Some time ago, I blogged about the importance of friendship and why you should be the kind of friend you seek. Last week the RxFitnessLady wrote about having the right mix of friends. I have a very small circle of people I consider close friends. I can literally count them on one hand. Sure, we talk on the phone, text from time to time, but we very seldom get an opportunity to spend quality time with each other. For the last few months I’ve wanted to get together with a few of my girlfriends. My children are 3 and 6 years old and, prior to this year, I couldn’t imagine leaving them behind (I’m so over that now). I’ve had numerous conversations with different girlfriends trying to plan and arrange a getaway, but due to our busy lives, responsibilities and varied schedules, we haven’t been able to agree on a date and place.
Finally, at the last-minute, my girl Joy and I decided to take a quick break with just the two of us. We live about 4 hours away from each other and decided to meet somewhere in the middle. You might remember Joy. She shared a post about a habit she didn’t want to pass on to her children.
Joy and I go way back. Our friendship spans more than 20 years. In undergrad we were known as Jope (half JOY, half HOPE. True story ). So I was super excited to leave the hubs and kids and head to the Waldorf Astoria-Naples just to “getaway”. We enjoyed the beautiful hotel, the breathtaking views, the white sand beach and the good eats.
We were able to talk for hours without being interrupted by our children, spouses, chores, work, phone calls etc. We reminisced about college days, talked about silly things and serious things. I can’t remember the last time I laughed as much and as hard. I almost peed my pants from laughter while trying to take jumping pics. It’s a good thing we had the entire beach almost to ourselves.
Joy tried to teach me how to pose for pictures while looking natural and relaxed…Atlas, I won’t embarrass myself by sharing the results.
It was such a refreshing, relaxing and rejuvenating time. We vowed to make this an annual event, only next time I’ll check out 20 things to do for girls night (in) posted by Joi the Rx Fitness Lady and actually put some planning into it.
- When was the last time you had a girlfriends getaway?
- Was it difficult to plan and execute?