The last couple weeks I've been able to meet up with some of my most favorite people. It's so hard to figure out a day and time to escape, but man I'm learning that it's so worth it. I met one girlfriend for coffee and we talked for a couple of hours. I met another girlfriend for dinner and four hours later we were getting into our cars. I traveled to Chicago to stay overnight with one of my oldest and dearest friends. These are things that fill up your soul, and in the middle of a crazy day, an insane week, a month where many things went wrong ... sometimes that's when we need our girlfriends the most even though it's the hardest to try and crawl out of your chaos. I consider myself so lucky to have so many amazing women in my life, and when we're finally able to 'pencil each other in' on our calendars, it's like a reminder of who I am. I love being a mom, wife, daughter, sister, employee, friend ... but sometimes I just need to be Lanette. If you're feeling overloaded and stressed, text a girlfriend and set a date. You'll be so glad you did.