It’s with a heavy heart and tearful eyes that I write this post about my friend and co-worker, Leslie Sisti, who passed away on Sunday from a heart condition. She was only 30-years old and left behind two babies, as well as a loving husband and countless friends. The immense amount of sorrow created by her loss is proportional to the measure of joy she brought to this world. She was such a gift to many.
I was honored to have worked with Leslie at Mitchell Communications for several years. We worked closely as writers, so I had a chance to witness and admire her creativity, humor and wit firsthand. We also grew to become friends, which is what I’m most thankful for today. We’d swap working-mom stories, laugh at SNL skits, and occasionally cry on each other’s shoulder.
What I loved most about Leslie was her joyful, optimistic spirit. She was life’s cheerleader…quick to listen, lend a helping hand, or offer words of encouragement – no matter what she was going through personally. When I would question my own writing, she’d be there to pick me up and tell me to keep writing. In fact, she’s the one who gave me the courage to start this blog. And she knows a thing or two about blogging.
In addition to writing at work, Leslie was a well-known fashion blogger with followers all over the world. As you can imagine, she always looked impeccable with the most stylish clothes, perfect shoes, and right amount of sparkle. She had a way of being fashionable without being fussy. That’s what was so magnetic about her and drew thousands to her blog each week. Leslie was a down-to-earth, Southern gal who made everyone feel welcome. She was the definition of style, grace and beauty.
As I sat through her memorial service this afternoon, which felt surreal, it was evident that Leslie was a shining light to so many people in our community. I’m sure all of us were thinking about how devastating and unfair this situation is for her sweet family. I can’t even think about those two babies without stopping the tears. The only thing any of us can do is pray and lean on our faith. Faith that Leslie is now in God’s loving hands and free from any pain or struggle. Faith that He will comfort and heal her family. Faith that we will know how to help and what to say. Faith that Leslie’s joyful spirit will carry on in the many lives she touched. And faith that we will one day reunite with our sweet, dear friend.
Until that day, let’s part with the words of Leslie herself. She always signed off with “Be Blessed Lovelies,” and that’s exactly what I wish for you today.
I encourage all of you to read Leslie’s blog, as she had many inspiring and lovely things to share over the years.
Also, an account has been set up to help with her girls’ college and eventually wedding funds. Please visit and help support them if you can.