I didn’t think I was going to post anything today.
The last 24 hours have been really tough for both Scott and I, which doesn’t exactly make you want to share your feelings publicly. But, in this case… I want to. And I need to.
Over the past few days, we have learned of two friends who have passed unexpectedly. Although I didn’t personally know one of them, the other has been a light and inspiration in my life as well as to thousands of others.
There is really no way to put into words how kind, sweet, and amazing of a soul Gia Allemand has been to everyone she knew.
Before even knowing anything about her, I remember telling my manager at my barre studio how I had the most adorable student in class. She had great technique, gorgeous hair, and seemed to enjoy her workouts just as much as I did. Any correction I gave was taken with a smile, and her positive energy beamed to everyone around her.
The next time I had her in class, I made a mental note of her name and finally realized why she looked so familiar.
Unlike the majority reading this, I have never watched a full episode of The Bachelor. I knew her boyfriend through his friendship with Scott, and realized I had met her crossing paths a few times at events. Even so, and as someone who has a celebrity title attached to them, I never saw her that way. To me, she was so much more than “that girl.”
She was Gia. Fun loving, caring, giving, Christian, laughing, incredible Gia.
Today, my heart is heavy aching for her, Ryan, and their families.
She was a light in this world, and nothing I can write would do the memory of her justice. Although I am extremely saddened, I am moving forward and remembering her for the humble joy she was. She did everything in love and wanted to share it with everyone.
If prayer is something you practice, please keep all of those who were close to her in yours. Rest in God’s arms sweet, beautiful Gia.
“Do Everything In Love.” -1 Corinthians 16:14
I’m so sorry, Heather. I read the news yesterday and it just broke my heart. Will definitely be keeping you and all of Gia’s family and friends in my prayers <3
Thanks so much!
So sorry for your loss. <3 Thinking about you and her family.
I just lost a friend as well, and my heart has been heavy ever since, it's not something that's even imaginable, even after it's happened. It still is taking me a lot to process.
Sending thoughts to you!
Thank you Lisa. I knew you recently lost someone close in your life, and I have also been praying for you! Stay strong… <3
I’m so sorry, Heather. I know all too well what it is like to lose someone, as I just lost my dad in January, 🙁
Aw, I’m so sorry Lisa. That is really tough. Prayers back at you!
heather, my sympathies!!! that’s crazy that you knew her! i watched her season on the bachelor and she was one of my faves. followed her on social media and she was always posting happy, positive things. so i was shocked to hear the news yesterday. she seemed so happy!!! i just don’t understand…
Yes… she really was.
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
I’m sorry to hear. Unexpected losses are difficult to cope with. My thoughts go out to you and your bf!
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
Thank you Christina!
I’m so sorry. I’ll keep everyone in my prayers!
I am so sorry for your loss. We are thinking about ya’ll and keeping you in our prayers!
Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
I’m so sorry for your loss. I only knew Gia from The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, but I was still shocked and saddened when I read the news.
Thank you for your words, Emily.
Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
That is so sad 🙁 I’ll be praying for her family!