For The Birthday Girl

“They say nothing lasts forever …dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.” – Carrie Bradshaw

Celebrating a very special birthday today for my bestie Jen. And it got me thinking about friendship...real loyal friendship.  Let’s face it, in the real world, female friendships can be tricky. Like romantic relationships, they often break up due to things like growing apart, having a major blowout, and jealousy. 

There are so many things I love about Jen but the things that stand out the most are the values we share. She is such a positive force in my life.  She is constantly pushing me to be better, but accepts me for where I am currently. She values thoughtful conversations and listens to all opinions even if we are not seeing eye-to-eye. Annnd trust me, we have our moments where we see things so differently....

She encourages me and inspires me to embrace a healthy lifestyle because it makes me feel great over looking great. She is always eager to collaborate, idea-share, and talk about successes and failures, knowing we can all both learn something from one another. There are days I am so exhausted and I feel like giving up and cry and wonder if anyone out there is reading and truly connecting to my blog. Her response is --"I read it all the time". This makes me crack up, of the best way. 

She lifts me up when I am down instead of kicking me. 

You have all heard the saying “you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with” and “you’re only as good as the company you keep” and for me, those statements have never been more true, especially now. The last few years have been tough for me in the friendship arena. I let people in my life that didn't deserve to be there. And as painful as it was to end the friendship, it was also very healing. These women were just not people I wanted to align with. 

I admire Jen so much. She makes me feel like I can conquer the world. And I can always count on her. 

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays today Jen White. Cheers to 31!!! You are the peanut butter to my jelly and I love you dearly. 

So in Jen's honor, I thought I'd put together a birthday girl gift guide. If you have a friend whose birthday is coming up and you’ve been stressing over what to get her, look no further. These 10 gift ideas are everything that birthday gifts should be. They’re those adorable things that your bestie maybe wouldn’t think to buy for herself, but will be so excited about when she unwraps them. They’re the cutest, most thoughtful and will ensure that it’s her happiest birthday yet!!! ( I snagged the first thing on my guide for Jen and I hope she loves it) 


What do you love most about your BFF?!!!!

Here are some pics from our celebration today!