As my best friend Julie Ferguson and I celebrate nine years of the most supportive and crazy fun friendship, I am reminded of this book we published long ago - Kickin' Up Dust! (Getting Lost To Find Ourselves)
We met when blogging was a big thing in 2010. We chatted on each other's paranormal blogs. I realized she was in the Greater Phoenix Area, too, so I asked her to an event downtown where we would clean up an historic cemetery and do a ghost hunt in an historic building.
From there, we became fast friends as both of us were in the worst times of our lives and found support in expressing our dreams and fears.
When we went out on our first road trip and ghost investigation, we started talking about writing a book together, photographing abandoned sites, and doing more ghost investigations.
When we came home, our lives seemed to change. We had gotten a perspective by leaving home that made coming home exciting and promising. We started to make changes in our lives.
And, we did start writing books together like Abandoned Places: Abandoned Memories series and the Zombie Housewives series, growing our blogs, getting more experience in other realms of the unexplained/paranormal.
And each time we came back from a trek, whether it was a day trip or a road trip or a flight across country to investigate new territory, we came back home knowing who we are, what we want, and gaining mastery, confidence, and most importantly - perspective.
I highly recommend this process to everyone. Go seeking answers and come back feeling ignited to live your passions, whether it's music, art, skiing, writing, crafts, going back to school, leaving a bad relationship or other.
In the time we've known each other these past nine years, we have come into our own personally and professionally. We believe that each other has unlimited potential and we try new avenues to express our goals and talents.
Friendships and trekking out - they change lives by the simple act of taking action.