I’m excited to have been selected as one of Lean Cuisine’s Phenomenal Ambassadors. I’ll be working with the brand all summer to help share great stories of accomplishments and great food.
In my last post, I helped to share the brand’s message, reinforcing that the most important things we should weigh ourselves on are our accomplishments. Lean Cuisine also wants to help recognize the unseen things women do every day that go unnoticed. Today, I want to share the story of a woman I think is phenomenal.
I first met Amy inside of an elevator just days after moving into our new apartment in Kissimmee, Florida in June of 2012. She was about 6 months pregnant at the time, and I had JUST found out that I was expecting my second child. She seemed very nice, but though we lived only one floor away from each other, it was a few months before we’d run into each other again.
Fast forward to sometime in November. I was now six months pregnant, waddling out to our car with husband and two year old son in tow. As I buckled my child into his seat, I heard someone calling to me. She came up to me with a big smile on her face. She was a few weeks postpartum, and she’d had the most beautiful little baby girl. I congratulated her and cooed to her daughter, immediately in love with her chubby little face. Amy introduced herself properly and admitted that as a first time single mother in her 40s, she wasn’t really at her best. She was struggling a little with depression and she really could do with a friend. We exchanged names and numbers, and she quickly looked me up on Facebook.
In those first weeks, we spent a lot of time together. She was a little overwhelmed and didn’t have a lot of support in the area. We did our best to help her through it, offering to watch her daughter so she could go shopping and just hanging out. We started a tradition of pizza and movie night, where we’d all gather together to eat, drink and be merry. She returned to work sometime in December, and it was easy to see she was rapidly improving her state of mind.
The thing about Amy is that she’s the friendliest person in the world. She is one of the most popular women I’ve ever known. She is loved by so many people from so many places. The whole time I’ve known her, she’s always had people coming from all over the country to visit her. She constantly gets packages sent to her and her daughter because she is so well loved.
Amy works for Disney, and one of the first things she ever said to me is that she could get us into the parks for free. While we had our own park passes, we loved meeting up there, and every time we visited, we had SO much fun. When I turned 32 last year, she took me on the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at Disney World, and together we explored the hidden treasures of the park. It is one of my fondest memories.
Our kids were the very best of friends for so long. Right up until we moved to Utah last year, they played together nearly every weekend. They were frequent visitors when we bought our house, coming over to play in the pool and continue with our pizza and movie nights.
Over the years, it is incredible to see the shift in Amy. When I first met her, she was a nervous new mother, scared about everything, not knowing how to handle it. But as time went on, like every mother, she became an expert on her own child. My kids still consider her their second mom, their beloved “Mimi,” a nickname they bestowed on her because they couldn’t say Amy yet.
It seems incredible to me that we only got to know her for a year and a half before we moved across the country. Though we are only in touch via text and online now, I still consider her my best friend. She is someone I look up to. She is smart and funny and supportive and beautiful. She has lived a strange and wonderful life full of travel, great love, friendship and various careers, and her bubbly personality and outlook are inspirational.
She is so beautiful inside and out, and we love her with all our hearts.
Lean Cuisine is completely overhauling its brand. It is reintroducing itself to focus on modern eating with new bold, ethnic flavors, new attributes, and contemporary packaging. Lean Cuisine’s new brand campaign Feed Your PhenomenalTM wants to help recognize the unseen things women do every day that go unnoticed.
Visit the Phenomenal Effect website to enter Lean Cuisine’s promotion and help spread the Phenomenal Effect by recognizing the phenomenal women in your life and encouraging them to do the same. You could win prizes for yourself and everyone that you recognize. Also be sure to visit Lean Cuisine on Twitter and on Facebook!
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