If you’re like me, motherhood has been a joy, a blessing, it has brought so much to your life…but.
But it has also taken a few things too. Namely, friendships. I’ve watched some of my favorite friendships slip away quietly simply due to the natural season we are all in. We are moms – we’ve added to our families, which has added to our responsibilities and taken over our schedules. Time with each other has to be incredibly intentional, but often the energy left for planning friend time can get pushed to the bottom of the list.
Well, I decided to do something about it.
This year, I made a commitment to bring people into our home more and I prioritized my mom friends within that commitment by starting a monthly coffee morning in my home once a month. It’s filled my heart, kept me connected, brought some of my friends that didn’t know each other before together in ways that are so fun. I couldn’t be happier with how it’s all turning out, but there is one very important rule to make sure this is something I can consistently do until, I hope, forever.
That rule is to keep it simple.
It’s too easy to fall into the trap that to have people over, your house has to be perfectly clean, you have to make something amazing for them to eat, and you have to entertain. This is just coffee. Plain and simple.
I love to cook for people and I love to host. It would be so easy for me and, actually, so fun, to make this into something more. But the more “work” this is, the easier it would be for me to find an excuse not to keep doing it. Keep it simple, and it’s more likely to stick.
The week before each gathering I send a group text with a day and time. Then the morning of, after my kids are off to school, I remind myself that work can wait and put my computer away for 90 minutes, wipe off my table, make two pots of coffee, line up my coffee cups and open my door. This simple gathering is doing so much for me and I hope it’s doing the same for my friends. I really think that as moms, we just need it to be easy and simple. And the beauty is in the simplicity. Give yourself permission to make it easy on yourself and then simply open your door.
Coffee + friends.