Happy Galentines Day!
I know many of you have romantic interests, are in relationships or are married and we celebrate that love tomorrow.. but today, let’s celebrate our BFF’s, girlfriends, baes, gal pals, girl gangs and boo thangs in our lives because the girls who love and support you are just as priceless. There is something so special about having a girlfriend who understands your PMS needs, doesn’t hold you accountable for anything you say when you’re hangry (that’s hungry and angry for anyone who’s not like me), that understands your stress and occasional mood swings, and just gets it when you need a shop til you drop day.
I just got back from a much-needed trip to the beach with my best friend and it was everything I needed that nobody else but her could have provided me. I might add that I’m not quite sure Miami will EVER be the same after the two of us were there together. We laughed til we cried. We laughed so hard that we almost peed our pants… more than once (#childbirthprobs). We ate the best food. We wore sunglasses that were too big for our faces, bathing suits that maybe were a little too small for our booties, but our hearts were full and that’s what really matters. Is the beach a love language? Who knows, but it is for this chick. We relaxed in the hot tub every night, we rested, and we spent a lot of quality time together just letting loose ad being ourselves with each other. It was everything I needed. The only way I can really even being to sum up the entire trip is…. it was therapeutic for me. And the Lord knew I needed it.
Therapy isn’t always lying on a couch, retail therapy, or spending all the money you’ve been saving up. Sometimes it as simple as hanging out with the gals you know you can trust. And maybe pruning in a hot tub.
So, I’m gonna challenge you to take a girls trip this year. Anywhere you want to go. It doesn’t have to be the beach, but it does have to be somewhere that feeds your soul. Southern Living even did a report with scientific studies and pages of research by tons of different psychologists that said it was good for your health. So there’s your proof. Southern Living said it so it must be true.
I want to share 5 things I learned by taking a SHE. weekend trip with my best friend:
I got to unwind from the busyness of my everyday life and have some real, in-depth conversations about girl things, some of my problem areas, life, and Jesus. I loved knowing I could be vulnerable without judgment from her and that I could speak candidly about anything. I got to challenge and to be challenged. We’re accountability partners in being better for our husbands, kids, God, church, and friends.
Getting away allowed us to connect with our Creator and each other deeper than ever before. And fresh creativity was sparked for the next season of I am she. revival.
It refreshed my soul. Let me say that again, IT REFRESHED MY SOUL. It helped me clear my mind, recharge my batteries and helped fill my heart back up so that it was overflowing with love, kindness, and motivation again.
It cemented our bond. We learned so much more about each other and the real needs of our friendship. If I’m being honest here, I can get so busy that I sometimes take parts of our friendship for granted or it can get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and work.
It’s okay to let loose and have some fun, be a rebel from time to time, drive down the bike path because the road is one giant pothole ( I may or may not have video evidence), get lost, enjoy the journey, do nothing, soak up the sun, and RELAX without distractions from the real world. It’ll always be there after I get back.
So this Galentine’s Day, don’t forget to love on your gals because they put in a lot of time and effort into helping you be a better wife, mom, sister, leader, lover and listener. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate that???
Remember, you’re loved and you’re doing better than you think you are, babe.
W hat do you think of having a GALENTINE’S GATHERING next year and what would you love to do before love weekend? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to hear from you!