Friday, 20 March 2015

STAYING IN TOUCH WHILE ABROAD


One of the things that most concerned me when I was moving abroad was how I would stay in touch with family and friends. With life being so hectic most the time, I knew that if I wanted to keep my valuable relationships, I would have to put in the work. Moving from home is never easy, whether you're moving a state away or an ocean away!
Today, I'm sharing some tips on staying in touch while being abroad:
1) Commit time to talk with your loved ones- I usually set Sunday night as my time to skype or call my friends and family. With a 5 hour difference between home and London, I have to make sure that I put aside time to maintain and build my relationships

2) Take full advantage of technology- Thank goodness for iphones because they are such a lifesaver when it comes to keeping in touch. Facetime has been my go-to these days; with nearly everyone having an iphone, it's super easy to call someone anytime!

3) Don't Forget Snail Mail- I love coming home to a piece of mail, especially when it's written on cute stationary! It's so nice to read through old letters and reminisce. I haven't been too good about sending hand-written cards, but it's one of my goals this year.

4) Have A Blog- Blogging is one of the best ways that I've been able to keep in touch with my friends. Since we aren't always able to share the spontaneous moments in life when they happen, I try to include these details when I write my posts. Having a blog also allows friends and family to read at their leisure. This way, they feel like they actually know what's happening in your life!

Putting in the effort to stay in contact with your loved ones is so important. I know that no matter the distance, my best friends and I will always pick up where we left off. I guess that's a sign of true friendship!
Hope these little tips helped all of you living away from home!
Have a great weekend, everyone :)

xoxo
Karen
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  1. It's hard to be faraway from family and friends.
    But it nice to know that there is technology that help us connect with them
    XO

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    1. Exactly! Technology is so useful :)

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  2. I'm all about some snail mail- it's the best kind of mail to get! And I agree, blogging is probably the best thing you could do.. have a fab weekend! xo

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    1. Yes! Snail mail is the best, especially on cute stationary :) Hope you had a good weekend!

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  3. I think you have a blog is the best for people to stay in touch with you!! All great tips girl!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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    1. Thanks Biana! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  4. Great ideas, specially about the blog, that was what I did when moving from home)
    Also skype sessions - are a must!

    Tanya
    www.stripesnvibes.com
    BlogLovin

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    1. Thanks Tanya! Blogging definitely helps alot!

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  5. Handwritten letters are wonderful! I wish I received and sent more of them!

    xo, simplydavelyn.com

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    1. Writing letters is one of my goals for 2015, technology is convenient, but writing is so much more thoughtful!

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  6. One of the reasons I started a blog was to keep in touch with family who are 13 hours away! I have to make sure I set aside time for them. I love sending cards and letters too!

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    1. Hi Jenna! Blogging is definitely a convenient way for family around the world to keep up! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Nice ideas for keeping in touch long distance! I live in the US but my family is in the Netherlands so keeping in touch with them is vital to keep our relationship up! Lately I've been sending more snail mail to them; you're right about it being so nice to discover hand-written love (of course on pretty stationary!! haha!) in your mail box!! Thanks for sharing!!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva
    www.stephanieheva.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Wow, the Netherlands! It's on my list to visit :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. nice tips!
    I'm living abroad now as well. and yess, thanks for the invention of technology such as skype and facetime <3

    www.melianachen.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Meliana! Thanks for reading, Skype is so convenient for talking to family!

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