Vision, Art & Faith meet Friendship
I moved to Brussels feeling quite connected to the city, and knowing quite a few artists and people, but honestly it's been challenging to find my tribe. I define my tribe as a group of close connections with people who I connect with on a deeper level emotionally, mentally, and even professionally. We don't have to be pursuing the same thing but have a similar mindset in how we approach our lives and work. I don't know if it's the American in me, but here in Belgium I don't feel the same drive or go-getter attitude and I don't often meet people who value the how over the what.
How do I build my dance school and professional career? How do I show to myself and others that my ideas and work are valuable? How do I become what I need to be to achieve my dreams? These are the questions that my friend Tiffani and I reflect on during her 8am trips into DC for work and my 2pm admin sessions in my apartment in Brussels. Despite the 6 hour time difference, our daily FaceTime sessions is a staple in the strengthening and development of our friendship.
I met Tiffani back in DC when I was working at Dance Place as a Individual giving and grant writing intern and she as a work/study student. Since then we have both left full-time positions to become entrepreneurs which we've both discovered are rewarding yet humbling experiences. What started as a very simple friendship and love for the arts has blossomed into more than I could have imagined. Out of all my friends she has witnessed me at my best and my worst in this process of becoming the best version of Briana. Honestly, without my friendship with Tiffani my entire Vision, Art, & Faith journey wouldn't be the same.
I mean do you have a friend who let you stay with them practically rent-free for several months to help you get back on your feet post 6 month EuroAsia Trip? How about a friend who is completely honest with you about your post dance class, pre social event stench and supplies endless baby wipes and natural oil recommendations? Or, who offered to give you rides to and from DC whenever she could because it took a 20 min walk, bus, train and metro just for you to get to work from her apartment (and that's not even an exaggeration). And last but certainly not least, a friend who supported you wholeheartedly when you proclaimed your intention to move halfway across the world because it just.. felt... right.
This my friends is friendship, a ride or die who sees your potential and pours into it because they really see you, believe in you and want the best for your life. I remember coming home one day feeling down about what the future might hold and she surprised me with a box of Apple Larabars and a note that simply said:
" I believe in you".
These words meant so much in so few words and I couldn't even remember the last time I told myself these words. I often get into my head and overthink about the smallest things but Tiffani always manages to see the big picture. She reminds me that's its okay to feel how I feel on this journey of seeking beyond myself and creating meaning and purpose within my passion. Every time we FaceTime, we remind each other to be strong and patient with ourselves and to push through because we are valuable and worthy of all the good opportunities coming into our lives.
Our friendship has become such a blueprint for how I approach challenges, new experiences, and myself. We focus on the importance of self-value and self-care and how these things show through our work. We've found that the love and care applied to ourselves and those around use positively affect our businesses and ideas. If I put as much love and care from this friendship as I put into myself, I'd never feel down and eliminate negative thoughts as quickly as they arrive.
As I continue pushing the boundaries of my mind, passion, potential and business, its important to have people in your tribe like Tiffani who are rooting on, and remind you that it's okay to be you, have your ideas and say to you "I believe in you" even when you have a hard time believing in yourself.
Thank you Tiffani and thanks for reading,
And remember to always have faith, keep a vision and make art in everything that you do.