Love, Support & Friendship

This year is about love.  In all places and things in my life.  In the last couple months I’ve learned a huge lesson.  When I look for love in all aspects of my life, it’s easy to find.  From the way my friends and I talk to and support each other, to the beauty that surrounds me.  I really should remember to be thankful for the amazing life I have. A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  My life was forever changed once I found out the “what” to “What was making me sick?”  With that came a huge amount of life changes.  But the most important thing that I gained from this diagnosis after my health was friendship.  I found a community of people who had suffered just like I had and in turn we supported each other through the ups and downs of finding our healthy place.  We in turn share our knowledge with others in hopes that one less person will not have to suffer from this awful disease that we suffer from.  With dietary changes, we become so much more than the shell of the person we were when our bodies were plagued with sickness.

So thank you to Ginny and Sherry (and even Howie) who gave me the love and support that I needed when I didn’t know up from down and cried so often.  Not only did you lift me up, you provided more than knowledge, you provided friendship.  These things allowed me to share the knowledge I gained from you guys with others.

inspire
inspire

This brings me to the point of this post — support.  Life is full of lessons, we can either learn from them and move on or let them bring us down and define us in the most negative of ways.  A wise woman once told me “the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.” When she told me that I really didn’t understand what she meant, of course the opposite of love is hate, right?  But it’s not.  When we are indifferent we don’t care.  I’m so thankful that in most aspects of my life, I’m totally in love.  Today I was reminded of that.

Facebook has been a wonderful tool for me to stay in touch with friends and family while I galavant all over the country.  While scrolling through my feed, I realized that I’m surrounded my superb women!  Women who are kind, caring, encouraging, with beautiful spirits.  Women who lift others up.  They are proud of others when they reach their goals. They share in others accomplishments and celebrate each other on a regular basis.  Women who SUPPORT each other!

The last couple weeks I have read a couple of posts on social media from authors supporting other authors in amazing ways.  From loving words of friendship, encouraging words, showing support during the rollercoaster ride of publishing and more.  In business we don’t often see this.  We see others climbing on top of each other to get to the top.  In this case, I’m encouraged  that the world that I’ve immersed myself in because of my insane love for books was a great choice for me.

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cropped-hw-love.jpg

There was recently an article in the press that had a negative spin on a author that I love (absolutely adore.)  What I loved more was the authors response to the article.  She chose to take the high road when addressing the woman who wrote the article.  The author could have cut the woman down but she didn’t.  She used her social media platform as way to show her support for other authors and remind others to follow their dreams no matter what others say about them.  Thank you for that reminder.  I may have just needed that this week.  Also, my first thought wasn’t so eloquent… Opinions are like assholes.   We all have one and they all stink!  (notice, I didn’t comment on the article) Sorry, not sorry :)

In a world where breaking each other down can seem to be common place, I am so inspired that I have surrounded myself with these women.  It wasn’t a conscious effort on my part to find the most positive and wonderful women to partner with on my journey, but I had faith.  A couple years ago change was in the air for me.  I wasn’t sure what it was or how I was going to get there but I recognized the need for change.  Life is an evolution — one change after another and constant growing, if you allow it.  Trust the journey.  I did and it’s been epic!

These women provide laughs, love, chat’s and more to each other.  They send funnies to me when I need them.  They know based on a facial expression or a text whether I need a call or a more from them.  They are intuitive and kind.  The women in my life want me (and each other) to succeed and follow my dreams - no matter what.  Each person becomes invested in the others dreams.  This is support.  It doesn’t matter if we live five miles away or five hundred miles away.  Social media has brought us together and it helps us maintain the support network we need.

aspire to inspire
aspire to inspire

People are brought into our lives for a reason.  Whether it’s for us to teach them a lesson or for them to teach us a lesson.  When we open ourselves up to new adventures and experiences in our lives who knows what will happen.  So today I give a shoutout to the positive, supportive women in my life.  THANK YOU!  All women should have someone like you in their lives!  There is no way for me to thank all of you, so if you're reading this you are part of my positive support network and I can't thank you enough!  <3

blowing out candles
blowing out candles