Like meeting The One you are destined to marry, finding that perfect shade of lipstick, leaving the interview for that killer job you’ve always wanted or that LBD that just hits you in all the right places. That feeling you have, you just know. Equally equated with all of those scenarios is that moment you connect with someone who will turn out to be a best friend. Now, that may not be the case for everyone, and it might not happen like that all the time, but when it does happen, you just know.
That’s how it happened when Drea and I first met. When we tell people who don’t understand social media they look at us like we’re crazy, going to suck them into some sort of cult (which wouldn’t be a bad thing, we’re really fun) and think it’s overall pretty stupid. Because, Drea and I met over Instagram. Best social media friends turned real life friends.
It’s not that hard to believe. I moved to Nashville knowing not a single soul and had to push myself to get out of my comfort zone if I wanted to make it here at all. I moved because I felt like God was calling me to move here, to trust him and have faith that he would be putting me where I needed to be. I’ve followed that feeling throughout the years and I’ve never regretted it thus far. But moving across country again, out of college, starting completely over, was a little daunting after I made the decision. I literally couldn’t remember how I had made friends before, although bribes and homemade goods may have been involved.
But I’ve made some awesome and lifelong friends via social media (namely Instagram), but I remember Drea and I each following each other, saying similar things, commenting on each other’s pictures and finally, when I had had a rough day I posted a pic, we commented back and forth about getting a glass of wine sometime, and, much to my astonishment and amusement, she direct messaged me a picture of her number.
We met at Pinewood Social, and instantly, both of us knew. At the half hour mark we had made plans to become roommates whenever the chance arose, and over couches, cocktails and stories of online dating, life’s younger years and God, we knew that we would be partners-in-crime and friends for life. Basically, she’s a smaller, fun-sized exotic version of me, less farmy/Midwest/hunter/gatherer, but basically the same.
Fast forward to a few months later and it was Drea’s birthday. We had discussed the fact that birthdays can tend to be lackluster because usually we’re the ones putting things together for other people and then ours is just, meh, (unless you have an awesome sister-in-law around), so I knew I wanted to do something a little special for her. After all, everyone deserves to have their own special day with a special memory. So we spent the night before drinking wine, watching Catfish, and reminiscing on her 25th year. At 3 am, we woke up, drove to the Natchez Trace Bridge in Leiper’s Fork, TN, and met our friend Jonathan there to watch the sunrise and take pictures.
After the sun rose, we drove down to the base of the bridge and, in an open meadow, spread out a picnic blanket and toasted to the year 26, drank champagne and ate homemade brownies.
There are some people that come into your life and you just know. You know you will always be a part of it, somehow, someway. I have more than a few of those friends and feel so blessed. Dreaming of raising our families a few doors down from each other, close to enough to waddle to each other’s houses in the throes of pregnancy, weekly dinners and family trips. For now though, it’s single time and the season in our life where we’ll get to keep building our friendship for the years to come and do all the wanderlust, adventurous, crazy things we talk about doing.
It has been a whirlwind and crazy year already. I literally cannot wait to see what the next year will bring, and what I’ll write for your 27th birthday’s blog post. So cheers to 26 chica: doing what you love, the adventures we will have, impacting people, and spreading the love. Think of it as an adventure. Let the free spirits reign.
Photography by: Jonathan Pfahl
Jewelry by: TheFree
Blanket by: Sackcloth and Ashes