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The People in Your Corner

This is a guest post written by Kristen Parry. Kristen is a firm believer in Happiness and Love as the two prominent pillars of life. She is the program manager for The Smile Project and focuses on the ambassador program.

The other day, I reached out to a few close friends from a few different areas of my life to ask them to weigh in on a choice I had to make. I had already made a decision, but it's an important topic, and I wanted to make sure they didn't see something I missed.

I heard back from all four within 10 minutes, and each of them gave me really intentional feedback in real-time in the middle of their day. As I finished typing a response to one, I locked my phone and thought about each of those people. They're all people I met or seriously reconnected with in 2020 or later. AKA, they're not my "lifelong" friends.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my lifelong friends. But I think it's really cool that I have these people who are newer to my life and already know me so well. I feel privileged to have this expanded network to love and have options to reach out to different people for different topics.

It's funny to see how your go-to people change over time. How your heart can expand to hold more people than you ever thought possible. I stop and think every single day how lucky I am to have each and every person I love in my life. If you feel the same, maybe let those people know.


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