The other night I went out to dinner for my Brunswick bestie’s birthday. It was a small little dinner with a few friends and significant others. I wanted to pull together a look that was “fall-y” since we were finally having some cooler weather.
So I pulled out a pair of jeans that I don’t think I’ve worn in probably 6 months. I truthfully don’t know how to feel when I tell you that they were uncomfortable to be in or to look at myself in. I could zip them but there was a significant amount on “muffin top” going on. These amazing teal corduroy bell bottoms were the only long pants in my closet that would fit me.
As some one who has struggled with an eating disorder this is almost something to be proud of. However, I’m not proud. I’m annoyed that it means that I’ve been slacking off going to the gym even though it’s something that makes me happy. I know that it means that I need to add more veggies to my weekend diet and drinking less the whole week.
So as I write this I am wearing gym clothes because I did a 30 minute treadmill interval workout, I had a salad for lunch and chicken noodle soup for dinner. I’m making my way back to balance as opposed to leaning heavily into restriction or indulgence.
The first outfit I put together was not exactly suited for 70 degree weather so get ready to see that later on this year but I did up putting together a fall-friendly outfit that still made me over dressed for my BFF’s birthday dinner (and I didn’t care one bit!).
I had a birthday party on Saturday. This was a really big thing for me.
I’ve moved 3 times since I graduated college which has made it really difficult to make friends post-college. This year, I actually had enough friends in the same zip code as me to have a party. I am so thankful for the friends that I have made here in the Golden Isles andI can’t wait to celebrate more milestones with them.
I’ve had a really rough week work-wise so it was great to have a girly pedicure date with a great girlfriend to vent and catch up. It’s extremely difficult for me (lots of us, really) to not have all the answers; and I was lacking a lot of answers at work this week. Being stretched professionally is painful at times but hopefully it pays off in experience Thankfully, my tower of cards is somewhat stable at the moment so I am working on relaxing.
How do you lovelies control your stress during difficult times??
While the fact that we were in NYC heavily influenced our eating and activities on this girls trip, it was far from the point of our trip. This was the first time that all five of us girls have gotten together since we graduated from Auburn three years ago and we were most excited about being reunited as a group.
After graduation, we spread out across the eastern United States following our dreams. This led to us holding on to our connection via group texts and social media. While I’m so thankful that we live in an age where that is possible this weekend drove home the that fact that there is nothing like sitting in your PJs, eating cookies, and giggling with your girlfriends.
One of the most wonderful things about this weekend was that all of the giggling and talking felt exactly the same as when we lived together in the dorms seven years ago. We fell right back into talking about boys and make up and school/work. However, now we incorporated social justice into our conversations and the make up included heavy SPF and night serums haha.
It’s so easy for me to get so wrapped up in work, working out, my relationship, and taking care of Stash 😻 that it’s easy to not make enough time to nurture these friendships. This is so dangerous because platonic friendships and the sense of community and acceptance they bring are so important for my mental health.
We had a wonderful weekend and I cannot wait to plan our next one. I already suggested that they should come visit me at the beach next time! Hopefully this post will prompt you to call a friend or start planning your next reunion weekend!