To One Of The Best Guy Friends A Girl Could Have

To One Of The Best Guy Friends A Girl Could Have

Thanks for being my male's perspective on things.
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In my opinion, every girl needs a guy best friend, someone they can turn to when they need a guys perspective on things. So, if I'm being honest, I've wanted to write this for you for a while.

Dear Best Friend,

We met our sophomore year of high school, we had the same first-period history class (although when I mentioned it this past Christmas, you forgot but that's ok). At this point in time, we weren't particularly close and didn't really talk much to each other.

OK, so moving forward a bit to last year, senior year. Our paths crossed again when we worked on the Frankenstein project for English class and became fairly close because of it. That project was probably one of my most favorite parts of the senior year, and also when we really started to become a bit closer as friends.

We went from hardly knowing each other to almost being like siblings by the end of the year.

I am so glad I have someone like you who is there for me when I need them most, someone who makes me laugh or smile, even when I am in a bad mood and someone who knows has come to know me almost as well as I know myself.

Thank you for supporting me, even if the decisions I make sometimes aren't the best. Thank you for being only a Facetime call away if I need advice or want someone to talk to.

Thank you for all the adventures— whether they are late night trips to IHOP, Chipotle and any of the other food places we've been or getting a group together and going to the beach.

Thank you for pretty much always telling me I look good, even if I don't think I do myself. Thank you for the constant reminders that I can do whatever I set my mind to.

Thank you for constantly checking up on me when I'm sick. Thank you for telling me off when I need it or that I deserve better if I am feeling doubtful.

And finally, thank you for being an overall great person. Your kindness and understanding have taught me a lot. I appreciate you and our amazing friendship more than you could possibly know.

I may have spent the majority of this letter talking about how thankful I am for you, but I wanted to let you know that I am always here for you whenever you need it. Whether that is for girl advice, fashion advice, life advice, or just someone to talk to— I want you to know that I’m here for you.

With love,

Your Girl Best Friend.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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3 Reasons To Cut That Bad Friend Off

We all have that one friend who is generally bad for us.

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We all have that one friend who is generally bad for us. It is perfectly okay to think about yourself and do what is right for you. It can be very toxic and unhealthy to constantly be around a bad influence in any kind of way. People always say they want to be financially secure or feeling secure with their significant other, but friendships also need security. Here are three reasons why that may not be the case.

1. They aren't supportive.

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We all have that friend who generally does not care about what you say or do. You gotta be careful with that. Some people will act like they do, but behind closed doors with their other friends they don't. There are so many things to talk about with friends especially problems and issues within each other's personal life. If that person isn't making any attempt to show any kind of sympathy for you, they aren't the friend for you.

True friends are always behind your back in whatever you may be going through. Yes sometimes it can be hard because everyone has their own problems, but if you are willing to give and take it makes a good balance. What I mean by that is, giving each other space to breathe and reflect on things that are happening, then come together and talk about it with one another.

2. Too clingy or needy.

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Another part in having not so good friends is if the person is too close to where they don't give you any space to get yourself together. The person who is clingy may have personal things going on in their life to make them like that and that is okay. But it can become unhealthy if the problems start becoming your problems and it is taking over your life in a negative way. What I mean by that is if that person is acting a certain way towards you and you can't seem to enjoy life as much sometimes to where you actually feel miserable, that is unhealthy. For example, jealousy. There are some friends who are very clingy because they are nosy and very jealous.

They don't take your kind friendship seriously because they are too busy secretly comparing their life to yours. There are some things in life that you can't control or help others with because it has to be handled a certain way. At the same time, you are still going through your own things and it can be draining to try and "fix" someone else when you have a lot on your plate as it is. Sometimes it is best to cut them off if they generally will not leave you alone or they are manipulating you in any kind of way from it. Sometimes doing that gives people a wake-up call of how they take their anger or problems out on others.

3. They talk about you behind your back.

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To make this clear, everyone talks about everyone. There is nothing wrong with that. But there is a difference between generally talking about someone to inform someone about what is going on, expressing frustration and trying to resolve something by asking for advice, compared to actually bad mouthing about someone in a very rude and mean way. If the person is actually saying mean things about you, they aren't the friend for you. If they insult you in any kind of way (race, gender, outer appearance, personality, family or other friends), it is best to stop being friends with them. If they talk about you behind your back and plan anything to try and harm you or someone else, it is best to cut them off and also inform some type of authority.

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