“I AM” and “SPIRIT” In Sync With One Another #FierceForward

Fierce Forward - I AM and Spirit = Parters

I AM – two of the most powerful words you could ever declare to yourself. This is your declaration, your choice to stand in your power and allow your vision to come to reality/ #FierceForward

SPIRIT – Your truth. Freedom is found when you live your truth and let your spirit live out loud. Do not hide. Do not deny your truth. Do not let her stay quiet. Go forward, fiercely and let your SPIRIT lead the way. #FierceForward

Knowing who we are and being grounded in our truth are at the core of what teaches us to be great leaders and even better human beings.

These bracelets are handmade using African Trade Beads to support women in Africa. They are special because they support a worthy cause and they were an authentic gift from someone whose friendship means a great deal to me.

This post is inspired by The Weekly Photo Challenge themed: Partners: Whether two of a kind or ten, give us subjects that are in sync with one another – show us partnerships.

Learn more about #FierceForward at fierceforwardforlife.com

Day 8: Inclusiveness and The Gift of Friendship

21 days to happiness: My story and 3 things I am thankful for: 

When I was a freshman in high school I met Annette. She was new to the school district and came along at a time when I was lonely the shy, (yes me, shy), often teased, overweight girl who was usually chosen last for teams in Phy-Ed classes. Her personality was magnetic. She was funny and adventurous and always first to say, “Come sit by me.” We quickly became besties.

Because of her, it didn’t take long before we had a group of friends and it was good to feel part of a community. The summer between 9th and 10th grade I rode my bike 2 miles each way to and from her house nearly every day because she baby-sat her little brother. Without realizing it, I lost 40 pounds in just three months.

When we started high school, she said; “Let’s join things and be great leaders.”‘ We became active in Junior Achievement (my first role was VP of Marketing. 😀 AND eventually, I ranked in the top 1% nationally of kids in the program ). We signed up to be leaders of the school “Pep Club” (We were the mascot at many school games.) There were other sports/organizations, etc.

She brought me out of my shell and influenced my life more than she would ever know. The kind of friend she was to me is the kind of friend I strive to be for others.

Tragically, she was unjustly taken from us shortly after high school and it wasn’t fair. One of the people responsible for her death only served 5 years in prison. The others were never found or convicted. To this day I wonder, where is the justice in that?

As a result of losing someone so close to me, I learned a few important, powerful lessons at a young age.

Life is short and can be taken in the blink of an eye. Friendship is a priceless TREASURE. Love the people in your life, NOW. Be present for them, while they are here. Give them the GIFT of your time. Words are powerful, be authentic, kind and inclusive. Tell people you see them by saying; “You matter.”  Bring out the very best in others and they will never forget you.

Three things I am grateful for today:

  1. Annette, DJW, and Cheryl
  2. The people who have stepped forward, supporting me in challenging times. Their generosity means so much.
  3. The community of people who surround me and the GIFT of friendship