15 Promises To My Best Friends

15 Promises To My Best Friends

I whale always love you.
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Dear Best Friend,

Please know that you are forever and always my go-to person. You brighten my days and you flip my world right side up when it's upside down. You rejoice in my accomplishments and you stand by me through my failures. You provide me with a joy that could never be surpassed. Regardless of how you help me, there are some things that I need you to understand; things that I am forever obligated to do because of who you are to me. I want to make these 15 promises to you, and please always hold me accountable.

1. I promise to always hold your hand.

Whether it's a family emergency, a breakup, or just a really bad day I promise to always hold your hand and listen to you cry, yell, vent, maybe even watch you throw your phone against the wall and to be okay with it.

2. I promise to never judge you.

If your shirt doesn't match those shorts, or you look like you literally just rolled out of bed, there will be no judgement because let's face it: I probs look the same way. If you're dancing in the car or singing super badly, I'll join in with you because making fools of ourselves is what we do best.

3. I promise to give you my best advice.

It may not be the smartest advice and I may have no idea how to handle the situation, but if you ask for my advice I'll do my best. If I can't do it, I'll find someone who can!

4. I promise to be down for crazy adventures.

So it's 4 p.m. and you want to take a road trip? Alright, just tell me where we're going and how long we'll be gone. One of the things I love about you is your impulsive, crazy, sense of adventure.

5. I promise to support you in all you do.

As long as what you're doing isn't illegal or something, I promise I'll stand by you every step of the way. I will be your backbone, I will speak when you can't, I will fight for you always.

6. I promise to cry with you.

I swear, I don't know why we're crying. Either it's from happiness and laughter or from sadness; keep in mind if it's because of sadness, I'll hunt down whoever is responsible.

7. I promise to be there when you need me.

Even if I'm hours away, I will always answer my phone for you. You take priority over whatever it is I'm doing. If I need to I will drive at 2 a.m. for 3 hours just to make sure you're okay.

8. I promise to protect your secrets like they're my own.

Unless you're like in harms way, and your life is on the line, your secrets are my secrets.

9. I promise to protect you at all times.

To protect you from others (i.e. boys, dramatic girls) and even yourself and your decisions if need be.

10. I promise to be the optimistic one to the best of my ability.

I will always remind you that things could be worse, that this could end worse, that things will get better.

11. I promise to never bite my tongue.

I will never sugarcoat anything for you. I will always tell you how I see it, how I feel about it, and why I do or do not like it. You will probably know how I feel before you even ask.

12. I promise to never tell you to not do the stupid thing.

Whatever this stupid thing is, I won't tell you not to do it because you'll regret it. Instead I'll do the stupid thing with you and we'll regret it later together.

13. I promise to let you be wild.

You will keep me wild, I will keep you safe. I promise to always let you run off and figure out what you're doing and who you need to be. I also promise to accept you however you are, no questions asked.

14. I promise to push you further.

I want to watch you succeed. I will always push you to do the next big thing, to go farther, to live. I will always encourage you to do your best, to do what's right, and to become who God has intended for you to be.

15. I promise to love you unconditionally.

Through every high, every low, every valley, every peak; I will love you regardless of what is or has happened between us because you are my best friend and I whale always love you!

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Power Of The Butterfly

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity" - Ecclesiastes 3:1

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April, coined as a rather "bipolar" month, in which the weather in London is either cold or warm. It is a time of transition where summer slowly but surely encapsulates winter. As a result, rain is the norm and may be viewed as a byproduct of the seasonal passage. One might be lucky to witness a rainbow with its arches passing above each side of the River Thames. A jaw-dropping display of multi-colored flowers blooms all throughout London's parks. Out of all things London has to offer in April my favorite would be the entrance of the butterfly.

When I was a little girl I lived minutes walk from Primrose Hill Park, a grassy hill with terrific views of London. I enjoyed dog walks, picnics, and trips to the playground at this park, but nothing made me more excited than the sight of the butterfly. This intricate creature had a certain charm to it which fascinated me! In fact, I was so awe-struck by it that upon my eighth birthday I was gifted a butterfly catching kit. I recall spending numerous hours whether it be on my street or at Primrose Hill trying to catch these speedy critters. However, I never quite could so eventually I gave up and found another form of entertainment.

All in all, as the transition from winter to spring, individuals will start to notice the arrival of the butterfly. Although as a child, I never was able to catch one of these magnificent creatures I am now reminded that their sense of lightness and joy represents freedom. Their free spirit and individualism is a reminder to not take life too seriously; and that one should, ultimately, embrace the changes thrown at them. Ultimately, the butterfly flourishes with transformation metamorphosing from a caterpillar to a beautiful winged species. And yes I recognize humans cannot go through metamorphosis, but the butterfly should inspire us to ensure growth in our own lives by accepting change. So go forth and remember it is ok to feel vulnerable as all good things come with time and perseverance.

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