Friday, November 18, 2016

A letter to my Mom, Dad, and Sisters.

Mom, Dad, Dani, Jess, and Abby,

I'm writing this letter simply to tell you just how wonderful I think you all truly are.

Whenever anybody asks me to tell them about my family I just simply look at them, smile, and think to myself, "Where do I even begin?"

Being able to grow up alongside my three beautiful sisters, at home, was the best gift I could have ever been given. Thank you Mom for choosing to dedicate each day to the four of us, teaching us and allowing us to explore and grow together. Dad, thank you for working as hard as you did (and still do) just to keep our family afloat.

Mom and Dad, your relationship is ultimately what I hope to have twenty years from now. Thank you for showing me what it means to love another person with all of your heart.

Dad. Where do I even begin? Your hard work and determination towards your goals and aspirations is beyond inspiring. You have taught me what it means to grab life by the horns and fight like hell until you get exactly where you want to be. Thank you for teaching me how to protect myself, and to always stand my ground. I can 100% say that because of you, I am a stronger person. Thank you for putting on your uniform, duty belt, and badge each day with a huge amount of bravery and honor. You are, and always will be my hero.

Mom. Thank you for deciding each morning to love everybody with your entire heart. I have never met a single person who loves as strongly and completely as you do. You make the world a better place just by smiling and laughing with those around you. Thank you for still being the first to say good morning, and the last to say goodnight twenty-two years later. You are wonderful inside and out.

Dani. You are taking the world by storm. In just a few short years you will be making the lives of many pediatric cancer patients a little bit easier just by flashing your big bright smile, and opening your heart up to each and every single one of them. Never forget that I will always be your biggest cheerleader and the first to run to your side if you ever need anything. Thank you for always being my person. I am SO proud of you.

Jess. I love you so much. I am so inspired by your generosity each and every day. I don't think I can say that I've ever met anybody who would willingly bring, and leave, their state championship medal to their grandfathers grave just because you knew he loved watching you play softball. Or, who would donate their entire paycheck to your favorite Camp Sunshine family. YOU ARE SO WONDERFUL. People don't tell you that enough.

Abby. Looking at you reminds me of the person I've always wanted to be. You are beautiful inside and out. You are so incredibly smart, strong, and driven to become the absolute best version of yourself. Thank you for always being a huge ray of sunshine in my life. Watching you morph and grow into the woman you are today has been simply amazing, and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for the lessons I've learned with the five of you by my side. Thank you for always being my biggest supporters, and for always having my back no matter what. I can honestly say that I would not be here today, writing this blogpost, if it wasn't for all of you. You guys are my heart and soul. You are my strength. You are my world. I love you all to the moon and back.

Love always,

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016


I think it's finally time I speak up about some things I've learned the hard way in the past year.

Guess what? If you are not happy with where you are, you can change it. YOU ARE IN CONTROL. 

Do you like the people who surround you day by day? 
Yes? Great! Keep those you love close. 
No? Move on. Let those people go. You do not owe them any explanations. Make a clean cut, and move forward. 

Do you like the person you are?
Yes? That's wonderful, don't ever let anybody take that away from you.
No? Do everything in your power to change that. You are only given one life. One life. Let that sink in. If you don't like the person you are, who will?

Each day you let pass you by is one you will never ever be able to get back. Be greedy with your time. If you do not want to do something, say so. If somebody asks you to do something and you don't feel like it, simply say, "no thank you". 

The only person you owe anything to is yourself. You owe it to yourself to be as successful as you want to be. You owe it to yourself to take control of your life and do everything it takes to make your dreams come true. You owe it to yourself to be your own best friend. You owe it to yourself to stand up for yourself when nobody else will. 

"You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody." - Maya Angelou

Move forward. Keep taking steps, even if they're baby steps. You've got this. 

Thank you for being you. Thank you for being wonderful. 

Love always,

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