Lyss, Thank You For Showing Me That I Can Find My Fairytale Someday

Lyss, Thank You For Showing Me That I Can Find My Fairytale Someday

I want to thank you for showing me that true love does exist in this crazy world.


It is the week that you get hitched to your modern day Romeo (sorry not sorry haha). But I am honestly so so happy for you. It has been such a treat to see your love story with Ryan unfold these last few years. It has been a blast getting to watch the two of you grow in love through all the visits and Facetime calls that we have had.

I want to thank you for showing me that true love does exist in this crazy world. You have proven that love can certainly last forever and I thank you for letting me see that in you and Ryan. I know you cringe looking back on old photos of the two of y'all, but I think its the sweetest thing ever to look back at those photos from times that we have all spent with the crazy Kooi family. Your photos together back in the day were on fleek with lots of love, not gonna lie.

I want to think that someday I will be able to discover my own fairytale, even though it might not be exactly like yours. I know this whole thing may sound cheesy af, but at the end of the day, Soulmates are forever just like Jessie says in her song . I hope to find my soulmate in someone that gets me for who I am and isn't afraid to be silly at times, which I have seen from y'all. I know there must be a plan for my love story eventually, but it just is something that is on my mind as I'm thinking about your wedding.

I can't wait to see more of your journey unfold so I can continue to learn and grow in my own journey. You are a true inspiration to me and I am so glad to call you my cousin. Heres to many more years of love and sweetwaters donuts for the both of us, you know how much I love my donuts lol.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.

“It’s so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it but suddenly there right in front of you is everything you ever need.”


Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You’ve taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and more importantly adventurous.

You don’t realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn’t see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can’t see my life without you in it. It’s funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn’t know existed.

I don’t even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn’t have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the ying to my yang, and I don’t care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I’ve learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It’s as if I wished up a best friend, and poof—you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn’t trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

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To The People Who Hate Their Birthdays, I Will Never Understand You

Bring on another year!


As I just celebrated turning nineteen, my birthday was filled with love, happiness, and celebrations. I have always been one who has loved my birthday, and I wished my birthday would last all month. Even though each year I am getting older, I still feel the same way about my birthday as I did when I was 5 years old. I look at it as a way to celebrate everything I have accomplished that year, all the memories that I made, and what I have learned.

Yes, I totally understand that I am still young and some people might say I will change my mind when I am older, but I can't think of a reason why I would. Getting older is a part of life, and as soon as you accept that, the sooner you can start living at whatever stage of life you are at. You have to enjoy whatever stage of life you are at and quit looking toward the future because the future is going to come soon enough.

Birthdays are not supposed to make you sad, they are supposed to be a celebration and make you happy. So instead of wasting the day and being sad about it, do things that you love to do with the people you love. That's the best way to celebrate your day. That doesn't mean you have to go out and party all night long, you just have to do things that make you truly happy. If you want to have a movie night with friends, do it. If you want to go out all night long, do it. If you want to call in sick and have the day to yourself, do it, but make sure you won't get fired. This day is meant to celebrate you and you truly deserve to be celebrated, or in my case I would like to celebrate the whole month. Every single person deserves to have the attention on them for at least a day. So, instead of letting the years pass by and hating on your birthday, learn to love it and enjoy it, because someday will come and honestly, I would rather look back and remember all the wonderful celebrations and memories I had on my birthday, rather than not having any amazing stories at all.

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