Time with my girlfriends is what my soul needed this weekend. I was able to sneak away from Park City to Denver to meet my sister (Hilary) and one of my best friends (Laurian). It had been about 18 months since our last girls weekend and probably months since I had time for longer than a 5 minute conversation with either of these ladies. Life just seems to get in the way on a daily basis. That said, it is amazing that despite this, girlfriends just pick up where we left off. There is a lot of life to catch up on, but it always feels like it was just yesterday that we did this on a regular basis.
So, after a weekend of food, drink, dance, spa, catching up and as much sleep as we could squeeze in, I head home thankful.
First, thankful for my dear friend and my sister. These are amazing women who take on life’s daily challenges with confidence. Time together makes me realize how lucky I am to have kind, strong women around me. By no means do we have it all figured out, but we get along so well because we aren’t ever scared to try to figure it out. The other thing I realize when I am with these strong ladies is how infrequently I let my guard down whether on purpose, or by accident.
Second, thankful for my husband and my kids. All weekend, I got updates from them and they seemed truly happy. In one conversation with them, Katharine said “we have an action-packed day planned.” Jon is a remarkable person, husband and father. He truly went all-in with our kids this weekend to help them have fun and to help me not worry. It takes so much effort to entertain a feisty 2 and 4 year old for a weekend, and he does it with grace and true care. The reason I have these wonderful kids is because I found a partner who is truly a partner.
Finally, thankful for this life of mine. Although it feels sometimes like I am just hanging on for dear life, dear it certainly is. I often wonder how this all happened. How did this shy girl from small-town Ohio, who didn’t seem to know what she wanted, get what she wanted? I still truly don’t have an answer for that, but after a weekend like this I realize that much of it comes from the relationships that I have with amazing people who help create strength. I am thankful for this strength around me.