I got away for the weekend. I joined 10 of my college girlfriends in Oklahoma to spend time eating and drinking and catching up with each other, away from the many distractions of home. We rented a cabin and took turns making meals and some of the time we were all together and some of the time we did our own thing.
I needed this weekend. More than I realized as we were planning it. I've been in a funk lately. Nothing too serious, but I certainly have not been my usual cheerful self. I see myself as an optimistic person, able to see my blessings easily and gratefully. I usually don't dwell on the negative. My life is not perfect, it never has been. But it is filled with more good than one girl deserves, for sure. And I had somehow lost sight of that. All I could see was my frustrations and the things I wish were better or different.
We should always look at our lives and see where we could grow and change in a positive way. We shouldn't excuse vice and apathy. But we shouldn't wallow in negativity either. I don't think I was at that point, but it felt like it was getting close.
So I stole away with my girlfriends. And my soul was restored and my heart filled. We shared our struggles and our triumphs. We acknowledged the good and the not great. And I have come away feeling more like myself. And even more grateful for this charmed life I live.
(Wine is The Middle Sister, Wild One, a delicious Malbec. Book is called Live by Night and is fantastic. Cabin was called Hidden Acres, managed by Hidden Hills Cabins in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. I can't say enough about how gorgeous the cabin was and how happy we were with the whole weekend.)