It’s very rare that I jump on hashtags such as #wcw and #mcm, but recently I’ve been feeling very appreciative of the people I have in my life. Even though I’m not necessarily using the hashtags for their intended purposes, I can still utilise them to shout from the rooftops how much I appreciate my fave gals.
Supportive friends are hard to come by, and having a family that accepts you for who you are, flaws and all, is a novelty it seems. Think of this post as a kind of platonic love letter to some of the best ladies in my life right now.
Disclaimer: The order this is written in means nothing, I love them all equally.
You are wonderful. I am incredibly proud of the woman you’ve become. No matter how far off the beaten track you have drifted, you’ve managed to pull yourself back and that takes SERIOUS commitment. You’ve been through so much and you still come out the other end baking a cake and singing along to the Disney films you love so dearly. You honestly inspire me every single day, and you’ve picked me up off the floor (metaphorically, of course) more times than you’ll ever know. You’ll always be my backing singer, and I’ll always have your back, even if sometimes it does feel like I’m jumping down your neck at every opportunity.
My best girls:
It must take some serious patience to be friends with me. I am literally the flaky friend that people indirectly tweet about all the time, and you’ve never once complained when I’ve cancelled plans, or failed to stay out all night for your birthday. You’ve never once judged me when I’ve forgotten something important and I’ll always be thankful to have girls like you in my life. I know I take you for granted on a daily basis, and I promise I’ll try to change this.
There aren’t many memories I have where you aren’t part of them. Although we argue more than sisters sometimes, the fact that we can pull it all back and put it behind us at the blink of an eye is really something that will never cease to amaze me. Through you girls I’ve learnt how to be more gracious and more determined, you’ve shown me how to have fun and you’ve always encouraged me to be me.
You know those memes about kids getting their craziness from their aunt? Literally my life. You’re all mental, completely bonkers, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve always felt like you guys are my greatest fans, always pushing me to do what I love, and to never give a crap about how other people feel about it. Thank you for making me who I am today.
I don’t tell you this enough, but I want to say thank you. I am so proud of every little step you take, even though some of them may scare you. You’re determination is what’s kept you going all these years, and though it may not feel like it sometimes, you’re doing better than you ever have been. Thank you for making me feel like I can do anything I want to, for showing me that, although life gets you down, it’s not impossible to pick yourself back up again. You are honestly a huge inspiration to my life.
My mother-in-law (to be):
Thank you for being there for me when my family and friends couldn’t be. The fact that I can rely on you whenever I need to is a massive weight off my mind, and makes everything a little less scary. I’m so lucky to be able to get on with you as well as I do. Thanks also for producing such a compassionate, loving, kind (sometimes annoying) person, because life wouldn’t be the same without him.
My work girls:
I really do love my job, but it’s always easier waking up in the morning, knowing you’ll spend the day with some of the best people you’ve ever met. If I’m having a bad day, or need some advice I know I can call on the girls in my team, and those that aren’t. You’ve all taught me to be more confident in myself, and to have more faith in my work – when you’re a very nervous little fish swimming in a very big, sometimes very corporate pond, it’s so reassuring to know there’s somebody there to push me a long a little bit.
This is literally, hands down, the soppiest post I’ve ever written, but it’s also incredibly important to show your appreciation to the people who give you everything you need to grow as a friend, a sister, a daughter, a cousin, and a fiance.
With these ladies, I know I can accomplish anything I put my mind to, and that’s something every girl needs.