The Importance of Community + Staying Connected (and High Five for Friday Linkup Party)

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In case you’ve forgotten what day of the week it is, IT IS FRIDAY!!! TGIF! I’ve not been able to do a Friday post for the last several weeks, and I’ve missed them. That’s when my friends and I host the High Five for Friday linkup party, but I’ve just not been able to get a post up, so I’m sorry. We hope to all be consistently posting soon. Yes, life is overwhelming for so many of us right now, but continuing to invest in your community building is more important that ever.

vintage letter Kentucky tee c/o–free shipping with code ILOVEKY // white jeans // Tory Burch Miller sandals in almost the same color–on sale for $129! (Mini Miller version on sale for $99 // Kendra Scott love knots necklace c/o // Kendra Scott love knots earrings c/o // Kendra Scott Everlyne friendship bracelet–50% of all proceeds from these bracelets will directing support Feeding America foor banks // Kentucky Kicks Ass flag

At at time when social distancing is key, it’s easy to feel disconnected and lonely. Even if you live with others, it can overwhelm you. I think this is especially true for my fellow extroverts. And it’s easy to wallow around and get lost in those feelings. That’s why a sense of community, and being connected with others, is vital right now.

Social distancing doesn’t mean emotional isolation. Instead of being lonely and emotionally isolated, I encourage you to connect with your community online. I know you can’t go meet your friends for dinner, or attend a networking event. It sucks but it’s necessary right now (flatten that curve, y’all). Thankfully, though, this pandemic is happening in 2020, when most of y’all have access to cell phones and the internet. If you haven’t already, set up a Zoom meeting with your friends. Facetime with your family. Text your neighbors. Join online communities geared towards your interests. Be creative about how you connect with others.

I’ve been engaging in video chats and group chats. I’ve been participating in Facebook groups. I’m working to stay connected with those I love. Remember, you’re probably not the only one feeling overwhelmed right now, so be an encouragement to others. Scroll through Instagram and catch up with your favorite friends and influencers. Blog hop to catch up with your favorite bloggers. It will boost your spirits and help this difficult time pass by a little easier.

And, if you’re staying at home because you’re not an essential worker, be sure to get outside. Kentucky is doing #HealthyatHome, which encourages people to get outside and walk, etc., so long as you’re social distancing. In honor of being a part of #TeamKentucky, I’m wearing a Kentucky tee from Shop Local KY here, standing in front of a Kentucky for Kentucky flag hanging in front of Third Street Stuff. Here’s a reminder that it’s so important to support small businesses during this time as well.


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High Five for Friday Linkup Party

TGIF!!! Della at Della Devoted, Becky at BYBMG, and myself want to welcome you to the High Five for Friday link-up and the weekend. We made it! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share our favorite posts we’ve written throughout the week. Drop up to 3 links below!

Nice to meet you!

Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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