The 10 Stages Of Reuniting With Your Long-Distance Best Friend

The 10 Stages Of Reuniting With Your Long-Distance Best Friend

From planning it out to hugging it out.

Being separated from your best friend sucks, and long-distance friendships aren't always easy. But what makes the distance tolerable is the light at the end of the tunnel, which is reuniting with your BFF. Whether it's every few months or every few years you get to see each other, it doesn't make your reunion any less exciting. Welcome to quite the emotional rollercoaster.

1. When you finally figure out a date for your reunion with your BFF, you tell everyone you know.

Literally everyone, including the cashier at the grocery store. Anyone who will listen will be informed of your pending reunion, whether they like it or not.

2. Planning all the fun things you're going to do together.

You two make a collective list of places you want to go, people you want to see, your favorite restaurants you want to eat at, movies you want to watch, and things you want to do just for old time's sake. This only increases your excitement.

3. Creating a countdown.

And texting each other every day, "only x number of days until I see you again!"

4. Waking up the day of your long-anticipated reunion, and putting on waterproof mascara because you know you're gonna cry.

They're happy tears, OK? Sometimes I can't handle my emotions.

5. Seeing them again for the first time.

You've dreamed about this moment for so long, and it's finally here! It's always more emotional than expected. Good thing you put on that waterproof mascara. Here come the waterworks.

6. Running into each other's arms dramatically like a solider returning from war to his wife.

Is it really a reunion without the all the drama? People are probably staring, and may even assume you're a lesbian couple. But hey, it wouldn't be the first time, since you two have been asked on multiple occasions whether you are dating, and whether you are sisters. And at this point in your lifelong friendship, might as well be.

7. Hugging for like, an hour.

You have to make up for all the lost time! Hugs and cuddles all day!

8. Having the time of your lives together.

And making everyone around you secretly jealous... and/or nauseous over your gushy Instagram posts.

9. Planning how you're going to move in together so your friendship doesn't have to be long distance anymore.

"Just quit your job and come live with me!"

Even though you talk about it all the time, it never seems to work out. So you cherish the time you have together, because you both know how crazy and in the way life can get. But that doesn't mean you're not tempted to just pick up and move across the country.

10. Separating once again.

It's always sad to go your separate ways, but you take comfort in the face that you know you will see her again soon. Separated maybe in distance, but never in heart.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.

Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.


Your Daughter

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10 Ways To Celebrate Galentine's Day With You Favorite Gals Who Love You More Than Any Guy Will

Whether you're a single pringle or not, having a good time with your BFFs can be the perfect Valentine's Day treat.


I know, I know, Valentine's Day is traditionally a day of romance, but it's also a day of love, and love doesn't have to only be romantic.

So, whether you're a single pringle or not, spending some part of this special day appreciating or sharing that love with your best friends can be a perfect Valentine's Day treat.

1. Have a spa day (or night).


Pamper yourself (and your gals)!!! There's no day like Valentine's Day to paint your nails, fix your hair and feel good in some PJs with your besties.

2. Share the love with some sweet treats!


Buy your besties some chocolate, go out and get some Cook Out milkshakes, and just get something that you think is a nice sweet treat for this day of love!

3. Send a few candy-grams.


I don’t know about you, but receiving a candy gram from my bestie would probably be just about the highlight of my Valentine’s Day, so treat yourself and your friends to some sweet treats!

4. Go the movies!


Go see a movie! Maybe it’s one that you really want to see, or maybe it’s something random that you just want to give a try. Either way, grab some popcorn and treat yourself to a movie night!

5. Do schoolwork together.


OK, so I recognize that everyone is busy, and Valentine's Day might be just the same in terms of how much homework you might have to do. That being said, grab a couple of bestie, and have a group homework night or a group study session. Just being together and getting stuff done is always fun.

6. Go to dinner together.


Food is always a good time, so if nothing else, go grab dinner! It's a good way to find the time to get together, and can be used as a way to start some good conversations with friends you might not have seen in a while.

7. Have a self-care night!


We talked about this a little already, but taking care of yourself can be the perfect way to spend this special day with your special friends. Paint your nails and put on a face mask. Don't be afraid to have deep conversations with your friends, or to talk about things you might have been holding in. Take care of yourself, and be there for your friends so they can do the same.

8. Go to something you all enjoy together.


Concerts? Pottery classes? Painting classes? The movies? Finding something you and your best friends all enjoy can be the perfect way to have a great time on Valentine's Day.

9. Have a photoshoot.


Note: don't follow the above GIF when having said photoshoot. On another note, if you like taking cute photos, then dress up cute, find a cute location, and grab your camera (or phone). Taking cute pictures can be a fun way to just be around the people you hold near and dear.

10. Dance the night away!


Grab your best friends, and dance the night away! Enjoy each others company, and have a good time. Sometimes just having fun with each other, not even doing anything extensive, is the perfect way to show your besties how much you love them.

Show your BFFs a little love this Valentine's Day!

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