An Open Letter To My Girl Scout Leader

An Open Letter To My Girl Scout Leader

You are the best!

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An open letter to my Girl Scout Leader:

You weren't just my Girl Scout leader, but a huge role model to me! You are so kind and caring and made me feel right at home! Joining your troop wasn't just something to do once a week, it helped me with socialization skills that I didn't have when I first joined! You taught me that anything is possible if I put my mind to it!

To be completely honest even though I was out doing good things in the community and trying to make changes, there were still girls that would hate on being a girl scout..they would say "That's so lame" "I'm so glad my mom didn't make me do that." These are now the girls that have very bad communication skills... I kinda feel bad for them...NOT. Oh and just a little FYI my mom didn't make me join, I am the one that suggested it and I really enjoyed it!

It was more than just a uniform to me, it honestly represented my entire childhood, and I was okay with that! This uniform helped me make some of my best friends growing up, and that I still have to this day even though we aren't as close as we used to be, I know for a fact I would be able to count on them...and the same goes for them! You also taught me that each badge meant way more than just going out collecting it and being done, you really taught me to step back and take a look at the bigger picture of the badges!

Now that I am 21 years old, I am no longer a Girl Scout and haven't been for a few years, you can bet I still have all my patches and uniforms collected and all my books. Why might you ask, well I'll tell you why that is a huge part of my life I am still not ready to let go of yet! I sometimes sit here and think oh wow I wish I could sell Girl Scout cookies just one more time in my life...then I step back and say oh never mind that was the craziest time of the entire thing, but honestly I wouldn't have traded it for the world!

Once a Girl Scout always a Girl Scout! You know what they always say "Make new friends,

but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That's how long, I will be your friend."

My Girl Scout leader was honestly the best! I loved her then and I love her now! She will always be one of my main supporters! I don't know if I would be where I am today if it wasn't for you! So with that being said, I want to thank you so much for everything you have ever done for me and helping make me a better person!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Keep Your People Like Your Products: Non-Toxic

How to recognize and remove the toxicity in your life.

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We grew in a world of non-toxic things.

Crayons, markers, play-dough, finger paints.

We grew up in a world where we didn't really have to worry about the toxic things on our own, because our parents made sure everything was safe for us.

Now, as adults, it is our job to do this for ourselves, in a bigger way.

We left behind the crayons and markers years and years ago (maybe?), forgetting about the toxic or non-toxic products of the past. Now we are forced to turn our attention to the toxicity of the people around us.

We all know the saying "don't judge a book by its cover", and this very much applies to people. Someone may seem to have the best intentions, or the warmest heart, or the kindest soul, but this might not actually hold true. When we want to believe someone, or something, is good for us, we tell ourselves that it is, and ultimately internalize this. We convince ourselves that the good is there, even if it isn't, either because it is easier that way, happier that way, or more comfortable that way.

Sure, those permanent markers might be vibrant and pretty, but they are full of chemicals that will make you sick and sorry.

Similarly, a person might seem great at surface-level, but be full of hidden intentions.

In order to pick out who is good for you and who solely seems good for you, I like to think of it this way. When you are spending time with someone who is wholeheartedly good for you, you will walk away feeling light, and content, and at peace. They'll laugh wit you, cry with you, and everything in between without criticizing your emotions or offering judgment in your weak moments. They'll brighten your dark days and accompany you on your bright days to make them even brighter. They will raise you up, motivate you, and support you, and you won't be left feeling like anything is missing.

When someone seems good, but isn't, there will be something in you that is left feeling discontented. They will offer backhanded compliments that are pretty on the outside but rotten farther in. They will slide in snide remarks that initially come off as harmless until you think about them. In fact, even just feeling like you're supposed to be reading further into everything they say is a red flag on its own. Someone who is good for you will be straightforward and genuine.

If they are bad for you, you will find yourself questioning things. Questioning yourself, questioning your ties with them, questioning your actions. Questioning whether certain things will be "approved" by them or not.

Anyone who leaves you feeling dissatisfied with who you are, what you've done, where you've been or where you're going, or anything of the sort, is not good for you, regardless of how "comfortable" you might be around them. Toxicity hides itself well, and it is great at hiding in people who look the most innocent.

Pay attention to the way people speak. Pay attention to what they place emphasis on, and when. Take note of the people who lie compulsively, about things that don't even matter, just because it puts them one step above you on the pedestal. Don't convince yourself that it is harmless- it isn't. Anything or anyone that you walk away from feeling "less-than" is not harmless.

As soon as you get an inkling that someone is doing you harm, hone in on it. Pay more attention moving forward and see what you uncover. You might find that certain people really aren't the person you thought they were, or you might find that someone is exactly who you thought they were, and that it is time to stop giving them second chances.

Whatever the case may be, look out for yourself. When it comes down to it, the only person who will always, always be there to protect you is you. If you aren't treating yourself right or making sure others are treating you right, you are only allowing yourself to be broken down.

Unfortunately, there will always be bad people. We will always have to deal with liars, and stealers, sneaks, and cheaters. We will always have to deal with people who have bad intentions, whether these intentions are undercover or not. The good news is, the sooner we learn how to identify, acknowledge, and keep distance from them, the better we will be at keeping ourselves save.

Keep your people like your products. Non-toxic.

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