Because of my Sweat Pink sisters I get to tell you all about these motivating friends:
These friends of mine inspire me every day! I can’t choose favorites so I will go alphabetically.
Ana came to NYC then LA to study Fashion and Design. We met swing dancing. I knew she worked at a retail store nearby, but never realized how creative and talented she truly is until I saw her blog: stylesbyana.com She repurposes neckties, cleans then sews them and decorates them. I think they’re adorable, fashionable and makes me feel pretty! She has an enthusiasm for life and people. She recently got engaged. I have enjoyed seeing her creative talent go into costumes for a local community theatre too!
I was rushing in the dark, I was literally spilling cof- no, the sandwich from my hand, because I was late to Bible study one evening, when I tripped on an uneven sidewalk and skinned my knee. I hobbled in and the first person that saw me offered me a chair but I sat on the floor to discover that I was bleeding. It was sweet and friendly Elida. She quickly went to grab me a first aid kit and helped bandage me up! She is so funny, beautiful and delightful! She is a OneHope wine distributor who also designs gorgeous jewelry. Both support wonderful causes, and she has meaningful symbols behind each piece that she handcrafts. Check her out! Elidadesigns.com
She recently got a Fitbit and is usually chasing kids upstairs, biking or hiking, zumba or swimming. She loves yoga and barre videos (cardio barre, pure barre, barre method etc). Ask her how you can start a home business and find new epigenetic information on healthy nutrition! She inspires me every day!! I remember when she was laying in bed, too tired to walk to our mailbox, “will she ever be healed from CFS?” Then one day, after a couple months of taking Reliv, I heard the energy in her voice and saw that she hiked 42 miles with her husband! I couldn’t believe the difference. Reliv has saved our niece’s life! At first, before Reliv, my niece was underweight due to food allergies. Reliv helped her gain healthy weight (and helped me lose 40 unnecessary, depressing pounds!)!
We first met when she was a nurse at Vanderbilt and I was at Trevecca. We had a great connection over our love for Africa, serving and helping people and helping animals. Lo and behold, fast forward several years later, they moved to the same hometown and she contacted me! She was a nurse at UCLA and got injured, only to suffer the last couple years with chronic back pain, surgeries, and trying so many different things (yoga, pilates, chiropractors, herbs)! She rescues animals with Best Friends LA. This summer I started to notice she was finally feeling relief, and traveled more, and she told me all about DoTerra Essential Oils. Go to facebook.com/essentialoilsemily to learn all about an OILY business and complimentary healthcare!
My new friend Jade I actually got to meet because Emily (see above) was doing a booth at a Christmas boutique. Jade had her 31 bags there and I was enamored. I had heard OF “Thirty-One Gifts” but never knew anything about it. I have always struggled with finding the right size handbag, purse and wallet. I’ve tried oversized, designer, thrift shop, and I can never settle on the right size because I love pockets and being prepared. I want to have everything on hand just in case (two of everything – one in my car, one in my purse, one in my gym bag, one at home, one in my desk drawer at work)! Remember the name of my blog?!
So, this year I made the goal of getting more organized. I love to organize, and I wish I was more minimalistic, but I also am REAL and want to be authentic! I am married to a wonderful man who loves sentimental gifts from his grandparents or his 25+countries he’s traveled to (worked in, relaxed in, cycled through, or taught in!). I love vintage things, but I don’t want to have a gazillion things to dust either! So when I met Jade (only last month), I thought this might just be the solution to my problem and I may even (gulp) have to change my domain name!:) I entered to win her little drawing she had, which meant she took me to lunch and I won a thermal lunch tote! AHH!!! I was so excited to lunch with her because we totally connected on so many levels. She has two cute kids too! The other night I hosted a girls’ night (another one of my New Year goals: to have more girl nights and RnR!) where she brought all these awesome products and we played really fun games. She told us her WHY of doing this business and all about the cool bags (I can’t wait til my order comes!) Check out her foodie blog: jonesinfortaste.com and her site, mythirtyone.com/jadejones (Tonight ONLY: go to my scheduled parties and click on my name Christiana!)