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A Book Saved My Sanity

Yes friends, you read the title right. One book. One voice of another person who was saying out loud everything I was screaming inside my head. A stranger who seemed to know me better than my closest friend. That book and that person was “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Yes, she does not know it, but Elizabeth Gilbert saved my sanity and helped me replace the noise of uncertainty, of despair, of loneliness, of the lies I told myself, and so much more, with a soundtrack of hope and possibilities. How, you ask? Well, let me start from the beginning….

The year is 2009. I have secured a spot in American success as a stay at home mom to 2 great kids, a husband who had a good job, spending my time volunteering in many areas of my local community, and coming home to a golden retriever who topped the …

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Julie, My Work Best Friend

Julie and I hiking at a work retreat

 

In the workplace there is an important person that no self-respecting woman should be without. She is the work best friend. She’s different than your other best friend (or if you’re truly blessed, friends) because you see her in meetings, you eat lunches brought from home in each others offices, you confide in her things you could never process with anyone else because she’s in the trenches with you. She knows exactly what you’re going through because many times, she’s going through it too.

 

Julie and I started working together over a decade ago.  I was there when she took her first maternity leave, she was there when my boys (finally) were all in full time public school.  We talked (a lot!) about the frustrations of what to do with the kids in the summers, how to handle it when they were sick, and …

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Amy, was her name.

The first time I met her was on a spur of the moment outing to a resale shop with her brother, my boyfriend.

The moment I met her I knew we would be friends. It was an experience where I felt free to me and felt a little in awe of who she was a person.

When we walked into the resale shop she immediately sent her brother to a bookstore a few doors down and then promptly took me to the wall of wedding dresses. Yes, wedding dresses!! Her brother and I had been dating about a month, but she knew there was something special about this relationship.

As we looked at the dresses she quickly pulled one down and looked directly into my eyes and said, “Here, try it on – now!” Can I just say I was little intimidated, but a little excited at the same time.

That day this funny, …

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