On Monday, the first day Parker Maple officially launched MapleMade.com, something truly inspiring happened. Joshua and I were traveling home from our 10-day trip to see our New York family. We had just flown from Syracuse to JFK, and after a few delays, were taking a 9:15 PM flight out of JFK to ATX.
We were sitting at our gate, and Josh got up to quickly grab some food before boarding. When he came back he had a sort of puzzled look on his face. "Look up that girl you like. What's her name... girl vs glam? Is that it? I think I just saw her and her husband."
Side Note: I find inspiration from a couple of different bloggers, and one of my absolute favorites has always been Julia Engel of GalMeetsGlam.com. Her writing is so joyful and lighthearted, her photos are beautiful, and she has been a source of inspiration to me since high school.
I looked her and her husband up, showed Josh their picture, and he immediately blurted out "I just saw them. I promise." Josh admitted later he was embarrassed that he recognized them - but thank goodness he did...
"No you didn't Josh.... there is no way." Then I looked up and saw that the gate across from us was going to Charleston (where they live) and I had seen on her Instagram story that they had been in NYC all day for meetings...
So, of course, we got up and tried to find them! After standing around their gate for a few minutes, we ran into them. I asked Julia for a photo, and Joshua and I talked to them for a moment. I was sensitive not to take up too much of their time as I assumed they were tired, but they were so kind. I told her that I had just started my blog that day, and she wished me luck - something that means so much to me coming from her!
As Parker Maple's team thought about what I could do within the company, the concept of what MapleMade should be, and how we should present it to the world, I was always unsure about how successful a blog of mine could be...
Meeting Julia in JFK on the day we launched MapleMade served as a sort of sign from above that what we were doing - sharing our lives through this blog - is right.
I am so happy to share this experience and will carry that too-good-to-be-true meeting with me for years to come. If you do end up reading this Julia, it was so nice to meet you. Thank you for the inspiration you give me and for taking the time to talk in JFK. It meant more to me than you could ever know.