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Monday, April 5

before


with all of the relationships, friendships, and acquaintance-ships that encompass our lives it's easy to get caught up in the ways that people bring us down. so today i am celebrating all of the good things that friendships and relationships have brought into my life, from the silly & minute to the character traits i cherish.

before my best friend erin.....
i didn't know what anthropologie was & had never been to a store {a travesty, i know!}
i wore a lot of black & chuck taylors way too often
i had never eaten a wendy's spicy chicken sandwich
i didn't completely understand the meaning of true, lasting friendship


before my dear friend lesley...
i had never seen what it's like to be young and completely in love {she and sam are such a perfect match}
i would have never been inspired to paint my own canvases to hang on the wall {this girl is creative!}


before my sweet husband...
i never ate oatmeal.. or pork chops.. or eggs with broccoli
i didn't know the "proper" way to make a pbj sandwich {jelly first. it's easier to clean off the knife than pb.}
i didn't actually own a backpacking pack or a hydration pack
i didn't visit the rei scratch & dent sale regularly
i never ran sprints
i never felt cherished and adored on a daily basis
i never felt taken care of and secure


i could go on and on... but i do hope that you take a minute today and think of at least one positive thing that each of your nearest & dearest have brought to your life. and maybe even let them know about it!

what are some of your favorite quirks or character traits that you have developed through relationships? i'd love to hear about them!

xoxo

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8 comments:

Wild and Precious said...

what a great post!! i would feel so loved if i were leslie or erin or your sweet hubs.

have a happy monday.

Claire Kiefer said...

So sweet. I love Lesley too! But in my life, there was never a "before Lesley," cause I'm lucky enough to have known her since the day I was born. :)

homemade grits said...

i do feel so loved! what a sweet little note to come home to.

before ashley and erin i had never seen more put together and stylish girls, who to my surprise were just a sweet as they were beautiful! you opened my eyes to a whole new world. really. i miss you!

Toni said...

Oh.. great post! I agree... people focus on the negative to much! Loving your blog!

Erin said...

I love that your bestie's name is Erin like me. It's fun when stylin' people have your name.

And yes, you and Lesley both are so inspiring. i almost get anxious with all the beautiful things and ideas. What to do with them all?

Very sweet about your hubby. Got any of those good ones down there for me? :)

way to go with that post though. i could go on and on too about my incredible friends and community. i don't even know you gals really (although i know lesley and I do have some mutual friends as i lived in ATL for a few years)yet i still find myself wanting to bring my faves to meet your faves and all just being silly and girly and enjoying the Good Lords Gifts together.

well, now i am just pleased

wren
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Valerie said...

This is such a touching post. It's amazing how much a relationship can lift your spirits or crush your mood, depending on what kind of relationship it is. My husband has taught me that through trying times, strength of character is built. My girl friends teach me that a good laugh can cure almost anything.

Erin said...

Just saw this...je t'aime.

xoxoKrysten said...

Aw! What a wonderful, fantastic post!