To My High School Friends As We Graduate

To My High School Friends As We Graduate

Here's to our last few days walking the halls together.

Dear high school friends,

We are almost out of here, and honestly I’ve never been more excited and more nervous all at once. Our lives are about to completely change, from no longer seeing each other in the hallways to no longer all being in the same town. It is scary to think that our four years are suddenly done with. We’ve grown up and we say we're ready, but I know we all have a little bit of doubt about our futures, even if it is the tiniest bit. I just wanted to say some parting words in these last moments we have left as high schoolers, so here it goes.

First off, I love you all. You have helped me become who I am, and I am happy to know I helped shape you, too. Our small town helped make us a family, and I couldn’t be more proud of that. We have had some tragic things we’ve endured, but on the flip side we have a million happy memories that I will always take with me. From Friday night lights, homecomings and proms, to Late Night Apps and chilling at each other's houses, we made the most of our kinda boring town and really we did what we could. We left a very big impact on our school and have hit many goals. I can’t help but think about how successful we all are, and how successful we will be.

To my girls, thank you. We have each other's backs, and our girls nights are monumental. We have a solid group of girls, and I think we’ve done a great job of supporting each other. Our group chat will never die. There is always going to be some little piece of home we will reminisce about or funny memories we will run into. From world travelers to kitchen appliances, I know we will continue to evolve.

To my boys, you all grew up on me. I can remember all of us girls thinking you’d never, ever mature; let alone, any of you actually get girlfriends. You guys know how to lighten the mood and keep everyone going, even if it is because of an inappropriate joke. You guys keep us on our toes! You’ve all turned into amazing young men, and you guys will go far. Thanks for all the fun times under the Friday night lights and at the basketball courts. You guys impacted me more than you’ll know.

Soon it will be graduation day, and we will all be dressed in those baggy blue robes. We will sit in the rows and listen to the band and the choir. We will get those diplomas and watch our class video. We will take more pictures than any dance, and maybe even shed a tear or two. We will have finally done it, and it will be beyond bittersweet. This small town made us, and we know that.

Even sooner, it will be August. Some of us will leave, others will stay. Some will go far far away, and others will be only an hour away. We won’t see each other every day; we won’t have nugs and mozz dippers anymore. Apps won’t be as frequent as they were, and we will have way too long of a time between each get together. I know some of us will probably drop off the grid, some of us will get married, and some of us might not. Wherever life takes us, we will have this bond. You will all have a spot in my heart.

Love always,


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23 Names Moms Of Millennials Have, And What Kind Of Mom They Probably Are

Behind every millennial is a mom with one of these common names.

It's always interesting to learn the first names of my friends' mothers.

Most of the time, their name fits them perfectly. Behind every millennial is a mom with one of these common names.

1. Karen

Karen is smart, reliable and a friend to everyone she meets. She loves to go above and beyond. If you have a question, you call Karen, and she always has the answer.

2. Barbara, AKA Barb

Barb can get a little sassy, especially if she's had a few glasses of wine. Barb loves to laugh and have a good time. Beware: she might steal your clothes from your closet.

3. Jennifer

Jennifer is the hot mom who doesn't look a day over 30. She was popular in high school, and she's still popular now. She's not a regular mom: she's a cool mom.

4. Pam

Pam has the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in town. She loves going to bake sales and antique stores, and she gives great hugs. Pam makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. There's not a mean bone in her body.

5. Michelle

Michelle is a born caregiver. She loves taking care of others and is especially great at being a mom. All the best moms are named Michelle.

6. Carla

Carla love boat rides and beer. She has at least one shirt with an American flag on it.

7. Lisa

Lisa is so responsible, it's scary. You know Lisa was put on this earth to mother everyone she meets, even complete strangers.

8. Nicole

Nicole is hip and trendy, especially if she goes by Nikki. Nicole thinks she's pretty cool, and even though they might not want to admit it, her kids think so too.

9. Brenda

Brenda has a great smile. She radiates happiness everywhere she goes. If Brenda was a color, she'd be yellow.

10. Tammy

Tammy is a teenager trapped in an adult body. She loves to be tan and spend time outdoors. Everyone knows Tammy has an alter ego when she drinks, and she's usually hilarious.

11. Kathy/Katherine

Kathy/Katherine is the laid-back mom who would secretly fight anyone that hurt their baby. Don't cross a Kathy/Katherine.

12. Nancy

Nancy sometimes loses her temper and then immediately second-guesses her parenting. It's probably because she's working too hard and not drinking enough wine. Give your mom a break.

