I had SUCH a fun weekend. I drove to the north side of the cities to meet up with Tamie Jo (TJDOESLIFE) and Erin (ERINBEAR1876). In short, it was EXACTLY what the three of us needed... fun, friendship and laughter. We drank some wine, went out for some super yummy mexican, went shopping at the outlets, and then went out to karaoke (and sang until my throat hurt!). I am ever amused at the crowd's reaction.
Erin and I headed back to the hotel for some late night chat and sleep. We got up, ate a light breakfast, and then headed back to TJ's house to go running. I am very thankful they are so patient with me as I teach myself to run again... a very slow pace for those speedy peeps, but an almost 1 minute/mile faster than I've been able to accomplish since I've been back. We did 1.6 miles which was great because A) It was cold, B) We had gotten less than 7 hours of sleep, and C) I had had several cocktails the day before. I'm just proud we got out there and did it.
After we got back, TJ's girls had cinnamon rolls ready for us. We ended up singing and playing My Little Pony's for an hour or so. A fun and silly way to end a happy weekend.
Do you know those people who are just so beautiful inside and out it makes it kind of seem like life is a little bit unfair because they got all of the good stuff wrapped up in a neat little bow? That's how I feel about TJ... next to perfect, with a major dose of beauty, brains, kindness and humility. Ever since I first got to know TJ, even before I met her, I decided that her look is where I wanted to end up. Regardless what she and others think of her body, I think it's pretty much next to perfect. With a lot of hard work, running and dedication, it's doable. Maybe not this year, and maybe not next year, but perhaps the year following. I got to live a little vicariously through her this weekend while shopping for clothing. Looking forward to my own "yes" moment someday!
Headed home feeling good for the most part. I'm definitely still not happy with how I look, especially when taking pics with others, but I'll get back to the point where I don't completely hate what I look like. It's been really hard knowing where I was (and having no appreciation for it at the time) and knowing where I was in retrospect (and having mass amounts of appreciation). I know I am on a different journey this time, and everything happens for a reason, but I definitely struggle at times. Extending myself kindness is a daily choice.
Looking forward to seeing what this next week brings. Now that it's officially less than 1 month until classes start (Lord, help me) and I've ordered books (Lord, help me), I need to get my act together. So much cleaning and organizing to do... and making space for me to spend energy on me, most importantly.