Young at heart …

Last night some of my sorority sisters and I went out to celebrate the life of our dear sister who passed away two years ago. It was a nice night reminiscing and just being together. We all needed it. I know that I certainly did. In our discussions we talked about our younger years, the struggles we have faced, the decisions that we have made along the way and happiness we have chosen to find. It’s funny, despite the years that have passed and all that has changed, so much of me has remained the same. And I like that. I still feel like that college girl on most days. The one with hope in her heart and a smile on her face. The one who wanted to look back across her years and be able to tell epic stories to her grandchildren. As a 50 year old woman, I can honestly say that YEARS and NUMBERS mean nothing to me. And what does matter to me is my health, making sure that I walk through life with genuine and authentic souls and not letting bitterness take ahold of me. If I can sneak in some fun in there, find some joy, follow a few passions and gain some wisdom from lessons learned along the way, then I don’t see how I can ever complain.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel young at heart!!!

Coffee please …

I got so spend some time with two of my sorority sisters last night. It was VERY much needed, LONG overdue and a GREAT time. But we all pushed it. We were out LATE. And Sunday morning came early. TOO early.

Well, I hope you all have a day where someone kindly brings you coffee!!!

An unexpected gift …

Last night we celebrated the life of a dear friend and sorority sister. It was an absolutely beautiful memorial service. She blessed the lives of so many. And she will be truly missed.

A few days ago my sorority sisters and I decided to go to dinner after the memorial service. We wanted extra time together to remember our sister, reminisce and reconnect. And that, we did. It was a such a special night.

Although I remain broken-hearted at the loss of my friend, I couldn’t help but look around the banquet room last night and say to her “you did this”. There were women there whom I haven’t seen or heard from in decades. Women who really mattered to me. Women who I loved. It was an incredible feeling being in their presence again.

My friend’s passing has been a great tragedy, but last night I was reminded that death is not the end of a relationship. It simply changes it to move beyond that which is worldly … and it’s beautiful. My friend may not have been with us physically last night but through her influence and inspiration she still managed to give her sorority sisters something precious. Togetherness.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you receive an unexpected gift!!!

Perfect timing …

On the last day of this awful crazy month, I couldn’t have been happier to wake up to a group text from my sorority sisters from college asking if I wanted to go to dinner tonight.

 Why yes, YES I DO!

A nice relaxing evening out is EXACTLY what I need.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you experience perfect timing!!!

Time spent with some wonderful people …

We had a great time last night celebrating the holidays with dear college friends. I love how reliving those days and sharing our lives now just meld together so easily. Literally almost 30 years of conversations between friends! We are moving into that phase where some of us have children who are the same age we were when we all initially met. Now THAT is a crazy thought to wrap your head around! Anyway, at the end of these events I am always struck with just how blessed we are to have maintained these relationships for as long as we have. I know how rare this is, especially for a group this size. I am thankful that, even throughout the decades, we continued to matter to one another. And I have to say that it is a wonderful feeling to have so many life long friends … a gift to have stayed connected to them all these years.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get to spend time with some wonderful people!!!

Friends for life …

Yesterday I got to spend time with some of my sorority sisters from college. One of us is moving away with her beautiful family to start a new life in a different state. We are all so happy for them … but also so sad.

Thankfully over the years we have learned that we don’t have to live under the same sorority house roof to stay close. We have all “grown up”, started careers and families … lives outside of that house with a big pink and green triangle and “Z” mounted on the wall. But we “moved on” with the knowledge that we shared special times long ago that literally bound us for life. I would be lying if I said these women didn’t help shape me into the woman I am today. They did … and I am so grateful. And when we get together, no matter how much time as passed, we are just like we were all those years ago when we had ponytails in our hair and were wearing our sorority letters. Our sisterhood is truly is a gift.

So as our lives begin to take on more changes, twists in our roads, we go forward with the knowledge that time, nor distance, will matter. We share a history and a love that our hearts will never forget. And we will be there for one another … for life.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are thankful to have friends for life!!!