“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ― Mark Twain
This month we’re focusing on how friendships contribute to making you the best and healthiest version of yourself. We spoke to three sets of best friends and discussed how their relationships have influenced their lives for the better. Our last conversation is with, NYC-based entrepreneurs Carly Heitlinger and Mackenzie Horan!
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Name: Carly A. Heitlinger & Mackenzie Horan
Hometown: Tampa, FL (Carly) and Darien, CT (Mackenzie)
What are your individual stories and how did you two first meet?
We both started blogging while we were in college. Carly stumbled on Mackenzie’s blog one day and sent her a #FanGirl email. We ended up doing a blog swap with each other (read Mackenzie’s guest post and Carly’s guest post) in February 2011. We iChatted all the time and kept up with each other’s lives on social media. It wasn’t until February 2012 that we actually met in person. (At NYFW, no less.) Carly moved to Manhattan in August 2012 and then Mackenzie moved just down the street– we live nine blocks apart– in January 2013. We love being neighbors!
What do you consider something unique about your friendship?
We’re not competitive with each other. I think a lot of people (especially bloggers) might find this surprising. We love working together on the weekends and helping each other out. Collaborating with brands as a pair is so much more fun than going solo!
In general, how do you think friendships help you become a better version of yourself? How has knowing one another personally affected your life and outlook on life?
We both have something to bring to the table. We love to work together and to push each other outside of our comfort zones… whether that’s starting a new project, doing something fun, or becoming smarter entrepreneurs and bloggers. We’re really similar, but also really different and I think that’s what makes us such good friends. We also “get” what each other is going through (stresses from running our companies, dating in NYC, the constant search for inspiration, etc.).
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