Jessica is joined by her BFF Micheal Hoess – but today they’re not discussing makeup and skincare as they normally do. These two have been on many trips together, from Cuba and Amsterdam to Laguna Beach and Chicago, so they can tell you more about the importance of having girls’ trips and how sharing these amazing experiences of exploring new places is so important to a mom’s health.
Every time they go away together, they come back feeling refreshed but more than that, they realize how necessary it is to make time for each other away from kids, husbands, and other adult responsibilities. And, as you will hear, going away from your spouse or partner can also reconnect you with yourself and your individuality – who we are as a person, away from your “mommy” or “wife” status. In their conversation, they share how going away as friends allows you to bond in a different way, why you should not only leave physically but mentally, and how taking a break can restore your much-needed energy and connection with loved ones. Besides, the saying that absence makes the heart go fonder is a thing! We need friends in our lives because one person cannot fulfill all our needs and challenge us in all the ways we might need. Whether it is to have authentic conversations, visit fancy resorts, or literally getting down and dirty, trips with friends need to become part of your self-care routine!
The value of taking a break from your identity as a wife or mother for a few days.
How girls’ trips are a super fast, thrilling way to bond with others in a new place.
Getting away from your community and the same people you bump into at the grocery store.
Long car rides are for authentic conversations and making quick memories and friends.
The importance of recognizing when you need to practice self-love by taking a break.
Why it might be more necessary for recovering perfectionists to leave town to unwind.
Filling your tank with friendships rather than expecting your spouse to be your everything.
Going away in body and mind to replenish yourself instead of feeling guilty for leaving.
While it’s great to go away with your kids, it is typically not the bucket-filler you need.
How taking a break from your family can actually help you get closer to them.
Michael shares some memories of their trips and the joy of seeing Jessica in new contexts.
How your friends have the ability to challenge and put you in uncomfortable situations!
Adventures with bikes and the time they took a four-hour bike tour of Cuba.
© Jessica Gershman, 2021