My New Happy: It's All About Support

Friday, April 13, 2018

It's All About Support

Earlier this week I read a post about support among women.  Or rather, the lack of support.  The author asked "when did women become judge and jury over each other"?  To some extent, I agree with her.  Women can be mean, both in real life, and especially online.  They talk a good talk about lifting each other up, but get pleasure in cutting you down.  We've all known them, and removing them from our lives is a positive first step.


What if we only surround ourselves with women who cheer us on, make us feel good, and inspire us to be our best selves?  I think those ladies far outnumber the "judge and jury".  Today I want to share a few I've met through the blogging world.

Let's start with Mary.

This artist and life coach lives in Oakland, and literally always has a smile on her face and a spring in her step.  She starts her Instastories with "hello, hello beautiful people", and my day immediately gets better.  I want to hop in her car and drive around all day singing and dancing!  Her encouragement and enthusiasm are so inspiring.  You can find her blog, Evolve With Mary, here, and follow her on IG here.

And then there's Jodie, who has the most interesting blog concept ever.

She writes about fashion and beauty for women in different decades, with her mom and step mom as partners in crime.  The three of them have such a good time, and it shows in every single post.  Jodie leaves the most thoughtful comments, and is kind and supportive without fail.  She's also bold and willing to try new things, all with a huge smile and positive attitude.  Check out Jodie's Touch of Style, and find her on IG here.

Next up is Tamara.

I don't even remember how I first found Tamara, but I know I've been reading her blog since the beginning of my journey.  She's a big time influencer, amazing photographer, and mom to two adorable kiddos.  She writes with such beauty and soul.  I have no idea how she fits everything into her packed days, but she never fails to leave a fun comment on my blog posts.  And I mean never.  Tamara has also let me pick her brain on more than one occasion.  I want to be like her when I grow up.   Read her blog, Tamara Like Camera and find her on IG here.

And Catherine.

I don't think I've met anyone with a bigger, kinder, more giving heart.  This woman's entire mission is about empowering, celebrating, and cherishing others.  She is honestly sincere, supportive, and inspiring, and believes that age is just a number.  I've gotten to know Catherine through the Forever Fierce Revolution, and she's got big plans to change the perception of women at midlife and beyond.  Find her blog here.

No list about supportive women would be complete without a mention of my best blogging friends, the ladies of The Blended Blog.  Honestly, they've become more like sisters to me, and not a day goes by that I don't feel the love from them.  I'm one of the oldest in the group, and most of the other women could be my "teen mom" children, but they accept me and let me join in the fun!  Something bigger was at play when we found our way to each other.

And there are so many more!  These are the women I look up to, who inspire me to do better, to be better.  They prove that being kind and lifting others up is the best way to go through life. Thank you for helping to show me the way!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


  1. What a lovely surprise to jump over to your blog and see us showcased!! Talk about kind and supportive, Lana!!
    Thank you to all of your kind words and love!!!
    And have a wonderful weekend, my friend!!

  2. I hate when other women tear each other down. Life is hard enough without being taken out at the knees from another sister. Lovely piece Lana! I've missed you!

  3. I need to stop by Tamara and Catherine's blogs! I have seen Jodie mention Catherine before. I agree with the ones I do follow (Mary and Jodie)- they are so upbeat and encouraging. Def. unforgettable and I'd love to meet them someday!


  4. What a beautiful post Lana! I agree with you, there are so many more supportive and uplifting women than the judgey ones. I believe what you focus on you get more of and at the end of the day Hurt People Hurt People so all those critical women are really hurting. It sometimes helps me to remember that but it's hard. When I first started blogging and commenting I remember seeing Jodie always commenting as well. She does have the most genuine, kind comments and I am blessed to know her. Now I need to check out the other ladies you mentioned. Thanks for sprinkling sunshine into my life today!

  5. Oh, my. This is making me cry! I've had SUCH a hard week. Thank you, thank you! I know Mary quite well and adore her. I don't know Jodie but that is the coolest concept EVER.
    Thank you so much! It really is all about support. That's literally the only way I got to where I am now.. and with luck and hard work, but mostly support.

  6. awww, I love this post so much, adding those that I don't follow already to my must read list! Also, Jodie I love her posts too, she's the best!

  7. "Teen mom" children. Now I'm giggling at my desk. My students must think I'm crazy! I'm so grateful to call you a friend and to get to be a part of such a great group of women!

  8. Thanks so much for introducing us to these wonderful ladies, Lana!

  9. OMG I feel like I’m taking this issue personally because I’m all about empowering women I know and those I don’t know. I don’t know why women judge so much, I used to do that when I was younger but not anymore. Women can be cruel, people can be cruel. I told a girl on Instagram that she was beautiful and she told me she was ugly and worthless and disgusting my words meant the world to her. I teared up, what kind of horrible people would tell this beautiful young woman she was disgusting. OMG you featured me!! OMG OMG OMG I am so honored. I starting responding before I saw myself Now you have me tearing up. Thank you so much , this truly touches my heart. I’m going to check out Jodie! She should awesome. Tamara is my Girl :) She is awesome and always makes me chuckle.


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