Happy Friday to all you lovelies out there!  Here in the rolling hills of Tuscany, the weather has been scary with high winds making everything creak and fly around madly outside.  It was sunny for two minutes then a massive downpour started with majorly strong winds. I’m already a homebody, but these days make me stay in my PJs even longer, hiding out until the weather clears. I’m working in Illustrator on kitchen prints anyway, so it’s not like I have to go out anyway. I don’t know why, but these weather conditions always make me a bit nervous and I revert back to 5 year-old behavior of getting freaked out by every little noise. Thank goodness for the internet, right?  It’s so nice to be able to connect to folks no matter where you are or how horrible the weather is outside. You can blast some online music videos to change the mood or chat with folks to keep it all together. Some kind of support is always reachable in some respect and I’m sure many folks in the snowy areas are glad for internet when you are stuck indoors!

When blogging I feel like I’m talking to friends and even that is comforting (whether folks are reading or not, I guess that’s not the point…tee hee!) I should say thank you to my lovely blog readers though, because this place has been one of learning and growth for me. I so appreciate the time folks take to comment and share their thoughts, providing encouragement and asking nothing in return.  *shucks* You guys and gals are just super and it’s another place where I can get support.

I got to thinking about how important it is to have a wide network of support.  This goes for everyone, not just artists or creative types that seem to go through more ups and downs in work life.  I read somewhere that knowing what to do is one thing, but knowing how to apply it to yourself is another.  Such a true statement and that’s why we need our family and friends to support us and get us through good and bad times. It’s funny how it’s easier to give advice and help others at times, than to help yourself. We are social animals after all, something about interaction just makes it all go more smoothly.  It’s motivation and accountability at times and I realize how important the community really is for me to have a balanced life. Digital friends are great, but real life ones are essential too…we can never replace those in person talks that help us get through difficult or doubtful times.  So this Friday I just want to encourage you to appreciate your network of support.  Give your loved ones an extra hug and feel happy and cozy in all that goodness.  Life is beautiful and there are caring people there, you just have to open your eyes and embrace. Ciao ciao!

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