06.25.17

Finding•your•Village


Do you have a village? I remember the first time I realized how important it was to have a village around you when raising kids, navigating marriage, and everything life throws your way. You see daring to be a friend is daring to be someone that promises to stick though the heartaches, the triumphs, and the thick or very thin parts of life. Sometimes we want life to show up in all the glittery picture perfect moments, the moments where our kids are behaved, our marriage is on track, and people see our strengths, not our weaknesses . But here’s what I have learned…


Life is not meant to be a picture perfect slide show of the highlights, to be walked through alone, and it sure isn’t meant to leave you feeling lonely and confused. As I look back on the last couple years of my life I remember some really sweet moments with friends but I also remember the LOWS, the pictures that didn’t make it on the perfect slideshow. 


I remember my friend that sat with me in my blue Honda and listened to the me talk about the darkest time in my life, I remember the friend that taught me that HOPE and faith are ONE, I remember mourning with her every negative pregnancy test that came back and wishing so badly I could take the pain away, I remember my friend that taught me/showed me what it means to lay down your life for another, because I know that she truly would for me, I remember the call from my friend who lost one of the most precious gifts at too young of an age, but I remember her strength, her fierce love for her family that she continually stands on and holds true too, I remember my friend that showed up every week with coffee and smoothies when Elouise was born and encouraged me to have grace on myself as I navigated two babies instead of one, I remember my sister who who held me in her arms one too many times growing up and never judged me,  I remember my friend that saw my yearn for connection at my daughters school and has literally made an imprint on my heart already with her generosity, authenticity, and passion for helping others. I remember each and every friend that has left a mark on me, that has surrounded me like a village, poured into my life and has become some of my dearest friends. 


Your village is more than just a friend that tells you everything good about you, these are the people that take you just as you are! Maybe a small and dull tree at the moment, but they help you grow into a big, mature tree with flourishing branches and leaves, blooms that are still hidden but slowly opening and becoming softer. Have you found your “people” your “village?” If not what holds you back?

These matching mother and daughter dresses were handmade by a beautiful friend that is truly one of a kind. She believes children’s clothes should be just as vibrant and creative as their personalities and be true to who they are. You will find so much warmth and talent when you take a moment to read her story and look at her clothing choices.  You can shop her store using the link below: 

https://www.elestory.com/collections/new-arrivals
Instagram handle: @elestory

Xo,

Sophia 

Comments

  1. I totally found my village through Instagram when I had my first baby. I turned to so many of them for advice when I just didn’t know what to do. It helped me through some postpartum because I found so much joy from connecting with them. Thank goodness for that community!

    • sophiajohnson says:

      That warms my heart to hear your had so much support it truly takes a village Indeed thank you for sharing I truly appreciate it

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