I met Taryn in college.
I used to work with Shelley at my first HR job out of graduate school (not counting internships).
I met Katie and Katy when I joined a young professionals networking group sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce round about 2008.
I met Mikaela when I started having her cut my hair. (And why do I not have a photo with her!!!?)
I met Kiera because she managed the staffing agency that I used at a previous job. Kiera introduced me to Lelani. We have stayed friends long after Kiera moved to Seattle, then Boise.
Bliss was my real estate agent’s wife when I bought my current house. I also met her mother JoAnne.
I met Paula through her cousin Brandon, a long time friend.
As it turns out, many of these amazing ladies have come together to lift me up and support me over the years, and some have become friends with each other too.
Taryn met Paula on a weekend trip I took to Portland to see them both.
Katie and Katy met through the networking group too.
Shelley met Katie and Katy when we started doing our half-marathons together.
Shelley met Mikaela when she asked me for a hairstylist recommendation.
Katie met Mikaela because they were both pregnant at the same time and in the same birthing support group.
Lelani met Katy through networking, or a mutual friend, or I don’t even know.
Bliss and JoAnne met Shelley and Katie from walks and half-marathons.
Bliss and Katy both work in the medical field.
Lelani met Paula on a long weekend trip with me.
There are others too – this tribe of mine. Women I see frequently or rarely, but who I know have my back. I love that even though some of these amazing ladies live far away, and I might not see them often, when we come together it is as if we spent no time apart. I love that we do things together, and do things separately. I love that these women are all strong and independent and give me people to look up to. I love that we all at times feel like we have our shit together, and at other times feel like we are failing. I love that we listen without judgment, give advice when asked, and sometimes provide that kick in the butt that is needed. We have lost mothers and fathers, said goodbye to beloved pets, had medical scares, have found love and lost love, been challenged by children, have found and left jobs, have navigated career hardships, and have moved away from each other. I love that we laugh so hard we cry, and at times cry so hard we laugh. I love that we all need each other.
I am blessed to have these women in my life.