Do I really care if others approve? NO!

I have such amazing friends! For every ounce of doubt I have, they take away 2, and I am so grateful for this!

When I made the decision to go to France, I also made a decision to only tell people whom I knew could support and encourage the decision. I have learned through experience that telling people who I know will disapprove will only lower my own self-esteem and make me question my decision. I also realize that the only reason others would disapprove is because they can’t see themselves in a similar situation, or that my decision has brought out their own fears or lost hopes. So instead of shaking others’ boats, so they say, I will give the gift of this journey and my stories to the one’s who want to hear about it.

So back to my amazing friends…I have started letting people know about this blog. This is a huge step in itself as I don’t really like to show others or tell others the whole story as I think I may be exposed in a way. Well, who cares? I’m ready to expose myself and share these stories and I am completely surprised to find that my friends have read the blog and guess what!? They love it! That is so encouraging to know! One of my friend’s even sent me  a quote saying, “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you will be able to see farther.” by J.P. Morgan (SO PERFECT!).

So there are two morals of this story…

  1. I took a risk and let others in on my amazing journey and the outcome was far greater and more positive than I could have ever expected!
  2. I don’t need other people’s approval in the first place! As long as I approve of myself, others will follow suit. And if not, their loss!

I didn’t even realize before this decision and this story writing that I had such true friends! Thank you friends!!