A wise woman once told me, “the key to a successful marriage is good girlfriends,” a summation I think is spot on. I think it would also be fair to say that the key to LIFE is good girlfriends. Good girlfriends make my world go around. They have saved me from tough, dark places in my life and they have shared in my moments of glory. They provide for me an outlet for my frustrations and give me the gift of support.
This summer has been a toughie for me, with Steve traveling for most of it, my younger daughter turning three and challenging me in ways I didn’t think possible, and a ton of freelance + bloggy work that all culminated in the beginning of August with BlogHer and a few other corporate events I worked on. I all but had a nervous breakdown last weekend from the stress, but thanks to the love and support from “my girls,” I made it through.
Good friends know how much a nearly-extinct, paper greeting card means, especially when it is spot on and given for no other reason than to say, “excited to be your roommate at BlogHer for the next four days. And? I can dance better than you.”
There are the friends who offer to (and do) take your kids for a few hours when they can see you are on the brink of a Mommy Dearest no-more-wire-hangar moment, like at least four of my friends did for me recently, including, Amy, Laura, Elizabeth & Theresa.
There are those old, long-time friends who you go months, maybe even years, without seeing, and then you are magically back to where you left off when you hit the Gaslamp for a GNO.
Then there is a friend, like my bestie Amy, who has seen the dark side of life through the eyes of a terminal cancer diagnosis, and still manages to see the bright side of life. Amy has been teaching me things since day one of our friendship, but most recently, through her fight and her ultimate WIN over cancer, she taught me to never take life, love, family or friendship for granted. Last week she gave me this book.
It’s a book of quotes about friendship. She said to me, “I saw this at a shop in San Fran and it made me think of you.” Those words, even more than the book itself, meant the world to me. The world.
One of the quotes inside says, “It’s not what we have in our lives, but who we have in our lives that counts.” – J.M. Laurence
Ain’t that the truth!
Thank you to all the amazing women in my life (I wasn’t able to mention all of you here, but you know who you are!) who build me up, support me and make me feel like I can conquer the world.