Regardless if the sun is shining or there's money in the bank account; even if I have a vacation planned or a finished manuscript; none of these moments matter if I don't have loved ones to share it with.
I would definitely describe myself as an introvert. Most days I'm more than content to lay in bed with a good book or on the couch watching TV; of course, with my baby [cat], Whiskey, on my lap. But the one must in life to keep me balanced, sane, and smiling is coffee...just kidding...are my friends and family.
I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends throughout my life. Some last a lifetime and beyond, while others are for just a moment in time. I am so grateful, not only because of these people, but the depth of these relationships. I know many that have hundreds of connections on Facebook, but they don't come close to the number of friends I have that know me intimately and still love me anyway. They have listened to me whine, traveled around the world with me, celebrated my accomplishments, and lifted me up during my darkest hours.
My friends join me in cheering on the Nationals despite their loser status. We spend Thanksgiving watching the Shining at AFI. We Amtrak from DC to NYC for the night to see Wicked on Broadway. We raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while training for the Marine Corps Marathon. We fly stand-by to California (and still talk to me when I'm seated in first class and you're stuck in coach). We gamble in Atlantic City and live large in Vegas. We meet our favorite band, Faith No More, and have the lead singer's signature, Mike Patton, memorialized on plastic boobs. We escape work for a lunch hour to express our frustrations and fears. We help one another discover our passions and learn to follow our intuition and thus start a doggie daycare, join the Peace Corps, pursue writing and audition in LA.
I would not be who or where I am today without my loved ones. I am a Portland resident, fiercely pursing my passion for writing and having fun while doing it. I am a reflection of my friends: confident, beautiful, passionate, intuitive, and happy. And I hope that I give to them what they give to me...energy, laughter, inspiration and love.