Hi there, it's Amanda, the SaltyGirl Beauty content manager! I thought I would start today's blog post by talking a little bit about the ladies I have been working with for over a year now. I am also writing this blog post to share some really amazing words that Sarah and Leah have written about one another. We've been celebrating the things that we are grateful for here at SGB and it felt really fitting to finish the 12 Days of Gratitude with what Sarah and Leah have to say about one another. Neither knows what the other one said about her and I'm pretty sure that someone is going to shed a tear, even if it's just Mama Connie!
I've known Leah and Sarah for a few years now as we have traveled through the same wellness circles but when I started working with them, our friendship has truly blossomed as I have gotten to know them better. These ladies are truly so kind, funny, strong and vibrant. Working with them has made me love the brand more than I had before because I see the women behind it for the amazing creatures that they are. I am grateful for them, their friendship and the opportunity to work with them... but you didn't come here to see what I have to say. You want the goods and it's so good! I asked Sarah and Leah to write a few paragraphs about one another, to say what they think of one another and what they love... and let's just say that they are big fans of eachother.
Sarah to Leah
Leah and I are 6 years apart. For most of my childhood she was my annoying baby sister. I remember coming home after I graduated from college, Leah was in high school at the time, playing basketball. I remember going to one of her games and watching her run up and down the court defending on one side with such intensity and easily hitting 3-pointer buckets on the other side (did you know up until very recently she held the 3-point record at Kennebunk High School?!). Leah has always been fiercely competitive, passionate and hardworking! After viewing her as my annoying kid sister for so many years, I think it was then, me as a young adult in my early 20's and Leah as a high school basketball player when I realized she was so much more than an annoying kid.
When Leah was in college at the University of Southern Maine she moved in with me. I had recently gone through a heart crushing break up and bought a condo in Old Orchard Beach. It was here we become actual friends! Two young adults making our way. Leah is funny, like really funny! She can help you find the humor in life when you don't really feel like smiling. Leah knew I needed this during this time in my life and we had so much fun together. We got to know each other as adults and friends. It was really a very special time to have together.
In 2015, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I was so lucky to have a sister who was also an oncology nurse. The roles of Big Sister/Little Sister were reversed! I had to relinquish the control, and let go of being in charge. Leah, as a sister and a nurse, allowed me to be vulnerable and I looked to her for advice, compassion and love. During this time, I was so lucky to have sisters (Leah and Kristen) who kept it real with me. They allowed me to cry and feel sorry for myself but also to tell me to get myself out of the house and go for a walk.
Leah is an oncology nurse. Leah is a mom. Leah is a wife. Leah is a friend. Leah is an athlete. Leah is my business partner and she is also my sister. Leah is pretty amazing at all the hats she wears! It's not easy to juggle everything and although there are days it can be SO FUCKING HARD, Leah brings her humor, her passion, her fierce competativeness and her hard working nature to all she does! I am forever grateful to have her as my sister but also my business partner and friend.
Leah to Sarah
Sarah plays a significant role in my life for which I am forever grateful.
She is my big sister.
She is a Kickass Mom to three VERY busy and beautiful human beings.
She is my best friend.
She is my business Partner.
I remember being 10 years old and sitting at her desk in her room (remember when we had desks in our room?!). I'll always remember her desk because it had one of those rolling chairs and on it sat this big, black, bulky, three disc CD Player. I remember her playing the Cranberries, Alanis Morisette and Cat Stevens - still to this day when I hear any songs played by those singers I think of her. She was SO. COOL. I'm grateful for Sarah to have invited me into her room when I was young, to play great music on her CD player, for me to listen to and make me feel cool like her. Every older sister should do that for their younger sister. The best thing about this is she probably doesn't even realize what a great memory that was for me. It's the little things to be grateful for.
"Sarah, Lucy has a rash on her stomach...what do you think I should do? Did any of your kids get this kind of rash?" I became a new Mom in 2018. Lots of things happened that year. Sarah welcomed her 3rd child and our other sister became a new Mom as well. Yes, us three sisters had kids within three months of each other. From the hand me downs to the play dates to the phone calls asking for advice, Sarah and I are doing this "Mom thing" together. How special it has been, but also a breath of fresh air when I can vent to her about Lucy being up all night, how she pooped all in the bathtub after I had just washed her up or what about that time when she put her princess stickers all over my brand new couch. Sarah always shows up when I need her. It's the little things to be grateful for.
And then there is SaltyGirl, a brand that Sarah and I started a couple years ago that has grown immensely and will grow even more in 2020. Being in business with your sister only has its perks. You can say it like it is. You don't worry about hurting the other person's feelings and you can text each other at 10pm at night with a crazy, yet exciting idea and not once does it ever cross your mind that it's "too late" to call. Sarah's driven, passionate, strong minded. She's Salty and a badass. I'm grateful to be able to say that Sarah is not only my sister but my business partner. I'm proud of that.
Again, It's the small things to be grateful for.
Keep those who make you a better person close to you. It's those people who will fill your heart with so much gratitude.