Life has this funny way of putting people together. In general, I have let most of the friends from my youth fall to the wayside. The few that I have kept are in no way the ones who I thought would still be around. They are, however, the ones who have become impressive adults with ambition and skillz. I don't do well with people who aren't motivated for something.
If you would have told me that so many years after high school, I would still be in touch with Supal at www.chevronsandeclairs.com (@chevronseclairs), I'm not sure I would have believed you. Don't get me wrong, we were basically family in high school. She saw me at the airport at 4 o'clock in the morning when I didn't even bother to get out of my pajamas. She saw me win and she saw me lose. She saw me lose hard. We saw each other furious, and we pissed each other off like only 16-year-old girls can do. We hid boys from our parents together. We traveled together just about every weekend. We shared clothes and queen-sized beds. We got lost in strange cities together. She was always perky and excited, and I was always cynical and too realistic. We were major-sized nerds who didn't care that we weren't typical teens because we knew we were going to be so much more.
And we have become, and are still on our way to becoming, rock stars in our respective arenas.
Anyway, the nostalgia isn't the point. The point is, that all these years later, Supal is also one of my biggest blog inspirations. She has a beautiful, consistent, well-maintained, interesting blog about simple things. I can't wait to read her posts and see how she has styled something else. She works hard at it on top of having a big kid job and getting ready for grad school.
She was also kind of my mentor. When I wanted to start a blog, she was the person I contacted. She read my work, and told me what needed revision. She was honest and thorough. Most of all, she was supportive. She told me it was going to be a lot of work if it became what I wanted it to be, but that I didn't have to (and wouldn't) get there over night. Her blog is beautiful and successful. I am so proud to say that I know her.
She also serves as an amazing ego-boost because she thinks I'm flippin' hilarious. I have never been one to turn down a captive audience…
Anyway, check out her blog. It's awesome. It makes me want to be a better girl. It makes me want to pass up the cheese fries for a dish with "quinoa" in the title.
I won't, but it does make me want to.
Find her at www.chevronsandeclairs.com or @chevronseclairs on Twitter.
And, as always, it's hip to be square, kids.