Reprieve

Let me just start by saying, getting away with incredible friends is the solution for any life-altering issues that you might be experiencing. I needed to unplug. But, with that being said, I had a really hard time relinquishing control. I would say it took me a good 24 hours to cut ties with what was happening at home. There were extenuating circumstances, but I asked for help, and with the assistance of my spouse, it all worked out beautifully. There were blips, but nothing that changed the landscape.

When you group six funny, intelligent women together, the experience is epic. We shopped, ate, drank adult beverages, and played Cards Against Humanity. We shared stories and belly-laughed until tears streamed down our face. While I knew everyone in the group, there were those I didn’t know as well, and this trip provided an excellent opportunity to close the gap.

It was the first time in a while where I felt like I could breathe. The last few months have been riddled with death, aging dogs, and my own self-imposed pressure to finishing editing my book along with the constant unknowns with my mother. I didn’t realize how wound tight I was until I stepped away to be with my friends.

When I got home last night, dinner was ready courtesy of Brian and Bailey. The dogs happy to see me. I was ready to dive back into my life. We all need a break. To regroup. To recharge. It is beneficial to all of those people around us to take the time to be good to ourselves. It isn’t selfish. It is self-care. I am so grateful that I have a group of incredibly, awe-inspiring women who needed an adult timeout too.

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