Wednesday, July 3, 2013

True Friendships

From what I've learned in my 23 short years as a woman, finding truly good female friends is no easy task. I never understood why it's so tough; it just is. I've never been one to crave a large group of friends at any one time... I much prefer several close friendships. And like any girl, I've seen my fair share of friends come and go. It always sucks to be so close to someone and then have something happen and suddenly, you don't talk anymore. It was a regular occurrence throughout junior high and high school, and I learned pretty quickly that I wasn't a fan. It makes me sad when I hear of girls who call each other "friends" but then you see each of them acting otherwise. Life is too short to keep people like that around. 

At this point in my life, I consider myself blessed with several amazing, true friendships. I am of the firm belief that friendship is one of the most important things in life and that to maintain good ones, effort must be put forth on both parts. I still don't have an insane amount of girl friends, but the ones I do have, I cherish with all my heart, Duds included. 

We recently got our wedding pictures back from the photographer (pause for excited-shrieking) and as I was going through the galleries I loved seeing all the ones with my sweet friends. It makes my soul smile to see the joy on their faces as they shared the day with Tell and me. I won't share all of them (just yet!) and by no means could I say enough about all the women I love so much, but I do just want to take this time to share with you how much I appreciate the friendships of Caroline, Jessica, Megan, and Rachel.

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As we've mentioned before on the blog, we all met at Texas Tech University as Advertising majors on Tech's NSAC team. Somewhere along the way, we started a group text and soon became the closest of friends. We talk every day and they've become irreplaceable to me. 

True friendships are about love and support. There are so many reasons I love this group of girls. I can't even count how many times I've turned to the Duds in times of doubt. And every time, they're all there, comforting me and making everything feel better– even when it's not. When one of us has a dream, the others support it. We genuinely want one another to succeed and will each go out of our way to help. When one of us falls flat, the others lift her up, not just with kind words, but also with the (sometimes necessary) blunt reality of things. We hold each other to a high standard, and I know I'm better for it. 

Our relationship is the epitome of what I hope for all women because I understand how crucial these healthy female friendships can be. Everyone should have their own Duds. 

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Put simply, these girls mean the world to me, and sometimes I hope that if our blog doesn't affect you in any other way, I hope that girls who read this know what true friendship can really be like and that you won't settle for any less.


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