Getting out of the house alone can make me feel guilty, and the act itself is sometimes physically tough- like preparing everything for my family while I’m gone, plus finding cute clothes, makeup, and a dish to share…
Ugh. Sometimes my littles even stand at the door and cry as I back away, despite their loving father comforting them and promising them an evening of fun (which they always have).
There are times I just opt to stay home because even though I’m an extrovert and need people like I need a deep breath, I worry about the chaos that happens when I leave my little people.
One night last fall I sucked it up, put on my big girl panties, dry shampooed my hair, borrowed my daughter’s cardigan, packed some simple (& pre-packaged) food and headed out the door. Then I snapped the picture above, and that’s how I’m remembering to share this moment with you (there have been many other good moments like this since then, but this night especially was good for me as I was reminded of the power of prayer in all areas of my life and some pretty great life changes took place after this).
It was so good for my soul to be surrounded by other women, to open my heart, and to hear theirs.
Sweet friends, the next time you get invited somewhere and think of saying “no, thank you” or making an excuse, think again and make an excuse for why you need to say “YES, please”.
Recharge your own batteries, no guilt.