Friendship…How many do you really have?

The meaning of friendship to me is a person who is there for you through the good and the bad. The people who call you for no reason to see how you are, catch up with you on current events and making sure you are doing well. I have had my fair share of what I would call Friendships for the Moment because people have taken advantage of how generous I am and use me for the what they can get out of me. Or the friendships that come from having something in common like one friend-those never last for me because everyone eventually goes off and is separated from the new person in the group.

Friendships are made when you are younger and also when you are older. Personalities change and interests come with most friendships. Most relationships can withstand the test of the time with living in the same neighborhood and sharing their lives together. Friendships long ago used to last years but given the changing of people and the technology, it becomes increasingly harder to maintain a solid friendship these days. I have seen people on Facebook and Instagram rate their friendships by likes and comments on their posts and it causes people to unfriend. Friendships are not based on likes, it is all about how we support one another through the good and bad times. Supporting one another through achievements and failures is what is needed to show love to another.

Friendships come in many forms from pets, family and couples. Loyalty is the number one in friendships…which is so hard to find these days. Love comes in many forms and recognizing it can be the beginning of a long lasting friendship.

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In the past year, I have had the privilege of meeting some incredible people and am thankful everyday for their friendships. I met a man 20 years ago who started out as my boss, then an acquaintance then….we all know how the story goes. My husband of 20 years, we are best friends for life. About 23 years ago, when I was 18, I met a women who I never knew would make such an impact on my life to this day. We understand each other and have watched both our lives unfold -the good and the bad. She has been there for me and still is. Although we live miles away, she is my BFF for life and nothing will ever change that.

To answer my question: How many friends do you have? I have 2 Bff’s I love dearly .

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Tattoos…a storybook written for the body

  Tattoos..a story written for every individual like an autobiography published that explains the road traveled by most with failures, accomplishments, tragedies, life lessons learned and thing to be proud of expressed on the body.  Most of us have our story hidden but the rest of us want people to know what we have gone through.  In many religions, it is sacred to deface the body of a human with any kind of piercings or tattoos but why deprive one of such an opportunity to express themselves.
Text_Over_Photo1559711337917[1]     I saw a photo of a lady who wanted to take her story and give it a happy ending.  Her life consisted of being sad, covering up the scars turned her from a victim to a survivor…..
   In another life, people write down who they place their heart and soul with….then it gets broken, that story gets told through love quotes and a broken heart for the end…..
   Proud parents who cherish their children and want to celebrate the day they were born with names and dates over and over again..on the other side the sad soul who lost their love and life in one moment, writing numbers and symbols in remembrance….
   Believing in your country and what it stands for while being proud of who you are …making your mark on the world with being part of history, celebrating your freedom…..
   Reliving a moment in your life that you thought you would never achieve and look on as others admire your accomplishment no matter how big or small….. 
   Rooting for your favorite team and supporting them with your dedication to their organization….or keeping with your family markings for generations to come…..
  Admiring your environment and loving the way the Earth births beautiful things so you want to see this on you day after day……
These are some of the ways to write your story for the world….this is My Storybook.

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My name is LaFrieda and I am a mom of three, wife and my family is the love of my life.  I currently have 5 tattoos on my body representative of me living my life.  My left arm has my very first tattoo of my three kids names in a heart designed by me.  My second on the right leg has a tigers face on it, representing my love for animals with my children’s names under it.  My third on the left leg has another full body tiger helping me go down a road to greatness in my life.  My fourth on the right arm, success in graduating from college at 38 years old while working a full-time job and taking care of a family and last, the one on my left thigh, begun my journey to live life to the fullest despite the failures I had in life…I would get better and stronger after devastation.   Right now I am currently working on my 6th story for my right thigh…I am thinking it will have something to do with my love for music.

I am trying to decide between these two…let me know which one would be nice on my right thigh…

I sketched both of these myself…I just can’t decide which one to go with.  Which one A or B?

“Never be ashamed of your story…it is Who You Are L.S.

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