A Thank You To My Co-Workers

To My Co-Workers, Thank You

Thank you for being my second family and being a huge support system the past 15 months.

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Working in a restaurant is not a job I saw myself enjoying a couple years ago. It wasn't until I started working that I realized there was way more to being an employee there than just "working." Going to work did not feel like a chore, it was something I looked forward to. The energy at the restaurant I worked at was positive and laid-back, and I enjoyed being in that environment. Little did I know that I would only fall in love with the place more and more as the months went on. I felt welcomed there and my co-workers were very helpful and flexible with me adjusting to the new job.

It wasn't until about a week ago that I saw myself working there for a few more years. There is a bar in this restaurant as well so something I was looking forward to was celebrating my 21st birthday with some of these people and trying out some of our famous beer. I am also a college student and the hours were flexible, the managers were very understanding and wanted me to put school first as well which I appreciated.

Although, last week some employees showed up to work only to see a sign on the door stating that the restaurant is now permanently closed due to rules in the village about restaurants owning a certain amount of locations. I still don't fully understand the circumstances, all I know is that nobody saw this coming and it was a shock to us all.

Receiving this news genuinely shook me to my core. I never expected to suddenly lose this family that I have become a part of and held so closely to my heart. That morning I had class, so I woke up to this news then had to proceed to get ready to head to campus. I will never forget sobbing in the shower that morning, being so sad and confused as to how and why I will never get to see some of these employees again since most of them don't even live in the area. I am still crushed an devastated and I think I always will be.

I have so much to thank these people for, they have impacted me to an extent they do not realize. After dealing with personal obstacles and setbacks the past year and few months, my co-workers have been there to help me get through it. I could always go to work expecting to smile and laugh, which is why I looked forward to it so much. The thought of never being able to experience that relationship with those people again brings tears to my eyes. This restaurant brought me my second family and built me a support system different then any other I've had.

Thank you to everyone that worked there for supporting me as a student and young woman, and help me grow throughout my time there. I have come such a long way since I began working there in August of 2017. This family I've been so lucky to be a part of have been there whether I need advice, a hug, a laugh, or even a shoulder to cry on. I look up to many of the older employees and managers, they've shown me how to be a harder worker and it's amazing to meet people from all sorts of backgrounds come together and work with one another. These are some of the most genuine and real people I have ever met and although my time there was not nearly long enough, I'm just grateful I got to experience it.

Thank you again to my co-workers for loving me and helping me with whatever I need. Thank you for listening when I need someone to talk to. Thank you for always being there when I need a hug or to simply cry to when life gets hard. Thank you for reminding me that I am growing into a strong woman and for being proud of me with everything I do. Thank you for showing me that I am enough and believing in me. You guys are family and I will miss this place every day. Love you always, - Lilly.

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To My Best Friend Who Doesn’t Know How Strong She Is

Always better together.
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To the one I know I will always have by my side,

First off, thank you. Thanks for dealing with all my shit: my mess, drama, tears, and weirdness. There are so many reasons why you are my best friend; you are funny, amazing, kind and unbelievably supportive. I am beyond lucky to have someone that gets me and has been there with me through the best of times and the worst of times.

You are strong.

Life is difficult; I think we have both realized that by now. Whether you believe me or not you are kicking everything being thrown at you in the ass. You have been through everything and more and have always come out of it a stronger, and better person. You are never alone and you know that; we have been there for each other for years and that will never end.

You are special.

I have never met anyone with a bigger heart than you; you sympathize with anyone that comes to you for advice. You take things to heart and look at the world in a unique and beautiful way. You appreciate the little things in life, watching Dance movies with your mom, a late night snack at Taco Bell, driving with the top down and dancing like no one is watching.

You are beautiful.

You are way more beautiful than you think. You've got softness to you that is calming, a smile that is contagious, and a gorgeous girl with so much to offer. You are filled with love and compassion, an amazing writer, dancer and overall an amazing and beautiful person.

You can get through anything.

I know you are going through a hard time right now, but look at how far you've come. You have gone through way worse and you will get through this just like you have in the past. You will become even more powerful than you already are. You are experienced and that's part of what makes me love you so much. We have gone through a lot together and we know that whatever life throws at us we can handle it.

I am always here.

Your hardship is my hardship, but keep your head up high just like I know you can. You have so much love in your life, from your family, your friends and me. I love you, I have never had a friend like you and I am so grateful every day because of it. You are going to get through this. You are going to get through it because you are, powerful, you are beautiful and you are strong.

~Written with love and appreciation for the most amazing friend I could ever ask for~

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How To Cope With A Best Friend Breakup


Breaking up with a boyfriend is one thing, but breaking up with your best friend is a whole new level of heartbreak.

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We all know breakups can be tough, but when that breakup happens to be between you and your best friend, things reach a new level of heartbreak. I met my best friend junior year of high school after our Spanish teacher randomly assigned us to be partners; we struggled so much in that class but in the end, we truly became inseparable. When senior year rolled around we were still close as ever; people would often joke that we were sisters because we looked and acted so much alike. We would go on little dates together, go to parties together, and were always the first person we called when something "major happened."

When my best friend's boyfriend of four years cheated on her while we were spring breaking in Europe, it became my duty to make her feel better; I would randomly drop off flowers and little notes to her house, spend countless hours just listening to her cry and vent, and even stopped talking to people associated with her boyfriend so as to show my "support." All of these things were no big deal to me considering I loved this girl like a sister; whatever she needed I was there to give that to her.

Things soon took a sharp turn when we entered not only the same college but the same sorority. While I was struggling with the social aspect of FSU, my best friend soon found new best friends. When I started having major issues with my boyfriend, I would automatically text/call my best friend as she did with me, but instead of support, I got the sense that she was passive and uninterested. Our little dates and goofy inside jokes disappeared and reappeared between her and her new friends, and my comfortableness around her soon turned into insecurity.

Coming to terms with the fact that the girl I knew everything about is now basically a stranger was a hard one to overcome; I didn't want to accept the fact that my best friend decided it was time to find new ones. It's heartbreaking knowing that the special things you shared with a person are now being shared with others, and it's hard to accept the fact that you aren't wanted or needed by the one person you thought would be by your side forever.

Since school has ended I think I have accepted the fact that we're no longer what we used to be. Of course, it still stings when I see social media posts with her new, college friends, but I just have to remind myself that this is part of life and I just have to move on. I will forever cherish the memories I made with her, but it's time to acknowledge that they were made with someone in my past, not with someone in my present.

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