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Thursday, August 2

girlfriends*


stacie...the schmoopy girl, canon digital rebel xti

Girlfriends are heavenly.

Today I spent some time thinking about mine. Each one of them. I took a long walk on the beach with yummy songs from my iPod flowing into my ears, into my heart and image after image of my girlfriends faces with their laughs, tears, hugs, wisdom poured into my mind. I caught myself smiling after I noticed a passer by giggling at me.

I am blessed with such extraordinary women as my girlfriends. Women that shake the world up in a positive, radical way.

This has been one of the toughest years of my life and with this, I have been gifted with such abundant love and support. I cannot help but be grateful in the midst of it all.

What I've noticed about these girlfriends of mine is that even when I am in the deepest, darkest, ugliest, scariest place...they still see my strength, wisdom and courage. I can forget who I am at times and I am reminded very quickly with just a few gentle words.

I've learned so much about myself on this journey and I've also learned a great deal about friendships and the kind I need to surround myself with, as well as the kind of friend I want to be.

I feel so wrapped in acceptance, understanding and the belief that I can move mountains.

Isn't that what we are all supposed to be for our friends? Their biggest fans helping them to see their best selves? An oasis of gentleness and safe~ness?

Yes. I heart my mountain moving, safe haven girlies.

21 Comments:

Blogger renovating this heart said...

This post has stirred a million tears to fall from my eyes. So many emotions wrapped up in your words... thoughts and memories triggered, questions never answered, worries that arise in relationships. Friendships to me are sacred... the good ones never cease to astound me. They have the power to evoke emotion like nothing else... hence the overflow that this post has brought up in me. Lots of words, sorry. You've just moved me. I'm grateful to hear that you are so blessed. You are a dear one and deserve all the best in your friends.

August 2, 2007 at 8:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

beautiful boho,
i have more tears then words...
but i am so happy you have such wonderful women in your life!!!
xo
k

August 2, 2007 at 8:12:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Schmoops said...

p.

if you could only see yourself through my eyes...

honey, this is really beautiful. i am all teary. you are such a gift to me, and all your girlies. you teach me so much.

my bloody foot and i love you and can't wait to see you tomorrow. hee hee.

xoxo
v.

August 2, 2007 at 9:30:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous steph said...

I couldn't agree with you more Boho. I don't know if I'd even recognize myself without my girlfriends. It sounds odd, but it rings true. They are my biggest weapons against my sometimes raging irrational self.

Cheers to the very different bond that women share,
*s

August 2, 2007 at 9:47:00 PM PDT  
Blogger sweet expressions said...

sounds like you are so blessed
to have these women in your life

August 2, 2007 at 10:13:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kelly said...

we have a ring of girlies here. very close, each one of us couldn't be more different. but we
love each other.

peace...k

oh, i got a be good tanya's cd., but it wasn't the one with littlest birds. so i go to your photo site and listen to it all the time! ihave to get the other cd! i love them.

August 3, 2007 at 4:57:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question...

In previous posts you proclaim reading photography books... what are some good ones you can recommend? (there are way too many to chose from)

Appreciated...

August 3, 2007 at 6:08:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Tara said...

You remind me to be kinder, gentler with myself and others, and to cultivate gratitude every day. Thank you.

August 3, 2007 at 6:20:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kirsten Michelle said...

i have read this post over and over and over again...it's just so beautiful.
i hope you have a delicious day with your girlies today :-)
xo
k

August 3, 2007 at 6:54:00 AM PDT  
Blogger blisswarrior said...

thanks for reminding me about the strength that women can give to eachother. I am going to call my best friend and tell her how much I love her!

August 3, 2007 at 7:06:00 AM PDT  
Blogger deirdre said...

The support of wise-woman friends makes all the difference during hard times. Mine have pulled me through terrible things with their love and belief. We are gifted to know such people.

August 3, 2007 at 7:34:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Daphne said...

Friends are so very, very important. I just got back from an exchange student reunion (after being apart for 14 years) and it was life-changing. Girlfriends are essential, and can keep you going when nothing else will. Thanks for a beautiful post, as well as a beautiful blog.

August 3, 2007 at 8:47:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Lesley said...

I couldn't have said it better myself sweet boho girl!

I am part of an army of eight and I grow to appreciate them more each day! Thanks for the reminder.

August 3, 2007 at 9:13:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Marmie said...

My sweet boho daughter, my friend.

How blessed I am to have you

Hugs and kisses across the miles

August 3, 2007 at 9:22:00 AM PDT  
Blogger me-nikk said...

You really do have amazing friends. I am in awe of just how wonderful you guys really are, and I don't always "like" people, strangely enough. Maybe it just take a certain kind of soul to really interest me. Both you and schmoopy (along with a few others that you've shared) do something for me that just lifts me, even if it's only through you're blogs. Thank you for that! My dream is to one day, even for just a few hours... to meet up with the two of you for some good food, wine and lots of laughter. And if it never happens, I'll at least be doing my part here in OR. :)

August 3, 2007 at 12:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger megg said...

i wish you could be as inspired by you as I am. I am HONOURED that you are one of my friends. You and our other girls have completely COMPLETELY changed my life this year. Sigh. SOON I will see and play with you. SOON.

i LOVE YOU!!

xo

August 4, 2007 at 10:07:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous ceanandjen said...

Beautiful and so so true; they life our hearts and souls up when we can not do it ourselves. I hope that your Friday w/your girls was wonderful.

love you.xoxoxo

August 4, 2007 at 5:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maddie said...

I treasure this post of
yours - I feel so blessed
with this shared love with
my girlfriends -
it resonates as a theme
I recently wrote for a
magazine "the art of being
together" - it truly is
fueled by love -

and you are a lovely
woman with a loving heart -
and would attract such
luminous souls to you:)

that photo is simply
wonderful - you capture so
beautifully the "essence"
of your friends:)

August 5, 2007 at 8:20:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous bohémienne said...

A network of strong, supportive women... there's nothing like it.

August 5, 2007 at 2:47:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous lynn said...

I couldn't do half as much or have any fun at all without my friends.
Also, is Schmoopy's shirt a reconstructed tee, its cute!!

August 6, 2007 at 8:35:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous maile said...

i just found your site and am completely addicted! Great photography and writing!

August 15, 2007 at 10:57:00 AM PDT  

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