5 Things I Want To Thank My Best Friend For

5 Things I Want To Thank My Best Friend For

Because I don't say it enough.
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What would life be without friends by your side to enjoy moments with? We often times forget how special people are to us.

It is difficult to remember how important appreciation is to show. Not only to ourselves but to other people. Life gets so chaotic and we get so involved in ourselves and just enjoying friendships that we don't stop enough to give a shout out to the people that mean the most to us.

That's what this article is all about: giving appreciation to my best friend, who I don't let know enough how much I appreciate her.

1. Thank you for making golf so much better

There is not a single time where I pick up a golf club that I don't think about our fun times together. A game that is full of so much stress, mentally and physically, you were always able to make it so much more fun. Some of our stories are not appropriate for either this article or the golf course, but they continue to bring me so much joy. Thank you for pushing me to be my best on the course and off. Our journey from high school golf to college golf was one that I wouldn't trade for anything. Now, I get to be your biggest cheerleader on the sidelines and I cannot wait to see everything that the game brings for you.

2. Thank you for never walking out on me

I know I am not the easiest person in this whole world to deal with. I am sassy, outspoken, opinionated, stubborn and get cranky very fast. I will never forget those few months that we did not speak with each other. They were some of the longest months in my entire life. Most people would have stepped away from me and our friendship. But you decided to keep pushing. That heart to heart that we had was a night that I will never forget. Now we are back to bothering each other 24/7 and I wouldn't have it any other way. Our friendship has grown so strong and I am so happy. Little do you know, you're stuck in this friendship forever!

3. Thank you for supporting me, good and bad

Freshman year of college when we were roommates and exploring a whole new world. From nearly tripling the amount of students at our schools to making terrible decisions, it was all new. We got the joys of exploring it together!

No matter what choices I made, you supported them. When I made the terrible decision of talking to that one guy to when I wanted to skip class, you were always giving advice but supporting regardless of my decisions. That is so rare to find in a person and I am lucky enough to have a friend like you who does so without hesitation. You have helped me grow as a person by doing so and I am forever thankful for that.

You have pushed me through my own self-love and acceptance path that I have been trying to get on. You allow for me to open up to you and tell you things that I can't tell anyone else. You support everything in that and I appreciate it, more than you'll ever know.

4. Thank you for growing with me

Life cannot be complete without growth. People change as we grow older, it is part of human nature. A lot friendships do not make it past that point because the changes are too much for them. But you have allowed for me to grow and change and become my own person. You have stuck by my side throughout that process, as I have in yours, and we are stronger for it. You are constantly showing how proud you are of me and that means the world to me. Without that support and your pushing me, I wouldn't have met my boyfriend, got the job I have, or see different things (especially the Grand Canyon). You've truly affected my life by pushing me straight into it.

5. Thank you for being you

As cheesy as that sounds, you have gone through so much in this past year. You've truly become who you are and it has been such an amazing thing to watch. I am glad that I have been a part of this journey of self-acceptance and self-love that you have been on. You are such a beautiful person, inside and out. You are a gifted person with such a bright future ahead of you. Your presence can change a room. Your laughter can make my day. And your personality contrasts mine in a way that allows me to think about things differently. I cannot wait to see where you continue to go in life, because I will be there alongside every journey you go on!


The years are zipping by us and I feel as though we are growing old together. So here's to many more years of you being my fake girlfriend, the many wine bottles that will be drank, and the countless memories that are going to be made. I can't wait to grow old with you and continue to make fun of each other.



Cover Image Credit: Rachel Stoneburner

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BREAKING (not fake) NEWS: It's true, you have to hit your lowest before hitting your highest.

I want to share my lowest with you, and I'm almost ashamed to say it had nothing to do with the loss of both of my parents. I like to think I handled that like a warrior.

Turns out I didn't, and the hurt I've been burying from that hit me all at once, the same moment my life fell apart faster than a drunk dude approaching a Jenga stack.

My life flipped upside down overnight back in August. I had my heart broken shattered, lost two very important friendships that I thought were with me until the end, lost my 9-5 job, my health took a hit stronger than a boulder, and I was absolutely lost. For the first time, ever, I let go of the reigns on my own life. I had no idea how to handle myself, how to make anyone around me happy, how to get out of bed or how to even begin the process of trying to process what the f*ck just happened. I was terrified.

Coming from the girl who never encountered a dilemma she couldn't fix instantaneously, on her own, with no emotional burden. I was checked out from making my life better. So I didn't try. I didn't even think about thinking about trying.

The only relatively understandable way I could think to deal with anything was to not deal with anything. And that's exactly what I did. And it was f*cking amazing.

I went into hiding for a week, then went on a week getaway with my family, regained that feeling of being loved unconditionally, and realized that's all I need. They are all I need. Friends? Nah. Family. Only. Always.

On that vacation, I got a call from the school district that they wanted me in for an interview the day I come home. It was for a position that entailed every single class, combined, that I took in my college career. It was a career that I had just gotten my degree for three months before.

I came home and saw my doctor and got a health plan in order. I was immediately thrown into the month-long hiring process for work. I made it a point to make sunset every single night, alone, to make sure I was mentally caught up and in-check at the same exact speed that my life was turning. I was not about to lose my control again. Not ever.

Since August, I have spent more time with family than ever. I've read over 10 new books, I've discovered so much new music, I went on some of my best, the worst and funniest first dates, I made true, loyal friends that cause me zero stress while completely drowning me in overwhelming amounts of love and support, I got back into yoga, and I started that job and damn near fell more in love with it than I ever was for the guy I lost over the summer.

But most importantly, I changed my mindset. I promised myself to not say a single sentence that has a negative tone to it. I promised myself to think three times before engaging in any type of personal conversation. I promised myself to wake up in a good mood every damn day because I'm alive and that is the only factor I should need to be happy.

Take it from a girl who knew her words were weapons and used them frequently before deciding to turn every aspect of her life into positivity — even in the midst of losing one of my closest family members. I have been told multiple times, by people so dear to me that I'm "glowing." You know what I said back? F*ck yes I am, and I deserve to.

I am so happy with myself and it has nothing to do with the things around me. It's so much deeper than that, and I'm beaming with pride. Of myself. For myself.

I want to leave you with these thoughts that those people who have hurt me, left me, and loved me through these last couple of months have taught me

Growth is sometimes a lonely process.
Some things go too deep to ever be forgotten.
You need to give yourself the permission to be happy right now.
You outgrow people you thought you couldn't live without, and you're not the one to blame for that. You're growing.
Sometimes it takes your break down to reach your breakthrough.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

My god, it's so f*cking good.

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The summer going into my junior year, I would walk to this little basketball court that was near my house with my phone and my headphones. I was a little embarrassed to be trying something that some people might find so odd, out in broad daylight, but I was too invested in learning. If I could have a photo of every look I got that summer, that'd be a great photo album.

When I first started learning to shuffle, I started with the basics and just learned the shuffle before I even dove into the thought of shape cutting yet. What I found was that learning shapes to slower songs made it so much easier to learn the steps, and once I had that, I'd simply incorporate it into a faster-paced song.

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