Just as one chapter of my life closed, another opened. I was fortunate that a rough period in my life brought me an incredible silver lining – a best friend. She is one of those people who shines from the inside. Her laughter and kindness touches my heart. Her name is Kate, and I am blessed to know her.
After meeting Kate, I never wanted to let go. I remember one of the first times we hung out, sunning on the rocks at Jackson Falls in New Hampshire, it was like chatting with a sister. We laughed, we hiked, we shopped, we got coffee. Katie has the type of personality people gravitate towards – so incredibly sweet, even if she said something uncouth, you’d never even know it!
I admire Kate for many reasons. She is strong. Strong beyond any words I could ever write. I admire her bright spirit, even though this world gave her many reasons not to smile, she still does. She faces each day with immense amounts of grace.
She amazes me with her writing, the way she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. I always gravitate to not only the dreamers, but the doers. Kate is just that. She blazes her own trail and lives life on her own terms. She says, does, and wears what she wants. There is no stiletto too high or lipstick too red.
A few years ago, she told me she was moving to New York City. I was sad she was leaving, but I knew in my heart she was going after her destiny. I loved that. Some friendships dissolve with space. Ours grew stronger. We didn’t let distance get in the way. She would often return home and I would fly to the city to see her. We’d pack our time with fun things – but most importantly, it was always filled with laughter… and lots of pictures.
Soon we had thousands upon thousands of photos of our adventures together, from exploring lighthouses, sea-glass hunting, and roaming the Brooklyn Bridge at day break. We did it all and then some. Not only is Kate fun, but she is thoughtful, considerate, and she is always where she says she is going to be (very important to me).
Katie often writes me notes and sends them via snail mail because she knows how I love to open them. On my wedding day, she helped haul 50 wooden chairs across a sandy beach. There have also been many birthdays where I have received huge care packages from Kate, filled to the brim with thoughtful and lovely gifts.These are just a few examples of the incredible and giving soul in my friend. I am so fortunate to have someone so sweet and so dear. I hope she reads this and smiles. Love you, Kate!