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You know what I love?
I love when people go above and beyond the call with their love and friendship. There’s a few examples of this in my life currently:
My old boss, Steph, still texts me regularly to see how I’m doing, how my new job is, how my family are. Just today, she stalked the entire UWS website to find my email. She frequently sends the most adorable snapchats of her son who’s nearly one. Even when I worked for her, she always was kind and generous. I remember there was one morning when I was upset about a situation with a friend, and I had managed to get the tears under control by the time everyone else came to work. She noticed straight away that something was off and by the end of my lunch break, she had left me a bunch of flowers on my desk.
My friend, Kim, texts me frequently simply just to see how I’m going. Kim and I had been acquaintances for a number of years simply because we didn’t get to know each other too well at church. When it felt like I lost a lot of my friends, she stood up and simply asked “how are you?” and she cared to hear the answer. But I truly appreciate, that when everyone backed off for whatever reason, she took me out for brunch just because she could. She never made me feel like I was immature or over-reacting and I am so thankful that she respected me enough to not sugar-coat things, but everything we’ve discussed came from a loving, authentic place. Having spent quality time with her, I don’t know how she couldn’t be a part of my life. I am thankful for her wisdom and her heart.
Elle+Jed who’ve made me feel so welcome in their lives and extended family to the point where I have my own room at their house. They always make me feel like I’m not a burden and they’re always available to have raw talks about everything and anything. I’ve never met people who were so willing to sacrifice their time, their money, etc for others.
Similarly, Sammie+Shaun have made sure that I am welcomed in their house and well-fed, which means more to me than anything, because there was a period where I was so stressed that I barely ate, but to have them welcome me as a sister into their home. Both couples are amazing and I hope in the future that my marriage will mirror the fun, the joy, the rawness, the honesty, the welcoming and the loving I witness in yours.
Though I feel like, maybe, just maybe, it shouldn’t be this rare that people go above and beyond when it comes to loving people. Maybe if we all started thinking about ourselves less, and others more, posts like this shouldn’t be rare..