Monday, November 18, 2013

Sweet Mackenzie

I need to tell you about one of the sweetest people I know.  A few years ago, I stumbled across a blog called Twirls & Curls.  The author, Mackenzie, was in high school at the time.  She was (and still is) incredibly well-spoken and mature.  Sometime during the summer, she posted that she would be taking her blogging over to a new platform on tumblr, and Mackenzie-Ann Believe was born.

{from her blog}
In addition to Mackenzie's wise words (especially for a college freshman!), she has some of the best photography skills I've seen in a long time.  And that's saying a lot because I am a big photo nerd (took AP Photo in high school...)!

{via her instagram, @mackenzieathrone}
Her posts are honest, candid, and genuine, and that is one of my favorite parts of Mackenzie.  Over the summer we started emailing each other...everything from college advice and summer job woes to book recommendations and prayer requests.  Her unwavering faith has been a huge inspiration to me this year.  As we all know, transitioning into a new environment (especially a new school hundreds of miles away from home) is difficult, but sweet Mackenzie has made the absolute best of her experience.

Recently, Mackenzie and I began texting each other inspiring verses and just generally motivating messages.  Dear Lord, I cannot tell you how much of a blessing Miss Mackenzie has been in my life!  Not only is she honest in her blog posts, but oh my, through her emails and texts, I know that Mackenzie portrays herself on the internet the way she is in real life.  Her reminders of grace, prayer, and forgiveness have reminded me how I want to live my life vs. how I see others live their lives.

 The only problem?  She's on the exact opposite side of the country in California.
But as I've expressed before, blogger besties are the best friends.  Even if I can't share a Starbucks drink over motivating conversations (like I do with Breck), I am still thankful for the conversations that Mackenzie and I share over text and email!

And guess what?  Today is Mackenzie's birthday!  What a joyful day to give thanks for such a beautiful friend!

Do you have someone in your life that is constantly inspiring and motivating you?


  1. This is such a sweet post! I love that the two of you are able to be so close even though you've never "met" in real life!