To Lora V…The Girl Who…
So began the subject line in a recent email from a dear friend. In its entirety it read, “To Lora V…the girl who never lets the snow stop her.” Attached to the email was this fabulous surprise: the above portrait, illustrated by the incredibly talented (and dare I say beautiful) Sam Smith, who’s recently launched Sam Smith Creative.
Sam’s cheered me on through every marathon training cycle I’ve done. Wholeheartedly, enthusiastically, unwaveringly. When I saw the way she chose to depict me – in running gear, race bib meticulously pinned (better than I can manage in real life), amongst a bed of snow in Central Park – I just smiled big. This woman knows me well: the runner who won’t be deterred by elements or obstacles.
To Sam, I say thank you for the gift – that of your heartfelt friendship and immense support. And, for the lovely portrait. I adore it!
Her kind, unexpected gesture reminds me to express thanks to those who continuously support my endeavors. To the pillars of encouragement in my life – my family and family of friends (as my brother often says) – “Thank you.”
Runners, we are indeed a fortunate community with the richest of gifts: each other and those who support our efforts to reach further, push harder, and unearth our potential with every mile.
this is super cute!!!
Thanks! She is an amazing illustrator!
AHHH, totes adorbs.
LOVE this! What a thoughtful gift!