Do Your Friends Inspire You?


Do your friends make you laugh? Can they sit with you when you need a good cry? Can they also call you out when you’re playing the victim game? Are they present while they are listening to you? And maybe more importantly, do they inspire you?

…And vice versa?

I wanted to write to you about the importance of surrounding yourself with friends that genuinely uplift you because over the past few days I have been lucky enough to spend time with my very dear friend, Samar, who is one of these insanely inspirational people. Seeing her made me feel completely reenergized and stimulated. Samar is a new media artist in Toronto. She runs her own studio (InLight Studio) and creates pieces that are both stunning and thought provoking. (Check out her work

Besides over Skype, I have only seen Samar on one other occasion over the last eight months because we currently live on different sides of the planet. I was SO excited to see her yet I hadn’t fully realized how much I needed to be in the presence of her energy at this time until I was actually with her. I always feel great when I see this girl, but this time it sunk in more. We laughed as much as we always do and talked about some of the new things happening in our lives and we shared nuggets of wisdom. I have really missed her beautiful soul and being around her again made me feel like I was coming back into myself after feeling somewhat off.