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Friends

18 Apr

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Last weekend I spent some time with two friends I hadn’t seen for almost 17 years. We met when they were both young moms and I was just a newlywed. For about 5 years these girls and I met at least once a week sometimes 3-4 times, we shared struggles, vulnerabilities, lots of laughter and life. I was the first to move away (which was extremely difficult at the time), Dawn and her family was next to move, while Leanna stayed in the same area with her family. Thanks to Facebook and email, we have been able to keep in touch here and there and I have been able to watch their families expand and grow in every Christmas card I received. This year we finally took the extra step to coordinate our busy schedules to get together for a weekend in Chicago and I am so glad we did. We looked a little bit older, but our friendship seemed to start exactly where it left off. I still felt the closeness we shared years ago and we were able to talk as mothers and wives sharing laughter and tears. It was so refreshing to be able to let go and be authentic with good friends who share the same faith and whom I trust wholeheartedly. Friends like that are few and far between and I feel blessed.photo

Isn’t that what we lack these days? Life can get so busy and those kind of deep relationships take time. When you throw in the complexities and insecurities of women, it makes it even more difficult. Here’s the disconnect, those are the kinds of relationships people crave, right? I know I do. How do we get there? Time, yes, but also trust. I have met many people these days who require one to earn their trust, what if that never happens because there’s no time? I choose to trust first. It may be the wrong approach and it may leave me heartbroken but I can’t live any other way. How can relationships get deeper if no one wants to hold out their hand and be vulnerable? That’s my challenge to you and to myself also, take a chance on people, we need each other.

Today I wear MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Insanely It. These are probably the most moisturizing of the MAC lipsticks; somewhere between a lipstick and a gloss. They have lots of color and yet because of the consistency, it can be worn sheer. When I first saw this color which looks like a bright hot pink I thought there was no way it would look good on me. Surprisingly, I love it and I know it will be a favorite through spring and summer! So yes, the name is accurate, this hot watermelon pink is Insanely It!  Cheers!

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4 Responses to “Friends”

  1. Jo Heroux April 19, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    I couldn’t agree more. I always trust until there is a reason not to do so. It works for me and the disappointments that happen only reinforce my trustworthy friends. It’s worth the price, for sure.

    • Anna April 19, 2013 at 6:54 am #

      I truly think it’s better that way, Jo. Not trusting first always takes too much time to break the ice! Definitely worth the price!

  2. Catherine - Facing Cancer Together April 19, 2013 at 3:27 am #

    It’s so true. I think women crave that deep connection, but where does it start? Online I’ve met some awesome people, so I think it is a window for connection – though nothing beats getting together for a hot cup of tea ( which is why it is wonderful to meet people in person.)

    • Anna April 19, 2013 at 6:52 am #

      It is so hard these days to connect, but I think it’s also harder as you get older because many women have established relationships already…how to start….

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