Good times with a great friend (A getaway)

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.

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The view from our 12th floor suite.

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.girlfriend getaway beach pic

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.

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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?


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32 thoughts on “Good times with a great friend (A getaway)

  1. Renee Scott

    Make sure that you make this time an annual event. Roslyn and I take a “girls” weekend with friends every year. It’s a way to connect and catch up with each other. It’s always a blast.

    Did I tell you that Roslyn and I were at the Waldorf Astoria the same weekend you were there? Roslyn was there for a baseball tournament. Too funny :)
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      WOW! I knew you guys were there from a FB picture posted, but had no idea it was the same Wish I’d known, would’ve love to see you both.

      We plan on making it an annual event. Who knew it would be so enjoyable.

  2. Tamara

    I smiled reading this. I think it’s been nearly a year since I got together with one of my good friends – she lives four months away. I have many local, close friends but we’re always with kids or work or husbands. This is inspiring!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      It’s so easy to get caught up with kids, work, hubs, but it was so worth it to get away. It’s great that you at least been able to get together with one of your good friend…even though she lives four months away :)

  3. Kita

    My friends and I have not gotten away together in years everyone is so busy with work and kids we can never find the right time. I am so happy you all got together to spend some time it’s good to have a girls getaway. We normally skype each other once a month and have drinks and share that’s the best we can do for now lol
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  4. Alison

    Hey Hope! So glad that you had that time away from it all. Guess what? I’m doing the very same thing right now. I’m in Costa Rica visiting my friend Marguerite and we leave today to drive to a spa retreat further inland in Alajuela. I feel so relaxed that it’s not funny! These getaways are a must. I have another friend with whom I go somewhere each year. Our trip for this year is still pending, but we’re working on it!
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  5. Michell

    YAYYYYY Hope!! Looks like you had so much fun girl and you got refreshed on top of that!! Something we all need to do!! So happy for you my friend…that you got to take a much needed sabbatical!! :-) Like you…I can count my close friends on ONE hand! My friend Sabrinia, who I met in college, lives 4 hours away in Atlanta. We’ve been planning a weekend getaway for the LONGEST…you’ve inspired me to get off my tush and make it happen, lol! 😀 Have a wonderful week Hope!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Michell. I had a blast!.I so needed it. I’m already looking forward to next time and to hopefully connect with some of my other girl friend.

      I agree it’s time to make that weekend getaway with Sabrina happen.It will be so worth it! Enjoy you week as well!

  6. Joi

    I’m super glad you all did this. Planned or unplanned, there’s nothing like a girls getaway! Sounds like you all had a superb time and the view was amazing. Oh and Hello namesake even though it’s spelled wrong :)

    You know my last getaway was just 2 wkds ago for the Centennial and I too was shame in trying the fancy poses…buh hum bug…hand on hip- tilt the head to the side is good enough for me :)
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  7. veronica

    How perfect! It looks like a wonderful time was had. And you did good with your posing. I have to learn posing as well. I like your jumping in the air pic best.
    I think it is important to have time with your friends. I just got back from a vacation with my family but with little ones it is more of a corraling time than a relaxing time.ha

    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Thanks Veronica! The jumping pic was one of the good ones…and we took ALOT. LOL. Family vacays are all about the kids. I love family, but I really appreciated the time away.

  8. Leah Davidson

    Good for you! It is so important to get away and reconnect with your girlfriends! It’s like a re-fuel! Looks like you had a beautiful location and and great time!
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    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      LOL. Thanks Nellie. Girls we had shirts made with Jope (crazy kids. lol). Joy did good with the photography. I think it helped that she had a good camera too. My camera didn’t shoot fast enough. lol

  9. Rum Punch Drunk

    It’s always a good thing to get away from everyday life once in a while. The refreshing break must have done you a world of good. And I bet you came back with a spring in your step and much more relaxed.
    Good friends are hard to find, so make sure you get to spend quality time with them, even if it has to be once a year.
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  10. Joy

    Yes, JOPE! I’ve always loved how we could be ourselves with each other, and have a great, natural, fun friendship. We’ve always made happy memories through the years. I can’t wait to next year, I am so glad we got away. I encourage anyone to grab their besties and share fun times whenever possible. It is best therapy from day to day hassles. Thanks Hope for the much needed getaway.

    Oh and Hey Joi! Love the name :)

    1. Hope@DefiningHope Post author

      Girl, thank YOU! Some of my happiest, craziest and most important memories…you were a part of. Looking forward to making many more memories.

      Lol at you and Joi :)

  11. Allie

    It’s definitely one thing I can’t get enough of!! I have a girls night coming up soon and I just can’t wait. I think it’s great that you both drove a few hours to a beautiful spot where you could be ALONE! My bestie lives down the street and between the two of us we have 3 sets of twins under the age of 6! When we get together with all the kids (which is always!) we call it “the night of unfinished conversations” b/c we can NEVER finish one without a kid needing something!! Great post!!
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