Happiness has been a part of my life because of the friendships made along the journey.
I have gratitude for friends...
1. The ones I had in my school days, the ones I had at Newsboy Books & Video, my job for 17 years; both co-workers and customers.
I have even re-connected with two of those co-workers, and some of those classmates, on Facebook.
2. The ones made on the first online community I joined, in 1998, and I left behind in 2001.
3. The 5 who I met in that community (2 of whom, God bless them, have since passed away), who became daily correspondents via email, a relationship that is active to this day.
They have supported, encouraged, and advised me through a dozen years of ups and downs, both personally and creatively. Because of them I took up blogging and writing, re-discovering a side of me that had long been dormant.
I am grateful for...
4. The Mind of Mog and her kitties.
Her support and encouragement, over 8 years of cat blogging, and in my personal life have meant a lot. I am honored to help her run the legendary, weekly, Carnival of the Cats.
Her friendship and support, personally and creatively, over the last several years, have meant a lot.
6. The Creative Idea Gal, my creative drill sergeant for a year now, a freelance writer, trainer of non-fiction writers, and soon to be published book author, who has inspired, encouraged, and pushed me in ways too many to count. She has helped me discover things about myself, and my abilities that I never knew I had.
Through the good times and the difficult, in both our lives, we have encouraged each other to keep on writing, and build our creative platforms so as to reach a wider audience.
I strive, every day, to not let her faith in me and my talent down. To actually meet her, at last, was one of the highlights of my attending the Blog Paws conference last month.
7. A poet friend of a year.
Hopeful Jo is an undiscovered jewel whose daily blog post, poetry, and photography project deserves a much wider audience, trust me.
She is an inspiration, personally and creatively.
8. An old high school classmate, connected with once again, in our middle age, on Facebook. She knows who she is.
I had the pleasure to meet her in person, once again, before I left Ca. and through the good times and the difficult, in both our lives, since we re-connected, we have encouraged each other to have faith and trust that all will work out for the best.
I'm in Texas, she's now in Tennessee, and we trust that God has a clue about His plans for the next stages of each of our lives.
Oh, goody! Since the number of people I have gratitude for is already well past 10, I am going to end this post, hee, hee!