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My People

I’ve written many times about the support Houston and I have felt from our community for our small, family owned business. I hope I never take it for granted. This past week I felt especially grateful for a group of women who have collectively and individually lifted me up in so many ways.

Each week, same time, same place, I have lunch with a group of ladies. While we share some similarities, we are also very unique. Among our group are artists, writers, actors, advocates, business women and a former model. These women are my people. They have become such a big part of my life - especially over the course of the past several months. 

Initially I believe we were drawn together through our passion for the arts - whether our own art or supporting the creativity of others. But what I recently realized is that we’re also in that stage of life where we are reinventing ourselves. Having a safe place (our group, in this case) to try new things - like writing a novel, attempting a new art form, starting a new business - is the incubator we all need to flourish. I’m still contemplating some of these musings, but this is what I’ve landed on so far. 

Like mindedness takes many forms. For us it’s primarily creativity. For you, it may be your tennis team, church small group or volunteer program. Wherever you find yourself, I hope you experience the love, encouragement and support I have felt from this generous group of women. I hope they challenge you to make tough choices, listen when you need to talk and cheer you on to success.

This piece first appeared in Sherry’s column, Finding Myself in a Small Town, in the September 30, 2023 edition of the Corsicana Daily Sun.

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