Between work, friends and family commitments, trying to set aside a couple of minutes – let alone hours – for quality catch-ups can prove to be pretty difficult. Here’s our list of innovative ways to hang ten with your girls.
Take a fitness class together
yoga, pilates, spin class or even just a walk in the park.
Do a creative workshop
whether it be a Thai cooking class or floral workshop, or if you want to get daring, a dance class – switch on your creative side!
Run a book club
ignore TV and Instagram and pick up a book instead. Use this as a way to establish common interest with new friends or colleagues too.
Set up your own version of My Kitchen Rules
rotate turns throughout your friendship group to cook a three-course meal together. A great excuse to come together and try out new recipes road-tested only with your dearest girlfriends.
Pamper it up
Get a facial, head to the mineral springs, massage, or a manicure. Or even a home spa party, which is where a trained beautician will treat a group of you to spa and beauty treatments in the comfort of your own home.
St Kilda Mums is always looking for fresh volunteers – go with one friend, or set up a group and commit a few hours to any charity in need of some people power. If you want some ideas on great female-related charities let me know.
Weekend away / staycation
Without having to take annual leave, enjoy a weekend away. Catering to different budgets, so consider camping, renting a glam home on Airbnb, or even use a family beach house if you have access to one!
Go to the museum or gallery
for an injection of culture. Viktor & Rolf is still showing at the NGV Melbourne, or see the Today Tomorrow Yesterday exhibition at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Go for a long nature walk
We’re talking a proper country stroll that goes on for hours. Mark it out on a map, get your joggers on and take a big bottle of water. The perfect way to talk deep with your friends. Total and utter bliss.
Learn a sport you’ve always thought looked like fun
Kayaking, surfing, golf, paddle boarding, sailing, scuba diving. The fresh air will always do good!
Go to a sporting game
it’s currently free to go to womens AFL Australia-wide. The latest rage!
Plant a garden
Get dirty! Annuals, bulbs, trees, grasses, food-producing plants (tomatoes and zucchini), whatever you choose. You’ll enjoy the result and you’ll feel good about what you’ve produced. Some communities give out free trees to their residents. Check out gumtree for cheapies and freebies too!