Friday, July 4, 2014


We can't choose all of the circumstances in our lives. Our families are chosen before birth, we are born in a certain place in a certain time and under a certain set of cultural influences.  These things are what they are and we have to grow from there.

One of the most important freedoms we have is choosing who our friends are.  We are able to filter through all of the people we meet to find those amazing few with whom we connect in a deep way, can share our true selves and value the opinions  and insights they return to us.  It is important to choose them carefully - they are your sounding board for how you see the world and often the frame through which the world sees you.

Making new friends is as important as keeping the old - each person meets you and learns you (and loves you) from who you are at that moment in time.  Old friends offer insights colored from an intimate knowledge of your history while the new form opinions colored by your emotional zeitgeist without a hint of baggage.

What a wonderful world where we have the freedom to choose our friends!

In honesty I stole this picture from the Really Really Blog.  Learn more about that night HERE.
I have a few more folks in mind who I'd love to add pics of that I just don't have right now - so I'll be sure to add them when I can.

EDIT: February 14, 2015

I took this pic on my last day at my job in Key West.  I miss these girls greatly.  I've never loved a job so much or had so many laughs day in and day out.  I was so lucky to find such amazing friends on that tiny island so far from everywhere.

Another partially blurry pic taken by a man.


  1. This post made me tear up. Also - did you consider asking target to sponsor it??

  2. Me too Jamie. I feel so lucky and blessed to have such wonderful friends.

  3. It's a little scary how much you look like Jamie! Hello, extra sister! :)