R is an English teacher and mother of three and her husband is a high mucky muck in DC economics and she’s started a fashion blog, Do I Look Typical? And if you know her like I know her, you’ll understand how awesomely funny that is. She knows a bit more than I do about fashion and I know next to nothing. The best part is that she started the blog because she lives in a house with her husband and three sons and they were sick of discussing the wonder that was her new boots.
It’s also awesome because she also seems to get herself into situations like I do, blog worthy situations as my friends now say. Like the time I went to the Dog Park and threw the ball for Tigger the Dog and nailed the guy next to me in the head with the ball. Hard. And we had to do the Walk of Shame out of the park. But my friend’s blog worthy situations are more “went to dinner with this dignitary and did/said this embarrassing thing” type of stories. Or “went to dinner with this person who’s in the papers all the time and brought my mommy purse complete with cheerios and toys and that person commented on it, and not in a good way.” We’ve known each other for years and, without fail, if something happens to either of us that is cringe worthy, we are on the phone to each other sharing the drama and the shame. She’s worth a read.
And while you’re at it, check out Holly Golightly, Traveling written by the friend I won in an awkward overnight date with two other almost friends. Thankfully one of them brought N with her and we hit it off. The two almost friends, well the almost friendship didn’t survive the night.
Anyway, N is a photographer and she photographs light. Which is a weird thing to write/say but when you see her work, you’ll understand. Someone once called her the Seinfeld of photography but that’s not really a great description of her work. She captures with her camera, the little things that give you hope, that make life more than stupid people and days gone wrong. She shows you the "oooh pretty" moments that go past in the blink of an eye. She her pictures have talked me off many a bridge. N is also one of the most logically sane people I know, probably because her in day job she is a nurse and there is nothing crazier than people in a hospital dying, about to die or thinking they’re dying.
Oh, and check out D’s blog The Super Diva. D has always been sure of herself and not in the least bit shy to do what she wants to do and, something I suck at, NOT do what she doesn't want to do. And then she went vegan two years ago, lost a bunch of weight, gained a better, stronger and clearer sense of self and became the warrior she was meant to be. This super diva. The transformation in her has been more than the physical. Always confident in her body and who she was, this change allowed her, pushed her to step out of her comfort zone and try new things. And that’s what this living thing is all about; stepping out of our comfort zones and living live at 100%.
These three - are living life at 100%. And they inspire me to live mine - to try to live mine at 100% too. Good people!