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An Ode to Girlfriends

I just took a bath.  (Stick with me here, it’ll make sense in a minute.)  Three girlfriends and I took a girls’ trip this weekend to Beaver Creek and I had mentioned that I don’t know how or why people take baths.  My actual stance was, “I feel the same way about them as I do about hot tubs.  What do you do, just sit there in your own filth?  Don’t you get bored?”  But after thorough instructions from my girlfriends, including what to bring to the bath, suggested temperature of water, and suggested timing, I gave it one more shot. So I took a warm bath while reading my Marie Kondo book for 30 minutes.  And I loved it.  Who else can you talk to about things like baths other than your girlfriends?

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Just after I moved to Denver with Ray, I started balling my eyes out.  I had no idea why we moved here – while I’m known for being active, “outdoorsy” is not a word used to describe my typical activities, the city felt like a small peanut compared to my love affair with Chicago, and, most importantly to me, I had zero friends and family in nearby proximity.  While I can say that I still would have likely not picked moving to Denver on my own, I’m incredibly glad we took this step.  And, in all honesty, my life changed when a couple girls said hello to me while I looked absolutely disgusting after a hot yoga class and I gained up the courage to ask for their numbers because I was the new kid in town.  The following Saturday, over mimosas and a brunch that took far longer than necessary, I met a new group of girlfriends.


I know that I’m incredibly blessed to have a guy as amazing as Ray – he’s supportive, caring, and very attractive (among other things), but there’s no one that can replace having a caring group of girlfriends to catch up with to make you feel over the moon.  While we look for very consistent factors in relationships with girlfriends as we might in a significant other, the impact is entirely different.  In both relationships, we:

  • Want each other to be happy
  • Care what one another have to say
  • Encourage and support each other
  • Are happy for one another when we do well
  • Apologize when we’ve made a mistake
  • Give advice in a caring, supportive way

But my conversations and interactions differ dramatically with my girlfriends.  We laugh about stupid jokes, talk about past relationships, plan yoga retreats together, and instruct each other on how to take baths.  Conversations that I wouldn’t trade for gold.  (I might for the $1.3Bn Lotto jackpot… which was also discussed.)

1 11 16_4 No matter where you are, be sure to find a strong, supportive group of girlfriends.  They’ll pick you up when you’re down, give you their honest opinions, and keep you sane.

Thank you, Michelle, Amber, and Sabrina for, no matter how busy and crazy our lives get, always taking the time to be friends.  You all are my heroes.

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Renae L.

    I have my college group of girlfriends back east and can relate how hard it was (and still is!) to be away from them. I moved to Denver a couple years ago and love how most people here are super welcoming and understand when you ask for their number!!!

    January 11, 2016 at 10:52 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Nice! We should get together sometime, too. 🙂

      January 11, 2016 at 12:27 pm
      • Reply renaechanson

        Love to! I’m always up for meeting new people here!

        January 12, 2016 at 10:46 am
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  • Reply lakeeriebeachhouse

    This is great! I’m so fortunate to have a large group of cowgirls as friends, we all have horses, ride together whenever we can, and just have fun!

    January 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      That sounds amazing! It’s great when we have friends to be active with, rather than just sitting down to eat all the time. 🙂

      January 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm
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  • Reply stateeats

    Amen to this, sister. Girlfriend love is so different than romantic love. But you need both to prosper. -Kat

    January 16, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Love that quote! And totally agree with you. Girl power! 🙂

      January 16, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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