By Annie Hoelscher, Junior at The Ohio State University
Isn’t that the mantra we announce, especially when the workload of school weighs heavy on our backs? For many that means binge watching a Netflix series or eating a whole pint of Ben and Jerry’s. Yet I’d argue the best way to treat yourself is in the company of women that are like sisters, hearts open to give and receive love in the most sincere way. As I entered into a cozy women’s SPO Household, coats were draped over the stair railing, and laughs floated across the room. The theme was “Spa Night,” sponsored by Pure Silk, which offered a host of activities around the house like painting nails, making homemade heating pads and even foot baths. As the pile of coats grew and we all packed into the house, we soon gathered in the living room to hear a talk about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
I looked around from my spot nestled on the living room floor and couldn’t help but notice the vast array of faces: some were close friends, others warm acquaintances and still totally new faces all packed comfortably into the room. Only Jesus could gather such a flock. As a junior at Ohio State, I’ve been to many Women’s Nights; and as a freshman I was struck by the balance of playful fun with meaningful conversations. These were women who were welcoming to all and whose friendships came to be sources of joy and strength for me.
The brief talk we heard encouraged us to find our rest in the Lord and to follow Him faithfully and obediently. We started the night rooted in our purpose, and that talk flowed into conversation throughout the night - the seeds of sisterhood being scattered. As I made my way from one activity to the next, I had opportunities to engage in conversation with a lot of different women. Though I knew some better than others, I always felt a level of openness in conversation that invited authentic quality time. Whether it was sharing how the talk resonated with my prayer life, giving advice about my favorite major classes to curious freshman, or even humorously lamenting over long neglected feet when doing pedicures, conversation and fellowship happened effortlessly. The fact that the Lord desires that we live in a community is such a gift. It’s at events like Women’s Night where I come to know His love more fully through the unique people He draws together. It’s an experience of this richness and fullness of life that pushes me to continue to be on mission for all to experience this true community. The best part about “treating yourself” with experiences like Women’s Night is that the sisterhood formed is built to last far beyond the latest Netflix series.