What I know about friendship....
The experience of starting to launch Makena Lane has been so rewarding, much more work than I expected, but a labor of true love..I have so many plans and ideas ahead, so exciting! Most importantly, I have reconnected with some really important people, people who were my family at different phases of life, because of Makena Lane. Friends like Janelle...we have been through some of the toughest life experiences together from illnesses, to lost loves, to finding our passions..most impactful would be our journey through....LAW SCHOOL. Though neither of us chose the path to practice law, we both graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law. What a physically and emotionally draining journey haha. Her parents and siblings were my family while I was so far away from my own..so much comfort in that! Her friends embraced me too, thank you Sandra and Danielle especially..SF would never have been the same without you three! We lost the daily touch we once had due to moving far apart, but in just one phone call this week, it's as if we are back to 2004 all over again. Thank you Makena Lane :).
I'm SO blessed with the friends I have made in my life. I do believe some come into your life for a phase or two for a reason, and others stay for a life time...and then there's those special ones that no matter what the distance or time, you pick right back up where you left off. The good ones always show themselves when you need them the most. When my Mom passed, there were friends that I hardly get the chance to speak to that showed up unexpectedly to her memorial, and calls and emails from people who knew the important connection I had with my sweet Mom. Just know, to all of you, you mean the world to me, even if I don't get the opportunity to connect as often as I'd like to.
The connection of friendship has guided me through every phase of my life, from my earliest memories at like 3 yrs old, til today. In the past 16 months, I seriously could not have been as good of a Mom as I think I've become without both new and old friends of mine. My best friend Monica (besties since the first day of kindergarten), and Amber (friends since 6th grade) have been my rock. Even though their kids are half grown, they have been supportive and understanding and there for me, and love Makena unconditionally. Then I don't even know where to start with my friends I made in my new Mom's group, PEPS...you ladies helped me to realize I was not alone...i.e. being scared to do things like sleep train, and weaning and so much more. I literally would be giving Charissa play by plays while trying to get Makena in her crib to sleep, like my own coach! Just an IM away for the support so badly needed. If you are a new Mom or about to be a Mom again, join a moms group ASAP :).
I guess with all this rambling, what I hope most for Makena, is to teach her the importance of true friends, to put the real effort into those friendships that they deserve...because throughout life, they are your life line, your touchstone, your biggest cheerleaders. Of course picking the "right" friends is key too...I've loved and lost friends along the way, but the ones worth the effort always rise to the top.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my blog and visit Makena Lane, ordering, and for just showing interest. I have a long ways to go and a lot of growing to do on this journey, I hope you all continue joining me on the ride! :)
FYI...there will be a handmade section coming soon! My sister Heather and I are joining forces, she is so creative and talented. Some vintage inspired dresses coming soon! Sooo excited.
Tell me about what your friendships have meant to you, or what you've learned, or wished you learned earlier in life?