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Loyalty..


There is something that possibly ranks higher than love for me and that is loyalty.. true loyalty is born from an unconditional love, a connection that has you want to ride out any ups and downs that life chucks at you to ensure that person stays in your life and is the happiest you can make them given any circumstance.

I am a fiercely loyal person. I take attacks on my friends to heart like they were my own. When my friends are upset I stress about them and when they are just not right I worry about them until I see them smile again.

I would drop anything and go anywhere for a friend in need and I am lucky enough to have a husband that gets that and would do just the same.

I wrote a post a while back about how it is ok to loose friend ships and I still stand by the fact that it is but I do think that if the friendship was true that you would want to fight for it, you would want to work through it and pop out the other side stronger.

It was my birthday this week and there were a few well wishes missing since last year due to lost connections. It could have made me sad but it didn't. I feel so lucky to have had the ones that were not loyal enough to fight fall by the way side leaving me with the quality people to surround myself with.

I always have an amazing reflective day on big occasions as they are yearly and you can really look back at where you were 12 months before and compare. I choose to always find the good in the year and lets just leave the shitty past bits as in the past.. 'cos they are shit so no need to take them forward into the future huh?!

Are you a loyal friend? Has it stung you? Do you reflect much? 

48 comments

  1. When I was staying with you recently, Kitty wanted to give away her (only recently acquired) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle poster to one of her friends at school.


    I was just grinning like a stupid Cheshire cat, because I realised right then & there, you've passed your kindness + fierce loyalty STRAIGHT into the DNA of your little ones Tess.


    And that's a gift that just keeps on giving, ... believe me.


    Birthdays are such a great reflective tool! Another year older? Another year wiser!


    A couple of friends down, yep, but more time to focus on the ones who make you feel GOOD.


    x x x

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  2. Love these words! I am taking on your mantra and leaving the shitty bits in the past - I only want the good bits moving forward :) I too am fiercely loyal. I forgive but don't forget. If you cross me, sometimes you don't get a second chance!

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  3. Lemon chicken has been a family favourite FOREVER!!! Lots of lemon flavour that makes your mouth water just thinking about the deliciousness to come :)

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  4. I would even go so far to say if you cross me I walk away and never look back, depends on the situation but often the better thing in the long run x

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  5. Love this, so true. I too used to drop everything for a friend but not the right friends. Now though it's quality over quantity and I would be there for them through hell high water! It's important to walk away and be ok with it. Life happens things change for the better I think, for the friendships that are lost, stronger ones are gained.

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  6. Could not have said it better Kim..

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  7. This reminds me of a quote I saw the other day, "you don't need a certain number of friends, you just need a number of friends you can be certain of." The older I get, the truer it is. I love birthdays, I think they are a privilege denied to many, and so try to enjoy them to the max. I too love looking back but only over the good bits, it warms the cockles of my heart! It's really fun to scroll back through a year of IG on birthdays, it helps you remember so many magical moments! A trip down that little (memory) lane!

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  8. Ha love it and have just stolen that quote to my iPhone thank you gorgeous girl!!

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  9. Nigella's Mughlai Chicken Curry, it tastes sensational, it smells divine and its delicious as leftovers - if theres any left!

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  10. Oven-baked mushroom risotto! All the goodness of risotto, minus the stirring- delicious! And a winner with all my vegetarian friends :)

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  11. Fav recipe ever is possibly the simplest ever... a tin of condensed milk mixed into a carton of whipped cream, toss in a broken up Crunchie bar & pop in the freezer. Best.Icecream.Ever.

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  12. My fav recipe is banana coconut bread with no sugar, its healthy quick and easy and most of all YUMMY!

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  13. Pavlova made the way that mum used to make them with lashings of fresh cream and oodles and oodles of fresh fruit.

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  14. My infamous Tiramisu which my friends and family love made with quality ingredients and a dash of love :-)

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  15. This is borning BUT Spag bol.. I don't need a recipe and I have now mastered its perfection

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  16. Any recipe that works every time is my favourite! Especially if it comes out looking like restaurant quality rather than frazzled time-poor mum quality

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  17. My fave recipe is my 8 year old son's spag bol, with garlic bread. It's great and I get the night off.

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  18. My favourite recipe is beef brisket. It's easy to make and something the whole family enjoys!

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  19. You are a beautiful friend, Tess and loyalty is a most wonderful companion. x

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  20. Thank you Bron, as are you Mrs. M.

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  21. Is homemade taco/pulled beef in the thermomix. The same delicious flavours of taco without the preservatives or excess salt.

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  22. Marinated chicken tenderloin skewers with capsicum on rice, they are delicious and quick to make.

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  23. When the twelve guests enjoying my chocolate meringue roulade for Christmas dessert draw straws to see who has last piece, I know my favourite recipe!

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  24. my fav is profiteroles because i make them easily but it looks really fancy with the chocolate or toffee on and it's a pretty impressive treat for parties

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  25. Chicken curry - reminds me of mum

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  26. My chocolate brownies. Quick to make and everyone loves them and asks for them. Also easy to make variations too.

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  27. Traditional Lamb roast, cant beat it

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  28. Five Spiced Calamari on Mango Salad with Nam Pla Prik and Ginger Glaze. It is a recipe from one of our favourite restaurants

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  29. I had the most amazing spiced omelette in Fiji recently and begged the chef for the recipe to take home, it's insanely good!

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  30. I'm super loyal. To friends, employers, local stores... You name it. Sometimes too loyal as hubby tells me. But these days I'm finally learning that it's all about quality not quantity. Wish I realised that back in my 20's!

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  31. Yummy flavours, children love it, healthy vegies are a plus.
    That’s why my THAI GREEN CHICKEN CURRY's my favourite for us!!

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  32. My favorite recipe Is roasted chicken and butternut squash. As a woman who works full-time, yet still loves to prepare delish meals for my family, this allows for me to quickly prepare a gourmet and healthy meal within 20 minutes after a long day of work!

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  33. Potato and Leek soup has been a huge hit this year. Cooked in the flow cooker with a salty ham hock- easy & delicious.

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  34. Happy birthday... Yep, I'm with you on the loyalty too, and I'm partial to some reflection, have a lovely weekend Tess x

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  35. Best ever Chocolate Browie's always a hit and so easy to make

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  36. The recipe for SUCCESS ~ because it ensures I never bake a flat cake or ruin a roast again!

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  37. My homemade lasagne always brings my whole family together, we all don't talk at the table, we absorb the flavours and textures.

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  38. My grandma's shortbread recipe because it tastes like Christmas and is a beautiful reminder of wonderful times gone by :)

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  39. Loyalty it seems can be so hard to find. I thought I had it but it seems so often that people are not as loyal as I thought.
    It's definitely in the top three of my most valued traits

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  40. I love the quote - I think I saw another friend mention it on FB.
    I am a loyal friend and it slays me when other friends are not so loyal.
    PS Happy Birthday.

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  41. "...true loyalty is born from an unconditional love..." There you go again, absolutely nailing it - and doing so beautifully. I agree with you. Loyalty is right up there for me and I pride myself on being a loyal wife and friend. x

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  42. Best thing you can offer anyone and the thing I love giving the most :)

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  43. Thank you Trish and yes we do get hurt but the highs make up for it :)

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  44. Oh it certainly does not come easy but once it is shared it is a powerful thing x

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  45. I love them both, hope you are well lovely lady x

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  46. Oh so true Shannon, hindsight is madness hey? how much better we could have loved our formative years :)

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