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A big thank you!

Jamieson Van Loan

I had an entire rant planned today about the lessons I’ve learned over this past year of my life (officially 37 guys!!). A synopsis of my favorite truths and experiences. But I just got home from an amazing birthday dinner with some amazing women and I’d like to take a minute to chat and show gratitude towards my past week with loved ones.

(Also, I will share my previously prepared rant next week because it’s a goodie)

People tell me that I have a very eclectic group of friends. I tend to gravitate towards people who own their truths, can dive deeply inwards and speak about the light and the darkness within without hesitation, and live in a no judgement zone. Authenticity is an imperative. Humor and the ability to laugh at oneself is a close second. My besties, my soul sisters (and brothers!), my closest humans come from all walks of life, from a multitude of countries, are all different ages and from all different chapters of my life. It is quite an experience when I get to bring them all together.

Every single one of these people (and you know who you are) have had a profound impact on who I am today. They all support me in a way that allows for failure but also cheers on my success. They constantly go the distance for me and are so vulnerable and courageous- that even Brené Brown would be proud. They push me and question me and don't let me fall back into my comfort zone. They are my wondrous, amazing tribe- my support system. I would be lost without them.

To use the cliched saying, “I’m blessed” is a vast understatement.

Let me start by saying that on my birthday this past week, I received more text messages, calls, emails, FaceTimes, Facebook posts, Instagram messages and people just showing up at my door more than ever before. And every beautiful and sincere well-wish came with such generosity and love that I was floored. My heart was and is so full. This does not even slightly cover my gratitude but I am extremely grateful for each and every one of you who took time out of your busy lives to send me love and spend time with me. Thank you, thank you, thankyou!

So why does this all matter? What I realized is that I would have never gotten to my 37th birthday without these people. I cried with my best friend on my actual birthday when we talked about where I was just a year ago and how far I've come. Her, along with a plethora of other folks, mentally and emotionally carried me to the space I am now. I've talked about this before but we cannot succeed in life alone. We aren't built for that. We are made for connection, intimacy and depth. We are made to be a part of a community that feeds our soul.

So today's lesson is: love, acknowledge and treasure your tribe.

Do not take your support system for granted. Appreciate the crap out of them. Every. Single. Day.

Abundantly happy and grateful,

It takes a village...

Jamieson Van Loan

We have all heard the saying "It takes a village." And I had always been one of those people who thinks, "Eh, I live on an island. I do things on my own." Most of my life this island had been warm and cozy and controlled by moi. But there comes a point in everyone's life when your island is no longer sustainable. There comes a point when you NEED a village! And it is not easy for us island-living independents to reach out to the village. I came to this point a couple years ago and it certainly was a humbling experience. I realized I cannot do it all on my own. I needed a team, a strong team, to get me through difficult and chaotic situations. I was not Miss Independent (thanks Kelly Clarkson!). 

If you are someone who tries to do everything on your own-kudos to you! But I urge you to reach out to your village from time to time- not necessarily for help but just a sounding board. It is not easy taking the world on all by yourself. I did it for a long time. And although I loved every minute of it, I would have not gotten to where I am today if I did not reach out to my tribe. People have said to me, "Oh but I feel bad putting you in that position" when I can see they genuinely need help and I offer. Do not feel bad. That is what your tribe is for! We are here to carry the weight you cannot lift alone. 

Call your tribe this weekend. Your island needs a village. 

Jamieson xo