Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Why it's all worth it....

Lately I've been highlighting in my Instagram stories, other accounts that I follow and enjoy their aesthetic or style.  I was going to share a particular one this week, but I couldn't just add it to my story feed.  It deserved more, because this girl is one of my biggest, loudest cheerleaders, my eternal friend, and in all honesty, I've been meaning to tell you all about her for a while....because I met her through blogging.  I know I don't have a huge following, and I'll never let that bother me because, through this outlet, I got to meet one of the best human beings I've ever known.
In 2012, another interior design blog featured my home for their series "Feature Fridays" and Angie started following my blog. At some point in time, we started emailing, she had some questions about a sunburst mirror I posted about that she and her sister ended up purchasing as well.  The emails got longer and longer, and turned more from just home decor and my low carb lifestyle, to more personal things like family and where we each grew up.  Eventually we started texting, and after a few weeks of texting back and forth, we ended up on the phone.  And boy, do I remember that conversation like it was yesterday.  We sat up and talked until the early hours of the morning and that night I knew, I had a friend for life!
Eventually, after months and months of texting and talking on the phone, her insanely trusting and loving husband, agreed to put their family of 4 in the car and make the trek from Selma, Alabama to come stay with us in our 13 Acres outside of Columbia, South Carolina.  I remember Chad being so nervous by all of this.  Were we crazy enough to let 4 complete strangers stay at our house?  We must be out of our minds right?  What if they are serial killers or part of some cult or scam?  What if they rob us blind?  But by the time they packed up to go home and Angie and I said our tearful goodbyes, Chad understood why I felt so at ease having these strangers come to our home.  Meeting her for the first time was surreal.  It's like we hadn't missed a beat and we'd known eachother our entire lives.
 First trip to SC, back in 2014 
We still talk and text almost daily.  Her family is one of the kindest, most loving group of people you'll ever meet.  For the longest time, Chad would refer to her as my 'internet friend.'  But now, before we get off the phone, he's normally in the background yelling "ask her when they're coming back to see us!"

I'm so blessed to call her my friend.  I'm so glad she's nosy and outspoken and asks a million questions because if not, I never would have found her.  And I'm SO proud of her!!  
Angie and her friend Lauren have started a new business called Fuel Good Co and I just can't tell you how over the moon excited I am for them!  
When Angie visited me on one of her trips here a few years ago, I could tell she'd gained a good amount of weight.  She'd struggled with Diabetes, Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's disease.  Shortly after that trip, she changed her eating habits, cut out certain items from her diet, and managed to lose 40 pounds!  She and Lauren have developed a plan that now has consistent testimonials and success.  This is a completely different way of looking at food, nutrition and some incorporated intermittent fasting (which I SWEAR by for a jumpstart) and a lifestyle change that I believe changes the way you think about food for good!   

If you're interested in seeing what the plan is all about, visit their website here.  

Angie is firecracker!  She's loud, fun, energetic and makes everyone feel special. There are days after I've gotten off the phone with her I feel terrible that I didn't have time to ask her about her day or what's going on with one of the kids, etc, because she'd been drilling me with 25 questions from start to finish.  I know that as a coach in this new adventure, she's amazing!  I love her motivation and spunk!!  

This post was more like a 2 for 1.  You got some information on a new business that I feel deserves a huge shout out and the story of how we invited strangers from another state to come stay in our house having never laid eyes on them.

Sometimes I wonder if all this is worth it, sharing our home, my stories and my obsession with changing things in our house, but then I remember it's all WELL worth it.  I made lifelong friends who I admire and love so much!  My only regret is that we are physically so far apart, but I know she's always a phone call away when I need her.

Love you Angie, Robin, Wiley and Alice!!!  
Go Cocks and Roll Tide! (sorry Rob) 

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