FEF: volume II

Awhile back, I waxed poetic blogged about it being ‘finally effing Friday’ (hello longer than LONG week and chock to the brim with activity!) and today? It feels warranted to celebrate FEF yet again.

Because it’s been another doozy. Mostly in a good way. Just one of those weeks where I felt like M and I were ships passing in the night (we had one meal together this week, and tonight won’t even have that!). And not even so much because I fell back on my motto to simplify either, just a week where M had lots of meetings after work and I had several evening plans as well. But in the choas of this week comes a few very fabulous things I am loving. So, celebrate, shall we?

I am loving sister dinners.

As part of my quest to make more room in my life for what matters most, sister dinners was a top priority. These nights are so special and NEEDED for the three of us, to really connect as sisters, without our men, or families, or anyone, around, just us. Being silly. Sharing in a glass of wine (something my sister Jen rarely gets a chance to do!). Laughing. Venting. Catching up.

And sometimes a special guest joins us to make it that much more perfect. This Wednesday was sister dinner WITH that special guest…my niece Isabel. She is at SUCH a fun age, and she melted me into a million pieces with her running full speed in for a hug, her kiss on the lips and how she says ‘hi auntie’ in the cutest little voice I have ever heard. She’s also a fan of the selfie and we took many of those to capture the night. My most favorite collage of all time below ๐Ÿ™‚

Sister dinners…worth the busy week to cram in and do right.

I am loving my expanding role in barre n9ne.

Another reason my week was so busy – but in a valued, good way (just so happened that everything got planned for the same week, M’s busy week and mine, the perfect storm for ships passing in the night!), was a long-awaited meeting of the b9 minds (LOL. That would be me, Jess and Tanya) to discuss even more ways to make barre n9ne better, bigger, and stronger. My sister and I are officially taking on more of a marketing/PR/social media role at the studio to help make this happen and I couldn’t be more excited.

Melding my passion with what I’m good at (PR/social media)? Perfection.

And, helping even more with the 60 day challenge, refining it further, helping clients be successful? A dream.

Bringing in new events, features, and classes and teaching even more? Words cannot describe.

And, I am loving looking back at the past four (!) years since I began my journey anew.ย 

You see, Tara at Relative Evolutionsย asked me to write a guest post for her on my evolution, from then, until now (she’s had quite the journey herself, and I am so proud of her, and happy to see where she is now!!). And it’s taken me weeks and weeks of ruminating on just how I wanted to capture it, and the inspiration to put it all together. Here is the finished piece, and I am so proud of it, and my journey. I don’t write on the topic nearly as much, but it just makes my heart happy, proud, and filled with gratitude about my life now.

So, while I am celebrating FEF fervently today, I am feeling grateful (albeit relieved the week is nearing an end). And I am feeling so fortunate to be surrounded by those I care about. Because this weekend? It’s Friendsgiving, folks. Third annual, and it’s going to be the best one yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you have a fabulous weekend, shaking off a long week, and enjoying a much deserved weekend! Cheers!

29 thoughts on “FEF: volume II

  1. It’s really great that you get to spend time with your sisters. When I moved to GA ten years ago, I didn’t realize how much I’d miss my family and really wish that they lived closer so we could spend more time together.

    And totally hear you on the ships in the night thing. When Saturday comes around, I feel like it’s the first time I’ve gotten to say more than 3 sentences to Jason all week!

    1. I would miss my sisters so much if we didn’t live in the same state. I feel so lucky to have them nearby and also so guilty that with them so close, we don’t spend AS much time together as we possibly could! so this is going to continue to be a huge priority for me! 3 sentences all week – totally get that this week. Feel for you!

  2. I’m LOVING everything about this post sis – every single thing. So thankful, so blessed, so happy, so centered, so right where you’re meant to be, blooming right where you’re planted (my fave phrase from Joel Osteen!). LOVED all the sister time this week…and seriously cannot wait for Friendsgiving tomorrow!!! xo!

    1. So RIGHT. Definitely where I am meant to be, and you too. Keep reminding ourselves to simplify and the more opportunity and time we will have!!

  3. I also love everything about this post….but most of all I love that Isabel likes self-portraits!! LOL!!!! Such a character!

    I’m super excited for you and Jess to take barre n9ne to 11….number pun intended. Haha. The passion you both have is contagious – heck it’s why I joined in the first place!!!


    1. Thank you friend!! You’d fit right in at friendsgiving, btw, there are bits of you that remind me of some of my friends, the crafty, the creative, the grounded ๐Ÿ™‚ XO!

  4. Love you and your happy little (ok, big) personality these days! I totally hear you with the craziness of the weeks lately, but like you, everything is good. It’s important to remember that a life filled with busy, but all good and happy things is GOOD. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great weekend! XOXO

    1. Big personality – that is such a compliment ๐Ÿ˜‰ But the busy, when it’s good, is well embraced and welcomed!! Loved how our posts were sorta similar today!! XO!

  5. I love that you and your sisters are so close and get to spend time together. It’s so important. And Isabel??? ADORABLE. AND I’m really excited for you and Jess to take on more of a role with b9. That’s awesome and such a great fit for you guys. Happy Friendsgiving!

    1. Thank you friend! We had such a blast together, and as Jen put it – it felt like a magical night together. I am still smiling about it! And barre n9ne? Yes, it is just the most awesome blessing, I am filled with gratitude! XO!

  6. I hope you had an incredible weekend! I’m so happy that things are going well for you! I know sometimes busy is too much, but you gotta love good busy! I love how passionate you are with your work. I’m also jealous you have that there. I wish I had the same here. I love my job, but the owners of the gym are mentally done and want to sell it. I wish someone great and passionate about health and fitness would come buy it. Hopefully that will happen…hopefully. I hope you get to enjoy some time with M this week!

    1. That is so sad about the owners at your gym, it makes it really hard to stay passionate and enthusiastic in what you do sometimes I bet! I hope someone comes in to buy it and gives it infused energy!!!

  7. LOVING all the sister time I’m seeing (got to spend some time with mine this weekend), and what I’m loving even more is that you’re so happy…and that things are just falling into place as they should for you. (And man…B9’s been BUZZING on my Facebook recently! lol Makes me so happy to see so much happening for you and Jess!)

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