I met Anita last year on Twitter. She lives in Michigan and I'm in California, so we've never had the pleasure of meeting in person, but we bonded quickly due to our mutual background in newspapers and our love of animals. I knew right away that this was one special lady.
On Twitter, Anita's primary handle is @modelsupplies because of her passion for skincare and all things beauty-related. She does webinars, online radio shows, and she tweets like there's no tomorrow. Her Twitter following of nearly 70,000 people is evidence of the reputation she's built online. She's smart, compassionate, and no doubt the most supportive person I've ever met in my life.
Today, Anita took an incredibly scary step--and she took it publicly. She told the world she wants to lose weight and is going to vie for a spot on The Biggest Loser. Since Anita knows the power of social media and promotion, she has created a Facebook page to help her in her quest.
Making a decision to challenge the status quo takes courage. Doing so in the public eye is even harder. Whether you know Anita or not, I hope you'll take a moment to support a wonderful person in her effort to change her life. You can "like" her Facebook page by clicking HERE.
Good luck, Anita! I'm proud to know you.
UPDATE: After I wrote this story, Anita posted her own account of what has brought her to this point. Please read her insightful backstory by clicking HERE.
Who says newspaper people aren't fast enough to get important stories out pronto?! I am absolutely verklempt~! This is one of the scariest things I have ever done and the outpouring of support has just been incredible! You are such a WONDERFUL friend to me, Amber~!! I will never forget this and show this post as part of the evidence of support I have from friends & family~!!ReplyDelete
THANK. YOU. SO. MUCH.
Anita Nelson @ModelSupplies
This is awesome. Way to go Anita!! How can we help?ReplyDelete
Anita: Verklempt? That's gotta be worth a lot of points in Scrabble! Anything for you. Best of luck getting on the show!ReplyDelete
Eric: Thanks for commenting! Did you "like" Anita's Facebook page yet? Oh, and I just saw your profile pic on FB. That "green span" billboard is priceless!
Amber what an awesome "friend". You hit the nail on the head in your description of Anita. Like you, we've never met "face to face" but she is beyond a doubt a very Special Lady. Can't wait to get to Facebook and LIKE her page! Great post.ReplyDelete
Awesome post that shows support, friendship and the benefits of social media. Thanks for the post and Anita you know we love you!ReplyDelete
Amber, what a terrific post! I just found out about Anita's awesome quest and I LIKED her page...now I think many of us are waiting to take up banners and rah rah for this undeniably dynamic deelightful dame!ReplyDelete
Awesome Post! I think everyone should get a blog post up and show support for Anita! We could even cross-promote our blogs with each other too!ReplyDelete
I LOVE this gal and can't wait to hug her in person myself!!!
Thank you ALL for your wonderful comments and your words of support for Anita! You're all pretty special! ;->ReplyDelete
I am convinced that I know some of the BEST people in the WORLD~!!! You are ALL just SO FANTASTIC~!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH~!!! I've even found out that they get The Biggest Loser in the UK~!! @Paul_Steele @Mick_Gill - all those wonderful people are pulling for me~! You are all SO INCREDIBLE~!!ReplyDelete
Now, the pressure's on~! I found the casting people & the support is here! It won't be long till I'll be lucky enough to have Jillian yell in my face or Bob (fellow Leo) educate me on what I'm doing WRONG~!! I need the help, too! I really do!
Amber, Danna, Gina, Blanca, Kathy & Eric: Your unconditional love is a badge of your sterling spirits~!! You are the beauty of light itself~!! THANK YOU~!!!
Amber, you are SUCH an engaging and talented writer~!! If this wasn't about me, it would be so much easier to praise! lol As it is, it makes me cry every time I read it~!! You have been a wonderful friend to me this last year or more - despite the #UnfollowBug that tries to separate us without any luck =)
LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL~!!!
Anita Nelson @ModelSupplies
Thank you for helping Anita, I have a similar story as yours. She is a great twitter friend.ReplyDelete
Anita is a great gal, thank you for acknowledging her.ReplyDelete
You certainly can form meaningful friendships on-line. I recently met face-to=face, for the first time, an on-line friend with whom I have exchanged e-mail for over 15 years. She and her husband came from Australia to visit us in Florida for 5 days before heading north to visit family in Alaska. My dream is to return the visit. Our time together was wonderful and I don't think either of us was surprised or disappointed in the least.ReplyDelete
Anita, thank you for amazing gushing love back...but can I please suggest...treat yourself lovingly...yelling and berating yourself is not the answer. Let them "motivate" you and coach you, sure, but PLEASE make sure you love yourself; cause WE do! :) xoxoxo GinaReplyDelete