Every day I log on to Twitter and look at the trending topics, one of them is Jodi Arias. While I understand why Jodi’s name is trending, it is still hard to face what it means.
My ex-husband, Troy, and I had the pleasure of meeting Travis when we worked with the same networking company, Prepaid Legal Services (now Legal Shield).
Travis was one of the local executives with the business and Troy and I often sought advice from Travis on how to effectively build our business. Even though we were not a part of Travis “line” in the business, he took a lot of time to encourage and coach us.
Before we had a chance to build a friendship with Travis, I remember being in awe of him every time he spoke at one of the events. It wasn’t just business information that I took away. Travis taught life lessons. He had so much passion and energy and it was clear how much Travis loved God and loved people.
As we spent more time in the business we built a friendship with Travis and even spent a small amount of time with both Travis and Jodi when we earned a trip to California. I remember thinking how beautiful Jodi was and thinking she seemed really sweet and that Travis deserved someone really sweet.
Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought Jodi would be on trial for the murder of Travis, a man that I held in such high regard.
One of my favorite memories of Travis is how he would always hug me and say something encouraging when I saw him. Even when I walked by and waved, Travis would call me back over, open his arms, and say “Come here and give me some sugar.” I smile now just thinking about how that got to be our thing.
When my then husband, Troy, called to tell me Travis had been killed, I was devastated. How could the world lose such an amazing and wonderful person? A person that I looked up to. A person that still had much to accomplish in the world.
I remember how emotional I was at Travis’ funeral and how I just couldn’t believe he was gone. I also remember seeing Jodi at the service. I went up and hugged her figuring she would need a lot of comfort. I remember Jodi seemed like her body was present at the funeral but her mind wasn’t. I thought this may have been her way of grieving.
When I found out, later, that Jodi had been arrested for Travis’ murder, I was in even more shock. How could that beautiful and sweet girl, now be on trial for murdering someone that she seemed to be in love with?
Love and obsession can be a crazy thing. I don’t know what happened between them but I pray that justice is served for Travis. I can’t watch the trial anymore because it hurts to hear negative things said about Travis.
Regardless of what is said, he will always be a mentor a friend to me!