Remembering Leslie Sisti

Leslie Sisti

Leslie Sisti of A Blonde Ambition

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.

-Kate

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.

http://www.gofundme.com/d53bgd5p8s

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Get to know me better!

Hello and happy Friday! It’s a frightfully fun Friday, too. I hope you have your costumes, candy and crazy decorations planned and ready to for tonight. If you need last-minute recipe ideas, check out this post from earlier in the blog.

It has been such a great week meeting new people, sharing a special post with A Blonde Ambition, showing you how to make easy and beautiful pumpkin seed ornaments, and finally creating an “About Kate” page. IMG_3991Be sure to check it out. I’ve included some candid shots and random facts about my life – including my nickname growing up. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know me better. Let me know what other questions you might have.

I’m glad you’re here and excited to be on this creative journey together. You can always connect with me through comments on the blog, Instagram @katejandersen, or email katejandersen{at}gmail{dot}com.

Have a wonderful weekend!

-Kate

 

 

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Creative Tip Tuesday: Try Something New. Anything.

It’s Tuesday! That means I’ll be sharing a creative tip today. This post was inspired by my sweet and amazingly talented friend, Leslie Sisti. We work together at a PR firm where we both get to share our love of creativity and writing. Leslie has been a fashion blogger of A Blonde Ambition for several years now and has become wildly successful. She’s the real deal, friends. When I told her I wanted to start a blog, she kindly offered tips, encouragement and even a chance to guest blog to help get things going. There aren’t enough flowers in the world that could properly thank her!HeaderTrans_zpscb139c50Here’s where I tried something new.

As nervous as I was, I took up Leslie on the offer to guest blog. (It’s posted today, so be sure to check it out.) While I’ve been a copywriter for decades and even led teams as a creative director, you’d think writing a blog would be as easy as breathing. Somehow, trying my hand at this feels entirely different. I’m usually writing on behalf of clients. So while the words are mine, the message always belongs to someone else. There’s a veil of protection in case someone doesn’t like the work. Or strangely enough, if someone loves what I’ve done, I can smile in the background and not have to take center stage. So, blogging. It’s personal. It’s honest. It’s imperfect. And most importantly, it’s something new for me.

I’m excited for the journey. My hope is you’ll join in my adventure and be inspired to try new things, too. It doesn’t have to mean quitting your job or planning a trip to France (although I’d LOVE to visit my dear friend Kristina!) Enough small adventures will lead to big discoveries. Here’s an inspiring TED Talk by Matt Cutts that shares his adventure of trying something new for 30 days.

New things can include writing with your other hand, taking a different route to work or buying plantains instead of bananas. What will happen is you’ll start to notice patterns about the things you choose – and the things you love. You’ll hear your inner voice. You’ll see your confidence grow. Perhaps most importantly, your true self will emerge. And that’s good for everyone.

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Go try something new today and tell me about it. Comment, email or post it on Twitter, Insty or Facebook using #CreativeTipTues.

My love and cheers to you all! – Kate

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