A Galentine's Day Brunch
“The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the quality of people you place in it.”
I overheard these words of wisdom the other day, and they’ve really had me reflecting on all of the relationships in my life. As I thought about the people I'm surrounded by on a regular basis, I couldn't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. My close group of girlfriends are some of the most supportive and encouraging women I know. We've been through many life seasons together, experiencing times of change, growth, heartache, love, loss, failure and success. We are a group of messy, imperfect human beings with differing opinions and distinct life experiences. Each one of us brings unique perspectives and strengths to the table. Although we may not agree on everything, we always show up for each other with the best of intentions, making the lows easier to navigate, and the highs way more fun!
Having a strong community is incredibly beneficial for our overall wellbeing. We are wired for rich, quality connections with other people. When you're surrounded by people with positive attitudes and behaviors, it increases the probability that you'll make healthy decisions for yourself. One of my passions is encouraging women to speak kindly to themselves and to one another. It's important for our overall health and happiness to be intentional about our thoughts and words. Negative self-talk is not only incredibly damaging, but it's also highly contagious. It only takes one negative comment to lower our self-esteem and leave us feeling depleted.
If we desire to be known for lifting up others, it has to start from within. My ultimate hope is that one day, women fiercely encouraging other women will become the norm. As Athleta's Power Of She motto says, "Alone we are strong, together we thrive."
So, as stores began stocking up on ridiculous amounts of pink and red heart-shaped items, my friends and I wanted to take full advantage of this commercialized and potentially cheesy holiday by turning it into a fun and uplifting Galentine's Day celebration!
With our overall wellbeing in mind, our goal was to make this a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy party! We made a variety of delicious and healthy foods, and my friend, Amy, created some gorgeous Galentine's cards for us to fill out and give to one another.
As I mentioned previously, we've been focusing on the way we speak about ourselves. So she created these cards as a way to make sure we would all leave with feelings of encouragement, empowerment, and confidence.
The cards provided space for us to write to each of our friends, stating why we're thankful for their friendship, how they add value to the world around them, and what attributes make them beautifully unique. I believe that accepting each other, flaws and all, and lifting each other up, helps create strong and lasting relationships. We had such a fun, positive day!
I hope that you'll be inspired to celebrate and encourage the amazing women in your life! Click here for the Vegetable Frittata and Pineapple Mint Smoothie recipe, along with a download a printable version of the Galentine's Day Cards!