Dear Best Friend, Thank You For Being A Blessing In Disguise

Dear Best Friend, Thank You For Being A Blessing In Disguise

You mean the world to me

Who knew talking about boys would lead to something good for once?

I've had many friends throughout my life who I thought would stick with me through everything; although most of them have drifted away I finally found you. Someone that's got my back even when I'm not making the wisest choices. We've bumped heads here and there over materialistic things but came back to our senses eventually. We can talk to each other without being embarrassed even things you question to even bring up to anyone; yet you lack judgment you help me improve myself for the better. Thank you for that.

We met in 9th grade; I was a terrified student longing to have more friends so I could feel like I "fit" in. After I met you I felt like I actually had someone to like me for who I was. All throughout high school we did everything together; we auditioned for the musical together, played sports, went to church, Campus Life, school dances, parties, camping trips and drama class (who knew we could be dramatic right?).

I'm so fortunate to have a shoulder to cry on when I need it the most; and when I ask you to listen, you actually listen, unlike others that tell me I need to move on or get over it. You give me the best advice on situations and I wouldn't be the person I am today without you.

Tenth-grade year you got me through my first real break up.. and well the rest of them. You've given me such high spirits when I didn't think I deserved to be happy; you've taught me to not let anyone walk all over me and make me feel like I'm anything less of what I really am.

You've given me so much strength and dignity for myself and I could never thank you enough for the endless support and love you give me. I appreciate it, and I appreciate you.

Even when we're far away we always keep in touch; when you went away to college my heart was completely shattered to hear that you'd be going 75 miles away from me but at the same time I was extremely proud for following your dreams. I was worried our friendship would end like past friendships when we've separated; nevertheless, when you came back it was like you had never left. We instantly went back to our old routines; spending any time we could together. That's when I knew our bond was inseparable.

Thank you for teaching me to appreciate life how it is from spontaneous trips driving in the car singing at the top of our lungs when One Direction or Ariana Grande comes on to doing photo shoots and sleepovers at papa's house. Thank you for treating my family like your own and letting me share yours. Thank you for making the past five years some of the best years of my life. Thank you for starting and ending high school with me. Most important thank you for being you.

Stay sassy!

Love you forever Clark.


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Dear Mom, From Your Daughter In College

Here are all the things our phone calls aren't long enough to say.

Dear Mom,

Do you remember when I was three and we would play together? It was the age of princesses and carpet that was actually lava, and you were the prettiest woman in the whole wide world. Do you remember when I was in high school and the world seemed too big and scary? You would know exactly when to take me on a mother-daughter date and have me laughing about anything and everything, and you were the smartest woman in the whole wide world. Now, I'm buried in homework and deadlines hours away from you and we don't get to talk as much you want, but you're still the prettiest, smartest woman in the whole wide world.

I'm sorry that I don't call you as much as I should, and you know a lot of what goes on in my world via posts and pictures. Our schedules just seem to never line up so we can have the three-hour conversations about everything like I want to. I know we don't agree on absolutely everything, but I cherish every piece of advice you give me, even though it probably seems like I'm hardly listening. I know that sometimes we get on each other's nerves, but thank you for putting up with me for all of these years. Thank you for listening to me cry, complain, question things and go on and on about how everything in college is. I know I don't come home as much as I used to, but I think about you all the time. After all, you're my first friend, and therefore, my best friend.

Thank you for celebrating my successes with me, and not downing me too hard for my failures. Thank you for knowing what mistakes I shouldn't make, but letting me make them anyway because you want me to live my life and be my own person. Thank you for knowing when to ask about the boy I've been talking about, and when to stop without any questions. Thank you for letting me be my crazy, weird, sometimes know-it-all self.

Thank you for sitting back and watching me spread my wings and fly. There is no way I could have known how to grow into the woman I am today if I hadn't watched you while I was growing up so I would know what kind of person I should aspire to be. Thank you for being the first (and the best) role model I ever had. You continue to inspire and amaze me every day with all that you do, and all that you are.

I don't know how I got so lucky to have a person in my life like you, but I thank the Lord every night for blessing me with the smartest, prettiest person to be my best friend, my role model, my confidant, my person and most importantly, my mother.


Your daughter

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How To Resolve An Argument And Make Everyone Happy

It's not easy, but it is possible to solve a disagreement with compromise.


I wouldn't classify myself as a "confrontational" person. I tend to avoid situations with big crowds, controversial topics, and people who have short tempers. However, to all the people reading who have trouble voicing their opinion, there is a time when everyone has to disagree with something. It might be over food, going out, or more serious topics such as politics. I feel that the one disagreement most of us face is when we are in a relationship, whether that be with a friend or partner.

Typically when someone feels strongly about a topic or situation, they aren't going to change their minds. A common misconception is that "maybe if I talk louder and say another reason why I'm right, the other person will suddenly change their mind and I will win." There are two problems here. First of all, no one ever backs down. If they feel what they are saying is right, nothing you can say to convince them will work. The other problem is that solving an argument means everyone wins, not one person.

Something I've experienced is when something bothers me, I usually don't say anything and let it slide. This causes problems in the future because of what I like to call: the Snow Ball Effect. A little thing gets blown over and it tumbles and tumbles until it's a huge problem. If something bothers you in your relationship, sleep on it, and if it still bothers you in the morning try talking about it with the other person. This solves the problems while they are small instead off waiting for a huge blow up to occur.

It's important to bring something up in your relationship in a particular manner. The situation can go south if it starts with "Look, I hate when you play that video game and you don't have time to hang out." In this case, the person will feel attacked because you are referencing that they are the entirety of the problem and likely not look for a compromise.

If you are going to bring up something that may start an argument, begin your sentences with "I feel." For example, I've said in another article about how my boyfriend is addicted to Fortnite. If his obsession ever got in the way of our plans and it bothered me, I would start my sentence off with, "I feel upset when we can't hang out because of video games." This allows the other person to see how their actions have affected you. Once you have established how you feel, you can suggest a compromise such as having certain times to play video games and others to hang out.

You've probably heard the phrase "three is the magic number" (shoutout to "School House Rock.") If an argument ever gets out of hand and there need to be changes in order to seek a compromise, try saying, "here are three things I'm going to try and do/change in order to get along." Then, ask them what they think they should change. Since you are the first person offering to adjust in order to correct the problem, they will likely be willing to as well.

Arguments are a daily occurrence and come in all types of severity. As long as you are trying to get along with someone who is willing to compromise, just keep a level head and things will work out.

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