13. Mary

Mary is an angel that fell to Earth. There's no way anyone could have beef with Mary. Give Mary a hug; she deserves it.

14. Janet

Janet's goofy, but she's really good at hiding it. Once she relaxes, though, Janet has the best laugh. She's also got a heart of gold.

15. Stacy

Stacy's that mom who will come to all of your baseball games twenty minutes early with a picnic basket full of sandwiches for the whole team. She loves wearing her hair in a ponytail and lives in her Mom Jeans.

16. Susan

Susan has a pretty severe resting bitch face, but don't let it fool you. She knows how to get down. Susan's purse is covered in buttons -- you know the kind: a headshot of a kid playing sports. She probably drives a minivan.

17. Amy/Aimee

Amy/Aimee never ages. She's fun to be around and has friends of all ages. Amy/Aimee works hard and is successful because of it. If anyone deserves happiness, it's Amy/Aimee.

18. Sherry

Sherry's great on the days you need a little pick-me-up. She might not be the best person to call in a crisis, but she sure knows how to make you smile.

19. Melissa

Melissa is beautiful. When you're with Melissa, it's easy to forget there's anyone else around. It must be hard having a mom who's hotter than you.

20. Stephanie

Stephanie is a pretty cool mom, especially on the weekends. She loves getting her hair done, her dog and drinking fruity frozen drinks with a little umbrella.

21. Cindy

Cindy's got an attitude. She might look sweet, but don't let her fool you. Don't bring your boyfriends or girlfriends to meet Cindy unless you're really serious about them, because she might scare them away.

22. Tiffany

No one knows how to break it down like Tiffany. She loves to dance. Wherever she goes, the party follows.

23. Carol

Carol is the strict mom who likes to give lectures at every opportunity. Don't be so hard on her though: she means well. Cut your mom some slack, kids.

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Your Best Friend Can Come Out of Nowhere, Mine Sure Did

I don’t deserve her but there’s no way that I’m giving her back.

From all that studying of interpersonal communication (relationships, HA), I learned that friendship is a connection driven by interest.When we think a best friend, the concept of someone who brings out the very best version of yourself comes to mind. I've lost friendships because I thought this person was my best friend but the feeling was not mutual. Finding a true blue best friend takes time and usually happens by chance followed by choice. My best friend showed up out of nowhere and launched the start of something beautiful.

This is Taylor Pulizzi. First impression? I saw her as this gorgeous specimen who sat across from me in a classroom with no idea who she was. Our friendship didn’t really commence until the very next semester when she was relieved to recognize a face in our Communication Theory class, meanwhile, I was surprised that someone sat next to me at the very front. We later began stirring up deep, deep wells through dance ministry with our matching blue toenails then started a snap streak during the brink of finals week that is 282 days strong and still intact to this day.

Summer breezed in, so the winds of change swooped in with the first of many sappy text messages on National Best Friend Day and then I’m crying in the car four hours later because I was infatuated with words of affirmation. She’s honestly been one of my biggest fans, next to Jesus & my mom. Not saying that I didn't have friends before or that she's the only friendship that I cherish. I just know that God has worked causing me to discover what real love is from this friendship & apply what I've learned to benefit other relationships.

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

If a friendship consistently leaves you feeling worse after spending time together, it might be time to reconsider the value of that relationship. I know sure enough that one-sided friendships absolutely suck because, sometimes, we expect more from others knowing that we would be willing to do that much more for them. In that, we become mentally and emotionally drained because anxiety, depression, and overthinking have clouded our perception. If you are meant to be best friends with this person, you'll know it and won't feel the need to ask them if they think you two are BFFs.

Here's the thing: we are all created to have relationships. It's not good to set up a lifestyle where guarded and isolated all of the time because that is where the enemy comes to attack and becomes your best friend; he'll begin to speak his native language of lies in order to stop you from reaching your purpose. Healthy friendships ripen from mutual affection & form the social fabric of our lives. You can tell if a relationship is from God if that relationship is helping you.

It’s been said that the friendships you make in your first three weeks of college are set to last a lifetime. She didn’t show up until I was halfway done with college and now she’s my go-to person for anything. I’m not the same person because of her. I never feel like I’m in competition for her love, she doesn’t blow me off or leaves me hanging. I’m thankful that our paths cross because it feels amazing to find someone who accepts my flaws on top of embracing the sweet simplicity of who I am unconditionally.

Finding your best friend is like finding a piece that you didn’t even know you were missing. I don’t deserve this radiant human being but there’s no way that I’m giving her back. Thank you, Taylor, for being the Justin Timberlake to my Jimmy Fallon.

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