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Social Media Helps Me Stay In Touch With My Best Friends That Are Hundreds Of Miles Away

I miss my best friends so much — this article finna be cheesy.

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I've always had friends that live in different countries where I talk to them once a month or so and just keep in touch with them lightweight. When my senior year of high school came around, I didn't know how I would survive without talking to my best friends, Sofi and Emily, and seeing them every single day of my life. They are my whole heart and whenever it got closer to them leaving, I would literally panic and would just pretend the day would never come.

I am now a sophomore in college and Emily lives in South Carolina while Sofi is all the way in Venezuela. Yes, Venezuela. You would think that we'd drift away and that our friendship would fall apart, but that's NOT the case. Thanks to social media we technically talk to each other every day as if nothing has changed. We are all still just as funny and get along as if parting away was yesterday. We have a Snapchat group chat where we update each other on our lives and show each other what's going on in the life of Neha, Emily, or Sofi.

We haven't felt as though we are ever lacking in communication and aren't the type to over communicate either. Thanks to Memories on Snapchat, we are always reminded of how strong our bond is and how ugly we were in high school (they both have had their glow ups and I'm still waiting for mine, smh). We have group chats on Instagram and Twitter and send each other the craziest of things that we can't really ever send to anyone else because our friendship is just so unique (at least that's what it's like for me) oh and our humor is so stupid hahaha.

We've introduced each other to our friends in college and they are aware of the three of us which I think is so cute. Long distance relationships are so doable thanks to the social media that we have, it's just so easy to maintain that connection whether it be one person or a group of besties. We were told in high school that the friendships that we had then would not continue when we'd get to college. Well quite frankly, that's some utter bulls***.

Friendships can last if you put in the effort, and social media is available to help you out in doing just that.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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15 Underrated Instagram Girl Bosses That Keep It Real

Instagram is nothing more than a highlight reel.

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In today's society, most girls get on Instagram and scroll, while wishing they could "look like them" or "be as skinny as them," not realizing that Instagram is nothing more than a highlight reel, showing the best moments in someone's day or life. Over the past couple of years, I've sifted through all the Instagram bloggers and found the ones that aren't afraid keep it ~real~.

If you want some realness on your Instagram, follow these 15 girl bosses. You won't regret it.

1. Ashley TerKeurst Hodges

https://www.instagram.com/ashleyterk/

Instagram: @ashleyterk

I've been following Ashley for about a year now, and I've loved seeing her family grow. Ashley is passionate about her faith and family, and I love seeing her passion.

2. Karlie Rae Lang

https://www.instagram.com/karlierae/

Instagram: @karlierae

This new mama isn't afraid to show the real side of life and motherhood, along with the beautiful side as well.

3. Mattie Gresham

https://www.instagram.com/mattigresham/

Instagram: @mattigresham

I look forward to watching Matti's story every day because of the real-life stories she shares. I laugh for days when watching.

4. Madison Nelson

https://www.instagram.com/heymadinelson/

Instagram: @heymadinelson

This southern gal is one of my top favorites when it comes to keeping it real. She also has the cutest little growing family, which is a plus.

5. Bre Sheppard

https://www.instagram.com/bresheppard/

Instagram: @bresheppard

The beauty behind the movement #boycottboringnails, and the cutest little girl boss. Bre is one of the first bloggers I followed and I've been a loyal follower ever since.

6. Kathleen Post

https://www.instagram.com/kathleen.post/

Instagram: @kathleen.post

Kathleen is truly a ray of sunshine. She always has a smile on her face, and she brightens up my day every time I watch her stories.

7. Heather Brown

https://www.instagram.com/mylifewellloved/

Instagram: @mylifewellloved

Heather is an Alabama-native, so I may be a little biased, but she's the cutest little mama, and fitness instructor.

8. Emily

https://www.instagram.com/joyfulcrew/

Instagram: @joyfulcrew

I love watching Emily's stories because

1) She lives in japan, which is so cool and

2) Her stories are ALWAYS real.

She's not afraid to show the moments where she hides in a closet to get a break from her kids, and I admire that.

9. Annie Pearce

https://www.instagram.com/anniesforgetmeknots/

Instagram: @anniesforgetmeknots

I've followed Annie for several years now. I love watching her hair tutorials, her videos of her cute kids, and her super satisfying cleaning time-lapses.

10. Mary Margaret

https://www.instagram.com/simply_darlings/

Instagram: @simply_darlings

This new, southern mama/nurse has the absolute cutest style and cutest little family.

11. Rachel Timmerman

https://www.instagram.com/racheltimmerman/

Instagram: @racheltimmerman

Her and her daughter are the cutest little mother-daughter duo, and they always have the cutest matching outfits.

12. Bailey Hawkins

https://www.instagram.com/baileyannhawkins/

Instagram: @baileyannhawkins

Bailey is the sweetest soul, and she's always sharing loads of encouragement on her stories and feed. Although I don't know her on a personal level, she always replies to any message that I send her, and is constantly asking how she can pray for her followers.

13. Danielle Carolan

https://www.instagram.com/daniellecarolan/

Instagram: @daniellecarolan

Danielle is such a relatable college student, but I dream of being able to travel as much as she does. Not going to lie, I vicariously live through her stories when she's traveling.

14. Jess Fay

https://www.instagram.com/lipstickheelsandababy/

Instagram: @lipstickheelsandababy

The sweetest little beach mama, with the sweetest family and the founder of the cutest business, 30A Babe.

15. Shannon Peterson

https://www.instagram.com/shynnz/

Instagram: @shynnz

This mama openly shares her struggles of infertility, while sharing her life of raising 2 boys, and expecting another baby soon.

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