Every so often, if we're really lucky, somebody comes into our life whose positive energy shines on us like sunshine. Last year, Jessica was the new girl in my office; we were matched up as partners at work who shared a territory, working closely. It didn't take long for us to click and begin a friendship. Right out of the gate, we laughed at the same things, held the same values and beliefs in our hearts and felt comfortable confiding in one another. The fact that we made one hell of a team was clear from day one. As the year has gone on, we have only become tighter. Last winter, we both took up snowboarding and did many a road trip up the sea to sky highway together for weekends full of riding at Whistler. This summer, we learned to surf together at the Roxy Camp in Tofino. Party nights, movie nights, days at the beach, dinners, shopping, you name it. Lately we've been big on our Monday night trash tv fests with Aero Caramels and battling laptops. We are who they are talking about when they say "BFF's"...
Jessica is one of those people who lights up the room with her bright smile and positive energy. Her laugh (and trademark snort) define her spirit, which warms the hearts of those around her with kindness, compassion and integrity. She is such an absolutely beautiful soul, inside and out.
On Tuesday, Jessica is embarking upon a grand adventure; a six month long backpacking adventure beginning in Los Angeles and taking her all through South East Asia and Central America. It's going to be an absolutely mind blowing and eye opening experience for her. I can't even tell you how proud I am of her for following her heart, and going off to explore the world and live out her dreams. To me, her courage in doing this is such an amazing inspiration.
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never, ever the same.”
Words can not express the amount of love and support that Jess has given me over the last year. There is no doubt in my mind that the friendship we have built will last a lifetime. No matter where we live or what we're doing, our connection will always be there.
So on this, her last day of work in the cubicle beside mine, I wish to tell her that she has indeed left footprints on my heart.
Bon Voyage, Smith! Please know that you will most definitely be missed.