The Power of Girls’ Weekends

I can think of few things more let-your-hair-down relaxing than a girls’ weekend or week.

There’s something about stepping out of your ‘real’ life for a while and having the time and leisure to get caught up with each other’s lives, laugh yourselves silly, spend time in your pajamas, skip wearing makeup and not worry about counting calories or glasses of wine, that is so soothing to the soul. There’s no one to nag about unloading the dishwasher or taking out the garbage, and no one requiring anything from you.

Girlfriends get it – how tough it is to keep all of those plates spinning – teens, finances, careers, relationships, obligations. You can vent and they listen – they don’t judge or try to fix it for you. (And being able to vent is often all you need. You’re not looking for a solution; you just want someone to hear you.)

I spent a week in Maui in October with three of my girlfriends, and there’s an honesty and total relaxation that doesn’t happen if there are men or children involved.  (We won’t even mention the bodily noises let loose that are normally unacceptable in a group, lol.) We agreed on dinner and cocktail ingredients before our big Costco shopping spree, went to the beach every single day, and lazed around in the afternoons with no agenda other than cocktail hour, lol. I got to snorkel six days out of seven, we sat in the hot tub poolside many nights, and spent hours and hours chatting and relaxing on the lanai.

I have two more girls’ weekends being finalized for the beginning of 2012 with different groups of girlfriends, and I’m really looking forward to both of them. It’s just like you’re told on the safety demonstration before your flight takes off – if you don’t take care of yourself, then you won’t be able to help others.

So do yourself and your loved ones a favor, and get that girls' weekend on the calendar. Everyone will thank you for it. :-)