My first dedication!

I’m dedicating this post to three people who honestly deserve much more than a mere dedication.  I’m finding it difficult to articulate my gratitude towards them, for they are the reason I am where I am today.  When I was shy, timid and unsure of myself, they saw something in me that many overlooked.  They’ve always believed in me and saw the potential I didn’t even realize I held.  I met them a little over a year ago, and due to their continuous care and understanding have personally grown and developed more in this one year than I had in my entire life. These three amazing people are my two roommates: Emily Clause and Lauren Leblanc and one of their best friends, Simonne Angelle.  Each has played a different, yet significant role in my growth.  I’ve decided to summarize the effects that all three have played on my current path to self discovery!

I’d like to first begin with Emily.  Ahhhh, words can’t describe how grateful I am that Emily is a part of my life.  I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing her transition from an awkward, yet funny college freshmen to a confident and witty young lady!  She has worked so hard to be where she is today and I feel privileged to have shared this growth with her.  Though we are at different stages in our lives, we’ve had similar issues to work out and have therefore sort of grown together.  We’ve shared many a laugh over how ridiculous and/or dramatic we’ve been about different occurences in our lives.  Through knowing and living with Em,I’ve discovered that she is one of those rare people who tell you what you need to hear, rather than what you want to hear.  I’ll never forget our hour-long talk sessions on defining life and its purpose, our random car ride to Carencro one night- blaring music and dancing the entire trip there and back, or the times we’ve sat back and laughed together as Lauren “performs” for us! Emily is ambitious, determined, head strong,  confident, level-headed, honest and continously strives to be the-best-version-of-herself!

Lovely Lauren… I smile when I think of her.  She has always ultimately known and understood my needs. She is the person that I turn to when a life altering decision comes my way, at times she seems to  understand me better than even I understand me!  Lauren is so special and wise beyond her years; she holds a gift that most can only dream of.  People are drawn to her brightness, her zest for life, her love for humankind, her clever personality, her aire of confidence and assurance.  She is my rock.  Lauren has always and still continues to listen to my ramblings whether positive or negative, my achievements as well as my failures.  She not only knows when to listen to me but she knows when to give me my own time and space.  She has been my inspiration for the past year.  It is due to this inspiration that I’ve continued to push forward, even when I’ve felt like giving up. For all of this and much, much more I am forever grateful.

Simmonnnee! Gosh, my words are at a standstill.  Ok, well I’ll begin with the fact that she is my inspiration for this blog post!  Before reading any further go to my post titled, “A New Beginning” and click on ‘ 1 comment’ under that title…   The fact that she took time to leave such a comment warms my heart 🙂  I am honored to be a part of Simonne Angelle’s life! I have told Emily this on many occasions and actually told Simonne this the other night.  Yet,  I feel even more honored for the simple fact of how much she believes in me and in my future.  Over the past year, I’ve slowly but surely grown closer with Simonne and have learned a great deal from our friendship.  She is one of the most unselfish people I have ever met, she always wants to know what’s going on in my life, she is an extremely dedicated individual, she works harder than most people I know,  and is one of the most consistent people I’ve ever met.  If I had to choose one word to describe Simonne, I would choose “glow!”  Her entire being glows from this inside out and is something I’ve always admired.  Her happiness is contagious and I can’t help but LOVE her.

I haven’t the slightest doubt that Emily, Lauren, Simmone, and my own path were destined to cross.  Each has challenged me to think of my beliefs, my values, my positive qualities, my negative qualities, my aspirations and what it is I stand for.  We’ve all learned from eachother and is something in which we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.  I am confident that the friendship I hold with these three young women is the kind that will never change, regardless of the amount of time that passes.  I’ll be moving on in a few months and am constantly preparing for this journey.  Yes, I am anxious and I am apprehensive but I am also confident.  I am confident that they will be by myside until it is time for me to go.  I am confident that they will continue to push me to my limits.  I am confident that the future will be nothing short of amazing.  And the fact that I have this confidence is all due, in part, to them.

Since this post is different from my others, I am not offering a challenge.  I’m encouraging you to take a step back and think of the people who have positively impacted your life.  Rather than just acknowledging this, share your thoughts with them.  Let them know how much they mean to you.  I promise that you will feel rewarded in more ways than one 😉

P.S.  There are many more who have impacted and lead me to this current place in my life.  I have decided that I will randomly dedicate a post to someone who has brought me here. So, stay tuned!

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