To My Roommate, 11 'Thank Yous' You Definitely Deserve, But I've Never Actually Thanked You For

To My Roommate, 11 'Thank Yous' You Definitely Deserve, But I've Never Actually Thanked You For

And the best roommate award goes to...

Roommates. We've all had them. Maybe it was your sibling(s) when you were younger, or someone you were randomly put with during college. Either way, a large majority of people have a roommate at some point during their life. Many people tell roommate horror stories of not getting along with each other, and it can be scary coming to college and hoping that doesn't happen to you. I got really lucky this year, and got one awesome roommate. So "thank you."

1. For cheering me on when school got tough

College can be difficult from time to time, but I can always count on you to wish me luck before a big test or a class presentation.

2. For taking care of me when I was sick

You brought me chicken noodle soup, Sprite, medicine, and all the fixins when I got sick, so you're basically the reason I got better.

3. For always being down for a night in to watch "The Bachelor"

Monday nights are "Bachelor" nights, and you always do your best to ensure we can watch it together, only to gossip about each girl on the show and whether or not we can actually see her with the guy. Also, you've never (at least outwardly) judged me for my belief that Ben Higgins is the love of my life, even though he doesn't know it yet.

4. For introducing me to your friends

I have so many more friends now because I've made friends with your friends. More people wave at me when I walk by them on campus compared to last year. So, thanks for sharing your friends. It's much appreciated.

5. For listening to my probably boring stories about people you know nothing about

Whether it's gossip about people I went to high school with, people in my classes, or characters from whatever show I'm watching on Netflix at the time, you always seem interested. Even though you're probably not.

6. For not getting mad no matter how many times I have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night

It's no secret I have the bladder the size of a pea, and have to get up AT LEAST once per night to use the bathroom. Even though I've woken you up multiple times, you don't ever get mad. Which is great considering I can't force my bladder to expand.

7. For our random internet quiz and nose strip nights

I'm so glad I know what mythical creature I am, how many kids I'll have in 10 years, and what I should name my children based on my taste in chocolate. I'm also glad my pores on my nose are clean thanks to those nose strips, which you introduced me to.

8. For sticking up for me

Several times you have stood up for me when someone tries to put me down or disagrees with something I've done or said. You always have my back, and I know you'll always take my side.

9. For supporting me in all my decisions, no matter how rash they are, or if you even like the decision being made

Me: "I've decided to make this super rash decision that you're probably not really going to like but I thought it through for about three-quarters of a second and I might regret it later but I've decided to do it and no one can change my mind."

You: "OK cool good luck and don't forget to let me know how it goes."

You've never once said "I told you so" when my previously mentioned rash decisions go bad, because let's be honest, you 100% could have and it would have been accurate.

10. For saying "yes" when I asked you if you wanted to live with me this year

If we're being honest, none of this would have ever happened had you not said you would live with me this year, which brings me to my final thank you. Thank you...

11. For agreeing to live with me again next year

We're gonna have so much fun, I can't wait!!

So to my roomie, I realize I probably don't thank you enough for how great you are. Thank you for being you and being awesome. You're the bomb.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To My Ex-Best Friend

Everything doesn’t last forever!


In the beginning, it was a great friendship! I thought it was going to last for years and even forever. I could see you being a part of my future like being a part of my wedding, around my children, etc.

There were different signs in the beginning, but I never wanted to pay attention to them. I kept making excuses for situations I knew was wrong.

I had never had a friend like you before, so I wanted to maintain it.

Little did I know, it wasn't a friendship that I needed to stay in. It constantly felt like a full-time job trying to be your friend, and it often seemed like you never appreciated it.

There were many reasons that made me come to the conclusion that this was not a friendship that needed to last for too long.

1. I was always the one that initiated for us to hang out

2. Once you got another boyfriend, you acted like you no longer needed a friend anymore

3. You constantly put me on the back burner until you needed something or someone to talk to

4. Our friendship constantly made me feel like I was on an emotional roller coaster

5. I wouldn't miss talking to you whenever we would stop talking because you were rude to me

  • If I can stop talking to you easily and not miss you, then that means our friendship wasn't that significant as I thought it was.
  • I don't hate you, and I don't resent you. In fact, I thank you and appreciate what you did. Although it didn't end well, I still got to experience having a close friend for a period of time. Because of you, I also know what I want in a friend and what I won't tolerate in a friendship!

    I wish nothing but the best for you, and I hope you find a friend just like you!

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