friendship is my foundation — and my salvation
Season’s Greetings, everyone! It’s hard to believe we’re at the final post of 2011. You have been my inspiration over the past (nearly) two years I have been writing this blog.
I recall making my first post in February, 2009 following the TMAC conference at which we were told that absolutely every writer should be on Twitter and have a blog. It took me several months more to get on Twitter, but I did launch this blog immediately on my return from Richmond.
Thanks to each and every one of you who has subscribed to the blog, posted comments and joined the “tribe” of merry followers. I’m so grateful that we are all in this together!
I’d especially like to thank my PWAC friends, who as fellow writers, have supported my efforts through each further foray into social media. They posted their pictures in the tribe of followers to give me encouragement and show their support. They took the time to make comments in response to my posts. Their support has been the foundation to the structure that has built my now firmly established “author’s platform.”
This reflection made me realize the importance of friendship. I feel so blessed to have an extensive network of strong friendships that have helped me take the baby steps, strides, and now leaps of faith as we forge ahead.
I cherish my friendships so deeply. Perhaps more so than others because I am less fortunate in the “family” department. My parents have been gone a very long time (mother in Jan 1970 and father in Dec 1994.) I only have one sibling and unfortunately, we are cut from a very different cloth and rarely see eye to eye. All my aunts and uncles are gone. Most of my first cousins are gone. And the cousins that remain seem too busy or distracted to forge strong relationships with anyone outside of their inner circles.
So I raise my glass to you, my friends, and thank you for your words of wisdom, your encouragement, and your hands that have held me through times of turmoil, trauma and triumph.
Happy New Year, and may we continue to enjoy this journey together.