"It is that my friends have made the story of my life."
I’m blessed to know how true these words are.
Since I was a child, I have had great friends. Today, I have friendships that reach back to the 1980s, but I’ve also built new ones over the past 18 months.
Last week I shared my plans to work on myself while I take a 30-day break from dating, which included contacting three friends to tell them I appreciate their friendship.
Here are three friends who I’ve met since my divorce. I'd like to tell them in front of the blogosphere that they're awesome and I so appreciate them!
- When we became friends: We met at work, and I’d say we started hanging out in the summer of 2013. Then we trained for the NYC Half together, which meant running during one of the coldest, most snowy winters EVER. (Thanks, Polar Vortex.) You must really like someone if you’re willing to run in 5 degree temperatures with her.
- Why I appreciate her: Mandy has a sunny personality and can talk to anyone. Whether we’re running 10 miles or hitting up happy hour, I am positive that we’ll have fun. Oh, and we are equally obsessed with talking about eating healthy and exercising as we are with discussing drinking and chocolate and peanut butter desserts.
- When we became friends: We met through Yoshi and then became friends in January when she moved into my apartment building. We started going out together and it didn’t take long for me to consider her a good friend.
- Why I appreciate her: She is smart and introspective, so we have really good conversations, whether it’s while taking a walk or going out. She is very much a “the more the merrier” kind of person, and I like that she wants to spread around the joy that her friends bring her.
- When we became friends: Back in March, the night I went out with Tina and got drunk and awesome. Meredith and I happened to walk to the bar together, a little separated from the group, and we just hit it off. Before she left that night, I said, “You’re fucking cool. Let’s hang out. Can I get your number?” Over the coming weeks and months, we hung out more and I was right. She's fucking cool.
- Why I appreciate her: First, Mary totally gets it when I talk about someone’s energy (some people look at me like I'm a little nuts). Second, she is just down, you know? I feel like I could tell her anything and she won’t judge. She is just all about trying new things, meeting new people, rolling around in new experiences. For example, she loves EDM, but randomly decided it would be fun to come see Miranda Lambert with Tina and me. Mary didn’t know a single country song, but just figured it would be a cool experience.
Honorable mentions go to..
- Kevin, who I don’t see often but when we do hang out, the conversation is awesome. We are just really comfortable with each other and we can talk about anything. It’s cool to connect with someone like that, especially since we don't see each other a lot.
- Steve, who I have only known for three months but we bonded quickly. I also appreciate his perspective on things since he’s older than me. But, since we get naked sometimes, I don’t think we can exactly call him a “friend.”
To all of my friends, I love you guys. I really, truly do!
I hope I'm as good to you as you are to me.
Other updates from my Dating Diet:
- I weighed myself this morning and I’m down from my peak of 136! See photographic evidence.
- I’ve gone to yoga twice (omg you guys, this yoga studio is awesome).
- I only drank with Sue on Friday and with the girls tailgating for Miranda Lambert on Saturday.
- I donated two bags of summer clothes that I was sick of looking at. (I’m trying Stich Fix to update my summer clothes.)
- I saw my therapist last week and I have another appointment lined up.
- The electrician and painter are coming this week. Let there be light and color!
- I deep conditioned my hair and did a purifying face mask. Toxins, be gone.
And no men! No booty calls, nothing. I’m just focusing on activities that are emotionally nourishing.
Back to the topic du jour – Dear reader, give props to a friend you’ve made recently (you define “recently”). Why is he or she awesome?