Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Finding time for friendships

I am a working mom. Sometimes I feel like that statement sums up my sole existence: there is little (if any) time for date nights with my husband, working out, quiet time, networking events, and/or catching up with friends. And though I love my daughter, and I love my job, I find it incredibly frustrating that I am not better at making time for other things that I love. Heck, I even gave up social media for 30 days in an effort to find more balance. (For those readers that know me personally, you know that particular challenge has been a tough one!)

In the May 2010 issue of Real Simple, Managing Editor Kristin van Ogtrop laments that she, too, finds making time for friends difficult. (Thank goodness that I am not alone on that. I kind of knew I wasn't unique in my struggles, but the fact that the editor of a major lifestyle magazine and I are on the same page about this topic is somehow very reassuring to me.) Anyway, the point of all of this is that while I was looking for something fun to do with C this weekend, I stumbled upon a new website called Ziptivity that offers an online community for parents to find and share local classes, events and activities. And lo and behold, I found some fun toddler-friendly ideas, AND a great excuse to get together with my girlfriends: Ziptivity and Union Park Press are putting together a series of Mom's Night Out events in the greater Boston area over the next couple of months, called "ZipMoms' Nite Out."

- 4/29: Weston/Wayland/Sudbury (Fugakyu, Sudbury)
- 5/19: Arlington/Lexington/Bedford (Flora, Arlington)
- TBD Wellesley/Needham

I found a link to the 4/29 event online and am keeping my eyes open for more details on the May event. And, while of course I am hoping that some of my girlfriends will be able to come to the soiree, I have a hunch that even if I were to end up going solo, I'd have a blast. (I don't know about you, but I need very little arm twisting when it comes to cocktails and swag.)

See you at the party!