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A big part of mental wellness is community. We ALL need connection. These are some suggestions for how to bring people together.
I don’t know if you have access to a kitchen, but whenever I host a party I make these brown butter rice crispie treats. **these are a crew (and boyfriend) favorite** recipe here. You can also make them and bring them to a common room and see what new friends you make.
I also make What’s Gaby Cooking’s Christmas chex mix for the parties I throw. You don’t have to make it holiday related though! All the “cooking” you need to do is to melt chocolate which you can do in a microwave.
It is easier to hang out with new people when you have something to do… that’s why I suggest a painting your nails. Sometimes asking someone to hang out can feel like a lot, but if you do it around a low key activity it can be a lot easier.
I’m obsessed with the nail brand Olive and June. I love this brand and also painting my nails has become a ritual for me. They have a ton of how-to videos on their instagram so you can check them out with your friends for the hang then get to painting your nails. The have fun stickers too!
A bonus to this:
I love learning about and from women who have started their own business and one of those is Sarah Gibson Tuttle who created Olive and June. You can listen to a podcast that the founder was on here:
After work, my friends and I sometimes get together to take 305 dance classes for a workout hang. It’s like a giant dance party and a super fun way to hang. They offer free classes online that you can stream and do. Find a little space, bring your computer, and have a blast jumping all over the place. You also don’t need to do a dance class. You can do any kind of movement!
- free 305 workouts
- megan roup dance cardio workout
- melissa wood health free class
- my yoga teacher Amy Jean Pastore has free yoga classes online. I LOVE them, but FYI they are advanced 🙂
Every year I throw the most epic Galentine’s Day party for my friends. It’s something I look forward to all year. What makes it extra special is we do some feel good activities to make sure everyone feels the LOVE!
This is a Finnish tradition I learned from my Finnish friend. Underneath each cup you place various small objects. Everyone at the party gets the chance to lift a cup to reveal the object symbolizing their love life for the year to come. Below are objects I suggest putting under and what they mean.
- penny = you will have luck in your love life
- four-leaf clover = your lucky love month is March!
- key = someone already has the key to your heart
- piece of blue yarn = you will gain a loyal friend
- piece of red yarn = happiness
- piece of white yarn = focus on yourself this year
- piece of yellow yarn = your love life will be fun this year
- ring = commitment
- sugar cube = sweetness in your love life
- white button = ease in your love life
- empty cup = mystery
- sun = you’ll fall in love during the summer
- snowflake = you’ll fall in love in the winter
- flower = you’ll fall in love in the spring
- leaf= you’ll fall in love in the fall
Go old school and tape up brown paper bags with all your friends’ names on it. Print out these cards and leave them in out with pens so guests fill them out and drop them in the bags so that everyone has a party favor to take home.
At every Galentine’s Day party I pull tarot cards for my friends. Here’s an example of spreads you can do you:
My friend recently had us over to do our numerology (an ancient system of numbers that have meanings tied to your name and birthdate) and it was super fun and accurate! We used this book below.
Even though the examples used are a little outdated, I was impressed by it. Grab the book and invite friends over to your room to read your numerology.
At one of my Galentine’s Day parties, I bought rainbow color film for my instax mini camera. When everyone came in I took a picture of them with the camera. I made the color of their aura whatever border they got from the photo. An aura is the color of your life force energy field around you.
I wrote out what different aura colors meant which you can get here: aura color meanings and printed them out so all my friends could read about the color they received. Everyone LOVED this and it could be fun to do one night in your dorm!