What are your friendship goals for 2013? Do you want to make more friends? Schedule more time with people? Or just nurture the friendships you already have?
No matter what your desire regarding friendships, this 2013 calendar will help you stay on track. It's a free, printable calendar for 2013 that is meant to inspire you with monthly quotes and tips. Each month contains a favorite friendship quote you can include in a card to a friend, post on their Facebook wall, or just meditate on yourself. All the quotes and tips are different from our previous year's calendar.
The months contain standard holidays, with plenty of space to write in your friend's birthdays, special events, or dates to remember. The calendar is a standard 8 x 11 inch landscape in a PDF file. The months can be printed for the entire year at once, or month to month.
Since January 18th is officially "Winnie the Pooh Day," this month starts off with a quote from our favorite bear. (You may also want to include one or two more Pooh quotes to your calendar.)The calendar provides a tip on starting a friendship journal, which, if you begin now you will have a full book at the end of the year. What a special gift to give a friend at Christmas or for New Year's.
Other special days you might want to add to your calendar include:
- National Soup Month
- Someday We'll Laugh About This Week (2-8)
- Dress Up Your Pet Day (14)
This month starts off with a favorite quote by Betty Ford, and also contains a tip about having fun with your friends on Valentine's Day.
Some additional holidays you might want to add include:
- National Laugh Friendly Month
- Relationship Wellness Month
- Random Acts of Kindness Week (10-16)
Who could forget St. Patrick's Day this month? Make a plan to celebrate with friends by having a party, going on a pub crawl, or just staying in and renting some cute Irish-themed movies. (My favorite? Laws of Attraction with Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan.)
This March calendar has a quote from Bob Marley and a tip about setting up a regular friendship date with someone. If you have it on your calendar, you won't feel the need to "fit" friends in. Instead, you'll schedule your other activities around them.
Some other special days to note this month:
- National Craft Month
- Read an Ebook Week (3-9)
- Act Happy Week (18-24)
What calendar would be complete without a quote from Mark Twain, especially one that encourages us to goof off a little.
April is always a transition month, where you're getting past the winter doldrums and thinking about new warmer weather. Use this inspiration to put a "thaw" on some of your past friendships as well.
Make new friends this month by logging on to a website that helps introduce you to new people.
Some holidays you might want to celebrate or add to your calendar include:
- National Poetry Month
- Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (13)
- Talk Like Shakespeare Day (23)
This month we're reminded about the concept of gentle honesty from Mignon McLaughlin. Friends do need us to tell the truth, but we need to be careful that we aren't being cruel or voicing an opinion just because someone does things different than we do.
For May, why not pen a letter to a friend you haven't seen in a while, telling them about what you've been up to and how much you appreciate their friendship.
Finally, encourage your friends to set you up with another friend! It's a great way to meet a platonic new pal.
Some fun calendar days this month include:
- Get Caught Reading Month
- National Etiquette Week (13-17)
- Neighbor Day (19)
Leave it to Cher to point out that friends who challenge you are often the best kind to have. Cher's quote starts off the month of June, and there's also a tip about doing a random act of kindness to help nurture your friendship, as well as joining a church group to meet new people.
Other fun days in June include:
- Say Something Nice Day (1)
- Family History Day (14)
Why not start off July with a quote from one of the founding fathers? This one is from Thomas Jefferson, and talks about the changing nature of friendship. To nurture your friendship this month, ask a friend what they most need and want from you. You may be surprised at the answer. You can do this over coffee or even at an event like an Independence Day gathering with a group of friends.
Finally, volunteer for a 4th of July gathering at your local community center or Chamber of Commerce. It's a great way to meet people.
Other notable days this month:
- National Hot Dog Month
- National Scrabble Week (19-24)
Are you content? The month of August starts off with a quote about being content and also kind by Khalil Gibran. As the summer months continue, this would be a good time to gather your pals together for a summer fun event. Maybe you could make it a yearly tradition.
Notable days include:
- Simplify Your Life Week (1-7)
- Kiss and Make Up Day (25)
- National Dog Day (26)
Why does the month of September make our schedules go crazy? So often people become too busy for friends as school starts again and cooler temps arrive. That's why I choose this quote by Louisa May Alcott in order to start off the month of September. Remember, make time for your friends. In the end, that's the only thing that will really fill your life with meaning.
To make a new friend this month, why not take advantage of the "back to school" vibe and sign up for a college course. If it is noncredited, you'll be able to connect with several new people.
September is Women's Friendship Month so schedule something fun with your female pals.
What else could October mean but Halloween events? There are actually several volunteering opportunities that pop up in October so take advantage of them. They're a good way to make new friends.
The quote this month is from Danny Gokey, and talks about the times when you decide to let a friend go from your life. You can care about a friend and want the best for them but still decide that you can't have them in your life. This is especially true if the friend has been destructive or abusive.
Other notable days this month include:
- National Cookbook Month
- Positive Attitude Month
Bonnie Friedman starts off November with a quote that reminds us about the value of time.
Since Thanksgiving is in November, use that as inspiration on how to treat your friends and family this month. Print off a few quotes on thankfulness to read at the dinner table or just to inspire you.
Other November days to note:
- World Kindness Week (11-17)
- Better Conversation Week (24-30)
- Sandwich Day (3)
Henry James starts off the month with a reminder about kindness. We can never hear this enough.
This month is typically a busy one for people, so be sure to do something that gives a personal touch to your friends, like writing a nice note in a Christmas card, calling them up for a long chat or making them a homemade gift.
Other December days you might want to pay attention to include:
- St. Nicholas Day (6)
- National Cotton Candy Day (7)
- Bacon Day (30)