How to Be a Good Friend through the Seasons of Life

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 How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

From one year to the next life goes through seasons of change.

From the school years to newly married status. Then the seemingly unending years of one, two and maybe even a bunch of kids!

Then there is life with teenagers and homeschooling for almost half my earthly years.

And now for me, approaching my middle years. (In no way will I say that word “middle age” yet! I’m way too young, although the idea of grandkids gets more appealing every year!)

One of the themes I see running through my life in recent months is stepping outside my comfort zone.

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

Going to a recent blog conference in Salt Lake City and a brand ambassador trip to Dallas. Maneuvering through airports and believing in myself and my blog.

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

I have one person to blame credit for much of my recent growth in this new season. I hold my blogging friend Amy at Atta Girl Says totally responsible for many of my blogging adventures!

Amy was my daughter Rachel’s boss at the Greensboro News and Record when she was in high school. Rachel was the only homeschooler out of the high school students picked to write  for their teen section. She had a great experience and ended up doing some transcribing work for Amy on the side (she’s a published author!)

Amy and I reconnected on facebook and right away discovered a mutual love for DIY projects and turning our passions into a successful business.

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

Amy told me Rachel was one of her favorite correspondents. In her words, “I thought Rachel was super smart, super talented, super reliable and super sweet. I could always count on her to do her assignments and to do them well — with heart.” As a homeschooling mom of 20 years this praise was sweet music to my ears! 

Amy then proceeded to talk me into twist my arm into attending the Southern Bloggers Conference which she was helping to organize.  It was a total stretch outside my comfort zone. Rooming with a complete stranger. Mingling with 100 other bloggers. Knowing no one except Amy. Exchanging business cards, vainly trying to remember names. Feeling like it was the first day of school in a new place! It was exciting and terrifying at the same time!

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

Then Amy talked me into attending Haven Conference 2013 a few months later in Atlanta with Barb from The Everyday Home and Suzy from Worthing Court.

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

More first time jitters and fears of not being good enough.

Yet my friend Amy was a constant source of encouragement and knowledge and rejoiced in my successes and challenged me in my failures. She has taught me how to be a good friend through the seasons of life.

Life is more enjoyable when shared with a friend who understands and encourages your new endeavors. Thank you, Amy, for dragging pushing me out of that infamous comfort zone!

 How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

 The very least I could do while we were in Utah for Snap Conference was treat her to lunch at TGI Fridays to say thank you!

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

Amy and I had a fun waiter whose name was Edson.

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

Wouldn’t you know it? He wants to be a blogger, too.

Take a number, you young whipper snapper! He wants to write about successful dating. Yeah, I’m sure you can’t find anything on the internet about that! 

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

We started the meal with loaded potato skins topped with melted cheddar, crispy applewood-smoked bacon and served with green onion sour cream.

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

Amy had an All American Burger with melted sharp cheddar cheese topped with an amazing onion bacon jam and Asiago & Parmesan spread, with Thousand Island dressing and peppered bacon.   

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

I satisfied my craving for red meat with a Jack Daniels Flat Iron with parmesan steak fries. Delish!

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

One guess as to the dessert we devoured at the end of the meal. Yep, it was my favorite Oreo Madness!

How to Be a Good Friend Through the Seasons of Life - Marty's Musings

I love blogging and the friends and opportunities that have come my way.  

Seriously, it’s the best job for the least amount of pay that you’ll absolutely love (just ask Amy or I!)

Fun fact: Did you know May is National Burger Month? Fridays has you covered with amazing burgers as well as a number of grilled options that will satisfy any appetite.

 Are you ready for summer? Visit your local TGI Fridays to try one of their delicious steaks (like mine) or sink your teeth into a juicy stacked burger like Amy’s (a burger so juicy it needs its own napkin!) 

Disclosure: I was compensated by TGI Fridays but all opinions are completely my own!
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Comments

  1. How wonderful to have an encouraging friend! I went the route of blogging because of friends too! I should take them to Friday’s as a thank you as well 🙂 great post!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hi, Diana Elizabeth! How fun to know you got into blogging through friends as well. It’s been a wild ride and certainly not what I planned, but it is amazing! I’m going to enjoy this year with you and TGI Fridays! Have a great day!

  2. Diana says:

    What an encouraging post Marty!

  3. pattie says:

    such a sweet story!!! Friends like that will be friends forever.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Hey, Pattie! I totally lost this comment earlier, but I wanted you to know I appreciate you commenting on our my friendship story. Friends are such an integral part of our lives, aren’t they?

  4. Awww…what a sweet, sweet testimony to such a wonderful friend! I count myself truly blessed by the friendship of both you and Amy. Love both you guys!

    • Marty Walden says:

      I am blessed by your generosity and faith, Suzy, and love that blogging has connected us all! Love you!

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