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Fat Free Friends

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Wow- what a week I had!  I’m actually writing this on a plane on my way back to Nashville.

My band Fools For Rowan had a show in Wisconsin this past week which was so much fun!  We have so many crazy awesome, mainly crazy (ha, I kid ;-)) fans and friends in WI and so many of them were able to make it to the show –  it was a GREAT time!  After the show I hitched a ride with my friend, Beth, back to her pad about 2 hours away which was beyond awesome because we live so far away from one another that we’ve never got to do anything like that.  SLUMBER PARTY!  Not really, but kinda 😉

She took me to a bootcamp class at her gym so we were up at 5am… did I mention we went to sleep at 1am? Yowza.  However, needless to say we whooped some butt at bootcamp and literally snapped one of those industrial size resistance band thingys.  I’m pretty sure that’s the technical term for them and I’m also pretty sure that makes ole Bethy and I a collective force to be reckoned with!  p.s. You can see our Flex Friday pic on Instagram.
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I even made a presentation with a pie-chart for my talk!
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Anywhozer, then later that day I got an incredible opportunity!  Beth is a professor at Concordia University Wisconsin and she invited me to speak to her class!!  What?! SO AWESOME and talk about an honor.

Oh yeah, but I forgot to mention that she also had a room prepared for me at her house complete with a stocked fridge, a charger for my phone, the most plush bath towel in all the land, toiletries in case I forgot mine, not to mention a gift card to Starbucks, AND she made an appointment for me to go to a beautiful spa and get a manicure before I spoke to her class… hello #spoiled.
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I spoke at the college about the importance of getting, keeping, and maintaining a positive attitude in a world filled with negativity, so of course I was loving every minute of that!  It went really well, of course I thought of 1.3 million things I meant to say but forgot and yada yada, but over all it was good and I feel so humbled and blessed that a friend would feel like I had enough to offer to have me be a guest speaker.  Beyond cool.

After we wrapped everything up we grabbed some lunch and she dropped me off at the airport – insert sad face.
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But after she dropped me off and I was walking through the airport I noticed that I felt, even more so than usual, that I could do anything.  I felt emotionally and mentally strong, I felt super calm and satisfied, my shoulders were back, I was walking taller and it wasn’t due to my 5 inch wedges!  It was then I realized that this blog didn’t need to be about the talk I gave at all, but rather how having faith in people, being a true #fatfreefriend (see below for definition), and building each others confidence up through opportunities to rise higher is really what affects us to our core.
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I realized that I didn’t feel stronger and more confident because of a talk I gave, but because of a friend’s belief and the value her and I both place on our relationship.  See, Beth and I are very different from each other, but it’s our respect for the other’s differences that make it work.  She’s a total athlete and I’m a cheerleader, she wears cute sneaks and hats turned backwards and I wear heels and as much mascara as these lashes will hold- you get the idea.  It’s these differences that make us unique, but more importantly there is NO judgement here!  We push each other to be the best versions of ourselves not through judgment or by trying to make the other one more like us, but by encouraging each other to be exactly who she is meant to be through respect, encouragement, no BS, and love.
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Me and Bethy making our angry sexy faces.
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So my friends, the moral of this story is to BELIEVE, PLACE VALUE, and LOVE those “Fat-Free Friends” that lift you up and make you feel great about just being you!  It’s not about the quantity of friends but the QUALITY.  It’s like this- I don’t feel pushed to be great by Beth for her acceptance or stamp of approval, I already have that.  I feel pushed to be great because I know she believes I can do anything, that she sees my potential, because she is a big time go-getter herself, has no time for BS, and is a strong woman of faith.

Get yourself some Fat-Free Friends people!  Surround yourself with people who make you want to be better just by being around them!!!  If you are striving for acceptance with your “friends” they are NOT Fat FREE, just thought you should know.

*Fat Free Friend- friends that are drama-free, healthy, supportive, and successful – people that push you to be your best.  A Fat Free Friend has nothing to do with weight or body fat%, only exceptional character.

Love,

Erin

You can read more about Fat-Free Friends here http://www.chalenejohnson.com/healthy-living/fat-free-friends-get-some/
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