Category: Friendship

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Day 215/365 It’s Not You, It’s Me

Hi, my name is Bethany and I am socially awkward. Yesterday I wrote that I am not naturally gregarious, and that making eye contact and connecting with strangers is something on which I am presently working. Today I am ready to admit that it goes deeper than simply not being outgoing. If I am being honest, I have to finally admit (to both of … Read More Day 215/365 It’s Not You, It’s Me

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Day 210/365 Violin Lesson

Last night Beau really had a meltdown about her violin playing skills. She said she was horrible at it, and that every note she played was wrong.  There was a lot of playing of one or two notes, followed by sounds of complete despair. This went on for a long time….a long time. It was painful for all of us. Finally I suggested she put … Read More Day 210/365 Violin Lesson

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Day 188/365 Karen (aka Goob)

Yesterday I wanted to honor a dear friend on her birthday.  However as I explained in my last entry, something else was occupying my thoughts, and I had a hard time focusing on anything else.  So, today is for Karen (aka Goob). Karen is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Though we met in middle school, we became devoted friends a few years … Read More Day 188/365 Karen (aka Goob)

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Day 178/365 Melissa

I’ve been wanting to write about Melissa for a while, but knowing she is a very private person, I have been reluctant to shine a spotlight on her. Well, let me clarify – she is the kind of person who will not hesitate to tell you in detail her most embarrassing experiences if they might bring a laugh, but she will rarely bring attention to … Read More Day 178/365 Melissa

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Day 152/365 Nichole (Colie)

Her startlingly clear blue eyes radiate such kindness and depth of soul, and reveal just a flicker of mischievousness. There may not be a more gentle soul. She is a lover of all children, with a soft spot for those who need a little extra love, attention, and support. This makes her job as a special education coordinator the perfect fit. Brimming with compassion … Read More Day 152/365 Nichole (Colie)

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Day 148/365 Shane

Shane, you are one of my favorite people on Earth, truly. I believe when I wrote about my younger brother, Ryan, I wrote that he is love personified.  I feel the same way about you, Shane.  You have the same energy. The word that comes to mind when I think of you is warmth. There really isn’t a warmer, more genuine man. Shane has … Read More Day 148/365 Shane

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Day 146/365 The Other Woman

I am about to embark on my fourth annual Maine vacation with Monica, Austin, and all of our children. It is sometimes hard to believe that I have already been a “single lady” for four years. Other times my marriage feels like a lifetime ago…so much has happened. Most of my close friends are a part of a couple, which I would imagine could … Read More Day 146/365 The Other Woman

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Day 132/365 Miss Anne

Miss Anne is no ordinary preschool teacher. In fact, she is no ordinary person. A spiritual teacher once told me that a person’s energy is projected around them, ten feet in all directions.  We all spill out into the world in a way that is far more impactful than many of us realize.  Though one’s energy can’t be seen with the naked eye, we … Read More Day 132/365 Miss Anne

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Day 108/365 Sisters

I never had a sister, growing up.  Consequently, I often find myself in awe of the relationship between my two girls. They are two and a half years apart in age. They love each other so much, and they play so beautifully together – until they don’t. Sometimes they say and do really mean things to each other. One will vow never to play … Read More Day 108/365 Sisters

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Day 2/365 – Monica

Almost eight years ago, I found myself in a scary place. I was a stay at home mom with two beautiful children (Beau was two and a half, and Ruby was two months old) and I was experiencing postpartum depression. I would wake up in the morning, and the thought of a new day brought me to tears. At the time the only person … Read More Day 2/365 – Monica

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Day 7/365 – SARAH

Sarah and I have known each other for…well, forever. Our lives have always just organically intertwined… We lived across the street from each other for a time growing up; her parents and mine becoming close friends, while she and my brother, Ryan, were inseparable. (A decade later, her best friend dated him for a long time.) We worked together ages ago, and she then … Read More Day 7/365 – SARAH

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Day 1/365 – AUSTIN

Austin, I’m starting my gratitude flood with you, because you are the one who popped into my head this morning and made me think about all the amazing friends I have. On Thursday, I texted Austin and asked if he could take a call from me for a computer issue I was having. I (kind of?) jokingly wrote, “I promise to try not to … Read More Day 1/365 – AUSTIN