Sunday Night Check-In: Connected

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For my Northern buddies, we’re still in bloom here. I got a sunburn on Saturday standing out in the sun in my tank top. Go figure.

I’m going to need some time to process the events of this weekend. Although I had nothing planned going into the weekend, my days opened up to a steady stream of impromptu gatherings that were much more satisfying than any I could have scheduled. I spent some time with my brother’s family on Saturday at a hometown gathering and had coffee with my friend Beth. I didn’t sleep well Friday night, and I needed some positive energy to keep me awake. I came home and took care of myself with a healthy meal and a re-run of Defending Your Life with Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep. It was a relaxing day, and I slept great last night.

This morning I woke up a bit down which I’ll contribute to my ongoing sugar withdrawal. It’s only been a week as of tonight, so I’m sure it will take awhile to get back up to normal operating procedure. I took care of a bunch of chores that needed to be done, blogged and washed my hair for the first time in three days. Then, Beth called and wanted to meet again. I thought it would be great for my mood to connect with a friend and it was such a treat to double-dip with her on a weekend. We always go to places in our conversations that touch me deeply and challenge me to be more authentic. I come away feeling energized and supported. Today was no different with a planned one-hour meeting stretching into almost 3 hours. I’m sure any guy would have been ready to claw his eyes out if he’d been having to tune into that. I think we both cried at least once which is a true measure of a great conversation.

I walked home from the dog-friendly coffee shop at the end of my road in the beautiful sunny 60ish degree weather. It was lovely. As I walked in the door another friend called and we talked about nutrition. I hung up just in time to head over to a prayer circle at The Red Shoes. I got a direct answer from God during the meeting that flooded the roots of my deepest fears with a watery rush of comfort and relief. It will take me awhile to process what I heard, but I already feel so supported by the Universe in the events and the conversations of this weekend.

I am so energized and blessed by my relationships with my girlfriends and even the women who are peripherally in my life. I feel sad for women who devote their entire relational time to relationships with men and children. They don’t realize what a gift they are missing in not cultivating relationships – real, authentic relationships – with other women. They also don’t realize that they are depriving the world of their wisdom, and it is so needed. All over this world, women are silenced in so many ways. Many never develop their voice, and it is lost forever. In the past 7 years since my divorce, I have learned that it is in my relationships with women that I touch the deepest parts of myself. I’ll never take them for granted again.

I managed to stay with my ‘no added sugar’ plan this weekend. I’ve been dropping pounds like melted butter, and I wasn’t even looking to lose weight. I look forward to feeling better. I didn’t clean my house this weekend nor did I go to Trader Joe’s for supplies. I’m not ready for the week ahead, but I’ll figure it out. I’m shutting this down early tonight in the hopes of getting a good night’s sleep. My Reindeer Games fizzled about Friday, but I did really well until then. There’s a new Games starting in a week or so, so I’ll have another opportunity. My calendar is marked to attend the High Intensity Interval Training Class tomorrow night and to walk 30 minutes in the morning. I’ve been a slug all weekend. I’m ready to move.

Y’all have a good week now. And for all of you women who have been missing your girlfriends, why don’t you schedule something with one of them soon? You’ll both be the better for it.

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