by Geri Mason
All of us have heard the saying, “You are who you associate with.” Although that may not be true 100% of the time, it is the perception that counts. If the only friends you have are the ones who always stir up controversy, then you are going to be put in that same category. Take a look at your circle of influence and you will see why people perceive you a certain way. Once you do that, then it’s up to you to align yourself with people who reflect your beliefs and values.
The other day I signed up for an event that falls on the night before my birthday. When I mentioned how excited I am to attend, because this would be a great opportunity for me to celebrate, the organizer messaged me back and asked, ‘What kind of cake do you like?’ Now this is someone whom I met only once, and that was a year ago. When I responded in awe, and indicated to her that such a gesture is awfully nice considering that we only met once, her response was, “I follow you on social media, and I have also heard good things about you.” That goes to show, that you never know who’s watching you and what impact you may be silently making in the background.
None of us are on point at all times, however if we are authentically true to ourselves then we cannot go wrong. I’ve had people who don’t even know me volunteer to assist with planning events. Also, others have invited me to their events free of charge.
Sometimes when I think about little old me, it’s hard to believe that I am where I am today. A small country girl from the state of Virginia, now living life out loud in Charleston, South Carolina. There is a whole lot to that story and I tell it every opportunity I get. Don’t be fooled by the hype, association CAN open closed doors!