Tag Archives: Best Friends

All hail spontaneity!

11 Nov

Today when I left Blacksburg, Virginia after a weekend with my best friend, Skidmore, I made a spontaneous trip to Roanoke, Virginia to see my other best friend, Kayley, and her daughter, Clara. Though Kayley doesn’t live in Roanoke, it was the halfway point between where she lives and Blacksburg, so it seemed like a good compromise, especially since I also had to drive back to Asheville today.

I hadn’t seen Kayley since February, so this spontaneous trip was much-needed. It just seemed to work out that I was in Virginia on a day that Kayley didn’t have to work. Therefore, we took advantage of our relatively free schedules to catch up with each other after not seeing each other for so long. Even though all we did was eat lunch and go to Barnes and Noble, it didn’t even matter because we got to spend time with each other (and I got to go crazy over the adorableness that is Clara). That being said, it was pretty much the perfect weekend!

Photo Friday: A best friend reunion in autumn.

26 Oct



I’ve included two photos for today’s Photo Friday because I absolutely love fall (It really is the perfect season), and my best friend, Skidmore, is coming down from Virginia today to spend the weekend with me. We’re planning to go shopping (yay retail therapy), watch movies (which will be chick flicks galore, obviously), jam out to Taylor Swift’s new album (since she’s our favorite singer. Yes, guilty as charged) and just do our typical best friend things. I can’t wait, especially since I haven’t seen Skidmore since the beginning of August. This best friend reunion will be much needed after the stressful week that I’ve had. And having Skidmore here during my favorite season is as close to perfection as things could ever get. ūüôā

The thing about best friends.

15 Oct

Me and my best friend, Skidmore.

‚ÄúThat was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours.‚ÄĚ -from Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah quote.

27 Aug

‚ÄúThat was the thing about best friends. Like sisters and mothers, they could piss you off and make you cry and break your heart, but in the end, when the chips were down, they were there, making you laugh even in your darkest hours. ‚ÄĚ

Twenty-one reasons why.

5 Aug

I just got back from spending the weekend in Virginia. I went to visit my best friend Skidmore to celebrate her 21st birthday with her. Since today was her 21st birthday, I thought I’d dedicate this blog post to her. So Skidmore, here are 21 reasons why I love you (even though there are so many more):

  1. You are the truest friend I’ve ever had, and I’m so grateful every day to be able to say that I have someone like you in my life.
  2. You are the least judgemental person I know. I still remember the night at Salem when I finally opened up to you about my past. You were the first person I opened up to, and realizing in the very beginning that you would just be there to listen meant so much to me.
  3. You’re the best hugger I know. Seriously.
  4. You’ve helped me realize what it means to believe in myself. Even though I still have pretty low self-esteem, I’m working at it, and your belief in me to be who I truly am gives me strength.
  5. You love Taylor Swift and country music as much as I do. Who else can I belt out Josh Turner with?
  6. You’ve converted me into a VT Hokie football fan. No words can describe how much I love that. ūüôā
  7. You introduced me to Middleman, even though we haven’t watched it in forever. I still want a teddy bear suit though!
  8. You’re a kickass apparel designer. Seriously…the dresses you made for the fashion show were amazing.
  9. You have a giant Scrabble board made out of duct tape. We’ve been best friends for 5 years, and I still can’t get over your amazing duct tape skills.
  10. You’ve fully supported me while I’m working on my memoir, and I’ve loved your feedback. There’s nothing I can say to express how much it means to me that you’re invested in my writing.
  11. You have the best dog in the history of the world.
  12. You’ve helped me develop a sense of style, and for the first time ever, I actually really love shopping for clothes. Who ever thought that day would come?
  13. You love Jodi Picoult as much as me. One of these days we’ve got to go to one of her book signings.
  14. You’ve made me see that true friendship can’t be broken by something as simple as distance.
  15. You’ve helped me realize that I can literally talk to you about¬†anything, and that means so much to me.
  16. You introduced me to foot massagers and back massagers. They’ve changed my life.
  17. You are an example of a true Salem sister. I’m so glad that Salem brought us together, but more than that, I’m glad that we have proved that true Salem bonds can never be broken.
  18. You’re probably the most unique person I know. Actually, I take that back…you are the most unique person I know.
  19. You introduced me to Sid, who is an amazing photographer and took some great pictures during my first photoshoot.
  20. You introduced me to V8 Fusion. My life will never be the same.
  21. You are the most amazing best friend I’ve ever had, and I’m so happy that I get to say that you’ve been in my life for the past 5 years. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you, and I love you so much!



Two Years Ago…

27 May

Yesterday I went to Salem Academy (the boarding school that I graduated from in 2010) to see the Class of 2012 graduate. I had a few really good friends who were graduating, and graduation is always a great way to see fellow Salem Sisters who have also graduated. My best friend Skidmore, who graduated from Salem in 2009, came to the graduation too, and I loved seeing her.

