A Thank You Letter To My People Back Home

A Thank You Letter To My People Back Home

"We're friends, real friends. And that means, no matter how long it takes, when you finally do decide to look back, I'll still be there." -Meredith Grey
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To my people back home,

As I am sitting in my dorm room, I'm thinking about one thing. I miss you. I miss every single one of you. From my best friends who know me like the back of their hand, to my dance studio, and my family, I miss you all. It's been quite a while since I have seen and talked to some of you, and I want to apologize. The transition into college has been a whirlwind. You are the people who mean the most to me, and I wanted to take some time to tell you just how much I appreciate each and every one of you. I am blessed to have many people who have made a large impact on my life, and I have so much to be thankful for from each of you. So here is a start...

Marie, Abby, Shayla, and Carly. You have been constants in my life from day one and you four mean the world to me. You saw me through every milestone, heartbreak, success, and failure and you stuck by me through it all. I will never be able to put into words just how thankful I am for you. From laughing to the point of our sides hurting, to sitting with each other while we ugly cried, you ladies have been my rock. You will always be my rock. It is something truly incredibly to have people you know will be with you for life. Thank you for everything you do.

My dance family. My teachers, students, and lifelong friends. You are the greatest support system I could have ever asked for. You watched me grow up, and loved me through every stage (even the awkward stage). You gave me a place to be completely unapologetically me, and I thrived. The studio is my home and will always have a place in my heart. Chrissy, I especially want to thank you for giving me something so special. You have created something that is so much more than just a studio. It is a community, and it is a family. The amount of love and support in the atmosphere is incredible. This sounds clichè, but without you, I truly do not know where or who I would be today.

And now finally, my family. The craziest, funniest, most supportive, and loving people on this earth. You are my favorite humans. I am truly so blessed to have each and every one of you. You laid the foundation for who I am, building me with every life lesson and piece of wisdom. Because of you, I know that I am never alone. You are the people who believe in me when I don't, the ones who pick me up when I'm broken and of course, the ones who are there to offer to beat up whoever hurt me (Victoria). Even after listening to my horrible story telling all of these years you somehow still love me so I obviously lucked out. "and then... um uhh" sound familiar? We may be a dysfunctional bunch, but the end of the day you are my people and you mean more than anything to me. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you.

And with that being said...

Xoxo, Gossip girl (Would it have even been me if I didn't end with this?)

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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7 Steel Magnolia Quotes Every College Girl Can Relate To

A Movie Just About Real Life
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I'm kind of picky when it comes to the kind of movies that I like to watch. I like almost every genre, but it really depends on the mood that I'm in as to what I want to watch. Sometimes I'm feeling really sappy and want to watch something like "The Notebook," and then other times I want to watch something really action-packed like "The Avengers." My favorite movie, however, is one that maybe not many people have seen.

"Steel Magnolias" was a movie that came out in 1989, and I cannot count the number of times that I watched it at my grandmother's house growing up. I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't watched it, but it's the perfect amount of sass, humor, heartbreak, and life lessons. The six sassiest and most – loving ladies in Louisiana form the kind of friendships that any girl would dream of having and for a lot of us they start in college.

For that reason, here are seven of the most relatable quotes from the movie. These are my favorite. Some are serious, some are sappy, some are outright hilarious, but I'll explain why I like each one so much as the list goes on.

1. “If he's trying to drive me crazy it's too late." – M'Lynn

Now here M'Lynn is talking about her husband. In this section of the movie he is trying to get the birds out of the trees in their backyard, so they're gone in time for their daughter's wedding reception. There's been one too many gunshots and it's gotten on M'Lynn's nerves for sure. Girls. We all have those sweet, amazing guys in our life that we love to death, but they know just how to get under our skin. They know just what ways to get us flustered and, in a tizzy, and that's what this quote makes me think of for sure.

2. “It takes some effort to look like this" – Truvy

Truvy is the primary beautician in town and she's as sassy as they come! I love her sweet character so much. She's one of the funnier and most positive gals in the group and knows exactly what to say to make you giggle. We all feel this way sometimes. When people compliment us or even what a guy doesn't appreciate how dressed up we've gotten, this is a thought that runs through our head. Natural beauty is amazing, but that hair and makeup takes some time honey!

3. “Don't try to get on my good side… I no longer have one." – Ouiser

Oh Ouiser. She takes a minute to warm up to, but once you do you can't help but love her. She's been through a lot and it's caused her to come across to most people as rude and horrible, but she means well and she's so funny it's sometimes unbearable haha. Admit it peeps, we all feel this way sometimes, we just aren't brave enough to say it out loud like she is.

4. “Smile – it increases your face value." – Truvy

Like I said, she's the most uplifting member of the group to me. Whenever someone makes a snarky comment (*cough cough* Ouiser) or someone is sad, Truvy knows just what to say. Girls we all have those people in our lives and in our gal groups that are always there to pick you up and be a light. Always be thankful for those special people, they love you a lot.

5. Pink is my signature color." – Shelby

Okay so not every girl will relate to this but I do lol. Shelby is so sweet and sassy and when her mom (M'Lynn) picks on her for “drowning" the sanctuary of the church in pink making it “look like Pepto Bismol, this is her response and I love it.

6. “If you can't say anything nice about anybody come sit by me." – Clairee

Not the most polite thing to say, but Clairee sure isn't, especially around the girls haha. The motto of this group is to never take anything too serious. Clairee is so funny and throughout the movie you learn that she's that southern belle with just the right amount of spice. She's one of my favorites of the group just because she always speaks her mind and does it in such a charming way that you can't help but love her!

7. “I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special." – Shelby

Shelby says this during one of the more serious parts of the movie (and if you watch it you'll see what I mean) but I could apply this to just about every part of my life. Life is so special and precious and as much as this movie makes you laugh, it tugs at your heart too. I would rather have a little bit of sparkle than none at all. Life's too crazy to play it safe every single day.

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