Last night was our monthly meeting of Gertrude, or How Novel!, our book club of nearly 15 years (and counting)! Where would I be without the camaraderie of these remarkable women? Well, I’d be not as well read, that’s for sure! The upside of having a specific reason to meet each month has given us almost 200 novels under each of our belts. But it’s not about the book, not for me, and it’s not about the wine, either! No. It’s about spending time with, learning from, and looking up to some remarkable women in my life that I have the pleasure to call my friends.
Once a month we get together, and once a month I rejuvenate under the care and companionship of these amazing humans. We all have different lives, and with that comes our own problems, setbacks and joys. We might have different world views, but we are all human – women, to be exact, and we all bleed red. And one thing we all have in common is a need to connect to others who share the same esprit de corps for life (and a love for reading).
Let me list some of the ways in which these women impact my life on a regular basis. They remind me that it’s ok to be weird. They encourage my inner nerd to come out and I love that! They remind me that I’m not alone. When I’m feeling disconnected, or when I need to ground myself, I can reach out to any of these women and they’ll lift me up and remind me that I’m surrounded by friendship, encouragement, and possibility.
I treasure these relationships. I treasure my extended family, my sisters-by-choice. These women are my oxygen. They can relate to me, laugh with me, cry, act as stress-reducers, and the biggest champions of success you could have in your corner!
Surround yourself with people who add value to your life.
Who challenge you to be greater than you were yesterday.
Who sprinkle magic into your existence, just like you do to theirs.
Life isn’t to be done alone.
Find your tribe – and journey freely and loyally together.
Truer words have not been spoken about friendship!