4. Get social (media)
OK it can be really great, but social media can sometimes make you feel even lonelier! Just remember that you're comparing your out-takes with someone else's highlights reel, their lives probably aren't as fabulous as they seem. If their lives are totally fabulous, like a girl you went to highschool with now lives in New York, has an amazing job, AND hot boyfriend, just unfollow or unfriend her if it'll make you feel better. We won't tell :-)
On the flipside, there's a whole community of mums on Instagram and Facebook, I know I feel like I've found my people on instagram, sometimes I wonder if they get me more than my real life friends!
How to find your people on Instagram: Find and follow other mums, like and comment on their photos, join in the conversation, and upload photos yourself even if they're just of your morning coffee. One of the good things about instagram is it makes you a better photographer, so keep at it! Our next tip is semi-weird, I know my husband would think I'm weird for suggesting it, but it's what I do... search by location or hashtags for your favourite places; if there is a playground that you go to regularly, look at the other photos at that playground (using the location, and/or hashtag) then like, comment, and follow people who post using that location / hashtag, if you like what they're about. Same goes for cafes and restaurants that you frequent (ha, that one's half a joke, who goes to restaurants anymore!?!) One of us (not saying who) saw a mum at a cafe taking photos, then after the mum left, went onto instagram and searched through the photos that people had tagged at the cafe, found the mums photos, liked it, and followed her. Not weird right?
How to find your people on Facebook: Join groups that are talking about things that you're interested in, whether it's parenting styles, babywearing, home decor, shopping, gardening, gluten-free cooking, whatever really! Try not to just be a lurker, try to comment and join in the conversation too. If you feel like there is too much drama in the group for you, simple, un-join!!