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DIY Iced Coffee Bar – Homemade Coffee Syrups

DIY Iced Coffee Bar – homemade flavored coffee syrups that make your iced coffee something special. Share them with a new friend.DIY Iced Coffee Bar and Homemade Coffee Syrups

One of my goals for this year is to make more friends. We move all the time. I love moving (I really do), but the hardest part for me is finding a new group of friends each time. The kids meet lots of friends from school and sports, and my husband meets lot of people from work. Me, I work from home and it can be isolating. People don’t come knocking on my door to be friends with strangers. I have to make the effort and put myself out there. Literally and figuratively.

As my kids have gotten older, it has been harder to meet mom friends. When they were little it was easy to chat up the mom pushing the swing next to you. Or the mom that you met in your playgroup. You have something in common to talk about – you are in the trenches, in the thick of new motherhood. You bond over diapers and sleepless nights. Some of the most valued friendships in my life where made in that new mom haze.

DIY Iced Coffee Bar and Homemade Coffee Syrups

It’s different now. When your kids are in school all day, you aren’t at playgroup or pushing swings. I work for myself in my home. I can go days without speaking to someone who doesn’t have the same last name as I do. I used to sit around and feel bad for myself. It can be lonely. I’ve decided that this is no longer okay with me. The pity party I was having was not serving me. If I wanted to not feel this way, it was up to me to do something about it.

Making new friends is a lot like dating. You need to work up the courage to talk to someone. You need to have the awkward “first date”. You are maybe not going to click with someone the way you thought, or maybe you will. You just never know until you put yourself out there.

I promise you, it is so worth it.

DIY Iced Coffee Bar and Homemade Coffee Syrups

So, where can you meet new friends?

  1. Move your body – I’ve met some great people at fitness classes or yoga. Not only will you feel better because you just exercised, but it is an opportunity to get out of the house and talk to people. Be brave and ask someone to coffee after class.
  2. Join a group or take a class – The people there have a common interest with you, they are also interested in the subject enough to be there. Chat up the person sitting next to you. Bring cookies or muffins to the next class, be friendly.
  3. Volunteer – Spend some time helping others and there is a good chance you will meet someone else that shares the same values and cares about the same causes.
  4. Coffee shops – See another lady working on a laptop? Say hi and see what kind of business she has. Ask her questions about her business.
  5. Have a get together – One of the best ways I have found to meet people is to invite them over for an informal get together. It doesn’t have to be a big deal (like my DIY Iced Coffee Bar), but it is nice to meet people in a comfortable setting. Start a book club, knitting circle, or have a party for no reason at all.

This year I had a “cinnamon roll & mimosa” party after we sent our kids kids to school on the first day. I told everyone that I invited to bring a friend, the more the merrier. I had a house full of amazing women and met some new people, and so did the people I invited. It was an easy party to plan, execute, and cost me less than $50. It was a great morning. And will now be an annual event.

The most important thing to remember is that when you meet someone you like, you need to act on it. I know that people are busy, but the “we should get together sometime” isn’t going to happen unless you actually make plans. Instead say “let’s meet for coffee on Wednesday afternoon.” And then show up.

Having friends and a support system is worth the effort that you make to have them. So do it, make it happen.

DIY Iced Coffee Bar and Homemade Coffee Syrups

Click over Dixie Crystals and find my recipe for Cold Brew Coffee & 5 Homemade Coffee Syrups.

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  1. Theresa

    October 15th, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Yay for you, Bree! Way to go making connections that lead to friendships! A suggestion, once a month or every other month gatherings? Themed events can be fun (preaching to the choir, here!) and having a sign up sheet for the next gathering to be at someone else’s place, can spread the love and work among those coming.

  2. bakedbree

    October 15th, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Great idea!

  3. Jody

    October 20th, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Hi Bree, totally understand where your coming from. I work at home and is very lonely most of the time. I will take your advise and join the local gym. I could stand to lose a few pounds anyway! Thank you for the coffee syrups, they sound very yummy!

  4. bakedbree

    October 27th, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Good for you! Just getting out of the house helps.

  5. Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny

    October 27th, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Ohh if only I had one of these this morning, this looks delicious! 🙂

  6. bakedbree

    October 27th, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks Kelly!

  7. Meredith @Wired for Coffee

    July 19th, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I’m a little late to the party, but for those of us working at home, try a co- working space if your area has one. This is a great way to meet other business owners as well as get some work done!

    Make sure you’ve got one of those great looking drinks in your hand when you walk in the door…

  8. bakedbree

    August 21st, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    If we had one near where I lived, I’d be ALL over it.

  9. Clara

    October 15th, 2016 at 6:23 am

    This is great! We just transfered to Guam and the NEX has limited syrups available. To my dismay, I recently discovered that the syrup companies on Amazon don’t ship here. I’m excited to try these recipes and host some coffee get-togethers, thanks Bree!

  10. bakedbree

    October 24th, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    You can make almost every kind yourself. How fun! Guam is gorgeous.

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