6 Reasons I'm Grateful For My Best Friends

6 Reasons I'm Grateful For My Best Friends

I don't know where I'd be without them.
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Recently, I've been having a rough time in my life. Most of the time, I tend to keep things bottled up until it's too much or flee to my journal, but, apparently, life must just be too much right now because I have non-stop texting my big and my best friend. There's been some guy drama, sure, but also just life drama. It's when I have the peaceful moments like now that I suddenly realize how grateful I am for both of them right now and how much much they might need to hear this.

1. Proofreading my... everything.

Almost never do I send an important text or email without at least one of these girls okaying it first. They know everything about the drama and are willing too make sure I don't go to crazy. My big in particular is a huge help when it comes to the more professional stuff (not surprisingly as she is about to go to grad school).

2. Reining in my crazy.

I'm not just talking like the day-to-day crazy here. I'm talking mind-games-and-shady-business crazy. I can be a real lunatic when it comes to guy drama, let me tell you. These girls make sure that I'm allowed to be a little bit crazy, but not go overboard. I'm trying to keep him, not scare him away after all.

3. Letting me rant.

Somedays, I just need to rant. Sometimes, it's something totally valid that I'm upset about. Other times, it's just stupid shit that won't mean anything, but it's another piece of me not many get to see as it is totally situational. One day, I went on a text rant to my big about how stupid some of the Disney princess are and she was totally on board with in. Another time, I spent like an hour ranting to my best friend about this one bad grade I had gotten unexpectedly because my professor didn't keep up with his Blackboard. Honestly, they're such troopers.

4. Knowing when to leave some things alone.

There are just some days where I can't. I often have a breakdown with my mom when life gets really overwhelming, and the girls seem to be fine with not making me discus the details of these breakdowns. As long as I'm giving them the gist of what caused it, they are happy to just let the rest of it be. It's hard enough for me to admit I need help and advice without prodding.

5. Reminding me how strong I am.

Sometimes, I feel like the littlest speck of dust that can just be wiped away at any moment and there's nothing I can do about it. These girls remind me that I am more than that. They remind me that I am a strong young woman and I deserve all the love and respect in the world. They remind me that I will be okay, even if I'm not right now, because I always am.

6. Always being there for me.

No matter what the problem is, I know Jaimee and Tori will always, always be there for me. Even if it takes a little time, I know it'll come. Even if they can't be right by my side, I know they're sending me love and moral support. And there is no doubt in my mind that one day they'll be by my side for my wedding day and when *cough*if*cough* I have children. They always have and always will be there for me and that is the greatest thing I can possibly hope for.

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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10 Signs Your Friendship Is 100% Genuine

Are your friendships true?

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Surrounding yourself with good friends makes your life so much better. Nobody wants to be around someone who is selfish, unkind, or toxic. Sometimes it can be hard to admit to yourself when a friend isn't good to you. When you have true friendships though, you are genuinely happy. Below are 10 signs of a genuine friendship that can help you distinguish between real and fake friends.

1. They are willing to help you in times of need 

Real friends will drop whatever they're doing to help you in a time of need. They're always there for you when you are going through a hard time.

2. Instead of getting jealous, they congratulate you on your successes 

Good friends are happy for you when you succeed. They don't get jealous or try to discredit what you've accomplished, because if you're happy, they're happy.

3. They are patient with you 

Real friends don't snap at you, or get mad at you easily. They have patience for you and are understanding.

4. They don't just contact you when they need something 

The best kind of friends actually enjoy your company. They don't just hit you up when they need something from you. They actually like spending time with you.

5. They give without expecting anything in return 

Real friends are generous. They give without expecting anything in return from you. They give you their time and effort just because they care about you.

6. They never belittle you 

A true friend never makes you feel small. They don't talk down upon you. Instead, they encourage you and lift you up.

7. They support you endlessly 

The best kind of friends always have your back. Even through the hard times, they continue to support you and love you.

8. They don't highlight your insecurities 

A real friend never brings up your insecurities. They know what things bother you and they would never make you feel bad about yourself.

9. They make you feel welcomed 

Good friends make you feel apart of the group. They make you feel like you have a place. They want you to feel welcomed and have a good time.

10. They want what's best for you 

Most importantly, good friends want what is best for you. They want to see you happy. They want to see you succeed. Real friends love you and want only good things for you.

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