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Relax, Release, Relate . . .

January 13, 2016

So I am really looking forward to getting out with my friends this weekend!  Last year was a whirlwind of huge changes, successes and of course some disappointments.  But such is life. I have hit the ground running in 2016 with a solid attitude that nothing will hold me back, and I will do my very best not to let certain people or the issues that life can bring  get me down.

My friend called me the last week in December to see how I was doing, and we made plans to catch up with each other by going to dinner to release our frustrations of things we had both experienced with family, friends and business matters—you know, we were simply going to have a dandy old gripe/vent session!  At the time, it seemed like a good idea, but as the weeks have quickly flown by, and we are now on the cusp of the second Saturday into the new year, we have since changed our thought process.  Originally it was going to be just the two of us, but we now have a third person joining us and somehow, it would not be fair to gripe out our frustrations in front of that person . . . aside from that, it is negative. By nature, we are not the misery loves company type of women; we aspire to greatness by leading by example with positive deeds, not just words.

In keeping with this component of our true nature, we have decided to let confusion pass on by this Saturday while we are out eating and drinking at one of the most exclusive spots in Milwauke and truly embrace relaxation to the fullest!! As the old adage goes, “Life is too short.” And it is. Life is too short to miss out on the opportunity to break bread with good friends, sip a few cocktails, eat what we want without counting the calories and  throw our heads back in careless abandonment and just laugh out loud!

What better way to relate with others than to just open up and love being  who you are without worry, at least for just one day? Because let me tell you, Monday rolls around again so fast.  Worries and issues and Mondays are always going to be here. Great friends and good times on a Saturday night are surely not promised to you; you have to make that happen for yourself.

Sonya Marie Bowman is a writer of positive prose for the Milwaukee Community Journal and a published co-author of the book No Artificial Ingredients – Reflections Unplugged. She is a member of Sister Speak, a trilogy of writers who formed in 2010 with a vision of self-expression and a goal of healing. The trio states they are inspired by grace, allowing them to take a genuine position on the struggles and successes of everyday living.

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