Let’s put it this way, there is a very good chance I would not still be in California if I never met Liz … honestly, both our lives might be very different.
Liz was the first friend I ever made in California … we worked together at a restaurant (she was the worst waitress in history; don’t worry, she is very aware of this) and instantly became best friends. We literally did everything together. Our most favorite thing to do was “take drives”. What that meant was get in the car, stop at some fast food place (so that she could get a fountain soda … which, she still loves to this day), then drive on the freeway (almost to Mexico sometimes), listening and singing as loud as we could to Sarah McLachlan … here’s a couple of our all-time favorites: I will not forget you …“To go back to the one who possesses your soul … I threw bitter tears at the ocean, but all that came back was the tide”, & Vox …“In the desert of my dreams I saw you there” … or (our all-time), Hold On …”Hold on to yourself, this is gonna hurt like hell” … Holy God. We were dramatic, awesome … and extremely deep.
Long story short, we basically switched lives when we were about 25.
Through our various introductions, let’s just say, “I became part of the Carlsbad, California crowd” that she went to high school with, and she moved back to New York (where I am from) and became best friends with many of my high school friends … and later married Dan, a Long Islander.
I can’t really say what actually would’ve been different if we didn’t meet, but I can say this … I never would have lived on the beach with six of my girlfriends when I was 21, had, not one, but three of Carlsbad’s funnest parties, drove to Texas with an hours notice (I still feel bad for the guy that was with us on that drive … and sometimes wonder if he has recovered; 24 hours of straight Sarah is pretty major), allowed someone to convince me to skip a final exam so that I could go to Tijuana until 6am, or been inspired in every way by such a beautiful person.
Liz is not only raising two amazing children, has a beautiful relationship with her husband, cooks amazing meals, always looks gorgeous (well, maybe because she is, inside and out), and if that wasn’t enough, she finally decided to pursue her dream (that she has talked about since we were 19) of becoming a photographer.
I had the pleasure of watching one of her photo shoots this summer, and I was in awe. There is something amazing about watching someone you love do something they love (something they are meant to be doing) … maybe it was because of all the Sarah we have listened to in our lives, but I actually cried.
Liz, I seriously couldn’t love you more or be more proud to have you as an inspiration & friend. ♥ … see, we’re still deep.
Please visit Liz’s website at www.lizlabiancaphotography.com … There is so much more to come!