Recently I sat down to write the acknowledgments page for my forth-coming middle grade novel, Seeing Cinderella. As I jotted down a list of people I wanted to thank for their support and encouragement I realized there was one group in particular that I wanted to thank: My Journey Girls.
These are my friends. My life-long soul sisters who know not only my fiercest hopes, but my greatest insecurities and my deepest shortcomings…and they love me anyway.
Much has been commented upon in recent years of “girl meanness” and the cattiness that exists among women. But that is not my experience with my Journey Girls. As they have watched me grow from sheepishly admitting I write fiction in my spare time to becoming a soon-to-be published author, they’ve taken it upon themselves to become my personal cheering squad:
One friend has decided I need official “author” stationary, and is designing it for me. Another, a charismatic motivational speaker, is bound and determined to promote my book at her trainings. Another is one of my beta readers, and serves as my sounding board when I just need to ramble for a few minutes (or a few hours) about my plot. Another is my inspiration and unofficial guide to some health/fitness changes I want to make. Another just recently gifted me with an engraved coffee mug, and didn’t blink when I told her that I really do write better if I have a hot cup of coffee sitting next to me.
These are my friends. These are my Journey Girls. And these are the kinds of relationships I think every girl, woman–everyone–deserves.
What about you? Who is your personal cheering section?