There are days when we all feel very alone. Days when we can stand in the middle of a crowd of people and feel very small, very insignificant, very alone. The cool thing is, that even when we feel most alone, a text, a tweet, a smile from a friend can remind us that we have wonderful girlfriends in our lives. We are loved, we are treasured, and we are most assuredly not alone.
Girlfriend Guru RACHEL AWES knows what is like to feel alone and then realize there are fabulous friends standing beside us. She reminds us how important it is to pay attention to being not-alone. Thanks Girlfriend!
I have been making a book the last few years. I have been filling it with drawings and words to inspire encouragement and healing and happiness in the reader. It is a work of my whole heart and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
I have also been discouraged this summer. A few publishers have considered and affirmed it and turned it down. I am realizing I may have to do this on my own and self-publish.
It was at this juncture that I realized the last thing I am doing is doing this on my own. My literary agent has given incredible guidance. I have been cheered on by friends and family and a whole community of shining faces from Facebook and my blog. Authors/artists SARK and Kelly Rae Roberts have endorsed my book. My dear friend Jen of http://paintedfishstudio.com sat beside me this week for hours in front of my computer to help me generously tweek the last technical details. Even a wolf sat beside me in my dreams.
This isn’t just about being published verses self-publishing. My vision had gotten too small. I needed to open my eyes and see the amazing girlfriends who are all around. I needed to see I am not alone in this. And I am overcome with a heart of gratitude, which includes you, the reader of Girlfriendology right now. Thank you for being here. I am deeply glad to be with you.
RACHEL AWES is a psychologist, art playgroundist, writer, wife, mother, and friend, who loves listening to the beauty in people. You can see more of her art or her artistic thoughts on Pinterest. You can also read more of her work on her blog.
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