If there is one thing I have learned in my life, it is that real friends are always there for you through good and bad. No one’s life moves along a straight line; there are always ups and downs, good and bad.

I once had an enviable life, or so it seemed to most around me. Then my circumstances changed and I was out there in the big wide world on my own.

At first, all was going well, but then I made some big mistakes and found myself homeless and without enough money to even eat most days.

The interesting thing in life is that when all is going well, you are not judged, But the minute things go wrong, then suddenly everyone wants to know how you let it happen. Well, folks, it just does. You make one wrong decision and life comes tumbling down around you. And that is when you find out who are your real friends.

Slowly, over the last four years, I have climbed that mountain to try to get some sort of order in my life, and I can tell you, it has not been easy. I have had to do jobs that were not easy or nice but that is what you have to do. I now have a home again, I can pay my bills and eat.

And it is all thanks to my friends who stood by, did not judge me, and helped where they could. I don’t mean in a monetary sense particularly, but maybe by letting me have bits for my home, bringing some fruit from their trees, or wood for my wood burner. The list is endless over the last four years and I am so grateful for all their support.

The interesting thing about everything going wrong is that it brought me to a new location, my beautiful village, Selimiye in Turkey, because of a job. The village has a healing aura and it has been so good for me. The upside is that I started writing again, firstly, to earn money, and then for the pleasure of it.

I realised it is something I am good at – excuse the modesty – but it is true. My blog has become somewhere I can show you all some amazing, selfless people, along with also insights into a real Turkish village. Then, of course, there are my Bad Girls Series books; maybe they have come about because I believe in the strength of women against all adversities.

Even though my life has been so tough, I have still helped anyone around me who needs help, not in financial ways, but in any other way I can. I so believe it is important to give and take; then your life has some sense of balance.

So I want to say a huge thank you to all my old and new friends who have joined me on my bumpy ride over the last few years. Because of you, I am almost at the top of that mountain and we are going to have some fun times very soon.


Jo Tempest.

Painting – “Girlfriends” by Susan Rinehart

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