This past weekend I had the pleasure of driving four hours to spend most of my time walking around in blistering heat and sharing a bathroom with seven other females.
It. Was. Awesome.
This is how we made it work.
1. The Importance Of Group Texting
On Friday morning I was PUMPED. I was so ready to hit the dang road and spend some time out of the norm and soak up some sweet times with my rad friends. I would have lost my mind if I had to survive the WHOLE workday without the amusement of our group text. From pug-coozies, to awkardly-timed-selfies, the hashtag decision making process and all professor-related-jokes…I’ve got funny friends, I’m just saying.
2. Get IN the map
It’s no secret that this group loves a good Friends reference, so this was a must! The whole weekend Courtnee was smarter than Siri could ever be in guiding us around the city. And it’s because she understands the importance of literally getting in the map!
This is a total given. Savannah had so many spots that I could have spent hours in. I literally wanted to touch and experience every nook and cranny of some of those shops. Very rarely did I have the intent or desire to actually purchase something– I just wanted to see it. All of it. Savannah demands exploration. Take the steep stairs down to the river, walk in any shop you pass that piques your interest, and DEFINITELY try all of the honey samples you can fit on your paper spoon.
4. Eat like champions
My friends and I know how to put down some food, I’ll tell you that right now. Our trip essentially revolved around where our next meal was going to be and I’m not even close to mad about that. It was all seriously delicious and unique. I watched Kara practically cry over the intensity of flavor her oysters brought and I’m pretty sure Courtnee ate cheese the size of a burger. (Thanks to everyone who made suggestions to us! We were consistently pleased.)
5. Grab a friend; find a bookstore
This is a fairly strong contender for my favorite part of the whole weekend. The whole city was pulsing with creative energy to be preyed upon, but walking around this bookstore filled my soul in ways only the smell of old books and the desire to read each one of them can do.
6. Affirm Style Choices
One of my favorite things about the seven of us is that we are incredibly different from each other and yet still fit together seamlessly. Getting ready in a house full of seven women likely doesn’t sound super appealing to most, but it’s an amazing experience in pamper-dom and encouragement. We help with hair, we tutorial-ize the art of red lipstick and most importantly we affirm–yes, you can rock a top knot.
What do I even say about this? It’s an art and we’ve mastered it.
8. Iced coffee
Honestly, if this was an order of importance list, I would’ve had a hard time not making this number one. The iced coffee in this town was on point and such a crucial step in perking me up for long days of exploring and dancing with strangers. I’m a total and unapologetic coffee snob and all the foxes of Savannah delivered on quality.
9. Sing Karaoke in a dive bar
Because who the heck cares if “Lady Marmalade” came out ten years ago?
10. Show your true emotions
When you spend a weekend away with any handful of human beings, you’re going to see a couple mood cycles. And let’s be honest, those mood cycles are slightly more intense in a group of women. It’s important to not pretend that you’re always “on” or that your sunny disposition is feasible sans-coffee. We’re humans–we’re gonna get grumpy, sleepy, sweaty and weepy. Especially if you throw Mulan on at 8 AM. That “Reflection” song will get anyone’s emotions running high.
11. Go with solid babes who you love a lot and who love you back
Not even 24 hours after arriving home, Laura sent this verse out to our group text…
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24-25
Realistically, none of the list matters if you don’t have this one. I got to travel about with six ladies who I’ve built amazingly beautiful Christ-centered friendships with over the years. They are–each of them– intelligent, classy, hilarious, empathetic, truthful, stylish and stunning women who exemplify grace and quality of character daily. Trust me, I’ve lived it. And I’d do it again.