I love books. Books have always allowed me to escape reality. I can be the characters that I read. I can be that woman who lets her guard down, the perfect young girl who lives her fairtytale, or I can even be one of Eric Jerome Dickey’s or Michael Baisden characters……at any rate, when I was younger I read to escape my reality. As I have grown, I use my books to teach me. The self help books, the memoirs, the autobiographies, or the biographies show me that sh*& happens….this thing called life should not get the best of you, but it actually does.
My books became my life. I have books literally everywhere and this is the one that that I believe has always help me to stay centered. My friend Jennifer; my matron of honor, my flower, has helped me to see so much. Words cannot even express what she has assisted me with over the many years that I have known her. Through frustration and even anger, she has been able to provide a calm for me. When I have made mistakes or even jumped to conclusions, she offers true sisterly support. She has allowed me to be the auntie of her boys. She shared her childhood home with my son and I, and she continues to pray for me for the many things that we have in our “Ask God for box..” I love her and I appreciate her.
Jennifer shares her thoughts on being happy! As a scientist, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend….who holds so many more titles, I am always impressed with just how she juggles life and even through days when she probably is tired, frustrated, and sick, she still has a calm and a happy glow. Thank you Jen for sharing! I am your sunshine and you are my flower…(Charles….embrace it! )
Jennifer’s happy place is at her childhood home. She enjoys being outside with her dad. She shares” I would always go home every weekend when I was living on my own.” Also, “when I felt down, confused about “life” or stressed out from normal everyday life, routines…this is where I would go. My place of solace, peace and happiness.”
Her advice is “if you’ve never tried it, imagine a place where you feel completely at east, at peace and happy or take yourself to a haven where there are wonderful things, positive people. Perhaps a vacation or if you are an outdoors type of person somewhere in a camping area or mountains.
She leaves us with sharing her definition of fulfillment. “Fulfillment means feeling happy, at peace and satisfied or complete with all that life has presented; ups and as well as downs, which makes us stronger if you choose. Happy comes from achieving everything that you want from life.”