When Friends Come to Town

Sorry for the radio silence of late, but I’ve been super busy!  My best friend in the whole wide universe and beyond, Jodi (www.livefreeandrun.com), came to town last weekend to visit me.  That’s right…she got on a plane and flew ALL THE WAY FROM CONNECTICUT to see me (subtle hint for the rest of you) 😉  My first visitor!  Not only was I excited to see her, but her timing couldn’t have been more perfect.  I was in need of a major pow-wow with someone who actually knows me.  Having just moved to the other side of the country, not that many people really know who I am yet, or know the real me.  Jodi’s face was a welcome sight.

I think the lovely San Diego weather is the perfect backdrop for her…don’t you agree?  (she’s going to move out here, I can FEEEEL IT!)

Jodi sitting outside the Living Room Cafe in La Jolla
Jodi and I have been friends since we met  in 1997.  I was a freshman at Bennington College in VT and Jodi was a year or two ahead of me.  I saw her in the hallway of our house in her workout clothes.  I pretty much attacked her like a lost puppy and said, “HI! I’m Lauren!  I’m new! Do you workout? Do you live next to me?! We should workout together!!! Oh my gosh be my friend be my friend be my friend love me love me!”  Who could resist that?!!!  Seriously…I don’t know how she put up with me.

Sure, we’ve had our ups and downs, but we got through them all.  Jodi and I were walking down the street last weekend and her hand bumped mine and I said, “are you trying to hold my hand???” and we just laughed.  She said, “you know we’ve been together as friends longer than most couples!”  I said, “Yes, and we don’t even have sex!”   We know each other so well and seem to always be on the same page, even though right now we live on opposite sides of the country.  We went backpacking together in Europe after freshman year of college.  We went to Woodstock ’99 together.  I know she always has my back, she always has my best interests at heart, we are candidly honest with one another and she has always been there for me…since I met her in that hallway during my freshman year.  We’ve helped each other through a lot.  Ahhhh Jodes.  
Anyway, she came to visit. 

Jodi decided that she could use a haircut and I decided that I wanted to go back to my natural hair color – brunette.  I’ve had that urge for months now…something about writing a natural foods- raw foods site and dying my hair just didn’t seem to mesh any longer.  How can I use natural products from coconut oil to homemade avocado masks, but then go bleach the crap out of my hair? “You have a thing about being fake”, Jodi said.  “It bothers you.”  She was right.  For some reason I wanted her here when I did it.  So I waited.
This is the young brunette me:

Apparently I flashed people at an early age.

I finally feel like me again from head to toe.  It’s a nice feeling. 🙂

I took this pic right after I got it done last week:

Here is one of Jodi and I together Saturday night:

We talked about life, goals, plans, God, ideas, love, relationships, veggies, the whole nine.   
We checked out the coast:

Jodi had her first Acai Bowl:

We drank Kombucha in Ocean Beach (this brand was delicious!):

We ate veggie sushi in Huntington Beach:

Artichoke, kiwi, roasted red pepper sushi topped with mango anyone?

It was so good!

It’s really important when you are living a healthy lifestyle to have friends that also live healthy lifestyles – it’s like having a constant healthy community around you and it makes eating out and meal planning easy-breezy!  I love that Jodi is rockin’ the healthy life with me!  You can check out her blog here:  www.livefreeandrun.com

I was so sad after I dropped her off at the airport on Monday morning.  The time went by much too quickly. We had such great conversations and I’m grateful we had a chance to catch up in person.  It’s always hard to say goodbye to the people you love…but, I am quite confident I sold Southern California to her and that she will be moving here pronto. (hint hint…wink wink) 😀   Our visit together was inspiring.

Jodes – if you move here, I’ll make you smoothies every day.
Seriously, get your butt out here woman!!!!!!!!!!

Love you!  

Lovely comments!

  1. I dyed my hair blonde for a few years through high school and college and I too came to that point. It was very obvious that this was not aligning with the rest of my life, so with that i went back to my natural color. It was very refreshing. 🙂 I’ve been back to my natural for 3 years now and I think most of it is now all my natural color untouched. My hair is stronger and more glossy than ever with my transition into plant based beginning about a year ago. It’s really just amazing to see my hair for what it is, I don’t have to do too much to it anymore and it hardly needs the amount of product I used to put in it too.

    You will be very excited to start to see your hair for exactly what it is 🙂 It’s the true you within you calling out not to be “fake” it’s all perception in an illusionary world anyhow, and I feel much more attractive now than I ever did as a blonde, it’s a different radiance now that I can put out there, more from within instead of my outward appearance.

    Thanks for the post!

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