If you are lucky enough to find one person, let alone a group of people, who accept you as you are and encourage you, don't ever let them go. I have been blessed in the last year and a half of my life to find a group of ladies who love me just the way I am. I can say exactly what's on my mind and they whole-heartedly listen to me objectively. They hear my words, then they hear where I'm coming from and they respond accordingly. They have given me words of encouragement regarding my life as a single mother. They have given me dating advice. Most importantly, though, they have shared genuine laughter with me in the most vulnerable of ways. They do not judge and do not shout. They are firm but loving. They are supportive. They are welcoming. They have opened their hearts to me in ways people I've known my whole life have not done.
This, my people, is friendship. This is how it should be.
Now, it is late and I am tired. Goodnight, and I hope every one of you finds the equivalent of what I've had come into my life.
~until next time
Working a full time job, raising two daughters, attempting to have a social life, trying to make my family proud, and trying to make myself proud are things I do every day. I'm now beginning my journey of giving. This is step one.