We all know that good friends are hard to find. Relationships come and go. They endure many ups and downs and as I get older the ones that last become fewer and farther between. I don’t know about you, but I NEED my homies! Ladies, there are just some things that the fellas don’t get. We need each other and sadly, most of us have a hard time reaching out when we need help or a shoulder to cry on because we don’t want to appear as if we aren’t holding it all together. I’m realizing more and more that exposing the ugly bits and being honest and vulnerable about them build more intimacy in my friendships than I could have ever imagined. The walls we build fall down and we realize we are not alone!

This last weekend I was given one of the most precious gifts I’ve ever received. A dear friend of mine decided to compose a poem for me as a gift for my birthday. It touched my heart so deeply and I was extremely humbled by the thought and care that went into it. It has reminded me that my efforts of transparency have not been in vain and has encouraged me to keep on fighting the good fight here at Realology. To keep chasing after a meaningful makeover. To keep
pressing on to be the me I was created to be.

So a very HUGE thank you to the author of this poem ( you know who are) for sharpening my sword.
And a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have remained true friends to me despite all of my flaws and craziness. I am blessed to have you ALL in my life.


Some are sweet, some are sassy.
Some are earthy and some are grassy.

But no matter how long or short you have been friends,
You always somehow know who will be there till the end.

This is the kind of friend I can call mine.
Even though they are a rare gem to find.

She is funny as can be when you need it most,
And she is quite the servant at events she hosts.

She can cook, she can bake and even clean,
But it’s her infectious personality and love for Jesus I want to glean.

She stays home with her babies and often feels bad,
Because she has a restless soul that sometimes drives her mad.

She wants to conquer mountains and cross the vast seas,
Anything else but be on her knees.

But as I have watched this dear friend of mine,
She has many a mountain she has already climbed.

Her love for Jesus is amazing to me,
Her heart is always willing once she makes a plea.

She has picked up the pen again and started being a writer,
This is where you can see and feel she is such a fighter.

All her writings are so real and so raw,
Every time I read them, I am always in awe.

She speaks of things most ladies might deny,
But there is such healing in the truths she tells, I cannot lie.

She just wants her aches and victories to be heard,
However, so many “friends” now think she’s absurd.

Her words roll into the paper like silk from a butterfly,
Her words are so encouraging if you’ll just give them a try.

The Lord has used her in many a way,
Once you know you’re not alone, this helps get you through the day.

She has a name that none will forget,
You all probably know her I bet…

Her friendship is loyal and true,
Mandi Holden this poem is for you!