A Thank You To My Best Friends

A Thank You To My Best Friends

I am so grateful for them

Making genuine friendships is extremely difficult for millennials today. Many, if not all of us, are on cell phones constantly. We miss moments to build friendships and make memories because we look down and are engrossed in our own digital worlds. With that being said, I want to thank my best friends who I know will always make time for me and be there in my times of need. I have built sincere relationships with them and trust that they will put me first when I need them to.

To my best friend circa 2000, thank you. Thank you for actually having my back for sixteen years of my life, and for checking up on me after we don't talk for long stretches of time. I am grateful that you are so understanding of my hectic, busy schedule. You understand that just because we have not talked in awhile does not mean that we are no longer close friends. Thank you for always listening to me when I need to vent, and for keeping my best interest in mind. Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for inviting me over your house for countless sleepovers. I will always cherish the fun times we had doing arts and crafts, playing in the woods behind your house, making forts, sledding down the big hills, playing on the swing set, riding those weird cat/chipmunk looking spring riders, jumping on the trampoline, and riding scooters down the driveway. Thank you for running errands with me, shopping, and going on Dunkin Donuts runs. Thank you for sticking with me all these years. I hope many, many more great memories are to come.

To my college friends, thank you. You have given me hope that there are people who genuinely care about me. High school was a rough time for me, but I can move past it because I have you guys. You drop what you are doing to help me out or cheer me up when I’m upset. You are silly, goofy, crazy people, but you help me realize when I need to take a break and just have some fun. Thank you for wanting to spend time with me; I know I can be a stick in the mud sometimes. I hope our friendships grow even stronger and that we come up with many more inside jokes.

To my boyfriend, thank you. You have been the love of my life and a best friend to me for five and a half years. Thank you for the lovely gifts you buy and the dinners you’ve paid entirely for. Yes, when you spend money on me it makes me happy, but thank you for all of the priceless memories and time you have spent with me. Thank you for choosing me five and a half years ago when I was an awkward adolescent. Thank you for getting to know me during those fun little talks by the riverside, during our first awkward date at the mall, and during all of those long, late night phone calls. We have both grown as people and it has been a great experience growing with you.Thank you for encouraging me and boosting my confidence. Thank you for picking me up when I am down. Thank you for loving and caring for me non-stop for so long. I cannot wait for all of the experiences we will have in the future together.
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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.

The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.


the loving granddaughters

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18 Things You Know To Be True If You Are A Dancer



It's the night before my first dance competition of the season, so of course I'm going to write about dance. Without further ado here are 26 of the most common things you know if like me, you are a dancer.

1. You are constantly choreographing dances in your head.

It doesn't matter what song you are jamming out to, without fail, you find yourself choreographing dances, even at 2:00 AM.

2. You always find a way to practice your solos or dances for competition.

Even if you have a small space to work with, NOTHING, and I mean absolutely nothing will stop you from practicing.

3. You are constantly trying to better your technique.

All day, every day, it doesn't matter if you're working on turn combinations or bettering your tap technique, not a day goes by that you don't work on it.

4. You have a "dance drawer" in your dresser.

Leotards, tights, and booty shorts, oh my!

5. The studio is like your second home and your team is like your second family.

There's really no explanation needed.

6. You feel like you never get enough time in the studio.

Because there's no such thing as "too much dance"

7. Your weekends always consist of a dance private

Literally almost every weekend

8. You're not embarrassed about going out in public while wearing dance clothes.

And you don't care if people look at you funny for wearing your leotard and company jacket to a restaurant.

9. Your company jacket is your jacket of choice.

You've gotta represent your studio, plus it's sooo comfortable.

10. Forget the holidays, competition season is the most wonderful time of the year.

I love competition season so much!

11. You're always losing bobby pins.

Gotta love those sock buns that take you literally 15 minutes to do, and the ridiculous amount of bobby pins that you use just so your bun can stay in tact.

12. You have regular earrings and then you have dance competition earrings.

Those big sparkly earrings are always fun to wear.

13. Your Instagram explore page is full of videos of other dancers.

What can I say, I just love dance.

14. The phrase "I can't, I have dance" is one you say all the time

I apologize to all of my friends and family who I try to make plans with but can't follow through because of dance privates.

15. The same goes for "5, 6, 7, 8"

I am so guilty of this one.

16. People ask you if what you do is like what they watch on "Dance Moms"

And you reply with "Sort of, but not exactly"

17. Sometimes you just randomly strike a dance pose.

For me, it has always been , and always will be an arabesque.

18. Your mom is the best dance mom ever, and you dad is the best dance dad ever.

They honestly are, I couldn't do any of this without my wonderful parents and am so thankful that they continue to support me in doing something that I absolutely love.

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