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Stand By Me

Support comes from the most surprising places.

A lover’s look.

The sound of a friend’s hello on the other end of the phone.

Giggles from a child.

The glorious sound of voices around a holiday table.

Music.

Art.

A hug.

A kiss.

It has been a trying year.

It has also been an exciting year.

In May my first book, I Thought I Grew Up, was published and I have heard from people in 3 continents who have purchased my memoir.

This weekend I have meetings out of town about new possibilities.

I am hopeful.

Send me a hug, a kiss, a giggle….

I am nervous but am sure that the Universe is sending a new beginning to each and every aspect of my life.

Stand by me and help me open up to the infinite possibilities of the Universe.

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