As I was sitting in the audience watching the Class of 2012 graduate, it surprised me to think that 2 years had already gone by since I was sitting down in the May Dell in a white cap and gown getting ready to embark on a new phase in my life: college. I remember my graduation day so perfectly, as if it was yesterday. I was so excited, and yet I was also incredibly, incredibly sad. I wasn’t ready to leave the one place where I finally had felt like I belonged only to have to start over again. I didn’t want to leave behind the friends I had made or the faculty and staff who had shown me what it meant to truly follow my heart and chase my dreams. And yet, I was excited for what college would bring. I was anxious to be in a new place with all new people who would all be on their own path of self discovery. I was happy to be done with the grueling academics of Salem, but knew in my heart that without them, I wouldn’t have been as prepared for college as I felt at that moment.

As I sat in the May Dell in my cap and gown, looking up at the all girls’ boarding school that was founded before the United States achieved independence, I was proud. I was proud to be part of another group of women who, though leaving Salem, would continue to think back on Salem in the years to come, relishing in the wonderful memories that shaped our lives. On that day 2 years ago, I was happy. I didn’t think that I would cry until I looked up to see my mom crying. However, in that single moment, all the sadness of what I was leaving behind hit me. But as I shaded my eyes from the sun and listened to girls from my class speak about their fond memories of this place, I let the tears fall. I cried knowing that the young women who stood around me would always be in my heart, even though we were all about to head off to colleges at far ends of the country, and even far ends of the world. And at the end of that day, I left Salem knowing that I’d be back to visit and that I had made some of the best memories and friends that I could have ever imagined.

When the graduation of the Class of 2012 was over, I felt a strange sense of deja vu. It took me a moment to realize that it wasn’t my graduation day, but the graduation of a class that I first got to know as freshmen during my first year at Salem, my junior year. Though it felt sad to see them leave the place that will always be home for me in my heart, I’m happy to know that one of my friends from the Class of 2012 will be heading to Asheville in the fall. It will be so exciting to have a fellow Salem Sister with me once again. Someone to explore Asheville with and talk about Salem with, and most of all, someone to create new memories with, even though both of us know that the memories that will forever bind us are those that were created in a place in North Carolina that I was able to call home for 2 years of my life. However, with my friend coming to UNCA in the fall, it’s as if something incredible has happened: Salem has become both my past and my present.

Goodbye Sunshine State.

24 May

Well, I’m back from Florida. It was a wonderful trip, and I loved that I got to spend a few days with my best friend in her home state. It was so much fun to meet her friends and hang out with her family and get to know them all better. Though I loved going out on the beach and soaking up as much Florida sun as possible, I’m a mountain girl at heart, and I’m happy to once again be among the Blue Ridge Mountains that I’m fortunate enough to call home.

I thought I’d post a few photos from the trip. Enjoy!

Day 1 of the Florida trip. At Disney for a boat ride and lunch.

Group shot at Disney.

Malia and I.

Before going out to dinner for my last night in Florida.

Check back tomorrow for Photo Friday where I’ll be sharing some of the more artsy shots from the trip!

Here I Come, Florida!

19 May

By the time most of you read this, I will be on the road to Florida! A friend of mine from UNCA, Malia, lives in Florida, and she’s just now heading home for the summer. Since she had her car with her in Asheville, I have offered to ride down with her. Who doesn’t love a road trip?! Granted, I think after 8 hours of driving, we will be more than relieved to have made it to the sunshine state! Plus, this finally gives me a chance to see Malia’s home and meet all of her friends back home. I can’t wait. It’s going to be so much fun!

From what I can tell, I’m prepared. I’ve got 3 books for me.¬†Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout which I’m reading now,¬†The Choice¬†by Nicholas Sparks (since Nicholas Sparks books are definite beach reads), and¬†Prodigal Summer¬†by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ll only be in Florida until Thursday morning, but I’ll be flying back so I’ll definitely need something to read while I’m in the airport/on the plane. Hopefully three books will be enough.

I love road trips. However, this will be the first time EVER that I’m taking a road trip with a friend of mine. I’m so excited. Thankfully we have an audiobook that Malia downloaded so we won’t get too bored in the car:¬†The Mermaid Chair¬†by Sue Monk Kidd (the author of¬†The Secret Life of Bees). That being said, Malia and I have been debating how long it will take before we’re bitching at each other. She guessed 10 minutes. I guessed 5. But Malia and I have the kind of friendship where we can bitch at one other and banter back and forth until we have a stomach ache¬†from laughing so hard. Needless to say, it’s going to be a really interesting car ride, and I’m so excited!!!

Our first stop will be in Orlando since one of Malia’s friends lives there. From what he’s told us, he’s rented a boat for us to enjoy on¬†Saturday/Sunday which allows you to see all the Disney parks, but from a boat (which I think is super cool because you don’t have to deal with the crowds of people). Anyway, I’m really excited for the boat, and it’ll be so much to finally (maybe/hopefully) get some sort of tan before I go to Ireland! On Sunday night we’ll head to Malia’s house in West Palm Beach and spend the rest of the trip there (at least in my case). I’m excited to see where Malia grew up and hear all the childhood stories that you only really hear in full when you are in the place where they all happened.

