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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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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