Nine years. How is that even remotely possible. Nine years ago I received one of the worst phone calls of my entire life. I remember that day unfortunately all too well. I was driving and had to pull over. I was told, a beautiful friend I talked too literally the night before, had passed away.
The numbness I felt when I found out, I still feel it typing this out. A huge weight on my heart. I will never understand how life works in ways that it does. How in a blink, everything changes and life becomes unfair.
Alyssa was one of the most genuine and selfless girls I had ever met. Our time was short, but boy did she put an everlasting place in my heart.
We became pretty close, quickly. It’s just the bond people make with their hairstylists. I think that’s why I truly love what I do so much. She and I would laugh for hours about literally everything and anything.
She was one of the few people who trusted me with doing her hair all those years ago. I will simply never forget how easy it was to talk to her.
I miss her harder each year. Because as my life continues to go on, that’s another day I’m reminded her life was ended too soon. There are things I know I could confide in her or just have her be apart of, and I can’t. I never wanted to imagine a world without her in it. And it’s hard.
Sometimes I feel angry and cheated. Sometimes I accept that things are different now. Sometimes I’m just simply heartbroken.
It’s hard to forget someone who gave me so much to remember in such a short time. She gave me beautiful memories only the two us would remember.
She was a remarkable person who made an impact on everyone she knew.
So today, I plan to honor her —
Alyssa always talked about enjoying a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. She never got the chance to try one. So every year, on this day, the official pay it forward day for #ajo I would like to gift a handful of you and pay it forward in her honor.
Even if you never knew Alyssa, we all know someone like her. Someone who has impacted our life to be better, to be transparent, to be helpful, to be happy.
As our world continues to be unpredictable, make today a day of happiness, pay it forward, do a random act of kindness, and just be kind.
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