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Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Girlfriend Time" at "Flea Market Under Glass" Event

I just received this as an email and had to share it with my blogger girlfriends.


"I just finished taking an evening class at Stanford. The last lecture was on the mind-body connection - the relationship between stress and disease. The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman, whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.

At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.
Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time" helps us to create more serotonin - a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well being. Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going. Jobs? Yes. Sports? Yes. Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf? Yes. But their feelings? Rarely.

Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters/mothers, and evidently that is very good for our health. He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There's a tendency to think that when we are "exercising" we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged—not true. In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!

So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health! We are indeed very, very lucky. Sooooo let's toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. Evidently it's very good for our health."

So here's the deal...Sue Whitney of Junk Market Style and Otten Bros. of Long Lake, MN have teamed up to bring us girlfriends together.  The fresh idea is a "Flea Market Under Glass" and the dates are March 3-5, 2011 in Long Lake, MN at Otten Bros. location.

To read more about it and find out about some of the awesome line up of vendors and artisans that are going to be showcased at this event, than check out these sites:

So go ahead, and grab your girlfriends and come visit us at the event.  There's a two for one coupon for this event too.  So cheaper to come with your girlfriends...  Now how can you pass a deal like that up?

Hope to see you in March girlfriends!!!


  1. Amen sista. There is nothing in the whole world like the support and encouragement of a good girlfriend. It's so important! Great post. Can't wait to meet all of you:)

  2. Great post Gretchen! Was just chatting with SweetMelissa yesterday about the flea market under glass & how we wish we could go....looks to be a grand time! We'll be there in spirit!

    Hugs to you my friend!

  3. Heya Gretchen....I LOVED this post....!!!!!

    High on my list of PRIORITIES this year is to RECONNECT with Girlfriends whom I've neglected while working a stressful full time job & to NURTURE new Friendships....I'm not sure WHY it took me so long to realise the GIFTS & BENEFITS these Friendships bring to our lives....I'm just GLAD I have.... :o) !!!

    I had HOPED to be able to attend Sue's next show as I'm D-Y-I-N-G to see her in action....Alas....Although I'm heading to Texas for the March Show, I'm unable to stay any longer than 10 days & fly out of Australia on the 19th March....I KNOW I'll get to a JMS Show in the not too distant future though & look forward to meeting up again with ALL my NEW Girlfriends when I do....!!!!

    Cheers for now from Oz,
    Tamarah xx

  4. Becky, Amy, Cassie and Tamarah - Thank you for your comments, but most of all thank you for blessing me with the privilege of calling each one of you my friend.
    Here's to cultivating more memories in the future... and becoming healthier while doing so.

  5. Intelligently and beautifully stated. Thanks Gretchen!
    See ya in march!!!
    The ladies at the Loft

  6. Enjoyed this post, Gretchen! Love how you have changed your blog. My daughter and I enjoyed your SHOP section! Rachel said, "Oh, momma, I love me some Gretchen jewelry!" Much success and fun at your upcoming March event!


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