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Hi, I'm Chelsea! I’m on a mission to help you find joy and goodness in every day.
On this blog we talk about the big things (like chasing dreams) and the small things (like what books we're reading) because happiness comes in all sizes.
For my birthday this year, I got a folder from my best friends with a note inside that said, “pack your bags!” They had planned a weekend away to celebrate, and when I say they planned it, they planned. They called my mom and made arrangements for Jack (sweetest ever) and planned out everything over two days so I wouldn’t have to do anything other than show up (aka my dream weekend).
We spent the day shopping in Jacksonville, eating cupcakes at Sweet by Holly, and basically just dancing our way through every mall and outlet and Starbucks we could find (I told you, my favorite things).
I don’t care how old you are, listening to music and getting ready with your friends is the best. Having an excuse to get dressed up and take way too many pictures is just fun, and everyone should do it every now and then.
We ended up at my new favorite place (in the world, maybe?), River + Post. They had the most beautiful rooftop with the perfect view to watch the sun go down (translation: take too many Instagram pictures) before going downstairs to eat dinner.
DINNER. Oh my gosh. I have not stopped thinking about this food. I had shrimp and grits with gouda grits and I am not joking when I say I strongly considered ordering a second plate just because I was sad mine was gone. It was that good.
After dinner, we headed to a speakeasy, and while I took no pictures there, it was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. It was a post office on the outside and once you went in, it felt like walking into a movie. Everything was very prohibition themed, and it was so much fun. I was made for the twenties!
It wouldn’t be a weekend of my favorite things if we didn’t end up at the beach! It was the most beautiful day. There was a restaurant (The Lemon Drop) right on the beach, and we ate too much and drank too many of these colorful things and got too much sun and it was just perfect.
It was seriously the best 48 hours. They really did cram all of my favorite things into two days, and it made me feel so special that they knew just what I’d want to do. I’m so thankful for my friends who love me so well.
I’ll remember the weekend forever, but more importantly than remembering the dinner (seriously – I’m gonna remember those grits until the day I meet Jesus) or remembering our beach day, I’ll remember how special they made me feel. They’re both in crazy busy seasons of life, but they took the time to plan this and then carved out time to spend with me. I’m so grateful and it makes me want to be a better friend.
Cheers to friendships. One of the best gifts this life has to offer.
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