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A Journey of Authenticity: Why Is It That I Hate the Weekends

Courtesy of Jeannette Dardenne

Experiential stories that revolve around the importance of being authentic to not only yourself but to those around you. After years of never finding the time to ‘stop and smell the roses,’ Jeannette is unearthing many of her passions including writing, fashion, and thrifting through her online blog ‘The Vineyard Life’ – a creative outlet that allows her to share, learn, and grow with others. You can explore more of her stories at @jeannettepdardenne on Instagram or www.myvineyardlife.com.

By Jeannette Dardenne

Bold statement right?

The weekend signifies another week down.

Another week where I have aged just a bit more.

I actually do not mind the age that I am currently at – 43, but with each passing age, my children are one step closer to moving out, my parents aging even more, and of course, me … potentially not being able to walk around in an above the knee pleather skirt. 🙂

Yes, Yes, of course you can wear ripped jeans, a bikini, and whatever other fabulous outfit you want at any age. But for me, it just will not be the same. Personally I do not want to meet up with my granddaughter for tea – both of us wearing a graphic tee and barley there ripped jean shorts. My assumption is that she will not only look cuter, but may offer me either a high- five, or an “oh my …”

Right now, at this very age, I feel great. I feel secure, and most certainly <somewhat> limber. I can still remember the days of my girls running around in diapers, their pudgy fingers, and sloppy kisses. My parents are aging, but they can still meet us for walks, help with the kids, and drive themselves, <major>.

SO, weekend, I love you, but I also hate you. I want you to still be my friend, allow me to enjoy and slow down, and most importantly, capture memories as the coming weeks filter by.

Jeannette Punsoni Dardenne is an entrepreneur who started the popular Facebook group @eatinconnecticut – a community forum that connects foodies and the food and beverage industry for delicious conversations. She and her business partner now together run @eatinconnecticut and INGroup Creative – a public relations and marketing company that helps small businesses thrive. Jeannette is also a business advisor at the University of Hartford Entrepreneur Center & Women’s Business Center. When she isn’t helping others, she enjoys exploring the state and beyond with her husband and two children.

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