When Bree and I met for lunch last week at Taziki’s in Plano, I thought it was just to get to know each other a little bit and work out the agenda for sharing her story next week at Off to The Races GNO.
But I was in for a big surprise.
We met at Tazikis, because the food is amazing of course, and they are such wonderful partners as sponsors of our girls night. It was my first time in the restaurant, and I was caught off guard when we were treated like royalty by the staff. At first I thought it was just us, but then I watched, as their team treated each customer as a treasured gift. I shouldn’t have been surprised. JW & Olivia are just good people, making the choice to do the right thing, day in and day out, while they grow their (tasty) business. In the short time I’ve known them, they’ve become just like family.
When we sat down to eat, Bree dove right into her story.
She shared all the messy details of the journey that brought her to this beautiful place. We all have struggles, we all learn and grow from them, but oh my word. Bree is a fighter like I’ve never known. Her story is so incredibly unique and her journey so inspiring. She came from a wonderful family, that loved her dearly and gave her everything she ever needed. Yet she chose a path that led her to jail multiple times before she made the decision to set her life on a different path. (You don’t want to miss the chance to hear it in person, if you’re able.)
But here’s the deal. . .
Somewhere in the middle of sharing all about her story of building several beautiful businesses that serve people of all walks of life, Bree started pouring her wisdom into me. She dug in with hard questions and pushed back on my answers. She offered insights and ideas to help me grow HeartStories. She offered connections and introductions to other people who would be a support to me. She saw the vision and so generously offered her support.
She showed up like a sister, not like someone I was just meeting for the first time.
I can honestly say that experience at the table with Bree and Olivia, from start to finish, was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. It was fun and energizing, and at the same time, thought-provoking and hard. Before the day was over, I had new friendship introductions in my inbox and a new way of thinking rolling around in my brain.
That’s what sisters are for.
Sure, they’re for the good times, the fun and the laughter too. They’re also there to hold us accountable. To push to the edges we didn’t even know existed, so we can look over and see things from a new vantage point.
But you have to open to the unexpected sisters in your life.
I wasn’t expecting to find sisters in these two, but it turns out that’s what happens when you show up vulnerably, heart open and ready to meet whatever emerges in that space. We simply don’t do it often enough.
I encourage you to do that once this weekend.
Wherever you’re headed be intentional about showing up like a sister for the women in your life, even the ones you’re not expecting to show up for you.
Share your story. Ask about hers. Look past the smile and the cute outfit.
Push her to meet you on the edges.
We all need unexpected sisters in our lives.
It starts with you.
Will you go first?
to more love,