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Ashlea – Girl Gang Member

This is my final Girl Gang Member post about my best friends. So, lastly, but only in writing this blogpost, and certainly not least in any way whatsoever, here is my Ashlea. Oh, wow! Where to begin with this one? We met when her oldest and my youngest daughters were in 4 year old kindergarten together and we haven’t missed a beat since. She is . . . Fierce – furiously eager or intense. She can flash those piercing eyes in your direction, head cocked to the side with a slight smile dancing in the corner of her mouth. You can’t help but want to know what she is thinking and then you must go do it with her! It’s always an adventure. Brave – possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance. Hmm . . . this badass BFF of mine has been through mud pits, sprayed in the face with venom, and hung out to dry in the middle of a desert. But NO MATTER WHAT – she always comes out the other side of whatever it is still with that “pretty girl swag”. (go look that definition up) Vivacious –  lively; animated; spirited. We were once known as the Dynamic Duo. She is my partner in crime. She is wild, fun and up for just about anything. What haven’t we shared? She is a survivor. Just like me, she has been through more shit than you would find in a pasture of a million cows that were all just given enemas. How’s that for a visual? We’ll be in our eighties and still crazy – TOGETHER! She would probably describe herself as this “Flawed and fabulous because perfect doesn’t exist and normal is boring.” And this is just one of the many reasons I LOVE ME SOME ASHLEA GRAVES!!! We ain’t afraid to get our hands dirty in this crazy thing called life! So, for today here is the good . . . I am BLESSED to call her my friend, my sister and to have her be part of my inner circle – my Girl Gang. I love you, Ashlea! Much Peace and Love Y’all! I hope y’all have a great weekend. PS – yes this is an old pic below. Most of our pics I can’t show to the public! (wink, wink)

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Valentine’s Day is over but love still remains.

Valentine’s Day is over but love still remains. What is love anyway? What does love mean to you? I have reached out to some of my favorite people for their answer on this. I discovered it is not always an easy question to answer. See below –

“Love is a warm place to fall. Love is trust, laughter, security and weathering the tough times in life together.”

“A commitment, action.”

“Love is a verb which means action. You can say it all day every day but that’s not action. To me it becomes love when you put action behind those 3 ‘little’ words . . . . . . putting their needs above yours, being supportive, being accepting of who they are. I like to see your love NOT necessarily hear it!”

“You genuinely want the best for another even if it does not serve you well.”

“I guess wanting their needs above my own. And missing them greatly – the feeling of worrying about them and missing them.”

“Love is doing things for others that you know they appreciate. Love is being able to spend a lot of time with somebody and not get annoyed. Love is enjoying each other’s company.”

“Love is based on relationships. Love is not only a verb but also a noun. Love is a bond with no barriers. Love is cement that holds things together.  Love is deeply caring for another person regardless of the differences.”

“Love to me is trust, comfort, compassion and passion mixed.”

Some find Valentine’s Day difficult, sad or lonely. But for today, here is the good . . . Love can be many things to many people and it pertains to all sorts of relationships. It doesn’t have to be just for adults. Maybe you don’t have a significant other. Maybe you don’t have children. Maybe you don’t have pets. Love can be friends, coworkers, anything you want it to be. So, go out, love others and be loved yourself. Much Peace and Love Y’all!