And, of course, the beach! Even though I’m definitely a mountain girl, I really love the beach too. It’ll be so great to be able to lay out on the beach with a book and just soak up the sunshine. Granted, it’ll be pretty hot (since it is Florida, after all), but that’s what getting in the ocean is for…to cool off for a little bit before heading back to the book that holds characters that you silently wish you could just sit down with and talk to right then and there.

Check in tomorrow for a review of Barbara Kingsolver’s novel,¬†Pigs In Heaven.

My First Photoshoot!

19 Mar

Well, I had my first photoshoot done on Saturday while visiting my best friend in Virginia, and I thought I’d share a few photos with all of you. I was very excited because I’ve always wanted to have professional photos taken of me. Let me know what you think. The photographer, Sidney Gardner, is a friend of my best friend’s, and she is absolutely amazing. Check out her photography page by clicking on the link of the bottom of this post!

Copyright: Sidney Leigh Photography

The Paperclip Award!

12 Mar

Another award, oh goodie! Thanks to Laura of Cheesecake Summer¬†for giving me the opportunity to accept this award. Laura’s pretty awesome, so all of you should check out her blog!

1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer. And though I’ve gone back and forth from then until now, I know I still want to be one. Though I also want to be a counselor, it’d be nice to be a counselor and then write on the side. Then I get the best of both worlds!

2. What is your ultimate favorite place to be?

The Blue Ridge Mountains. Even if I leave for just a short time, I am always so excited when I spot the first glimpse of the Blue Ridges. I’ve always been a mountain person instead of a beach person, and having the opportunity to live in the mountains is so incredible!

3. Name one famous person who inspires you. (Just one!!!)

Jodi Picoult. She’s a New York Times bestselling author, and her books have the power to move me. I’m inspired by her ability to evoke so much emotion just by using words. I only hope that one day I can accomplish the same thing.

4. Tea or Coffee?

Coffee ALL THE WAY! I love it so much! I do love sweet tea (since I’ve grown up in the South, and it’s just so good), but if I had to choose, I’d definitely pick coffee. A medium vanilla latte to be exact! YUM!

5. If you could be any other person for 48 hours, who would you be?

My best friend, Skidmore. She’s so amazing, and she also makes designs and all sorts of other creative stuff. She wants to go into the college apparel business once she’s finishes college, and I’d love to be her for 48 hours (but only if it can with all her talents, ha!). Plus, I’d love to be able to truly call myself a Hokie (she goes to Virginia Tech), if only for 2 days!

6. What is your earliest memory?

That’s really hard. I remember spending hours on my bedroom floor reading The Polka Dot Horse. I remember going to daycare and always getting excited for snack time because they brought out these really yummy lemon cookies, and I also remember the days when I’d sit in the dirt for hours in our backyard making mud pies with my Barbie kitchen. I’m not sure how old I was in those instances, but the latter memory is one that I remember pretty vividly.

7. If you could ask anyone in the world, living or dead, anything, who would you ask, and what would you ask them?

I’d ask Jodi Picoult what it was like for her growing up and what the moment was like when she knew she wanted to be a writer.

8. What is the scariest thing you have ever done?

I think my past was probably the scariest, partly because it’s the mindset I’m in since I’ve been working on my book recently. I think it was still the scariest though. I can’t think of a time when I was more scared. I mean, I knew I would be feeling pain, but I could never be sure of when my legs would decide to spasm…and I could never be sure of when they’d stop either. I really can’t even imagine any other experience more terrifyingly painful.

9. What is your favorite book?

Wow. That’s hard. Here are my favorites by my favorite authors:¬†Harvesting The Heart¬†by Jodi Picoult,¬†The Bell Jar¬†by Sylvia Plath,¬†Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, and¬†The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. There are definitely many more favorites, but these are just the ones I thought of off the top of my head. If you haven’t read these, I encourage you to add them to your TBR (to be read) list!

10. Briefly explain one of the weirdest dreams you have ever had.

I actually hardly ever remember any of my dreams. The one I remember specifically is the recurring dream I had during the spans of time I was in and out of the hospital. In the dream, I’d wake up during surgery, but I wouldn’t be able to speak. I’d see the doctors straightening my femurs, I’d see lots of blood, and I’d see the places on my legs that would eventually hold the scars that even the worst sunburn can’t cover up.

11. What one song best describes you? (Feel free to post a link to a YouTube vid)

Best describes me? Hmm…I think I’d have to say “Blackbird” by the Beatles. Though it is a sad song, it emphasizes what I’ve dealt with my entire life: learning how to overcome my disability in order to fully be able to accept who I am and the life that I was given. It’s a song of hope and courage that reminds me that I have the ability to overcome all of this, even if it feels impossible sometimes. It’s also the central concept of the book I’m writing. I’m writing a book about my life in order to be able to reach a point of acceptance within myself. However, if it helps future families that are dealing with CP, then that’s great too.

12. Pen or pencil?

Pencil. I make too many mistakes to use a pen.

13. Is 13 an unlucky number or not?
I’m not really a believer in luck actually.