core value.

I missed two days worth of posts because, well, life happened. I won’t bore you with the details, but things pop up out of your control and you just have to deal with it, fix the issue and move on. This weekend was a beautiful refresher to spend time with someone I admire and to connect with strong, confident, powerful women who are all helping to make the world a better place through education.  As I’m getting older, I’m reminded how much of an impact of what I put out in the world is a reflection of who I surround myself with: supportive, confident, strong and smart-as-hell people.

The best advice I’ve ever gotten is to trust yourself and do what you love, no matter what.  I have heard this from only a handful of people who are also the closest to me.  I don’t believe in having a wide circle of friends just for the sake of having them.  I’d much rather prefer to have a core group of people who I can share my experiences and thoughts with.  Too many voices and “words of advice” can be confusing, distracting and ultimately counterproductive.  Not everyone needs to know what you’re going through and not everyone will care.

I understand the need to have a core group of people that I can confide in and trust more and more as I experiment in this thing called life.  They’re a diverse set of people, ranging in ages and backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common: connection.  Connection in a way that they truly care what I have to say, they look me in the eyes, and check in to see how I’m doing or just to say hi.  Understanding the difference between them and everyone else isn’t that difficult. Disconnecting from those who no longer serve my purpose at this time has been liberating.  This in itself has allowed me to focus on who brings value to my life as well as how I can help them in return.