I took a day off on the actual day of Valentine’s Day to be with my fiance, which was fun! We ended up going to a restaurant called Isaac’s and had their pepper jack tomato soup, a famous recipe of theirs and a personal favorite of mine. I hope that everyone had fun Valentine’s Days, no matter if it was spent with your SO or Netflix.
It seemed appropriate to combine Galentine’s Days 3 and 4, because I’ll be featuring some of my closest friends, both from home and from college! So buckle up, it’s going to be a long one today.
Sammie and I have been best friends since kindergarten. So, that makes it sixteen years that she has put up with me. And I’m so glad that she has! We’re way past best friends, and into the sister-zone. I mean, we’ve been close for longer than we haven’t. And also because she remembers more about my life than I do. I’m so proud of her, that I don’t even know where to start. Her dedication to her art and illustration design is so amazing. She changed her major from graphic design to illustration, and I know how hard that was for her. But she did what she had to do, and she persevered through the hardship that comes along with changing a major. She is a talented Cosplay costume designer and artist, and has been designing her own costumes since we were in elementary school. I’ve seen her grow in her design work and I swear that her costumes always come out looking professional. She’s shown such strength in hardship these last few years, too. She’s gone through things that I won’t detail here, but I know that if it were me I would have fallen apart. She’s supportive, loyal, funny, beautiful, and I am oh-so proud to call her my best friend for life. I know we’re going to be those best friends who are living next door to each other in the nursing home, torturing the staff together.
(Also, I love this picture of us from my 21st birthday, because we look like legit sisters!)
I met Cassie my freshman year of high school, in girls’ chorus. We bonded over the Harry Potter series, and we’ve been close ever since. Her talent in singing and songwriting has always been something that has inspired me as I tried to develop my own writing and singing skills. Over the years, I’ve watched her grow from a teenage girl into a woman, even if it was from a distance. But Cassie is one of those friends where even if you haven’t talked in a while, it feels like no time has passed when you talk next. She’s dealt with loss and anxiety with grace. I feel like I’ve said this for every woman that I’ve mentioned in these posts, but I so admire her strength. Nothing has come easy to her, and she’s built a life for herself from pure hard work. I’m so glad to have her in my life, as a best friend as an example of the kind of hardworking woman I want to become.
My best friend and roommate here at college. Victoria is another example of the kind of hardworking woman I want to become. She is also so supportive. No matter what, she’s there to listen and talk. Even if I’ve messed up. She is the constant listening ear, compassionate heart, shoulder to cry on, and forgiving soul. I am so indebted to her for putting up with my foolishness, and sticking with me even after a hard year for our friendship. But even after hardship, the fact that we’ve persevered together makes me that much more incredibly grateful to have her amazing self in my life. Her strength, courage, intelligence, and loyalty can’t be matched in her. And her beauty shines forth, on the outside and the inside.
Em was my first close friend on campus, because we had our very first college class together. That class was French 2, and we suffered through that first semester together. We had movie nights almost every week, and she was the one who showed me Mulan for the first time! Now, ever since that first semester, Em has been another one of those friends that no matter what, she’s always there for you. Even if you haven’t talked or gotten together for lunch in a while. She is so busy with earning her degree in Theater, and is so incredibly talented in what she does. She takes pride in her work, and I’m so proud of her for all she has accomplished, both academically and in life.
If I could list every friend from home and college saying how much I love them, without breaking the internet, I would. I am so incredibly fortunate to have these women and so many others in my life. And I want all of my friends to know, that even if you aren’t in this post, I love you and appreciate you. You are all so dear to me, and I wish that we could all just hang out all the time drinking coffee (or wine) and watching movies. I won’t get too mushy on all of you. But hey… February is the time of year to get mushy, after all!
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