This photo was taken while hiking in Sedona last March with my friend, Kelley. This trip was special for a few reasons.

While we weren’t that connected for a number of years, Kelley and I reconnected about four years ago by way of a bridging heartfelt conversation when Kelley apologized to me for making false assumptions about me. In seeing her face and hearing her words, I felt the sincerity of her apology.

She explained that she’s been listening to my newly released “Mary Jane” song, and realized a story that had been energized about me for years was in fact not true. We had a candid conversation and I thanked her for apologizing to me.

On that day, Kelley and I started a new friendship. Different. Deeper.

As she was on her own reawakening journey and growing into her fullness, we grew closer sharing space seeking deeper understanding about life while also giggling about silly things. I think giggling is one of the things I cherish most about my friendship with Kelley. She’s fun for me. It’s easy to hang with her. I need fun and easy with deep diving connection.

So last March on the morning we were to drive home from Sedona, I woke up at 2:30am with the words of a new book streaming in my mind. Familiar with this flow, I got up. Coffee injecting and the hotel room light turned on at 3am, I wrote what would become “My Treasure Box with Tools of Love” — a single book for toddlers and preschoolers that simplifies my seven-book Kathryn the Grape Affirmation Series.

Whenever Kelley retells the story of waking up to seeing me amped up on caffeine in the early morning hours writing a book, we giggle about it. I apparently was quite a case. 

I dedicated the book to her because she helped me feel understood by allowing me to be me — a channeling writer who gets woken up to write in the early morning.

So much goodness transpired when the gap of misunderstanding was bridged with a sincere apology. What a gift that keeps giving. I’m grateful for our friendship. 

I share this story because perhaps there’s a bridging conversation that could transform a relationship in your life.

Perhaps you’re one sincere apology away from giggling goodness.

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