I don’t get away to visit friends very often. Sure, I get some time to chat on Facebook, text and the odd phone call here and there; but a true visit with someone is super rare. I recently was able to take a couple of hours away, thanks to my amazing Hubby. I ran my errands and stopped by a dear friend’s home to chat and have some stove popped corn with butter and garlic – YUMMO!! She and her hubby raised their wonderful children and now they live in a small cabin, off-grid, in the middle of nowhere. It is a beautiful cabin, a breath-taking view and a little slice of Heaven on Earth.
We chatted about special needs children. I took the opportunity to pick her brain about her children and how she navigated summers with all her children home, including her special needs child. She had some insightful information, but my favorite thing she said was that it is all about your mindset. She didn’t try to ‘survive the summer’ with her child home. She ‘thrived in the summer’ when she was able to have her children home with her without having to worry about someone else’s timetables. Someone else’s expectations. She could do what was best for her family each day based on her family, not based on meeting certain academic goals.
It was brilliant.
And I can’t wait to share more with you when I release my book!
What a wealth of information she is, and an invaluable friend. We talked about how to optimize our off-grid electrical systems. We compared notes about batteries, panels and output. And when her hubby came home we talked a little business since we are both Network Marketers as well. It is so refreshing to visit with friends who share so many interests. Friends who have walked down your path before and can offer wise words to support, guide and commiserate.
If you don’t have a support system in place, a friend you can turn to – it is important you find one. You don’t have to be able to meet for coffee, chatting on Facebook works too! Just knowing there is someone else out there who gets it can help you to cope. No matter what life throws at you <3