By Sarah Fancy Fuerstenberger
This past week, I spent five days in Split, Croatia to take part in the opening of a Young Living farm. I booked the trip because I always find these events to be inspiring and motivating. What I got was so much more.
Is it possible to make friends for a lifetime at the age of 43? I'm telling you it is. It has been so long since I have felt this way about a group of women, never mind ones I just met. I went into this trip with a bit of apprehension, because I was driving from Germany to Croatia with two women I had only met online. By the time we reached our first stop in Austria, I knew. These are my people. My family thinks I am crazy. How can it be that you trust and love people you've only known for a short time? How can you know? Why do you suddenly have someone to talk to at all hours of the night. I needed these people. And they needed me.
Each of these women brings something different to the table. Some are fighters; some are peacekeepers, all have experienced both joy and pain in their lives. Some are gentle and some are loud. I watched them grow as the week went on. I watched them shine in the sun and the sea and be transformed by those essential oils.
I thought I was strong when I met them. I needed to finally take a look inside myself and they held me and listened while I did that. What I learned is that I can still be myself, entirely myself, just as I am -- and that is good. Not OK, not acceptable, but amazing.
Of these incredible women I met, each has her own burden. I think all of us went home ready to face our fears and make changes to our lives. I know I did. And now I am having to live with those changes, even if they aren't making sense to anyone in my immediate circle and beyond. I had to do something that I have been avoiding for a long time, and that is face my own unhappiness and take steps to fix it. I can't be a good mother to my kids when I am not satisfied with myself and willing to own my own joy. I can't spend my life being something I am not. So this one's for you guys, my incredible Queen Bees: Woof, Kickass, Blizzard, Hottie, and Rolltide. I love you to bits. Onward and upward to diamond we go.