I know I've said it before, but this thing called blogging has changed my life. There's no earth-shattering tale to tell. Rather, I started to get to know a few people through blogging last year. Like dating, jumping into the blogging community is overwhelming and fun. I came across so many interesting people, some with whom I seemed to have a lot in common and others who lived lives that were foreign and fascinating. Reading turned into comments which turned into e-mail which turned into Skype dates which turned into texting and phone calls. I was officially "friend dating" some of these people! A small part of me expected that the newness would fade and I'd come to realize that some of these friendships weren't meant to me, but here I am over a year later, and guess what? These people are just as effing awesome as they seemed in the beginning.
Jenni said to write about my love for one blogger friend. I chose nine. Sue me.
Jessica is the first blogger I reached out to when I started blogging. She is the epitome of "dream chaser" (and this girl has so many dreams). To know Jess is to have a life-long sassy friend (and for me, little sister). I don't know how she does it, but she always has room in her heart for more people. Also, she is launching her new business, Glisten Fit, soon. Stay tuned!
Bobbi is the cool kid in school with whom I have no business being friends, but somehow, she likes me. You think you're smart, witty, creative, and a total bad-ass? I thought I was, too, until I met Bobbi. Also, I'm glad she doesn't mind that Ryan and I blow up her Twitter with banters and nonsense.
Michelle is one of the best bloggers ever, because she is a writer. Whether she writes about her crazy co-workers or her husband or running into people from her past (much to her dismay), you'll wish she had written more. Even the crappy stuff in life is funny when it's told by her. I adore this girl!
Meg is the perfect Southern girl. Outspoken, super sweet, sarcastic, trendy, accent -- all without the gossip (like, none ever). :) We met in person last April, and she's just kind of wonderful to be around. I'm so glad we live in the same part of Houston.
Whitney and I are nothing alike -- at first glance, at least. She's a South Carolina beauty who loves her sweet tea and loves her sorority even more. We bonded over deep conversation and shared values, and I'm lucky that she also lives in the same part of Houston! She's like a slightly taller, Caucasian little sister to me. ;)
Gesci is my fellow animal lover! Yes, we have e-mailed about pets a lot. We've also discussed religion, marriage, food, and traveling (although that's mostly her talking). We share a love of Prince Edward Island and Anne of Green Gables. I'm the Diana Berry to her Anne Shirley. We are kindred spirits. Also, she taught me what Bible Drill is, so there's that. ;)
Betsy is "the challenger!" I have never seen someone take to debate and discussion the way this women does. She is not afraid to speak her mind, but she does it with such grace and respect. It's inspiring. We like to serve as sounding boards for each other whenever we feel like we're faced with a situation that requires perfectly chosen words. She's a good mirror to have!
Devon is the epitome of a free spirit. She quit her job to become a professional surfer and writer. I mean, hello? That girl's got balls. We went to the same university and knew some of the same people but only met once I moved 1,500 miles away. Go figure. She admits to what she's feeling, draws a lesson from it, and moves on with a calm confidence that leaves me in awe. Oh, and I get to hug the sweet life out of her when I'm in San Diego next month.
Emily and I met through a vlog link-up, and our BBF/BSM (blog best friend/blog soulmate) relationship unfolded from there. She is the kind of friend that everyone needs: endlessly supportive, witty, and honest. Life is just better with these "Emilys" in your life. Em's blogging journey ended after she moved back to the states from Australia, but we call each other and Skype. And... we're meeting in person for the first time (with Devon!) when I'm in San Diego next month! I CANNOT WAIT.
So, there you have it. A whole bunch of mushy, bloggy love today.