3 Common-Sense Ideas to Start Making Real Friendships


The-importance-of-friendship-300x198When we moved to Arizona eight years ago, I was terrified of making new friends.

I had lived in Texas practically my entire life, so starting over in a town full of strangers was intimidating. I was very lucky that my sweet husband insisted that we get involved in a neighborhood church right away. That very first Sunday I met some wonderful people who remain a part of my circle. We’re still laughing, crying, and supporting each other.

Over the past few years, I’ve had to learn how to be a friend again.

I’ve learned how to get past that beginning “nice to meet you” stage and move to someone you can really rely onI’d love to share what I’ve found with you.

1. Go where YOU like to go!

Where do you like to go? Do you love the gym? Do you love to cook? Do you love to sing in choir? Whatever it is – get The-Simple-Farm-Kate-Eschbach-Photography-6jpga-300x198out there and find a group to join! Sharing common interests is the perfect place to start meeting new friends.

2. Don’t hold back!

If you notice someone that you like, say something! Compliment them, encourage them, ask them out for coffee – go for it!

3. Follow up!

Mom life gets busy, so you must be intentional about making friendship a priority. Even if it means putting a reminder on your calendar – be persistent. Let them know that you really would like to get to know them better.

You never know…your next best friend might be on the treadmill next to you!


  1. Kate, I loved this — especially because I literally CHASED after a girl at the gym last summer after she had run on the treadmill by me for half an hour. Ha! We didn’t pan out as BFFs (I think I freaked her out), but it showed me I have the guts to be bold. Thanks for affirming! …Care to go out for coffee?? 🙂

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