Get Extra, Give Extra: The Gift of Friendship

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When I made the bold decision to start blogging in 2011, I had no idea where it would take me. I’ve met some really amazing people and had some really great experiences. One of the most memorable moments was when I met my friend Julian.

We all have those VIPs in our lives who give extra and go the extra mile willingly and freely. Julian is definitely one of those people. We met casually in June 2012. We were both attending a natural hair event. She came in late and sat down next to me. I have no idea what made me do it, but I stuck my hand out and BOLDLY said “Hi, I’m Vashti”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty friendly, but if you’re a stranger and you sat next to me,  back then I would have just smiled and said a “quiet” hello. Something about Julian made me want to be extra outgoing that day 🙂


From that moment we pretty much bonded. Julian and I are very similar, yet very different

On the same day we met, she invited me to her website launch and to become a contributor to her blog. A month later, she invited me to co-host her first meetup, and a few weeks after that she invited me to be co-organizer of her meetup group. The rest is history.
I love giving people their flowers while they are alive, so she knows how I feel about her, but when I had the opportunity to give EXTRA thanks, it was a no brainer.



In 2013, Julian moved to New York and she would travel between Dallas & NYC to visit family and host events. Even throughout the transition, we’ve been able to continue partner to host events, and our friendship has grown even more. What I appreciate so much about Julian is that she’s real and she has a HUGE heart. She is one of those people who will tell the things you don’t want to hear, but need to hear.
She didn’t know anything about me when we met, yet she took a chance and “gave EXTRA”. I’ll always appreciate her for that.
get-extra-give-extra-gum-moments1I created this mini Holiday Care Pack just for her. I’m looking forward to giving EXTRA when I get to see her next week. *squeals*

Thanks Jules for always being willing to GIVE EXTRA and for being one of the VIPs in my life.

get-extra-give-extra-gumAnd since we’re talking about EXTRA, I had to be extra and say it in three languages 🙂

YOUR TURN: How do your celebrate the VIP people in your life?

Until next time

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  • iluv2globetrot

    This is so awesome! Now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside, it’s great to have good friends.

  • Janeane Davis

    Good friends are a treasure an dit is nice to be able to call a friend out and thank her for her friendship.

    • It definitely is. Thanks Janeane 🙂

  • David @ Spicedblog

    What an awesome idea! It’s so important to thank the people in our lives who go that ‘extra’ mile…and Julian totally deserves it. Thanks for sharing! #client

    • She certainly does! Thanks David.

  • Arlington Mommy

    You made the packages look so cute! I love this gum it helps so much with my sweet cravings.

  • How sweet is this. And viva la good friends and showing you care especially when you are apart!

  • Christine St.Vil

    Aww that is so sweet! I’m definitely big on surprises and I absolutely love to do nice things on a regular basis for the VIP people in my life.

  • This looks like a great way to say thanks! It’s amazing how a chance meeting can lead to so many wonderful things!

  • Definitely an awesome Idea, I have gum in every single one of my purses and backpacks ha ha

  • Mama to 5 Blessings

    Sounds really nice! i have not tried these new flavors yet.

  • thejoyfulfoodie

    This is so sweet! What a great idea to make little care packages for people who know we love them but deserve the extra appreciation.

  • It’s always nice and a blessing to have friends like that. I did the same thing as you took a chance and now I have an amazing friend

  • Kristi Corrigan

    Love this gift idea. This would be great for so many people…teachers, daycare providers, nurses, ect.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg this is such a cute idea 🙂 just absolutely love it 🙂

  • Such a cute idea to give an Extra thanks! Such a nice way to show someone you appreciate them.

  • Jennifer

    My husband, myself, our three dogs, and Netflix. Lots of Netflix. That’s an MVP celebration.

  • never hear of extra before. thanks for sharing

  • The Shady Lane

    This is so sweet and I think it’s wonderful that you take the time out to say Thank you to such a great friend. It’s easy to take people for granted, so I’m sure she will appreciate that you’ve thought of her,and found such a cute way to say it!

    • Very true. I try to show appreciate anytime I can. Thanks so much 🙂

  • RattlesandHeels

    Oh this is so sweet and I am sure she will appreciate you thinking of her and most of all your appreciation of your friendship. True friends are rare so I agree that you should honor them while you can. Cute box 🙂

  • MJ

    Awwww this is so sweet. I love the idea of an Give Extra box of goodies for your VIPs. I have so many VIPs in my life. Some I have known my entire life and some I have met within the last year (hint, hint.) I will definitely be giving extra in 2015 for my special people.
    Please post a follow up. I would love to see how Julian reacts.

    • Thanks MJ. *muah* Showing appreciation is what it’s all about.
      So far she is speechless lol. Apparently words have failed her lol