Yesterday I said a final goodbye to my friend Lisa Hilowitz Wood . It was a very emotional day.
I LOVE this picture of us... we had our whole adult lives before us - we had just achieved a major life milestone of graduating from the University of Florida - and we were friends. ❤️ We didn’t start out that way. We met as competitors our senior year, sitting across from one another in our suits waiting to be interviewed by the PR Director of Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
I wanted that internship and she was not going to “beat” me I thought as I looked her over.... Turns out I didn’t win the spot over her or vice versa - the director gave us both an internship that Spring. And what we didn’t know then was we didn’t just “win” an internship at a prestigious hospital - we were awarded the chance to have a true friendship that would span 25 years of life - and end too soon.
Lisa was one of those people I got to do life with..... we have been friends through all the “stuff” that happens .... the new jobs, roommates, boyfriends, break ups, babies, marriages, career changes, friendships and road trips - the dreams.... We never “took a break.” We had an un-common friendship. And for that I will be eternally grateful.
She was a rock-solid friend who always gave me awesome advice - especially in times of trouble. She was the one I turned to if I was struggling with a bigger than life problem. She was the one who would say it straight and call you out when you were being a fool. I can still hear her voice questioning me or telling me to get up and “do it” if it’s what I really wanted.
I think the thing I will miss the most was the way she would listen so thoughtfully - and carefully - like she had all the time in the world just for you. She really showed me what it is to be a friend. And I have taken what I have learned from her example to be a better friend... Blessed. I was blessed to get the chance to do life with this wonderful woman, and I was blessed to have the opportunity to say my “I love you’s” and goodbyes while holding her hand and looking into her eyes. She was loved by so many, but having her friendship and her love was the true blessing. ❤️
This was costume change #2 this morning. He was a construction worker, fireman and ended as a police officer for the ride to school... of which we had to change out of in the car so we don’t “lose” the costume..... He is the first one up most mornings, the first one playing, the first dressed with socks and shoes.....he usually helps me get all the lunches and snacks into the backpacks...and then wears his backpack around the house waiting to leave. He is creative, persistent, observant and emotionally in tune with the people around him. If he likes you- you will know it because he will invite you to our house for chicken dinner. 😍😂😍 God please give me the wisdom to raise this little up to help him bloom into the man you have envisioned. Help me to foster his servants heart to not only do good in our family but in the world. ❤️ #thefutureisbright#godisgood#ilovebeingamommy#thisonetho#neverstops#godhasaplan#mamaofthree#toddlerlife#prayingmama#adoptionislove#twobousandagirl#theycallmemom#joyfulmoms
Last Sunday I was in Connecticut. It was freezing cold.... but I didn’t feel it at all.
I was in a pretty special place. I attended a leadership retreat that my coach sponsored to help me and other members of our team grow in mind, body and spirit. It was amazing. And I think about what I learned every day.
Many of you have asked me how the weekend went - what was it like... it has taken me a full week to write about it about it because truly, it’s hard to put into words.
The main exercise of the weekend was to uncover your brain type, your God-given gifts and to discover your core life values.
It was revealing and inspiring but most of all re-assuring that the things you feel are your talents - God meant for them to be used and developed. And the more aware I am of those gifts the more I can use them to be a better wife, Mom, friend and business woman.
But the most inspiring part is being with amazing, faith-filled women who are all striving to be better at life. They all want to become the best version of themselves - and this raises me up in the process. And although we spend a lot of time together virtually through our video team meetings, over Voxer, and through social media team pages and challenge groups - there is something about being together in person - that can light you up.
The energy, the one-on-one interactions, the hugs and love.
This team that my coach and friend from high school created is something more than incredible. I pray that I can learn from her example - from her leadership and build something similar for my team.
Be aware of who you hang around - the women, the families.... they all have an effect on who you are and what you have the potential to become. Iron sharpens iron.
I’m so thankful for these sharp women in my life. So thankful I was invited to take part in this leadership team weekend to help develop my talents and skills. It can only get better from here. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Today I wanted to quit. Twice.
Lloyd - this giggly little boy is smack dab in the middle of the “terrible” twos. It’s not pretty. There is lots of crying full of NO and overwhelming feelings. It’s no fun for anyone. Especially not a mama trying to get in a 30 minute workout that she put off til the afternoon (note to self- don’t do that.) So after 15 minutes mama and baby needed a time out, some snuggles, a snack (for him), more snuggles, and he was calm enough for me to start again- and I wanted to just throw in the towel... I really did. But I decided to take the advice I give my challengers - push though the hard. Keep going, I say. Do Hard Things. So I started over - from the warm up.
And as I was doing a couple of the moves I liembeat from this cardio core workout - this little one attacked again. This time I just tickled him until he gave up. We both had a laugh and I got it DONE. And I’m so proud of myself.
Make yourself proud. Do the HARD. A little bit every day really adds up to great things. I’m stronger, happier, much healthier and a better mama. ❤️ You can have this too - right in your own home - 30 minutes and done.
Happy Saturday night!! Make it awesome!