We'd like to do some things for ourselves, but we're just too dang busy doing what's expected of us by others.
I have traveled all over the world and met tons of people, yet never in a million years would I have expected to meet fantastic friends via a Social Media Platform. In fact, I'm the one who kept telling everyone that i would never get on Twitter or Facebook! As I sit here typing, I'm still amazed, and frankly in awe.
Despite having close to 4,000 friends and followers on Facebook and a successful Blog, Anna Cade from www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com friended me on Facebook. With that kind of following, I have no earthly clue how she even noticed me. Kelly McCullough was one of her friends who often shared these really funny and sarcastic posts. The rest is history, because the three of us have connected over our love of reading. We don't care about each other's race, sexual orientation or political affiliation. None of that has ever mattered.
Without going into detail, 2016 has been a rough year, not only for me, but for them, as well. Yet somehow, Kelly and Anna managed to provide me with Christmas gifts that had me crying nonstop with books, bookmarks, homemade chocolate cookies, cards, a pen and lots more. Anna helped me complete my Catherine Coulter book collection because I was two books shy. Yay! And she deserves a Philanthropy Award! Even more surprising, and I hope I don't embarrass them, they unselfishly provided cash. Say what???
I'm still shocked! Kelly needs to be on the Rachael Ray Show because she sure knows how to do the elegant wrapping thing, AND can this girl bake some cookies! They know about my dream to provide luxury shelters for Homeless Female Veterans and victims of Domestic Violence and don't tell me it can't be done. Even better, they know just what to say at just the right time to bring smiles and laughter.
In addition, I also appreciate the support of Tawanna Jackson. She may not be the most sensitive person in the world, and sometimes we barely agree on anything,lol) but she has supported and encouraged me for many years. She also raised some phenomenal kids.
Let's push some boundaries in 2017 and do the unexpected to achieve our varied goals. Sometimes, reaching out to strangers with our stories, hopes and dreams is what's needed to get us to that next level. Remaining silent achieves little, and only frustrates us. We're taking a chance and leaving the nightmare of all that verbal or physical abuse in 2017. We're done with all the cheating and disrespect. Let's get out of our comfort zones and elevate our dreams, always remembering to be thankful and kind to those we meet along the way. We should continue to learn from each other and offer support via blogging, office work, exercising in the gym, or talking at the mall. Everyone has something to contribute, if we only take just a moment to engage.
To my buddies Bill Daughtry and Raymond Barton - we literally have been friends for over 30 years and I love you. We've seen each other evolve over the years which is pretty fascinating.
You guys are the best!
To my son, who turns 33 this year, and NEVER wants me to mention his name on this Blog (lol), I couldn't have predicted he would turn out so well despite having me as his mom. I'm proud of the man he's become, and yes, I still get on his nerves. *heh*
Stefanie Faris is this really cool published children's author, but many people don't know that her name has been in print in well known magazines too. She's on many Social Media Platforms AND she maintains her own super fun blog. Oh, did I forget to mention that she's very happily married to a guy who 'gets' her? All I want to know is where does she find the time, and has she cloned herself and we don't know it?(lol) In addition to all this, she connects with other writers and fans. Despite this, she has reached out to support me personally in many instances, taking time out of her super busy day as I focus on growing a business that's still topsy turvy and loosey goosey. She ALWAYS responds to my emails with guidance, tips, and words of wisdom. Thanks Steph!
HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIENDS ,AND MAY 2017 BE THE START OF SOMETHING PRETTY FABULOUS!