“The best time to make friends is before you need them” -Ethel Barrymore
“I have learned that to be with those I like is enough” -Walt Whitman
It’s that day again, I am on a treadmill writing a blog for the 3rd consecutive Sunday! Hello, it’s TJ and today I would like to talk about relationships, whether that be with your partner, your parents, your family, or with your friends. It is another important value and something that can be easy to lose touch with during a global pandemic. So I challenge you today to talk to your close ones and reach out to the people you care most about just to say hello. Amalia and I have been trying to work on this by trying to make plans with people whether it’s inviting someone over for food, or just a simple call to see how they are. It really could go a long way and you will see the relationship with that person grow.
The last thing you want to do is take for granted a relationship with someone you care about. This is not limited to just friends, and I would argue it’s even more apparent with family members. It’s taking advantage of “unconditional love.” I love my family, but if someone doesn’t treat me right, it doesn’t matter if they are family or Joe Shmoe from Idaho, they obviously don’t value our relationship and therefore they do not deserve energy nor time. This “blood is thicker than water” mindset.. blood doesn’t get the right to treat you poorly when you have plenty of water treating you the right way. Don’t take me the wrong way, I love and support my family and they do the same for me, but I am equally close with friends and family friends. What I will no longer do is support anyone who tries to belittle and negatively impact my life regardless of their ties to family or friends. This is said best with a saying from the Minimalists, “you can change the people around you, but you can’t change the people around you.”
I have to give a shout-out to my buddy Mike J. I had a very refreshing call with him, we haven’t seen each other in a while because of life but we make sure to have a phone call every few months. It’s refreshing, we catch up on life, we talk about what we’re doing, how we’re bettering ourselves, books we’re reading, and fun things. It’s these types of ‘ships I value the most. You need these types of people in your life to talk to when times get tough or to laugh with after a bad week or to enjoy drinks with for celebrations. There are some people in your life that will only add value and those are the people I cherish the most, the ones who really care, the ones that help you grow, and the ones that want to see you succeed.
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Its SHOE SUNDAY*! *while quantities last. We have booties from Amalia today. Feast your eyes on these boots, someone will be wearing them soon enough instead of them sitting in our closet! Woot woot. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, we’ll be back tomorrow with some motivation on your Monday.