#Galentine’s Week: Days 3&4

Hello Everyone!

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

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!)

Cassie

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.

Victoria

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.

Emily

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.

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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!

Please leave your friend, sister, mother, and other inspirational women appreciation posts in the comments. Share the love!

XOXO

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#Galentine’s Week: Day 2

Happy Galentine’s, day two!

Today, I’ll be celebrating my cousins (on both sides of my family). As an only child, I was always close with Sarah and Bree growing up. And now, with my little cousin Josie, I hope to be a role model to her, like Sarah and Bree are to me.

Sarah

Sarah and me at the beach.

Sarah is the big sister that I never had. But she knows this already. Her ambition and drive to pursue and perfect her artwork is inspiring to me, and her skill has only gotten more and more impressive with each passing year. Her creativity is out of this world. This natural talent paired with her wisdom and maturity, produces artwork that is so rich with deep meaning, I’m always mind blown by her work and the quality of it. Sarah is a beautiful pillar of strength. Everyone who knows that she is a true force of nature. Little sisters have always imitated their big sisters, and I know that’s true for me. I’ve always been so in awe of Sarah, and I know I will continue to be, even into adulthood.

Bree

Bree and me in front of Gringotts Bank at Harry Potter World in Orlando.

Bree is another example of a force of nature. She is so dedicated to her work, which, as a Ferrier, takes a lot of physical strength. However, it also requires people skills and being able to connect with people, and that’s always been something I’ve admired in Bree. She can talk to anyone with a smile on her face. She has the best sense of humor, and can always make me smile. She also has a beautiful laugh and smile. Bree is a nurturer and is a mother hen for sure. She has the biggest heart, and even through heartbreak, has been able to persevere. Her strength over the last few years has not gone by unnoticed, and I admire her for it every time we talk.

Josie

My little cousin who is too young to have her picture on the blog. However, I still wanted to write a couple words for her, even if she won’t be able to read this (at least not right away). This little girl is in the second grade, and I’ve said for a while that she’ll be teaching my masters courses. I still stand by that statement. She is smart as a whip, and I know she’ll grow up to be extremely successful. Ever since she was a baby, she’s wanted to read or be read to, and now that she’s reading chapter books, she’s ripping through them all by herself. I’m so incredibly proud of her and how quickly she learns and grows.

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Celebrate the women in your life with me! Leave a comment below and say something about a loved one who inspires you 🙂

XOXO

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#Galentine’s Week: Day 1

Hello everyone!

Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought I would take a beat and appreciate the women in my life who I love and admire. A couple days this week, I’m going to be writing profiles on the badass women who have influenced and inspired me. They are all women that I am oh-so-glad to have in my life. And who better to start with than my mother and grandmothers?

Sharon (A.K.A. Mom)

The woman who gave birth to me and has put up with my moody self ever since. Believe me, this woman deserves to be sainted, or at least given an award. (See that picture of my parents with me as a baby? See me screaming? That’s basically all I did as a newborn. Scream.) My mother is possibly one of the most intelligent women I have ever met. Her artistic skill and her knowledge of science and math are both equal in brilliance, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a question for her that she didn’t know the answer to. She always knows exactly what to do in any situation, even if its just to listen and give hugs. Her compassionate heart is unmatched, and for that I am so incredibly thankful.

Picture of my grandmothers smiling, holding teddy bears with bibs on them.

Bernadette (A.K.A. Grandmom)

Grandmom Bernadette, who I always called Grandmom Angel as a kid. Her trust in God has always been incredible to me, and is so inspiring. I learned about the power of prayer from her, and also the power of faith and forgiveness as well. She is another perfect example of a compassionate, listening heart. Grandmom is the best listener, and I know she is always there to unconditionally love and support every member of our family. I will forever be in awe of her strength.

Lillie Dorothea (A.K.A. Grandma)

Grandma Lil is sassy, smart, clever, and is also an incredible woman of faith. Even in the face of sickness and sadness, she has always been a firm believer of God. Her musical ability has always inspired me as well, and my grandparents on my mom’s side are part of the reason why I love music so much. My grandparents met in their church choir, which they still participate in to this day. Grandma Lil has a beautiful Soprano singing I have always admired, as a Soprano 2 and Alto 1 myself. She brings our family together every birthday, holiday, and some weekends, with love, food, and music.

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This Valentine’s Day, celebrate the women in your life who have inspired you! Do you have any stories you want to share? Leave them in the comments, I would love to see them!

XOXO

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