You guys, it’s 2016. It’s time to solely surround yourself with genuine people who make a positive impact on your life.
Today, 1/3/2016, I went on Lu and Ryan’s boat in Miami and then to have lunch at the Standard Hotel. It was the best Sunday of the year and we shared countless laughs, conversations and champs. Thank you guys for being authentic, genuine, hilarious and inspiring me to write this post- love you guys:) A little backstory – I met Ryan through my friend Sarah Lovrien who is an amazing photographer I’ve worked with. She came to Miami, stayed with me for a weekend and introduced me to Ryan who used to live in Seattle with her. Now Ryan and Lu are people I will have as friends the rest of my life and will definitely work together on projects with. (In fact we already have and there are more coming soon:). Just like that. I love nothing more than meeting real, humble people who just get “it.” So much love.
1. You are who you surround yourself with.
Grandpa George always instilled in me “you are who you surround yourself with” and my Grandpa is a G so he’s always right. This is how successful people become successful – they surround themselves with the leaders, the doers, the motivators and they support one another and grow together. You need genuine people in your life as much as you need to be genuine yourself so that you can succeed together and do big things without having to worry that your partners will turn on you.
The people you surround yourself with influence you and the way you think on a daily basis. I’ve been blessed with encountering amazing people who have turned into friends/family along this journey but I’ve also been selective. We’ve all grown together and I feel like I have a strong squad/team/fam I can count on and they know I would do literally anything for them.
2. They will make you want to be a better person as you will make them.
Energy is everything. When you are around positive energy it positively influences you and vice versa. Positive influences will encourage you to seize the day and make the most out of life which means cutting out the drama. Genuine and authentic people are confident, comfortable with being vulnerable, trustworthy, present and great listeners. Live authentically.
3. They will support you.
We’re all here on this planet to not only make something of ourselves, but also to leave our mark in the most memorable manner. It’s our job to touch those around us with our friendship and support. You can help change how your friends live their lives, how they bounce back from the lowest of times, and how they find what they love to do.
4. They will be honest with you and tell you when they think you’re wrong.
When you’re at the top you don’t want everyone to agree with you, you need people who will tell you an honest opinion which you might not always want to hear but you will appreciate.
5. They will have your best interest.
Friends play a huge role in your life so you have to make sure they have your best interest. The friends that you surround yourself with help build you into the person you are, as you help them.
6. They will inspire and motivate you.
Positive and passionate people thrive off of each other – surround yourself with people who make you feel alive.
Life is all about the choices we make. Being happy is a choice. Following your dreams is a choice. Living your life the way you want to is a choice. Look at the big picture and start making small changes each day to get closer to whatever it is you want. Choosing the people you surround yourself with is the first step.
Life is too short for bad vibes. Life is too short to not laugh uncontrollably each day. Life is too short to not follow your dreams and live a passionate life because someone is telling you that you can’t. Weed out those people. Think about the big picture. It’s your year. Don’t get caught up. Let’s slay 2016.