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Friendship, Relationships

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

Inspiration

Resolutions

new year resolutions

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. I’m terrible at keeping up with them, and the only one I’ve ever been successful with is keeping my wallet clean. (Seriously, if you ever saw it before, you’d know it needed to be done.)

This year, I’ve decided to put a couple of things on the 2017 To Do list.

  1. Write in my journal for at least 10 minutes each day
  2. Read at least one book per week

There are definitely other more, shall we say, existential resolutions to work on. Things like saying “yes” to pretty much every invitation, overcoming some of my more introverted tendencies, living with grace every day, and so on. (The list could really go on forever.) But for now, resolutions one and two are what I’m committing to.

Truth is, by attacking some of the more profound goals, I’ll have more to write about in my journal. More life experiences to relate to the books I read. Maybe realize a few more “full circle” moments. None of that sounds half bad.

2016 was a tough year for a lot of people. I know my coastal “liberal elite” friends and I have been looking to 2017 with some trepidation. Hopefully everything on my proverbial list will make this year everything I didn’t think it could be and more. I welcome the challenges, the changes, and the growth.

Hopefully this time next year I can say everything was as successful as my wallet.

 

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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