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Friendship is essential to the soul

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” – Proverbs 27:9

Today I head back to my tribe and the daily routines of life. These last 8 days have been some good soul medicine. Something I’ve needed for awhile. I am filled up with so much goodness and joy!

At the beginning of 2018 I decided to be more intentional about things that feed my soul, that make me a better person and in return those things make a better home.

I’ve done an overhaul in my social media and I limit my time on it… no more surfing FB, in fact, I love I don’t have to be on FB to post things. Removing myself from groups that are of no benefit and unfollowing negative people, I love I find it’s pretty boring and that’s fine with me. Now I receive very few notifications and so I don’t need to open the app. It’s been a marvelous change. I’ve chosen to not communicate through social media but go old school and call, text or email.

But so far this year one of the best things I’ve done is purchasing a plane ticket to spend 8 days with 3 fabulous friends who know (the good, bad and ugly) me, love me and have helped me be a better person.

It’s been a long time since I took a trip without anyone from my family and last Thursday I left to head back to California.

It had been 12 years since I saw 2 of them in person. It’s sad how busy life can get and how fast time can go by…. I couldn’t believe it had been so long. However, you’d never know we hadn’t spent the last 12 years doing life and raising our kids side by side. There was no awkward moment, zero hesitations, we picked up where we left off from the moment I was greeted at the airport.

The last week has been such a big blessing and something I have needed for a long time. It has been a wonderful and meaningful time. It has been good to have some good girlfriend time, deep conversations and laughs upon laughs. Plus, all the other friends and people that have meant so much me and J that I met with them, hugged and laughed with.

It’s been full of day trips and adventures and all the goodness and joy deep, true, friendships bring.

I’m blessed by Jason, his encouragement he gave for me to take this trip and adjusting his schedule to cover things while I was gone. I am grateful my kids were so excited for me because they know how much I love them and how I adore friend time. My girlfriends making me feel so loved with their instant joy and because they never had to think about saying yes to me coming and crashing at their place.

“Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.” – Anna Deavere Smith

I will miss them terribly, that will never change and I will miss the west coast and all its beauty and serenity. It is so rich in memories for me, I grew tremendously during the time we lived there and because of the people we did life with. We are already planning the next visits and I am looking forward to 2 more trips this year where I can spend some sweet time with other girlfriends as they hold my hand and may possibly wipe some tears as one visits colleges with Taylor and I and the other tells me it’s OK as I leave Hannah in VA for a month.

So much goodness coming and maybe more as life has brought new friends into mine and Jason’s path and we are excited to see how those grow.

Feed your soul people, do the things that make you better not the things that keep you busy and away from the richness of relationships.

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