I have so many amazing high school and college memories of sleepovers, last minute road trips, camping excursions, and wild nights with my childhood friends. At that point in my life, quality time with my friends was at the top of my priority list! However, as adulthood has set in, these experiences have become few and far between. We have significant others, jobs, and responsibilities that now take priority. We live in different cities…we have different lives. I know this is “normal” and just part of growing up.
But lately, something’s been on my mind.
It seems like we easily lose track of ourselves as we assume new identities (career woman, wife, mother, etc.). We establish new routines. We find ourselves making compromises, and sometimes concessions, that place space between the hopes and plans we have for our lives. That space makes it easy to forget who we wanted to be and what we wanted to achieve.
But here’s the thing…our friends remember. Our friends remind us who we are. They remind us about our passions and our values. They ask us if we’re happy, and they know when we are lying. Friends question how we are doing, and they really want to know.
The best way to spend quality time with friends, to recharge your batteries, and to take a break from your regular responsibilities for just a little while is….A GIRLS TRIP!
5 reasons to plan a girls trip
1. It’s time to reconnect with your friends.
2. You can be vulnerable.
3. You’ll get new perspectives.
4. You matter!
5. It’s fun.
(Listen, I know these aren’t super eye-opening, earth-shattering reasons. It’s not rocket science. Book the dang trip!)
First Annual Girls Trip: Napa Valley
I can’t remember when or why we chose Napa Valley for our first annual girls trip. After all, only two of us actually really really like wine (s/o to Cramsey!) For our group, I think it was more about spending quality time together in a new place. We laughed, we cried, and truly enjoyed our time in Napa.
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Traveling to San Fran
Golden Gate Bridge
Women are taught to give, give, give to others. But remember, you matter, too! When we take care of ourselves and do things that recharge our batteries (GIRLS TRIPS!)….we are happier, we have more to give, and we are more whole.
P.S. Aimee, Courtney, Lindsay, Leslie, & Doreen: You are each so special, so unique, and so strong. I am beyond lucky to have your friendship. No matter where life takes us, let’s keep showing up for each other. #curacaoreunion Love you all!