January 31, 2018

I’m a very lucky person. Somehow I’ve managed to find a collection of incredibly strong, compassionate, brilliant, and positive people to add to my life. Most through the connections I’ve made because of my writing.

Social media has allowed these connections to grow and flourish, expanding my world at the same time that it as made it smaller.

These individuals are from all over North America, and indeed, all over the world. The friendships that have formed would never have been possible twenty years ago.

Today I want to tell you about a woman who is such positive force, a vibrant, caring, encouraging woman who I came to know kind of by accident.

The very first narrative non-fiction piece I had published was in a wonderful online literary magazine called MOTHER’S ALWAYS WRITE. I’ve submitted several pieces to them over the past few years (and I need to get my butt in gear and submit more) and through this process, I became friends with the amazing woman who is responsible for this #tryalittletenderness endeavour, Michelle Riddell.

And through Michelle, I made the acquaintance of another amazing woman, Lisa Leshaw. I had a story published in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL’S The Dog Really Did That, and Lisa had a story published in this same edition.

Michelle was friends with Lisa, both contribute to another great site called, HER VIEW FROM HOME. Lisa commented that she loved my story, and I told her that hers made me cry.

Since that day, I’ve had the privilege to listen to her inspirational videos and read her beautiful words, if not daily, then usually weekly.

When I need a pick me up after being bombarded with rejections, or just hit by the unpleasantries of life, I scroll through my feed to find one of Lisa’s uplifting “pep talks.” It doesn’t take long for the blues to fade away.

So, thank you Lisa, I am so grateful for your unending enthusiasm and positivity.

I hope you are all as lucky as me, and are able to surround yourselves with love, beauty, and positive energy.








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