With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I would be amiss to not stop and celebrate Galentine’s Day, because let’s face it, our girls deserve a shout out too! I think that we get so busy that we take our tribe for granted. We assume that they’re always going to be there, in our social media driven society, we know that they are only a click away, so we don’t stop to say thank you enough. So, I want to do just that, I want to write a thank you letter to my girls. I hope that this letter rings true for you and your tribe in some form too!
To my best girls-
Thank you for your honesty. For your raw transparency and your true words, spoken in love. Thank you for being willing to stop and listen. Thank you for showing grace when I need it and a kick in the butt even when I thought I didn’t. Thank you for making me laugh. Like belly laugh. Thank you for talking to God about me, I knew the times that you did. Thank you for sharing your family with me. For the endless cups of coffee and shared fashion goals. For the travels and the miles and the men that have come and gone, thank you. Thank you for encouraging me to follow my dreams. I’m thankful for every time we stood together in a crowded room. Thank you for literally wiping away my tears over the years and letting me be there to wipe yours. Thank you for knowing me so well. Thank you for a rich history. For protecting my heart and my words. Thank you for giving me life. Thank you for the funny texts in the middle of the day, just to keep tabs on each other. Thank you for the silly photos and the shared GCC memories. Thank you for every sorority squat and wedding plan. For the sweet memories that only childhood can hold, thanks for being there for that too. Thank you for your beauty. Thank you for knowing when to bring the wine (or more likely champs if you know me). For all of the events and the food and the toasts in the air, thank you. Thank you for your softness, but also your strength. Thank you for the shared clothes and the shared dreams. Thanks for the late nights and the SVU marathons. For the days spent with the sun on our face, and the days when we had to remind each other that the sun would come back tomorrow, I’m thankful for those days too. Thank you for walking beside me yesterday. Thank you for walking beside me today. Thank you for walking beside me tomorrow. I love you endlessly.
And one of my all time favorites just about sums it up-
“May you go everywhere and wear it all.”
Dress: Dear Creatures Mojave Maxi Dress, found at Plato’s Closet for $14.99 Leather Jacket: Goodwill, $5
As I turned 27 today, I was reflecting on the lessons that have brought me this far and I wanted to share them with the people that have shared the journey with me, so here goes.
- Take care of yourself, take time to do things that makes your heart sing, no apologies.
- Travel as far and as often as possible and learn from the locals, whether it’s where to get the best coffee or how to treat others, just learn.
- Prioritize your faith, because, at the end of the day, it’s the most important thing that you have.
- Extend a hand wherever you can. Take care of those who can’t care for themselves.
- Get interested in something new and ask questions, lots of questions (where my fellow bloggers??)
- Find a cause you believe in. This can include your job, whatever it is, just get immensely passionate about it.
- Fight well, it’s gonna happen, make sure you’re doing it with integrity.
- Love your family and take time for them.
- Laugh and don’t resent the lines.
- Read, read, read.
- Marry a man that you would be proud to have a son just like.
- Wash your sheets. Often. Just trust me.
- Dance it out, even if you’re alone. Sometimes I just throw on music and dance, sometimes there’s tears , and sometimes there’s not, either way, keep dancing.
- Work out your body, you’re not getting any younger.
- Encourage other women. Be that girl that champions other women. Love your tribe hard.
- If you love the music, see it live.
- Eat whatever you want, just do it in moderation, taking care of yourself is a form of self-respect (the French are super good at this).
- Be strict with your goals, but flexible with how you reach them.
- Have dogs.
- Go outside and look up, the one who made the stars, made you.
- Save money, but don’t be cheap, it’s not a good look on anyone.
- Make traditions with those that you love; I live for Christmas light drives or Valentine’s Day Chinese Take-Out with Mike, and yes, my mother did call and sing me Happy Birthday today at the exact time I was born, because she’s the best.
- Listen, don’t just talk.
- Keep your house organized and your mind will be organized, and in the words of William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s a good rule of thumb.
- Live well.
- Love well.
- Dress very well.
I wish you all many more birthdays and lessons learned. If you have any lessons that you’d love to share with me, send them my way on the blog or on my Insta at “wanderlustandwardrobes”.
“May you go everywhere and wear it all.”