I’ve always celebrated having a positive outlook on life and have tried my best to approach it that way. In recent years I’ve discovered that my outlook on life is nowhere’s near as incredible as my best friend, Amber’s outlook on life (certainly appreciation of it). You see, one very memorable day a few years back I got one of the worst phone calls of my life. It was from Amber and she told me words that I just didn’t want to hear. Amber told me she had breast cancer. She handled it better than all of us close to her. I have always counted on Amber because not only is she an incredible friend; she is also a dynamic woman that automatically draws people in. When Amber walks into a room everybody turns and takes notice. There are few smiles that reach out to people and warm them just by looking at them – Amber has one of those types of smiles. She should be the poster child for incredible smiles.
Over the years, Amber has gone through treatments, chemotherapy, surgeries, and countless other things to help her conquer her cancer obstacle. She’s always maintained the positive throughout even the most difficult of days. I am so fortunate to call a woman with such incredible strength and grace my best friend. The gifts and lessons in life that Amber has given me could not easily be repeated by anybody else. She can make even the dimmest moments radiate with her eloquent grace. She didn’t even waiver when she discovered that she also had bone cancer. She just kept going and put it in its place – she wouldn’t let it rule her life. Even cancer can’t tell Amber what she should be doing!
I really started thinking about how different Amber’s journey would be if she didn’t approach it with the right attitude and a definite belief that she would make the best of her cancer – no matter what happened. Everybody has the ability to think positively, but too many choose not to. Positive thinking is not a habit or natural thing for many people. I know, from studies and research, that it can be taught. Obviously, the younger you are when you develop the habit, the easier it is to make it a life choice. That’s where the inspiration for Positively Kids comes from. I really wanted to find a way to reach the little people in our world and let them know that their attitude is one of the best tools they’ll have in their life. I couldn’t be more excited about Positively Kids and am thrilled to do whatever I can to make a difference in each and every child I can reach.
I never have a day go by where I don’t get both personal and professional inspiration from my best friend, Amber. She shows that a positive gesture has the ability to ripple throughout the world and make a genuine difference. Amber is, quite simply, a positively inspirational woman!