‘Tis the season of reflection and gratitude. Last month, after one too many glasses of wine at the airport celebrating a successful work trip, I got sentimental on the flight home with Other Erin. Of all the things I’m grateful for this year, her friendship tops the list. I got to thinking about how (hashtag)blessed I’ve been in the strong female friendship department. They say your vibe attracts your tribe, and if that’s true, I don’t know what I’m putting out there, but I thank goddess for it. Throughout my life and my many moves, I’ve been so fortunate to have strong, smart, supportive women in my corner. Each friendship has been a gift that came along exactly when I needed it, especially as I grew into adulthood.
From Kait, Ana, Jody and Asia in New York, to Gail, Ree, my Rooftop Tuesday gals, Aletha and Mere in California, to Angerah in London, to Felisha, my #summerbodies besties, and my #righttribe at work in Nashville, each woman has made my life so much better just by being a part of it.
When I was growing up, I was a very mediocre tennis player. In competitive sports, they tell you to practice with players more skilled so you can improve. I think that’s true in relationships too. Lord knows I have had frenemies that were not good for me…spent too much time with people who did not bring out the best in me. But each of the ladies above (plus many more who I didn’t name) have made me a better person than I was before I met them. They bring out the best parts of me, and if I can give them a fraction of that in return, I’d consider it a win.
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934