Friends are important. All the time, no matter who you are, how old you are, what stage of life you’re in, how long you’ve been friends, or how the friendship developed; the bottom line is: friends are important. Friendships develop very early on, but just because you grow older, they don’t stop. Friends change, just as people do, but true friendships last no matter the time that goes in between seeing or talking or the distance that may keep you apart. I have friends that I’ve known my entire life and also friends that I’ve made in the last year. I have friends from my childhood, high school, college, previous jobs, current coworkers, playgroup, etc.
As I was scrolling through the photos in my phone, I was smiling remembering the time spent with my friends throughout these past couple of months when I wasn’t blogging and thought today was a good day to share some of these snapshots.
On Saturday night, a few of us had an impromptu girls night out. I picked up my sister Stephanie on the way out, and as she entered my car, she said noticed, “Do we have the exact same outfit on?!” Not planned! Then, when we met Sara and Julie out, we saw their outfits were almost identical, as well. Not planned either. Friends who stick together dress the same? Or something like that. We had a wonderful evening, talking, and laughing until there were tears in our eyes.
I’m lucky in that I get to teach with ladies who have become some of my closest friends. It’s funny to spend over 40 hours a week with each other during the school year, and then not see them very often over the summer. We planned a couple girls night outs, so we didn’t go the entire two months without!
Caitlin and I met when we were 15 hostessing at First Watch. Despite going to different high schools, colleges, and living in different states the last ten years, we’ve remained close as ever. Now that Caitlin is back in St. Louis, it’s like we were never apart, and we get to have as much fun now (or more?) than we did when we were 15!
When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to join a playgroup to be able to connect with other women going through the same thing I was. Little did I know, these girls would become some of my closest friends. Two and a half years later, we continue to plan play dates, celebrate special occasions, share / question / discuss the ins and outs of being mommas to our littles.
Another amazing thing about friends is when friends from different areas of your life get together. These were some girls during my birthday celebration and they only know each other through me. We had such a fun night and everyone got along great.
Maintaining and making time for friends can be challenging. Everyone is busy, so putting in time and effort is required. It’s not to say that you’re not friends with those who you may not speak with on a regular basis. I have many friends who we have phone dates every so often or we see each other maybe just once a year due to location, but it’s always as though no time has passed. Friendships are strong and I’m grateful to have so many important friendships in my life. Obviously, many of my friends are not pictured in this post, but looking through past pictures was a nice reminder of how I’m surrounded by loving, smart, caring, and inspiring ladies.
In a time where the world can be a scary place, friends (and family) are more important than ever. Reach out to those you love and keep in touch! 🙂