Greetings from Shorter Designs! What are your plans for the Fourth of July? I hope that you are going to celebrate with some of our time-honored Independence Day traditions: fireworks, family and friends, and hot dogs and hamburgers. My closest friend, Jill, says that the Fourth of July is her favorite holiday. She especially enjoys eating watermelon and watching fireworks.
Friendship is an important part of life, but many people find it difficult to find, make, or keep friends. Life events, such as moving to another neighborhood, starting a job, or having a baby, can isolate us from our former support group and make forging new friendships more important than ever. Be sure to let your friends know how much you care.
Don’t take your friends for granted; take the time to thank your friends for enhancing your life. Friendships need to be nurtured; ensure you make friendship an important priority. Remember that people make mistakes; be compassionate and forgiving. And above all, be trustworthy; if a friend tells you a secret, keep it to yourself.
This month let’s all make an extra effort to show love and appreciation to our dearest friend. Send her a card or gift, give her a call, have lunch together, or surprise her by cleaning her house. Friendships are valuable, so let’s treat them that way!
Here are some great things to do in July:
- Buy back-to-school supplies and clothes for the kids.
- Organize your purse and wallet. Make sure you get all the trash out!
- Dust your ceiling fans and baseboards.
- Dig in your pantry and toss things that have been untouched for more than six months.
- Make dentist and doctor appointments, specifically if you have children that play school sports.