With my big move happening tomorrow, I’ve been thinking and remembering the last four(ish) years.
I’ve been remembering the hard days, the good days, the people I’ve gotten to meet, etc. One thing that I’ve seen as a positive with having to live away from “home” has been that we have grown so close as a couple.. Sid and I are each other’s best friend, family, loves of our lives, and so much more. We have the best relationship and are so close. He is home for me. No matter where we have lived, he has made me feel so safe and loved.
Another amazing thing has been meeting some amazing women who I admire and look up to in so many ways. Honestly each of these women have somewhat shaped me into who I am today. I admire them. I look up to them and will forever be grateful for the impact they made on me.
The Women That Represent The Woman I Want To Be:
First, I have to start with my mama. She is the strongest, most kind woman I know. Those who know her, know that she will do anything for her children. She has put my siblings and I first always and I truly admire her in every way and can only hope to be half the mom she is one day. She is so strong and has overcome so many obstacles. Her and my dad have worked so hard and I appreciate that example forever. She is my best friend and the best supporter and listener. I am thankful that she always pushed me to reach my goals because I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for her!
Next is my mother-in-law. Not only did she raise the most kind and sweet husband for me 🙂 but she also is someone who overcame so much and is so successful. She was the first woman that I ever got to see be a true “boss woman” in real life. I learned so much from her at the age of 20. She helped me learn how to manage Sid and I’s rental properties. She has the most amazing work ethic and I love the impact that she made on me. I truly have learned so much from her and I appreciate the love and support she gives to me.
When I was 15, I met my best friend Ally. She soon moved to Utah after we met, but we have always remained close. She is someone who I admire because of her BIG heart. Ally is always there for me, loves big, and is always kind. She is the one who set up the Hurricane Harvey fundraiser we did and it was just so amazing to see her work so hard for people she didn’t even know. Ally is someone I have always admired and feel so lucky to have her in my life. I can’t wait to finalllly live in the same state as her!
My Michigan Girls
When I first moved to Michigan, I didn’t know anyone. I was 6 months pregnant, alone, and honestly pretty scared. I was introduced to a group of girls and they were just amazing. There was something about each of them that I loved and adored and honestly it was such a blessing to meet them! They were some of the most kind, welcoming, and sweet women I had ever met. From them I learned to always be kind and welcoming, to love and include others, and to genuinely try to get to know people. They left such an impression on me and I will always be forever thankful for their friendship.
Next up is my friend, Ailee (scroll to the bottom to see a pic of us together…excuse the prom pose haha! 😉 ). When I first moved to Houston, I met lots of girls and tried to connect with them. I have made some amazing connections here and I am so thankful for them all. BUT Ailee, definitely stands out to me. I was instantly connected with her. I admired how kind, smart, loving, and sweet she was. She always made me feel so included and loved. She was basically like family to me here and I appreciate her friendship and example more than she will ever know. AHHHH (definitely crying writing this! I swear I’m the biggest baby).
She is also such a boss lady and I admire how hard working she is + the amazing mama she is to her two girls. I was still so new at blogging when I met her, but she always was there to teach me, help me, and most of all cheer me on. Truly, I know I would’ve had a much harder time living here if it weren’t for her. I will miss her so much, but thank goodness we are tagging along on her 30th birthday trip to Paris in February! She is my best friend and I love her dearly.
Thank You To The Women Who Inspire Me
These women have all taught me, inspired me, and loved me for who I am. There is something about each and every one of them that I have taken and tried to implement in my life. I am thankful for the blessing it was to have to live away from our families, even though at times it felt like anything but a blessing. When I look back, I see how I have grown so much (even in the last few years) and will continue to grow.
Honestly I am so thankful that I was able to meet some of the sweetest ladies that I otherwise wouldn’t if we hadn’t lived in Michigan or Texas. I will always remember to be kind, to include others, and to love big. I know firsthand how lonely + hard life can seem sometimes. Heavenly Father has a plan. He loves us and puts people in our lives for a reason. I will forever be thankful for the experience we’ve had + the blessing that these women have been to me. Who are some women who have made an impact on your life? Thanks so much for reading, loves… & Texas, we’ll see you later + will love you forever! XO