Thursday, February 21, 2013

where it all began: maran

Exactly 1 year ago today, my newest best friend walked into my life. Well, she didn't exactly walk in... she came bolting in through the powers of social media.


Maran, who blogs at Hey Hawleywood, is one of my closest friends. We text just about daily, talk on the phone after scary doctors appointments and share the in's and out's of every aspect of our lives with each other. We make it a point to see each other regularly -- weekly is preferred. She is just the perfect person for me to have met here in North Carolina and I'm so thankful to have her friendship.

What no one really knows is how it all began. Our friendship has a very distinct jumping off point, of which happened on Feb 21st of last year. Maran's co-worker had told her about my blog, she took a look at it and sent me the below e-mail...


Hey Kate!! 

I stumbled on your blog literally 30 minutes ago while eating lunch at my desk and felt like I needed to be creepy and send you an email :) 

My husband and I recently bought a house in Hunterville and are adapting to Lake life much like yourself. We are 29 and have lived in Charlotte for 5 years. 

I love that I stumbled onto your blog! What made me send this email was the post about your hubby being away for 8 days... between you mentioning only a handful of girlfriends here combined with your insane love for your dog + the fact that you can take Jameson like a champion made me realize that we might be soulmates, haha. But seriously, all stalky-ness aside, we are the only married couple in our group and love to meet new people. So this is a super awkward invitation to grab coffee/wine/doggie date sometime when you aren't traveling. 

I have attached a picture to 1: prove I am not some 55 yr old man moonlighting as a 29 yr old woman AND 2: to show that I am also a whipped dog mommy and had my puppy at my wedding.... on the dancefloor.. yikes. 

PS- I am willing to overlook your love for the Steelers if you can put aside the fact that I am from Cleveland. 

 ~Maran

After recieving Maran's e-mail I dropped everything and immediately e-mailed her back. I mean, she had me at Jameson

I'm going to refrain from posting my e-mail, as I talk in detail about where exactly I live, etc. What I will leave you all with, is that true friendship can come from blogging. We have shared so much in just 1 year of knowing each other... She has quickly become my #1 confidant, my go-to person, my voice of reason, my doggy playdate buddy and my friend who just makes my life that much easier. With Maran, it doesn't take any work. She's the easiest person to have in your life, she's the first one to make a sarcastic comment and is my potty mouth equal. I can be me 100% when she's around and our time together mostly consists of us in pj's just hanging out at our houses. My point is... If you're open to it, meaningful friendships can form from out of no where!

Below is the last sentence that I wrote her in response to her e-mail above...

I would LOVE to meet up sometime, because who knows? I may just possibly meet my newest best friend in you!


And indeed, I did.

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To read Maran's take on our 1st day of meeting and how it all went down, check out her blog, Hey Hawleywood.

27 comments:

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  2. Goosebumps :)

    It still amazes me the friendships that can form through blogging!

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  3. I love you. Happy Anniversary. And I freaking hate that picture of me. Note to us: stop wearing pajamas when we get together.

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  4. Such a cute story! Love all the fun stories about bloggers connecting in real life.

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  5. sweet post! i was talking about you yesterday to my aunt and cousin and they were like "so how did you meet her?" my response "the internet."

    the internet is a powerful thing!

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  6. it is so true. people, even family, can think blogging is a silly thing. but in reality so many women connect on here, it is truly a powerful, encouraging place.
    you are one of those people that I feel like I can chat with and share things, ask advice...even though we havent met ;) yet...
    so glad you found such an amazing friend in NC, and have become such amazing friends :)

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  7. this is amazing. congrats on the friendship anniversary!

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  8. seriously LOVE stories like this! Seems like you 2 were meant to be friends. Just like WE were I know it! ha. Will you be home memorial day weekend?

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  9. I absolutely LOVE this story! The best thing about blogging to me has been the friendships that I've made :)

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  10. This is amazing! I love hearing stories of how the blog world brings women together in real life. It sounds like you both are very lucky to have each other!

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  11. That's such a great story! I love it! Go BLOGGING! :)

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  12. This is so great! I've made an amazing in real life friend through blogging as well.

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  13. What a great story and start to a friendship! I met my best friend through blogging, too! Luckily, we also live in the same town and have now been best friends for almost 4 years! It's amazing how blogging can bring people together!

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  14. I love this so much! I have been really been loving all my new blogger friends and just wish they lived closer! :)

    Jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  15. Aw yay now I can love her blog too! I am in Raleigh and 3 weeks ahead of you Kate :) Wish you girls lived closer!

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  16. Awwww. This is awesome and so darn sweet :-)

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  17. I do LOVE blogging for some of the sweetest people I have met. You have been so sweet and so great to talk to! Between my moving plans, husband irritating me, baby news, all of that stuff, you have been so great if I just need to text you or email you to share whats happening in my crazy life. Anyway, Maran sounds awesome and I totally wish I lived closer so we could hang out with your fun little circle of friends and our little men could hang out :)

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  18. love this...I love the blogging world! And I love hearing about other people being 'stalker-ish' too, my hubby thinks I'm the biggest internet stalker and I try to tell him all the time that I'm not the only one! lol

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  19. Yes!!! So happy this all worked out and that y'all are besties. I'm going to start charging fees :)

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  20. I love this!! :) Blog friends are some of the best out there!

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  21. Hello! I recently just started a youtube Korean food channel, EasyKoreanFood, where you can learn how to make fast and easy Korean food! It would mean the world to me if you took the time to check it out because I'm just starting out! Thanks!

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  22. That is so sweet. I love that. I've met a lot of amazing friends through blogging/IG!

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  23. That is so awesome!
    Like everybody else says, the blogging community is so dang cool!

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