With every New Year comes new beginnings. For some it’s resolutions to be healthier or to not be so caught up at work. Others want to let go of the things that are keeping them from being their happiest or living their life to the fullest. January 2016 brought lots of new beginnings to my life. It was my first official season as a hockey girlfriend. I was working on getting my license and gaining some independence. It was also the month that I became a part of the organization in which I found my people.
I found out about Hearts of Hockey through Pinterest. I was looking for some hockey girlfriend relatables as a heads up for what I was in store for over the coming months. I stumbled upon a “The Hockey Girlfriends” post. Doing some quick research, I found out that The Hockey Girlfriends was now Hearts of Hockey.
I spent over an hour going through the website, reading articles and looking at pictures. I knew that it was something I had to be apart of. I was so excited to find out that they were looking for people to fill positions on the website and quickly applied before someone else could take my spot. I applied as “unsure” and patiently waited for an email back from Amie. Within a week or so she had given me a position as a photographer. I was beyond happy to be apart of Hearts, immediately making my social media bio’s sound sophisticated and cool (or, at least I tried to) and adding Hearts as my link. With the exception of Amie, Isabel was the first to reach out and she was so sweet. I felt like I could come to her with any questions I had without feeling like I was asking something stupid. Hearts became the place where I could talk hockey and have people understand what I was saying. Not many of my friends understand or watch hockey so this was like a breath of fresh air. I could finally talk hockey with more than two people and they understood!
Fast forward to now, ten months later, joining Hearts was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. My position switched from photographer to writer at the end of June. I quickly took on the task about writing about the Las Vegas team and it’s still one of my favorite pieces of writing that I’ve ever done. But, Hearts to me is so much more than a place to write and talk about hockey. The people I’ve become friends with mean the world to me. They’re awesome people to laugh with and vent to. They’re understanding, hilarious and very smart. Being the baby of the group, I gained a lot of older siblings when I joined. They’re there to talk about anything and to reassure me when I get down on myself.
What I love the most is that we’re all very different. We’re at different points in our lives. We live in different places. We all have our own special things we love. However, our differences are what connects us. Some of us love to travel. Others have a sense of style and the ability to do makeup that I would love to have. Some of us are artistic and create amazing DIY projects. They’re all so sweet and so kind. They never hesitate to offer help and are always willing to listen. They’re the people who will sympathize with you but will tell you like it is when they know you need to hear it. They’re there to comment and like all your social media posts. They’re there to celebrate when something exciting happens. They're there to laugh with and to give the greatest advice (and won't say I told you so when you don't follow their advice and something happens)
They're the people I didn't know I was missing from my life, but now that they’re in it, I couldn't imagine life without them.
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