One day I was walking through Market Square with my camera gear and a woman in a pink polka-dot dress came up to me and said with out any hesitation, reservation or insecurity "Hi, are you Jessica Tezak? I love your instagram." I had never felt more famous (and also haven't felt that famous since).
Holly invited me to my first brunch, took my portrait and I thought "Wow, what a cool new friend." Since then, she has introduced me to (almost) every friend I have; a support system that feels extra important since my family lives far away. What amazes me about Holly though, is that this experience is not unique to me. She just has a way of bringing people together.
Holly once went to a funeral for someone she had never met before, but respected. She throws herself a birthday party every year, usually with a food theme; pizza party; tacos and breakfast for dinner (even though this last one was cancelled unfortunately, but we karaoked instead). One time, she told me that I was in her top ten favorite friends and meant it as a compliment, because she has so many friends. When she started getting lonely at the gym, she created the Knoxville Walking Club on a whim. But people showed up and its actually really fun to walk around town with a bunch of strangers! Who would have known?
It is hard to find people that can push you, inspire you, and also just let you be yourself and Holly has always been that kind of friend for me and I'm assuming a lot of other people. So hey, Holly! Thanks for being you.
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