August: The Month of Butt-Kickin’ Babes

I really dropped the ball on posting in the rest of August. All of a sudden, I went from being a once-a-week blogger to a once-a-month blogger. Woops!

Things happened. I got a summer cold. I teamed up with a good friend and excellent lawyer to move my pro bono case forward and drafted a complaint. All my due dates at work overlapped and kept me busy and very happy. I edited (and am still editing) a Cleveland guidebook created by my amazing coworkers for up-and-coming amazing coworkers. Somewhere in there, I continued working out and being semi-social and still managed to rewatch five of the seven seasons of Gilmore Girls on DVD. You know – major contributions to the betterment of society.

One of the big themes for the rest of August was My Friends Are Incredible. (I worked really hard on that theme name, guys.) It wasn’t just me. Ajooma recently said it as well:

“I never had a lot of lady friends growing up. I always had (and always will be supremely grateful for) my sisters and usually one close female friend. Now I am lucky enough to say that I have a BUNCH of kick-ass lady friends. I’m really grateful for that!”

And we do. We have a BUNCH of kick-ass lady friends who rarely realize just how kick-ass they are.

Well, August was kick-ass lady friend month. Some examples:

  1. I got to catch up with two of my college roommates, and our coffee date went from 10AM until 2PM. They are absolutely incredible, strong, smart, hilarious women. All of us are on different paths than we expected, and we’re all damn happy to be where we are. Being around them made me feel reenergized, renewed, relaxed, and confident.
  2. I got to feast on Indian food with another friend from undergrad who I recently reconnected with at the gym (right?). She’s spunky, quirky, nerdy, and driven, and we’ve been living almost the same life for the past few years without even knowing it: switching careers, changing relationships, trying to become our best selves.
  3. I got to hear the voice of one of my most brave, most selfless, most incredible friends when she figured out how to use Skype to call me on the phone from Jerusalem. We correspond almost every day through e-mail, but getting to have a normal phone conversation with her – to share excitement, frustration, laughter in real time – was beyond fantastic.
  4. And of course, within the same period of time, I kept up my relationships with my closest ladies – my sisters and sister-friends – who are all top-notch human beings.

It was just a month to reflect on how blessed I am to know the people I know and how much these incredible women impact my life on a daily basis. Even when we don’t get to see each other for long periods of time – weeks, months, and sometimes years – we pick up immediately as if no time has passed.

When we were growing up and starting to learn how some people don’t or can’t stay in your life forever, one of the things my mom talked about was how some people are “energy vampires:” being around them makes you feel drained and tired, negative, and just sort of empty. These people feed off of good energy, and once they take yours, you’re left wanting. I’ve met – and ultimately, left – these types of people, and I’m sure you have, too. It’s not just about being a pessimist or a negative person; sometimes, that isn’t it at all. It’s people who get energy by taking it from others.

Let me tell you, the women I got to spend time with in August are the exact opposite of energy vampires. These women get energy by giving theirs freely. We make each other feel fuller, stronger, more like ourselves. We are each other’s complements. I am beyond grateful that I’m surrounded by these kinds of people.

So that’s all I have to say by way of an update: that things are good because the people in my life are great, and I am so thankful for them. (And these are just the ladies! I have plenty of amazing male friends, too, but this post is for the women. Next time, gents.)

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