After saying goodbye to Erin on Saturday, I got into my car and debated whether or not I wanted to go to the meet up I had planned on for a few weeks. On one hand, I would probably never have the chance to meet these ladies ever again, and on the other, I had to go all by myself and had no idea how it would be. I was super nervous, but I decided that I would regret it if I didn't at least stop by.
I looked up the restaurant on my phone and saw it was only a 5 minute walk from where I was parked. Score! I quickly changed my clothes (praying no one could see me) and started walking to The Dash In. I walked into the restaurant, and walked all the way to the back room.
The room was set up for a surprise baby shower for Megan, and people had even brought a cake and balloons! As soon as I walked in, everyone who was already there welcomed me and Brandi even knew who I was. WHAT?! I nervously found a place to sit, while totally freaking out inside that I was meeting three woman that have inspired me more than anyone else ever has. I mean, what are you supposed to say? "Hi you have no idea who I am but.... I'm Emily?" Yeah, it kinda went down like that. I had the Twilight Zone intro going on in my head.
I introduced myself to Megan, who was just as sweet in person as she is online. She made me feel so welcome and right at home. We joked about how we smelled and I told her how her kick butt attitude has really helped me get back into running. She has lost a ton of weight, but has always been confident, even at her highest weight. Megan's outlook and attitude have helped me realize that I need to appreciate my body even when I'm not where I want to be.
Then I went and talked to Holly for quite awhile. This girl is pretty amazing. I've only been reading her blog for a few months, but I love how honest and real she is, in person and on her blog. She has recently opened up about her anxiety, and I have emailed her to talk because I deal with some of the same issues. We talked about this a little more in person, and she was so kind and sincere. Holly even said she could have her husband Chris hook me up with a new blog design! We'll see if that can happen soon. :)
Finally, I went over and talked with Brandi. Ok, this is embarrassing, but I totally got emotional while talking her her. I was just dealing with nervous emotions beforehand, not crying! But as soon as I sat down to talk to her, tears just started forming in my eyes. I told her how she was the one who inspired me to start running. I never thought of myself as a runner before, but reading through her experiences, when she was at her highest weight, made me believe I could too. I ran my first 10K that day, and she was the one that inspired me to step outside my house on that first day. Brandi was super awesome and just hugged me and asked all about my journey so far. She couldn't have been sweeter, especially with me being all
My hope is that someday I can inspire someone else too. It doesn't need to be thousands of readers, I just hope to make an impact on one person.
Who inspires you?