Well, days like today do NOT come around very often. My friend Dwan and I drove down to the Alabama gulf coast yesterday morning. We both decided that we needed a break from reality, home, and life in general. I am so thankful that we did!
The radio is not working in Dwan’s car and since she had won the coin toss for who’s vehicle we were taking, she was worried that we would get bored on our ride down here. Uh, we did not get bored! We literally talked the entire five hours! Our lives are so busy and we rarely get to spend much time together so we had a lot to catch up on.
We stopped at Dirt Cheap (y’all know how much I love Dirt Cheap!) in Thomasville and I found several sets of sheets for the girls’ beds. Then, we drove on down to Mobile where we stopped at Cracker Barrel to eat lunch. It was so good!! Thank goodness!!
After lunch, we continued on South to Gulf Shores. We stopped at a nail salon in Foley before reaching our condo for a mani and pedi. By this point we were both feeling the stress of our real lives slip away and we were just having a good time.
After finding our condo for the weekend, we decided to check out a local restaurant that a friend of ours had suggested. All of the food is made fresh and is supposed to be very good. I personally would not know because I never got my food. For the full story…watch this video! It is kind of long, but trust me it is hilarious! LOL…
Two hours of laughing kind of wears one out. So, we turned in and decided to just rest and enjoy the sounds of the open doors and the rolling waves for the night.
This morning we did absolutely nothing. It was wonderful. We weren’t in a hurry to get anywhere; there were no kids to tend to; and we didn’t have the first plan for what we wanted to do except lay on the beach and soak up the sun.
Around 11:00 we decided to get ready to head down to the sand. Since I was half starved we ordered a Papa John’s pizza for lunch. I am so proud to say it was delivered on time and it was delicious!
The sky has been covered with clouds and the rain has fallen several times, but the sun does peak through every now and then. I took a little walk down the beach and noticed that there are A LOT of groups of women down here. I remembered that I had noticed quite a few groups of women last night as well…so it got me to thinking. Is this the unofficial Girls Trip weekend?
I was down here last year for my cousin’s wedding with my mom, sisters, and cousins around this same time. We had a ball and laughed a lot. This weekend I have laughed a lot too. Which makes me wonder: Are girl trips the answer to avoiding nervous breakdowns?! I’m gonna say a big ol’ huge YES!!
Girl trips are good for the soul. They help us remember who we are as individuals. Ya know? I have laughed and acted silly and made a 16 minute live video of me laughing which my normal “reserved” self would never have done at home! I have relaxed and watched my friend relax too. We have discussed our lives, our hopes, our dreams, our hurts, our anger, our kids, our jobs, and our spiritual battles. We have cried and we have been sad. Yet, my whole body feels relaxed.
I have not fully recognized just how sad I have been lately. I didn’t give myself enough credit for just being sad all over. I have been sad… all over.
Sitting here today listening to the waves and feeling this cool breeze makes me realize that my soul needed a break. I needed to be able to step out of my reality for just a few minutes and let all of the stress that is my life slip away. I am so thankful that God knew that I needed this and He worked it out. Dwan needed it too. Together we have both realized that sitting still and doing nothing is exactly what we needed.
Tonight we will go to dinner. I am hoping and praying it goes better than last night! You can bet I will make a video about it if it does not! LOL
If you are sitting at home feeling like you might loose your mind if one more person leaves clothes on the floor…or has another practice to be at…or needs a bill paid…or food to eat…hear me when I tell you this: Grab a girlfriend…or six…and head to the nearest beach, lake, cabin, or mountain and just let yourself relax. You are worth it!! It does matter and it will actually make you a better person.
I can already like myself more today than I did yesterday. It’s true!
So, make it happen. Do what you don’t think you can do. Drop everything and put yourself in a car with a friend, turn off the radio, and find YOU again! Your family, friends, co-workers, and spouses will love you more for it! It doesn’t have to cost a lot…but the rewards will last a very long time!
It may well be another whole year filled with life changing events before I find myself on another girls trip, but I hope not! I didn’t know how much I needed this one, but I am forever thankful that Dwan asked if I wanted to run away for the weekend…and that I said YES!!
Stepping out of your normal day to day and just stopping for a little while is good. Very, very, very good.