A while back I was invited to my first-ever ornament exchange Christmas lunch with this group of gorgeous ladies. They thought it was funny that I’d never been to one and that I had no clue what I was supposed to do. But the story goes, that I’ve always kept very strict boundaries around my work days and kept any socializing strictly for the evening. I have, of course, known that it restricts me from deeper relationships with some friends and apparently, some really fun get-togethers. But that’s been part of the price I’ve been willing to pay. This year, in an effort to say yes to more things that bring me life, I RSVP’d to this little shindig, knowing that it was the week of GNO. (the shortest & fastest week of my month) But somehow I missed the big picture that I would be out-of-town 10 of the …
After I arrived in Orlando for the wedding of my niece Rebecca, my sisters and I were walking through a parking lot downtown. The sun was shining and a beautiful breeze was blowing through our hair. Right at that moment, we saw the reflection of our little crew in the glass on the side of a building. We were all walking, almost in sync, in line, side-by-side. It was like a seen from a funny movie, just before some ridiculous heist attempt. We laughed out loud saying, “Look out! Here comes The MOB Crew!”
And thus, The MOB Crew was born.
My sister was the Mother Of the Bride and we were her crew. Throughout the wedding weekend, we had her back. Whatever she needed, whenever she needed it, we got it done. We got it done with a whole lot of laughter and a little MOB pizzazz (*waves jazz hands*). At …
Over the weekend we got a chance to spend time with several different groups of friends. The thing Scott and I keep noticing is how we are drawn to people who are willing to share their journey. People who’ve made it a habit to quickly skim past the surface conversation and go to the truer places, even in laughter and joy, are the people we want to spend our lives around. It’s not that we sit around with notebooks and philosophize. That would be like nails in the coffin for me.
It’s about simply having real conversations.
It’s the flow of conversations about what the holidays will really be like for them – what they’re looking forward to and what they’re nervous about. It’s about how work is going, in their souls, not just in the books. It’s the truth about the journey and the hard work of marriage. It’s about what …
Do you ever wake up feeling like it’s groundhog day? Like you’re running the exact same gauntlet you ran yesterday? I certainly do and I have a sneaky suspicion you do too.
For those days, there is gratitude.
“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward
Some days you long for rest. Some days you long for adventure, just something outside the normal hum drum. Some days there’s a low – level dissatisfaction with the normalcy and repetitiveness of it all. Then the unthinkable happens, and we long for groundhog day again.
Even for those horrific days, there is gratitude.
At GNO last Thursday, we created Gratitude Buckets for this very reason. Through Chelsey’s Bucket Lists, we made a list intentional experiences we want to share with the people who matter most to us this holiday season. We also created a little space …
As I’ve been preparing for tonight’s Girls Night Out about Thoughtful Gatherings, my mind keeps circling back to the idea of the immeasurable power of women gathering together. The focus of the tonight is more about our gatherings over the holidays and how to cultivate gratitude there. But my heart can only see the magic of how beautiful and special it is that we have this space to come together, with our sister friends, to share stories, ask questions and fuel up for the journey ahead.
It’s like the green room for holiday gatherings.
Just like the green room is the space reserved for the performer or speaker to center and prepare, with only safe people, before their moment on stage, tonight’s GNO is a space to prepare and plan for what’s next. It’s also a space to rest with what is, today. It’s a space to find out you’re not alone, …
Last night I piled in a car with 7 girlfriends to road trip down to SMU to meet Jen Hatmaker and Nichole Nordeman at their Moxie Matters tour stop in Dallas. Apparently President Trump was in town so the tollway was shut down. So we ended up sitting/driving in traffic all the way around the DFW metroplex following the directions of the Waze app lady like lost little puppies.
It was worth every mile.
We laughed and told stories. We ate snacks for dinner like the famished mamas we were and fended off carsickness with the automatic window buttons. We were a circle of sisters on a mission.
Every moment of the evening was fabulous, but the image above was certainly one of my favorites.
Jen told a story about a recent time in her life when she was hurting and feeling alone. She received a text from Nichole with that picture of …