Tenderness and kindness are not signs on weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution.
She loves it!
My little creation has made it home.
At the start of this year I was talking with a friend and fellow blogger Duff about what 2012 held for us and this little email discussion led to our pact to make the year one where we could look back with awe at what we did. 2012 is the year things are happening for us.
I told her my plans, “Each and every opportunity that is presented to me I am going to jump on it. Not just that though, I plan on making opportunities for myself.” and she decided to jump too, right on board with me (read her thoughts on it here).
We decided our journey was going to be like the two of us going on a bike ride together, because let’s face it, a bike ride is much more fun with company. But once in a while during our ride we plan on letting go, throwing our hands up in the air and shouting, “no hands!”
It’s great to be on a ride where someone else is joining you. Just yesterday I was listening to an inspirational speaker who said she had a couple good friends (whom she did not live by) who kept one another accountable and gave a little push when needed, and lots of encouragement and support.
Duff has already been that to me. She’s one of the great cheerleaders I’ve been blessed with in my life, and though we’re not even quite through the first month of January we’ve already talked tons about our plans, goals, and kept each other on our toes. Without even meaning to we’ve become accountability friends. Someone who we can give an email and say, “are you doing _________?” and “YAY!” or “why not?” or whatever else we need.
And so, “no hands!” was very much on the forefront of my mind when I started working on this little journal and it became the theme for it. It fell into place and close to the end of it I just knew I needed to send it to her, a way to say thanks, a way for her to record our bike ride together this year.
This theme has really found a place to root in my heart and has already served me well. I’ve done things that scared me, with Duff by my side reminding me of how great it would be, and dove into things head first, because I know the pool is deep.
This year is going to be amazing, and I’m thankful I’ve got Duff beside me.