Surrounding Yourself....

This past weekend we had a little team gathering. I have been looking forward to this weekend for weeks! Just time to finally meet and have some good ole girl time! I cannot explain how freaking therapeutic this day was for me. I met Nicolette and Carey from blogging and also through friends and we are all on the same team for Beachbody. We drove together to Cleveland which is a 2 hour drive and we had never all been together and the conversation just flowed so awesomely the whole drive. I felt like us 3 had been friends for years just chatting about life and really anything that came to mind. It was awesome. 
We met up with Sarah and Michelle. Sarah and I have known each other since we were younger and I had never met Michelle in real life yet. Just as it felt like the 3 of us were friends for years when we all sat and had lunch it felt the same way with all of us! We got to chat about EVERYTHING and enjoy some drinks and food. 
I wanted to pinch myself because it was AMAZING to be surrounded by women with the same drive and love of life as you. I never realized how important until the past few years it is to be surrounded by strong and amazing women. 
In high school and college I was always a people pleaser so I would put up with shady friends and let it slide. I would also put up with drama from friends and also boyfriends when I should have just cut the cord right then and there. I just want everyone to be happy and get along. Is that too much to ask!? haha When we started a family my friendships changed a lot and I lost touch with a lot of friends. In my eyes if friends aren't willing to go through stages with you of life than they really were not friends in the first place so it's probably best to just move that train along.
Back in the day I never had the heart to walk away from toxic relationships and in reality looking back the only person it hurt was me. Seriously think back to all the people who stabbed you in the back or did something mean to you that you forgave and made up with. If I would have been smarter I would have just cut ties and walked away. I am not upset about the past because it has obviously brought me to where I am now but I am much smarter in who I chose to spend my time and energy on. Honestly my family and faith are everything to me so I try to line my friends up with people who have the same values as me. I must say right now I have the best set of friends ever. I am FULLY surrounded by motivating and loving women and I could not be happier. There is no room for drama or backstabbing. We are all there for each other through the ups and downs and always there when someone is in need. Since also joining Beachbody I have found another handful of amazing women and it's INSANE. Who would have thought that at almost 30 and as a stay at home mom I would be able to come in contact with women all over the country who I love! It's so amazing. They challenge me and inspire me daily. 

I am fully going off track but I have been blessed in the past few years to really start a core unit of friends. When Jordan and I moved 4 years ago I only knew one person in our city. I was terrified that I would not find any friends and now I am blown away and I am so blessed. 

Now back to our fun day! We had lunch and then went off to the Westside Market which was AMAZING. On the way there we had chatted about "The Christmas Story" movie house and we found out it was SUPER close so we drove over to see it! We were like giddy school girls and ran up and took pictures! Maybe we were all a tad buzzed from our adult beverages but non the less we decided to strike a yoga pose on the front porch. 
"You'll shoot your eye out" is all I could think of. Gosh I love that movie. 

All in all it was a fabulous day with the girls. It was SO needed and gave me an amazing reset. Sometimes we just need a quick reality check away from the house to reset as a mom. It was honestly equivalent to a beach vacation! Shocking what an amazing grilled cheese with pulled pork and amaretto sour will do for you! haha! PS if you live near Cleveland you have to try Melt Bar. Holy heavens. 
Anyways that was a lot of rambling. I have a ear and sinus infection so my brain is all over the place! Happy Tuesday.
Moral of the story. Surround yourself with amazing people. 

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose CAREFULLY" 

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