02 November 2009

day 1: i am thankful for...

...my amazing friends!

i will be the first to admit that i haven't always been the best friend. in high school and middle school {and to some extent, still today}, i had terribly low self-esteem. i was a cheerleader, which meant i spent most of my formative years surrounded by terribly catty, mean girls. so i learned not to trust anyone, to assume that everyone talked about everyone behind each others' backs, and to be extrememly uncomfortable and jealous around anyone who i thought was prettier, nicer, funnier, smarter, skinnier, and/or more popular than me.

it wasn't until college that i truly started to learn how to be a friend to other women. thank god for the amazing women i met there {and have met since!} for having the patience to show me how to be a good friend. it is something i still struggle with, but i am surrounded by wonderful examples, so they help keep me on the path straight and narrow.

no better reminder of this than the halloween party. in walks this drop-dead gorgeous girl who put all of us to shame and of course my immediate internal reaction is, "bitch!". she ended up being one of the nicest people i have met in ages. we spent half the night bonding over shared childhood dance costume memories. and i felt like an idiot.

the party was a roaring success! everyone looked AMAZING, the food spread was incredible {i ate my weight in queso and red velvet tombstone cake}, and the spooky jell-o shots were gone within about 15 minutes. some of the girls ended the night with a good old-fashioned sleepover. sweatpants, scattegories, and movies. late morning brunch of french toast sticks and party reminiscence. so. much. fun.

my friends have been my cheerleaders, my grief counselors, my matchmakers, my puppy boy-sitters, my partners-in-crime, and my never-fail support system over the past 6 years in ways i could never imagine. and over the past year, i have had the joy and privilege of making even more bloggy-friends than i knew were possible.

so THANK YOU to all of you for making life even sweeter than it already is!


icing on the cake said...

How sweet. And thanks for the reminder to take a look around and be thankful - I get so caught up in the stuff I'm not doing that I sometimes forget just to enjoy the little things!

LPC said...

And I have found it to be really important not to, as you point out, decide who will be my friends simply by the way they look.

Miss Sweet Tea said...

So sweet! Glad you had a good time at your party!! And I love your new look...so fun! xoxo

Breanna said...

I just want you to know I <3 your blog. I hope you are feeling better, and YOU are taking better care of yourself. Glad you had a great weekend. I blogged about your blog! Ha =)


Perfectly Imperfect said...

so glad you had a good time at your party! that cake (and those jello shots!) sound amazing!