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…)

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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 freelance for Everyday Family and allParenting, and blogs for The Huffington Post. She has a rock and roll husband and two kids. Katie believes in love, lattes, and the power of play.


  1. I couldn’t be happier for her…and I love that you two support each other in your dreams! xoxo
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  2. Sigh. I have tears from reading this. I love that you two are such wonderful friends. And oh, I wish I lived closer to you two! I couldn’t be happier for and prouder of Jenny if I tried! And you are an amazing friend for writing such a wonderful post. :) (and….I am determined to get that cup of coffee with you next time you’re on the East Coast!)
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  3. Can’t type properly with this many tears in my eyes…

    I don’t know what I ever did to deserve such a wonderful friend…truly my other half but also my better, kinder, lovelier, gorgeous-er and more brilliant half. Don’t know what I ever did before you or what I’d ever do without you. Without you holding my hand every step of the way I doubt this dream of mine would have ever come true. And I can’t wait to be the one to hold your hand and jump and down and show up with wine and hug and coffee when your incredible dream come true, too. And THEN we have a dream or two to realize together…

    For the record, I never thought you were a serial killer or a stalker, but was a little jealous to find you were, indeed, as gorgeous in real life as your gorgeous avatar (inside and out.) Also, the fact that you forgave me for being 45 minutes late for that coffee date made me worship you for life even if you HAD been a crazy psycho stalker :)

    I don’t even know how to say thank you for this beautiful post, which has me in tears of joy and gratitude, except to say it’s all mutual and then some, and I am grateful each and every day that karma (and Twitter, and cigarette leg jeans, and Dunkin Donuts) brought us together.

    Love you, sweet friend. This means so much more than you could ever know.

  4. oh sounds so great –can’t wait to read it-
    But one of your comments left me curious:
    If you have time to be on Twitter how can you NOT find time to return a phone call from a friend?

  5. Beautiful post. I could not be happier for Jenny! Like you, I love when great things happen to great people. I also appreciate that it doesn’t come without a great deal of dedication and hard work.

    I wished I could have coffee w/you lovely ladies!

  6. So many congrats to Jenny and so, so very happy that the two of you found each other! Good girlfriends make the world (and our hearts!) go round! xo
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