Project Happy: When Friends Succeed

I love it when great things happen to great people.  Love, love, love it.

Something else I really love? That I have so many amazing women in my life, near and far, who inspire me in so many ways, each and every day.  I’m lucky like that.  And…even if I am a positively terrible emailer/Facebooker/phone call returner?  I think of all of you often, and feel grateful for you every day.

I know a thing or two about loss and distance.  When you learn about those things at a young age, you learn to hold on tight to those who make you smile, always have your back, and know when to laugh, cry, or raise hell with you.

That said, I made a friend about a year and half ago (I think).  She likes to joke about the fact that we met online…on Twitter, in fact.  She was in the middle of a conversation with Jessica, who is simply lovely, when I so rudely jumped in and interrupted.  It should be noted that this exactly what people do on Twitter, but when you’re raised with manners…it just feels odd.  Anyway, it was the best decision I’ve made in recent history.

Within minutes, we were chatting away like old friends.

A few weeks later, I convinced her to meet me for coffee.  I’m fairly certain that she thought I was some sort of crazed serial killer behind a fake avatar until the very moment we met, but it was instant friendship from that moment on.

We bonded over fashion, sarcasm, East coast roots, and…we quickly realized that we’ve both been chasing the same dream for quite some time.  Does it get any better than that?  We have talked, listened, obsessed, discussed lip gloss colors and beautiful purses, and read each other’s work until our eyes nearly popped out.  We’ve supported each other, pushed each other, and picked up the pieces for each other along the way.

And that’s why I couldn’t possibly be happier to share in Jenny Feldon’s amazing news.  Jenny is writing a book, and it is fantastic. You’ll have to head over to her side of the Internet to get the details, but I just had to let her (and the rest of you) know how incredibly proud I am.

Jenny is kind, caring, funny, talented, and oh so very genuine.  She is my other half.  I’m so glad that I interrupted that conversation that day, and I am grateful for this friendship every single day.

While my dream remains a work in progress, I am so happy to be along for the ride with Jenny as she writes her way through each day and night to share a truly wonderful story with the world.

Much love to you, my sweet friend.  You are almost there…

(And then we can finally drink that Sterling Cabernet…)

About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)