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My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship

My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship
My Right Tribe: The power of female friendship

Female Friendship

‘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

Friendship

Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

thoreau-distance

Friendships at a distance

Now that I’m settling into my new life in Nashville, the move has officially stopped feeling like a vacation. Which means “homesickness” for my friends in LA is creeping in fast. This is not the first time I’ve moved away from my closest friends. Distance is something I’m used to – whether it was leaving IL for college in NY. Leaving NY for a new life in LA. Leaving LA for a year to work in London and then leaving my awesome friends there, I should be used to it by now. But it never gets easier. I will be the first to admit that I can be terrible about keeping in touch. Several of my relationships have suffered from this, but I chalk it up to life and growing apart. The people who have always meant the most to me are still in my life, and no matter how much time passes between visits, cards, or conversations, we can always pick up right where we left off. Continue reading…

Friendship

WCW – Lola Gail

It’s Woman Crush Wednesday time!

Once upon a time I decided that I would post WCW and MCM posts about my friends. I did it once and then never wrote another one. You know, the way I’ve typically done a lot of things on this blog…

For the second ever Woman Crush Wednesday post, I want to talk about my friend Gail. My first friend in LA. Today? One of the best friends I’ve ever had.

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My Jesus Year Challenge

Day 12 – Love Your Life

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I was just scrolling through many many years of pictures in iPhoto, and it reminded me how many blessings I have (and have had) in my life. When it seems like the odds are stacked against me, it can be hard to really remember how great I’ve got it. No, I never forget how fortunate I am compared to millions of other people out there, even though I am guilty of taking things for granted. But to truly live every moment with gratitude; to feel it in my heart at all times instead of relying on that inner voice to remind me when things get crazy or stressful…that is sometimes easier said that done.

Practice gratitude. Practice loving your life until you don’t have to practice anymore…until that love is so much a part of you that you’re physically and mentally incapable of living any other way.