To the Women in My Life

It’s International Women’s Day and I felt it would be the perfect day to celebrate the top six women in my life at the moment (obviously). This is not to say that there aren’t other women in my life that mean an incredible amount to me, you know who you are, but these six have gotten me through a pretty difficult transitional period of my life. And honestly? I don’t know what I would have done without them this past year.

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Kelsey

The fact that you put up with my 100+ random text messages on a daily basis is a testimonial to how much of a good friend you are to me. I honestly don’t know what I would do without your continued support and friendship over the past two years. You have been my rock, my shout into the void, my shoulder, my comedian, my constant and I can’t thank you enough for that. I know that I can go to you about anything and you’ll always be there to listen. You’ll support my stupid decisions, correct my stupid mistakes (Judd Apatow) and laugh along with me because life is a wild ride and I’m glad to have you in the passenger seat. You’re absolutely the Head to my Heart and vice versa. Thanks for everything.

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Emma

There’s only certain people that come into your life at a pivotal moment and you were one of them. After three years of not seeing one another, it was the best feeling being back in your company and feeling as if no time had passed. I know that I can text or call you at any time and you’ll always be there at the other end ready for a conversation. Thank you for always listening to my rambling chats, listening to the random songs I send you, and for being there for me. Always.

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Paige

You left me and finally understand everything I’ve told you for five years—you find yourself when you’re away from everything you know. I’m so incredibly proud of you for making the biggest move of your life and I love that you’re making a home for yourself away from your friends and family. You’re my biggest inspiration this year and for the past seven years, you’ve made me stronger and braver. Even if you don’t realize it. Thank you for your no-nonsense, not putting up with bullshit attitude. You’re the fiercest person I know and I still have a lot to learn from you.

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Brittany

You definitely won’t know how much or understand how much being friends with you again has saved me this year. Thank you for inviting me to that initial One Republic concert and letting me into your circle of friends. It’s a weird thing moving back home to no friends and starting over and reaching out to someone you haven’t seen in nine years is a little intimidating. Especially when you are the outsider to a group of friends who have been friends for a long time, but you’ve been so welcoming and amazing and your friends have welcomed me and I can’t think you enough for that. I really, really can’t.

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Roxann

Oh, lady, thank you always. Yeah, we’re not always the best at keeping in touch and going months without seeing each other (life always gets in the way!), but you help me step out of my comfort zone and learn to be a bit more extroverted. I’ve met some truly amazing people through you and ate some of the best food of my life thanks to your introductions. Every time we see each other, I know I’ll laugh until I cry, drink a bit too much and dance a bit chaotically and I thank you so much for that.

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Momma Bear

And finally, my wonderful, wonderful momma. Everything I do is for you and I never ever want to disappoint you. Thank you for always being my support system and listening to me complain about people you don’t know and excitedly talk about things you don’t care about. Thanks for letting me cultivate and explore the things I love and not stopping me from going after the things that I’ve wanted. You’re the reason that I have such excellent taste in music and know all the words to Bennie and the Jets (finally!). You’re my best friend and I have so much to learn from you still and won’t ever stop learning from you. You’re my favorite person in the world (even though we constantly get on each other’s nerves). Thank you for everything. I love you.

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