One of the most beautiful aspects of blogging is the friendships we are able to create from miles and oceans away from one another. I know everybody says this but I never expected to form the very real and lasting bonds I have when I initially created a blog. I hoped I would connect and converse due to this platform but I didn’t realize there would be girls I would meet for dinner in real life. I didn’t expect there would be girls who I would come to text on a daily basis or would plan on visiting on vacations. I had no idea friends from this space would support me through breakups and difficult transitions…I couldn’t have predicted that kind of support! It’s almost overwhelming how kind and supportive and loving the people I’ve come to know over the internet have been. During times of sadness the selfless nurturing love of the blogging community has humbled me and honestly restored my faith in the world a little bit! I’ve said it before (and I’m sure I’ll say it a thousand more times) but I am so immeasurable grateful. Who would have thought this space, a place where I show up and speak in Taylor Swift quotes and post too many selfies and compare my life to Gossip Girl…who would have thought this space would become such an influential and integral part of my relationships and my identity?
Monday night I had the pleasure of meeting up with the truly gorgeous (inside & out) Ashley. I met Ashley over the Summer and have only grown to love and admire her adventurous soul and truly loving heart over time. Ashley, like many bloggers I read and admire, is so many things I want to be. She’s brave (for moving to a new state and beginning a new life), she’s outgoing for reaching out to me the first time we met and she visited Seattle, and her heart is so full of love for her patients and babies (she’s participating in March of Dimes her page is pretty heart breaking and inspirational if you’re interested in reading & compelled to donate). I can’t imagine doing her job every day let alone maintaining that radiant smile and inner light that inspires others. She’s a ray of sunshine!
Ashley isn’t the only blogger this world has introduced me to that has unknowingly pushed and inspired me to better myself. There’s Danielle who opened her own boutique and rocks it like a true superstar, there’s Kristin who is always willing to listen and defends her friends no matter what, there are bloggers I have barely talked to but their stories and journeys have resonated with me. I have the biggest girl crush on Nicole and Caroline because they’re both truly adorable and their writing styles (though different) just make my heart super duper happy every time I read. Blogging can certainly aide the typical social media “comparison” nightmare but it can also make the world seem so much smaller and friendlier. As someone who has a very difficult time making friends and branching out socially I love that this outlet has allowed me to gain very real relationships with amazing girls like me from all over the country. I couldn’t have seen this sort of impact when I first sat down and created The Fairy Princess Diaries.
Thank you for reading, thank you for accepting me for the over-analyzing, introspective, slightly narcissistic, weirdo that I am. Every comment, email and text makes the gigantic world seem a little less harsh and a little more sparkly. This blog was created to document the magic & enchantment already in my life, I had no idea it would generate so much to be enamored with on its own.