Welcome to the Founder's Page.
I believe that our youth can achieve and succeed. I have used my life experiences to help many young women in need of coaching and guidance. Good self-esteem and a strong support system make a big difference in the decisions that people make.
FRIENDS VERSUS ASSOCIATES
You go out of your way to help a "friend" and when you find yourself in need, that "friend" is nowhere to be found. Or, you go out on a limb and land yourself in trouble with your parents to please someone who is already on to the next big thing. Friend should not be a title handed out freely.
I often share the story of how my #1 best girlfriend and I became friends. In my undergraduate years, I had hopes of pledging a popular sorority. I had a "friend" who also intended to plege and we hung out all the time. When we went to an interest meeting, she was instructed to tell me that if I wanted to pledge, I needed to cut all ties with another one of my friends who had a disagreement with the organization the year prior. Infuriated, I responded firmly and said that I would not drop a friend to be a part of anything.
Well, the "friend" who went on to pledge decided to distance herself from our mutual friend. She also left me to catch two buses and a train when my car broke down in front of her house. She didn't bother to ask her step father if he could take me home. I couldn't pick my mother up from work as I was supposed to instead of going 20 miles out of the way to take her home in the first place.
Meanwhile, the friend that I chose over associated proved to be a real friend. She has shared tears and laughs, encouraged me when I was down, and had the courage to show me ways to improve my life even when she was at low points in her own. She stood there when I walked down the isle, and she wept with me when I lost my mother. And I have honored to help her whever I could. We live hundreds of miles apart, and still talk every day.
The value of one true friend outweighs and enterauge of associates any day. Look at the people to whom you have given the title "friend" and determine if they deserve the badge. A friend has the ability to tell you the truth respectfully and in love. Also, look into yourself to see if you are really a good friend. If not, it's never to late to change.