Fajr and I each chose a favourite picture of the other for this post.
Anika is a good friend of mine and I’m honored to be here and share a few words on digital friendships.
There’s this beautiful thing about blogging; if you blog long enough you’re readers (and the bloggers you read) become your friends and ultimately become your family. You start out intrigued by a blogger’s words, personae and heart. You devour their posts and jump in to join them. You comment and before long you’re a regular participant.
I can’t pinpoint the exact moment I discovered Anika’s blog. But I do know the feeling it gave me when I did. Her vivaciousness, her spunk, her tongue-in-cheek approach to life. She’s a woman that leaves a lasting impression and one you can’t forget. She wrote about loving yourself, about being true to who you are and I couldn’t get enough. Though she lived clear across the globe, I felt as if she were right there with me.
Fast forward to the IFB conference last September and I got to meet my blogging crush in person. Anika jumped off the screen and into real life, a walking embodiment; real, honest, funny and herself. We’ve continued our friendship with lovely emails, Facebook chats and a mutual love and respect for each other. Friendships like this come a dime a dozen.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge advocate of lastingfemalefriendships. To me, whether you see the person daily or only communicate online, our gal pals are the pillars that lift us up, lean on us and support us through it all. I’ve been blessed to have women who have helped me through my ups and downs and hopefully I have been able to do the same for them. Women who have laughed at my ridiculous jokes (and outfits), who have listened to my bitching and moaning, added amazing color and commentary to Stylish Thought and have made my life much richer.
As bloggers we put ourselves out there for our readers to get to know us and over time, you guys become those friends who support us and lift us up. .And in turn it’s our hope that our words support and help you. In our digital world, friendships manifest themselves through the fibers of a computer screen, but true lasting friendship transcends all technology.
I wanted to write this post to say thank you, not only to Anika for being so near and dear to me, but to the lovely, amazing women who I interact with daily and who have become true friends.
Darling Fajr, my sweet, thank you so very much for this amazing and moving guest post. I adore you.
Let`s all tell our friends how much we love them more often. I`m starting with you all. I love you!