Y’all! I absolutely cannot wait for you to meet my sweet friend Jojo. She is just, ahh, so cute! I seriously cannot think about her and NOT have the biggest smile on my face! Josie is one of the kindest, sweetest and silliest people I know, with such a hardworking and adventurous spirit. She is truly one of the only people who helped me through one of the toughest seasons of my life. I cherish our friendship and it saddens me to know that one thing I had to give up when I moved across the country was our weekly girls’ nights. I miss the conversation, eating pizza and drinking wine. She’s just the greatest and I miss her dearly!
BG: To get us started, please state your name, where you’re from, what you do and a fun fact!
JM: My name is Josie and I am from Pennsylvania. My fun fact is I absolutely love dogs, coffee, friends, family and I’ve enjoyed getting back into working out and taking care of my body! I Plan on doing a half marathon and biathlon this year and I’m really excited for it!
BG: I love Josie’s love for dogs! Ryker is the cutest little monster! And I’m thrilled to hear she’s training for a half marathon and Biathlon! Our friend Kaitlin, who you met in the first installment of the series, competes in Triathlons- I think the two of you should do one together!
BG: What is something you’re passionate about?
JM: I am passionate about my job. I am a preschool teacher. It took me some time away and getting lost to realize what I had and the difference I can make. My goal is to make connections with children who need it most. The ones who strive for attention whether it’s positive or negative and to help them build healthy relationships in my classroom.
BG: I love that so much! And honestly, I cant imaging Josie in a setting that doesn’t involve doggies or children. I love her heart and drive to help!
BG: What is your favorite quote?
JM: It’s hard to pick one favorite, but I really like this: Sometimes when things fall apart, they are actually falling into place- helped me see things differently when going through some things of my own.
BG: I totally relate to this! And its so difficult to see it in the moment, that’s why we need friends to help us out along the way. I’m a big believer in this quote.
BG: Have you experienced a difficult season and how has that shaped who you are today?
JM: I have been so very fortunate in my life. I’ve been blessed with a great family and I have amazing friends that have been there for me, push me and have connected with so strongly that distance doesn’t change anything about our friendships. The hardest thing I’ve gone through was a toxic relationship with an old boyfriend. When we broke up, I was devastated, but what I had come to realize was it was a blessing for me. I took some time for myself and with a few close friends to travel and do something outside of my comfort zone and after I had taken some time, I met an amazing guy who has made me appreciate so much and I am so thankful for him.
BG: I love your positive outlook on the blessings in life- and even the blessings in disguise. Josie and I were fortunate enough to go through that similar experience together. Even with neither of us really being sure or knowing the way or even having faith that everything would be okay- we helped each other through it just by being there for one another. I love that she can look back and appreciate the process and come out feeling blessed to have had those experiences with those people.
BG: What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever received?
JM: Hard times happen and are needed in your life. They bring such a strong emotion of feeling but lead you to a purpose and can change your life in some amazing ways. Good and bad things are meant to be apart of your life. The good would be so amazingly beautiful if we didn’t have the bad and in between
BG: I totally believe this. And I love what you said about the good not being so amazing and beautiful if we didn’t take it with the bad- how would we truly know if the lows didn’t match the highs. I think this is such an important outlook to have in life. And just the piece about the good and bad things are meant to be in your life- that’s such a mature way to face it- almost like these things aren’t happening TO me, they’re happening FOR me, which can be so cloudy to see at the time.
BG: What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever given?
JM: Take things one step at a time. When I sit there with a pile of information in front of me I get overwhelmed, but when I break it down and look at it step by step, it’s much more enjoyable.
BG: Thats such great advice, I completely agree. Going back to what you said about life being more enjoyable that way, it relates back to the feeling of taking the good with the bad in between- you don’t need to have the outlook of ‘I just cant wait until this is over’ that’s definitely not a happy way to move through life. We’re very similar on that aspect, most of the time this is how I approach everyday tasks- especially the things that overwhelm me. Also I like the feeling of relief and accomplishment when you break things down this way.
BG: What would you go back and tell your younger self?
JM: Enjoy the freedom of being little and don’t worry so much about what other people think.
BG: I know! Thats such solid advice! It’s a shame to look back and think about the times you have let others keep you from doing what you truly want out of fear of judgement or isolation. You truly do have all the freedom to make those decisions for yourself and don’t even realize it.
BG:What is something you’re happy you did for yourself?
JM: I never regret traveling!
BG: For real, travel feeds the soul. My favorite part about traveling is being outside of your comfort zone and open to new cultures of how people live and how they act out their everyday lives. There’s so many new and different and exciting things out there to see!
BG: What is your ultimate dream, if given no limitations?
JM: If I had no limitations, I would continue schooling and become a speech pathologist. I would love to be apart of if that process for young kids and families. I would also move to Colorado! I absolutely loved it there !
BG: I think you would make a great speech pathologist, I could definitely see you helping children with their development. You have the gift of patience for children that I clearly did not receive. Also, I’ve never been to Colorado… we should meet there and you can show me around!
BG: How do you want to make a difference in the world/ what is the legacy you want to leave?
JM: I want to bring something as simple as kindness and passing that to people who need it most, while supporting friends and family with that.
BG: Thats beautiful! The world definitely needs more kindness and people like you!
BG: What advice would you give to a younger female?
JM: Surround yourself with positive energy. What you breathe in is what you give.
BG: That is so important to understand, especially at a young age when it seems like everyone is exclusive and clique-y. It took me a long time as an adult to let go of that and focus on what I’m actually projecting onto others. If all young women could understand this sooner- there would be a lot less mean girls and lot more women empowerment!
BG: Who is a woman that is inspiring you today?
JM: My Mom. She struggled with alcohol addiction and has been clean for three years. She tells me it’s a fight every day, but it’s worth it. Our relationship has become so so much stronger and I’m so happy and thankful for that!
BG: That’s AMAZING! I’m so happy for your mom, I’m sure it’s not easy, but I’m also confident having you in her corner cheering her on is pushing her to be better and try harder everyday!
My conversation with Josie was so positive and uplifting, I just love how optimistic and open minded she is. I love her ‘learning lessons’ view of life and the different trials and tribulations it can throw at you. She is such an inspiration to keep pushing everyday to be the best person you can be, both for yourself and the people around you! I feel like she has grown so much since our girls night days and I’m so proud to call her my friend!