Creative Business Dictionary: Friend

As a journalism major in college, I developed a strong affinity for words. They are deep, complex, and have the ability to convey multiple messages. Now, as a creative small business owner, many words have taken on new meanings, and I am constantly catching myself seeing the world from a different angle.

Each week, we look at a word that impacts creative businesses and share a free download to view, print, frame, ponder, or shred. We’d love to hear your stories of how these individual words have impacted your business or your life!

CBD Friend - SquareOctober 15, 2015 – Friend

n. one whom one knows, likes, and trusts; one with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade

I could talk about the importance of this word for days. Moving to a new city, in a new state, and more than 400 miles from nearest family means trying to find new friends. Getting older means maintaining relationships despite growing apart. Progressing through life’s stages means letting go of people who bring you down, and finding people on the same page who support you and encourage you! Being human means seeking companionship and camaraderie.

The two keys to this definition for me are the words “trust” and “allied.” I have many people that I know and like; I may even call them comrades. What I have found to be difficult is finding true friends that I trust unconditionally and who really feel like allies in the struggle I like to call Life. Whether it’s going through treatments, planning a wedding, throwing a baby shower, or simple coffee dates to let off steam, friends are gifts from God that make life much more meaningful (and bearable!).

This week I am determined to be a better friend to those who consider me one! I find it’s easy to be consumed by our own situation, but tough to put that aside to connect with someone else on a deeper level. I am so grateful for the friends I have and all they do for me, I want to make sure I’m giving it back and sharing it with others!  Let’s be honest, it takes a lot to put up with a crazy gal like me, and as a small example, there is no way Nothing Past Nine would have gotten past the dream stage without UH LOT of support!

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Liebster Award

I’m excited to announce that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Arielle Deltoro!
Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who nominated you
2. Answer ALL the questions you are given.
3. Choose 11 Bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate  *No Tag Backs*
4. Pick 11 questions for them to answer and let them know you nominated them.
The questions that she asked me to answer:
1. The best advice anyone has ever given you?
Don’t start anything new after 9:00pm.  My mother taught me that and it’s the story behind my blog/shop name.
2. Your favorite thing about blogging?
Ability to use my journalism degree, keep my writing sharp and put thoughts together to get them out of my head.
3. Your biggest fear?
4. Three blogs/websites you can’t live without?
My email. Etsy. Google. 🙂
5. Fashion trend you wish would go away?
Cut off tops with high waisted, short inseamed shorts.
6. First concert?
N*SYNC a long, long time ago.
7. Dream job?
Can I just get paid more to do what I do with enough time to run my Etsy shop??
8. Your favorite movie and why?
Clue.  The quick wit, the all star cast…it gets better every time you watch it!  
9. Personal motto?
Simple things amuse simple people.
10. What is your greatest accomplishment/proudest moment so far?
Successfully transitioning to managing my peers in a former job and maintaining the friendships I’d built with those people.
11. If you could be doing anything/be anywhere in the world right this minute, what would it be?
Hiking the John Muir Trail in California with my fiance and our dog (because we’d have one in a perfect moment!)
I nominate the following blogs:
4. 4am
The questions I’m asking you to answer are…
1. Favorite book and why?
2. Why did you start your blog?
3. What’s one item on your bucket list/things to do before you die?
4. What is your go-to sandwich?
5. What would you like people to say about you when you’re not there?
6. Where would you live if money was not a factor?
7. Favorite holiday tradition?
8. What’s the best season of the year and why?
9. App you can’t live without having on your phone?
10. Why do you/why would you shop handmade items?
11. How do you get creative?