It finally feels like fall! Halloween and fall and the start of the school year this year makes me miss my friends back in LA, and those days of high school spending every day with my "best friend". This year I can also look back to last year when we first moved to Houston and to how very lonely I was without my friends, I really underestimated their impact on my life! But I have met so many truly amazing and special people this past year and I feel very loved and supported by my new friends in Houston, love y'all ;)
I have such a fantastic circle of friends now but I still remember those awkward, uncomfortable days, middle school, high school, college... I had the hardest time making friends. I honestly thought I was missing some kind of social gene because I never knew how to act around people I didn't know very well or in social situations at all because I was afraid to just be myself!
It didn't happen overnight but slowly I became more comfortable being my true self 100% of the time, now I would say I can go a bit overboard with my genuine-ness but I am so much happier now that I know I can express myself honestly and genuinely in situations.
This year (and always!) I want to make sure that I am being a good friend and supporting those around me. I want to remember that it can be hard to ask for help and to keep my eyes and ears open for a friend in need of a little love and support. Looking back on my life, I know that there are many things that could have had a different outcome if I had asked for and gotten a little more support and love from people in my life.
My message to anyone reading this would just be: Never underestimate the power of love, the power of kind words, or the power of noticing little things. Recognize the fantastic qualities in the people around you and the awesome things they accomplish every day and vocalize that appreciation, tell them how amazing you think they are!
A little love can go a very long way.