You will notice that I reference the word “family” quite often.  Family is not always about blood but rather someone that needs and wants you in their life just as much as you need and want them in yours.  

I have come to the realization that people reveal their true selves during the most difficult times in your life and also during the happiest times in your life. In the words of Maya Angelou “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”  

Not everyone is built to handle the not so good circumstances and may not know how to position themselves to be the strength that you need when life gets rough.  Jealousy and envy I’ve found to be the cause in most cases for their absence during your winning season. Unfortunately it goes back to the old saying “misery loves company” and some would prefer you to be anything but happy.

Pay attention to those that are genuinely happy and cheer you on, those are the ones you want to keep close.  I can count on one hand, blood family that is a consistent fixture in my life. Who I can share hard times with as well as joyous news.  However, most of my support for my successes comes from a “couple” of close friends and coworkers.

When I started my crafting business, my main supporters were coworkers and people that were referred to me by previous customers.  I’ve witnessed the same in starting my blog. There was that handful of family that I mentioned that cheered for me. The majority have been complete strangers that learned of my blog via social media that  emailed me congratulating me and telling me how encouraging they’ve found it to be. Coworkers that learned of my story on social media coming up to me hugging me and telling me how proud they are of me. 

I by no means am seeking praise because every new journey that I’ve embarked on is bigger than what people feel about me or what I’m doing at that time.  My vision is to help others and be a voice in letting people know that life is beautiful and worth the living. There are those that prefer that you be in and unhappy space so not everyone will cheer you on and that’s okay.

Find strength and comfort in the ones that make you feel your absolute best on the not so good days and the ones that celebrate for you and with you when you are on top of the world.

Also know that being DNA related isn’t always a reason to keep toxic people around.  Instead focus on those that accept you for everything that you are, those that show love unconditionally,  are respectful and loyal but most of all those that never make you question their loyalty or love.

I have gained a lot of knowledge from life’s ups and downs and one at the top of my list is a true friend becomes family when family forces you to remove them from your life.

I’m so very thankful to have my husband, children and a few genuine people on my team.

Cheers to those that love the right way.  God Bless!