Long-distance relationships suck at times. You spend lots of time on the phone or Skype. You send lots of messages back and forth. And you absolutely cannot wait until you’re together again. And no, I’m not talking about a long-distance romantic relationship. In fact, I’ve never been in a long-distance romantic relationship, so I may not even have the right picture of what that looks like (sorry is it’s totally wrong!). No, I’m talking about your best female friends. Living life abroad for me means that my best friends live many miles away from me. With Galentine’s Day approaching on February 13th, I know I’ll be thinking of all kinds of ways that I can show them how awesome they are and how glad I am that they are a part of my life! It just gets a little trickier with an ocean in between. So I’ve rounded up five different ways to send them some Galentine’s Day love.
What’s Galentine’s Day?
I’m so glad you asked! Is anyone else here a big fan of Parks and Recreation? I basically have seen the entire thing. On this show, the main character Leslie Knope (played by the wonderful Amy Poehler) starts a new tradition with her female friends on February 13th. She rounds them all up and they have a pancake brunch. Here’s a little video of her explains it:
Several years ago, I threw a little Galentine’s Day party with a friend and we had so much fun! I think we had around 10 ladies total. Anyway, since that’s not a possibility this year, onto the ways to shower your lady friends with love …
3. The good ole postal service
I really love sending cards and letters to people. The good old postal system is a great and it allows you to get creative. I have a few options for cards and fun stationary items here.
That first one is chalkboard, which is my favorite. The second one is a nice, all-purpose set. This is good in case you don’t end up using all of them.
2. Good old social media
This option is perfect if your Galentine’s Day is a crazy busy day. After all, it’s not a national holiday … yet. So, you likely still have to work. Or perhaps Galentine’s Day completely skipped your mind and you’re reading this on February 13th. No worries! Thanks to social media, we can still send a quick shout out.
You can easily create an image collage in say Canva or PicMonkey. Or you can just upload your favorite photo of you and your friends to Instagram. You could post several times that day or just once. It’s really all up to you! I will likely do this because … why not?
1. Throw a Skype or Google hangouts party
This is one of my favorites because with Google Hangouts, you can literally video chat with like 3-4 people all in different places. This option is the best if you have a group of girlfriends who live in different parts of the world. Just find a time that works and do it.
Of course to get creative, you can even make it a little more fun. Here are a few ideas:
- Make it a happy hour! Everyone brings a beverage and you virtually drink together.
- Eat your favorite foods together.
- Make it a theme and all dress up.
- Watch one of your favorite shows or movies together.
- Basically just do whatever you would do what you would do together …. via the Internet.
Galentine’s Day sucks when your besties live far. But hopefully this will help a bit. How do you typically like to hang with your female friends?