How does that word make you feel? Comforted, knowing you have it? Sad, because you wish you had it. Frustrated, because it’s conditional?
We all need support. That’s why programs like Weight Watchers, Livestrong, Jenny Craig and more just like it flourish- because each and every member is supported in their journey. It makes me think of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Can you imagine her making it all the way to the Emerald City without the support and encouragement of her manly entourage?
How many times you have you started out on a journey only to quit because no one was there for you? I know I have a bunch of times. Sometimes, the support has to come from within and sometimes you can find it in others. That’s what makes Facebook and blogging so great! No matter what crazy journey you want to embark upon, you can find people who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
I think back to all the people who have supported me in some pretty wacky ideas. Going to Bible College in Oregon (which coming from NorCal was like moving to Alaska), moving to Spokane to pursue being a teacher, changing my mind and moving back to California, going back to Bible College, asking out a boy :0) Marrying the man of my dreams on a tight budget (that took a LOT of support- I had 9 bridesmaids !) Pursuing fitness as a career, quitting my steady job to pursue my own business….I could not have done it without support of those around me.
Obviously, most people are not going to come right out with their support. Sometimes, you have to dig a little and find it. I spent a lot of time online for job support, time with people who had walked in my shoes and new what I was going through. I had to ask to be mentored and I pay for a counselor to help support me in my growth process. My husband is probably the most supportive man I know! (Side note to the married ladies out there- Sometimes men don’t know that you need lots and lots of support on things, so give him a break and tell him that you would love his support in x,y or z.)
Don’t be afraid to try something new! Here are some great sources of support: