Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Gratitude for Friendship

This week is flying by and I haven't had a moment to write or read any blogs.  I am in the meat of a multitude of projects at work and am trying to get some last minute tasks done before I fly to St. Louis on Friday.  I am visiting my best friend, Brittani, from college.  I have yet to see her new home and her new life.  I will meet her fiance and her beautiful baby boy, Owen. 

Brittani's Trip to San Diego Last Year, Preggers :)

Last June, Brittani came to San Diego for a visit.  She had the tiniest baby bump and we talked about names for her little man.  Now she is a full-fledged mom.  So much has changed in just one year!  I can't wait to sit around drinking coffee and catching up, cooking food and eating dessert and laughing about our crazy, stupid college days.  Like the time we stole a floor lamp from a frat house or dressed up as beer for Halloween.  We'll probably reminisce about the night we wound up at Papa John's after a frat party and I started answering their phones for them (after way too many drinks) until we were kicked out.  Let's just say, many people did not get their pizzas that night.

My 20th a bar.

Brittani is one of those friends that I can go months without talking to but when we finally get in touch, we don't skip a beat.  We were the girls in college that would forgo parties and go to Border's to browse through fitness magazines while drinking tea and eating chocolate chip cookies.  We had many crazy nights but we had just as many nights at home eating ice-cream and talking about how we were going to change the world after college.  We had big plans for ourselves.  We didn't want to graduate and get married, we wanted to pursue our dreams and do something big and meaningful.  We both struggled to find that after graduation and reality was a tough pill to swallow.  Luckily, we haven't lost our zest for life and we manage to find purpose in every nook and cranny that we possibly can.

As an extremely passionate person, it is nice to have a long-time friend that is equally as passionate.  We fuel eachother's fire and always have.  I feel incredibly lucky to have someone in my life that will always believe in my dreams and no matter how far, will always be there. 

stickers on private parts?  why not?

I wasn't intending to write anything about friendship today and especially not anything all mushy like this.  I contemplated deleting all of this sappiness, but why?  Friendship is something that shouldn't be taken for granted.  We should express our thanks and be vocal about the joys in life, one of them being good friends.  I feel fortunate that I moved out to San Diego almost 2 years ago without knowing a soul.  At one point I wondered if I would ever make friends.  Now, I have a circle of beautiful people that I can count on and share my life with.  I couldn't be happier about that.

Tell your good friends today how much you appreciate them.  When life goes haywire, they'll be the ones to help you straighten it out.  They're the ones cheering on the sidelines at a race and the ones that will bring over a bottle of wine after a bad day.  Or in Britani's case, they'll punch someone in the face (literally) if they think someone is talking badly about you. 

To all of my wonderful friends, THANK YOU. 


  1. Reading this gave me the "warm fuzzy" feeling. :)

  2. I love the sappiness of this post. It brings a smile to my face and makes me thankful for all my great friends.

  3. I couldn't have said it better. My friends mean the world tome and I am so lucky to have a few very close, special people who always have my back. Have fun with Brittani and little Owen!

  4. :( I miss my friends back in TX and reading your post makes me remember how best friends are priceless. Enjoy the hell out of your time with Brittani...maybe you'll come home with some stickers in interesting places ;) hehe!

  5. So great to have friends that are similar on the passionate scale! Friends you feel so alive with and can just be yourself around! Love your writing as always.

  6. Really good friends are very special. How great to give some gratitude to them!

  7. You just made me tear up missing my friend from childhood. We still talk a lot, but live in different parts of the country and don't get to see each other enough. Gonna go give her a call.

    Enjoy your great weekend!

  8. Best Friend,
    You have no idea how truly grateful I am to have you in my life. Our friendship is "meant to be." :)
    I have never met anyone else like you, and I know I never will because you are MY best friend!
    I can't wait to see you TOMORROW NIGHT!!



  9. You and your friend are so gorgeous!!! What a special bond you two have. Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Hahahahahah stickers on private parts! Brilliant! I am trying that out this weekend.
    Um, you are ridiculously pretty. Good God, woman. And I SO have an amazing group of girlfriends that I am so thankful for. We've had many people tell us how lucky we are and how they wished for the same thing. It really is awesome- thanks for reminding me how lucky I am, too!

  11. Such a heart warming post kate! You are such a beautiful person inside and out. Hugs!!

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