Photography: Madeline Harper Photo
First of all, thank you fellow millennials for making Galentine’s Day a thing.
Where would we be without our girls?! My mom preached from an early age that it was our responsibility to prioritize our girls and to nurture those friendships. “You have to be a friend to have friends.” Kindness. Acceptance. And freedom with be 100% yourself with your people. She knew that boys were going to come and go (pre-husband obvi.), but your girls were going to always be there for you. From an early age I prioritized my girl friendships over chasing boys and it shaped so much of who I am. I cannot tell you how instrumental my mom’s advice has been in my life. As I got older she taught me that as someone who’s married, our girlfriends still play a HUGE role in our lives and are 100% needed to have the healthiest marriage and that these girls would serve as community.
I thank God everyday for the community He given me. My galentines are those girls. They are the community that rescues my little heart and fills it back up again with laughter, tears, or whatever anecdote I need. They are the community that I had prayed for and yeared for – they’re my girls – the girls who know me, get me, and love me. God bless my girls for that, too! Woof.
Get yourself some of these girls, y’all. If you have some already – keep them in your mind for the next few minutes. It’s time for some appreciation.
So here it is – an open letter to my galentines:
Oh my girls.
The girls – friends and family – who see me in my rawest forms – when I’m sobbing on your couch or ugly laughing in your car.
The girls who value my heart and not my circumstances, or “cards I’ve been given in life.”
The girls who see me with an eternal perspective and encourage + challenge with boldness.
The girls who know my deepest struggles and meet them with confidence, peace, and understanding.
The girls who indulge my obsessions (dogs, reality tv, and Chipotle) and passions (writing, blogging, etc.).
The girls who give time, effort, and resources when they themselves are depleted.
The girls who have taught me the true meaning of community + accountability.
The girls who show me Jesus every day with their joy, passion, and fervency.
The girls who never seem to stop filling up my cup.
Please know that I cherish your friendships and your precious hearts!
Y’all are my girls. My people. My cheerleaders. My dream defenders.
I absolutely adore you + love you!
HAPPY GALENTINE’S DAY!!!!