Friday, January 27, 2012

the meaning of friendship

Holy moly... this week flew by!  I know I say this too often, but time seems to pass more quickly every year.  February is almost here... the first month of 2012 is almost over.  Hard to believe.

I was talking to a couple of my college girlfriends the other night, and I got to thinking about the affect of time and distance on all friendships.  I'm truly lucky to have such supportive and loving ladies by my side through the different chapters of my life.  My friends are very important to me.

My "college" girls are the ones I call when I have big news, a problem, or just need someone to talk to.  They know all of my weaknesses, flaws, and issues... and they continue to support and love me unconditionally.
Our experiences together haven't always been perfect, but when I am spending time with these girls... I am truly happy.  
Even though we don't talk everyday, we have the ability to pick up where we left off in our weekly phone conversations.
It's only been a few years since our amazing adventure together through college ended and now we are scattered across California.  But... we always do what we can to make sure we're together a couple times a year and for the big moments in each other's lives.

I've been so fortunate to keep in touch with a few friends from high school - especially my best friend, Jenny.  This girl and I have been through so much, including living 500 miles apart and we've stayed very close.  She is like a sister to me.
{back in 2005...}

And when TL and I moved to our new area almost 2 years ago... I met an incredible group of girls who i've gotten close with.  They are so encouraging, funny, and always have something new to teach me about life.  I always leave our Happy Hour dates with a belly ache from laughing so hard.

"Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything." - Muhammad Ali

All of you fabulous girls that I have met and connected with in this community of bloggers are also my friends.  I feel like we know a lot about each other, and I appreciate the support & encouragement you always give to me!  I've learned so much from your creativity, life experiences, and adventures.  Thank you :)

Friends come and go in our lives as we grow and change individually.  And I think that's okay.  I find it interesting that people at all different stages and ages in life can develop friendships.

Do you have certain friends in your life that are irreplaceable?
Happy Weekend!


French Lover said...

My 3 best friends all live in Paris (and I just moved to Canada..). I can't wait to make new friends, but by no means do I want my new friends to replace my old friends!

Can I just say you look amazing on each and every picture? :)


J and A said...

Ah what a great post. True girl friends are hard to find but so incredibly wonderful. Happy weekend lady!!

Trishski said...

How Blessed are you to have these amazing relationships? I've always said that true friends are actually the family members that you get to choose. Hang on tightly, girlfriends are precious. :)

Anonymous said...

yes, my twin aka my best friend, is irreplaceable. such a great post. girlfriends are the best. xoxo

Dear Boys Love Mom said...

That is amazing that you have such a big group of friends that have all stayed so close. I best friend since freshman year and I still talk and see each other regularly and I don't know what I would do without her.

I wish I could say that I am still close with people from HS, but I fell out of touch with everyone.

Amanda said...

Totally agree with this post. And I believe that it's the true friendships that last a lifetime. I, like you, have all different friendships from middle school, to high school, to college, and post-college.

allison said...

How sweet! I certainly have irreplaceable friends. I definitely have different tiers of friends and some are closer than others. My longterm friends from school are the top tiers. :)

Bobbi said...

That's great that you have so many close friends!
I do too and I don't know what I would do without them!

Adrienne Gomer said...

Aww, I miss my college days too and all of you girls. I'm so glad you all get together still, it's great to have friends like that.

Catherine said...

It's so important to have good friends - you know you've found someone special when you can go months without seeing each other and carry on from where you left off.

Portuguese Prepster said...

Love this post!! I hope to stay close to my friends!

Sacha♥ said...

great post :) lovely photos.

i wish i has many close friends. but i only had 3 special friends :D love them to abit :D x

C Mae said...

Did I mention how much I love you new header? I know not a huge change but I noticed and really like it!

Lauren said...

what a sweet, sweet post! I've got some fabulous friends that are such a huge support system for me as a new mom! i am so super thankful for them!

thobeka said...

love this post! girlfriends make the world go round :) I'll be seeing my best friend -from age 4-for the first time, in 7years!! after years of skype chats, she's coming to visit in may...can't wait.

Lori said...

Great post Tracy ~ I too have irreplaceable friends ~ ones I have had since Grade 1 ~ then others that I have met only on line but our crazy little group have been together for over 11 years now! There is nothing like a girlfriend. xo

Jenna said...

This is such an uplifting post and made me reminisce about all the amazing ladies I've met at all different stages in my life :)

Thanks for sharing this!


Cassie said...

I agree wholeheartedly with this post. Friendship is one of the main focuses in my life at the moment. I don't mind driving anywhere I need too to see my girls and I keep in contact with them as much as I can.
I still hang out once a week with my best friend from high school and my college girls definitely have a special place in my heart. I wouldn't trade them for anything.

P.S. LOVE your wedding scrapbook. You looked beautiful!

Angie said...

Love this post! Your right, true friends are really hard to come by. Unfortunately, I haven't met any that I have considered "true friends" throughout the years. I think it's the area I live in but it seems friendships rarely last around here. Maybe that is just small town living for ya!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Aw, from these photos, it looks like you've got some great friends!