 4 a.m. I arrived at my parents’ house at 5 a.m., and after picking everyone up, we were on the road by 6 a.m.

 

The ride wasn’t that bad. Thankfully, my dad drove the entire way. We ended up rolling into New York at 4:45 p.m. The hotel my parents stayed at was in Harlem, right around the corner from the Apollo.

Friday night, my cousin, sister and I went to Times Square, because my sister had never been.

Times Square and the Apollo

Saturday, during the day, we played tourists some more and visited Columbus Circle, Central Park and Rockefeller Plaza.

NBC & Rockefeller Plaza

Saturday night, we all (20 or so friends and family visiting from Detroit) attended the play my cousin wrote, Detroit ’67. And, let me tell you… it was AMAZING! I am so proud of my cousin, and she has such a talent. I just know she’s going to go far. After the play, some of us – along with the cast – attended the after party.

The Cabbage Patch

Sunday morning dawned (way too early) and it was time to pack up and head back home. And, while I had an awesome time visiting, I was so happy to be coming home to my guys. I swear, the car ride that took no time heading to New York, seemed like f-o-r-e-v-e-r going back home. But, finally, at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night, I was back home – tired as all get out.

The One Where My Baby Sister Turns 30

I’m getting old, y’all. You see, today my baby sister turns 30-years-old. If she’s 30 and I’m the older sister, then what does that make me? (Hint: 35 Things I’m Grateful for on my 35th Birthday.)

Anyway, this post is dedicated to you, baby sis. Happy, happy, happy birthday! I love you to pieces.

The big sister, torturing the little sister - as usual.

The big sister, torturing the little sister – as usual.

 

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Us and our cousin (aka 3rd sister), Dominique (http://www.Detroit67play.com).

 

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Not sure what’s going on with the cat. It may be her hostage.

 

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My hottie sister, in the present. Gorgeous, no?

 

Oh and she’s a talented musician, as well. So, if you’re looking to book an awesome singer click here.