Friends', real and virtual, posts have inspired this post.
True girlfriends are treasures held closely and compassionately to my heart. While my girls, chicas, darlings are scattered beautifully across this country, they all have a special niche in my heart that will forever be theirs. You all know who you are...you complete me and know me in your own unique way. Every tradition, every moment, every sweet little nothing, is remembered and appreciated. I will forever treasure the moments of apple baking, walking and talking, winery dates, venting sessions, wine phone dates, kitchen floor talks, trail hiking, Ireland adventures, Sarah dates to the emotional days of heartaches, loss, frustration, uncertainty and weakness. I may not always express my love for my friends and I may live states away from most of you, but you can bet your ass (pardon my French), I love you with every ounce of my being and without you, I'd be a lesser person. You've challenged me, supported me to take chances and are always there in memories, surprise letters, and sweet visits! I am blessed to have such amazing girls in my life!
Boys...they don't seem to need their boy time as much as us girls need out girl time. Don't get me wrong, they need time for themselves, but it seems as if they are content with a beer and football on a weekend when I thrive for a little dress up and coffee with my ladies! I love my cuddle couch time as much as the next time (that's a lie...I don't love it as much as most people do... Heck, I don't care, I like being energetic!)
Back to my point, I love and I need my girl time! This month and the next and forever, I vow to make an effort to show my girlfriends just how much I love them no matter the distance! Philly ladies, I'm coming home! Bischy, a flight to Houston is in the works! Mel, coffee dates are a must! Julia, I'll cheer you on during Thriller!
They blow. I get into one and want nothing more than to get out of it. The key to getting out them, you ask! Music, FRESH AIR and lots of tears. Music gets me going (Thanks Dad!) Moving my body to some smooth jazz, curling up next to my record player with a little Johnny Cash sends chills down my spine; the sound of a record is indescribably beautiful. Fresh Air...it's tasty! I lack fresh air between school, coursework, house work, laundry, errands, you get the drift, but you betcha I have my windows down, sunroof open and music blaring when the weathers nice! Knotty hair...that's what brushes are for! I'll take knotty hair and smile on my face any day of the week over pretty hair and frown :) As for tears, they just relieve stress like no other. I firmly believe it is good to be in tune with your emotional side. No worries. I'm a pro. They say being emotional makes you know what better too! hehe!
Prayer is a staple in my life. If I can't sleep, I pray. Before meals, I pray. Driving in the car and no good tunes on the radio, I pray. Think the priest's homily is too opinionated, I pray for him. I have this beautifully dainty decade of the rosary that I grasp at night. The older I get, the more important constant and daily prayer becomes to me. I am not extremely religious, but I am strong in my faith and believe that living your faith through your actions in daily life is extremely important. A simple smile can make a day. Hold the door for a stranger. Hold your tongue if you don't have anything nice to say and compliment when you like something (I need to work on this along with everything else). Life is short. Don't live with regrets. If you like it, do it. Live your life and don't hold back.