Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude in my heart for being blessed with amazing friendships. I wanted to take a moment to give a shout to my girlfriends who live home in Northern California and let them know how much I cherish our friendship. I’ve been living in LA for almost 8 months now, and it’s been incredibly difficult having to miss out on bi-monthly girls nights in which my girls & I cook and dine together, concerts that my best friend and I from high school attend every year, birthdays, holiday parties and other events. I make it home whenever I can but sometimes I wish I could just close my eyes and be home in NorCal. What I love about my friends is that no matter how long it’s been since we’ve seen each other, we always pick up right where we left off. Distance hasn’t changed a thing.
“Though miles may lie between us, we’re never far apart, for friendship doesn’t count the miles, it’s measured by the heart.”
Melissa Barretto: What would I do without you? You’re my sunshine, you always know how to make me laugh and there’s never a dull moment when we’re together. Some of my fondest memories have been with you: meeting one of our favorite R&B singers together, being apart of each other’s college graduation celebrations, my epic birthday celebration, shopping dates, sleepovers and so many other fun times. I hope you know that you are very special to me and I feel thankful each day to call you my bestie I’m glad we’ve kept in touch since our high school days and I can’t wait to create even more memories with you!
Melissa Barretto & I
Melissa Brown: You are always so encouraging and loving. Whenever I feel like I have such a long ways to go in my career, you remind me of how far I’ve come. You sure know how to make a girl feel great about herself. I wish I could save and frame all the sweet texts and messages you send me… you are truly one of a kind and I admire you for so many reasons. Love being around you and your positive energy. Keep working hard. Proud of you. Love you Mel.
Melissa Brown & I
Shadee: I seriously feel like we are twins seperated at birth. Not only do people mistake us for sisters when you’re Middle Eastern and I’m Indian, but I feel like our outlook on so many things in life are the same – on entrepreneurship, the importance of travel, career, happiness, the beauty of life, living a life of gratitude… I love how ambitious you are. You challenge the norm and paint your own picture which I admire and love about you. I couldn’t ask for a better friend… you are so supportive, loving, genuine and beautiful inside and out. Anyone who knows you is lucky for that reason
Maika: Maika doll… you’re such a kind person. You always put others first and cater to your loved ones – whether it’s your family, friends or your love. I admire you for being such a great role model for your siblings. You’ve introduced me to some amazing women and I can’t thank you enough for that. I love our group of girlfriends… so ethnically diverse, intelligent and always classy beautiful. So thankful to have met you my first year at CSUS. Love you always.
Eloina: Elle! You are absolutely beautiful inside and out and just have amazing energy – I love being around you. You’re so genuine, funny and the true definition of a loyal friend. I’m so thankful to call you one of my best friends. You work so hard to take care of those that you love and I hope you know how much I appreciate you in my life. Thank you for always being there for me. I always look forward to spending time with you.
Angelina: Angie! You make us all laugh til our stomachs hurt! I can always count on you to lighten up any situation and put a smile on our faces. I love how funny you are even when you’re not trying to be. Thank you for always hosting our girls nights and being such a great friend. I will never forget your beautiful wedding and all our fun memories. You’re a wonderful daughter, sister, friend and wife. I feel blessed to have you in my life. Love you!
Amanda: You’re our little creative chef/world traveler/fashionista. Love you Amanda. I’m so glad we became friends, I always have a blast when I’m with you. I’m seriously missing your amazing cooking right now! You’re always so caring and loving… thankful for you.
Julie: Jules I miss you. You always crack me up… Vegas was so fun and of course all our memories back home. Thank you for being part of so many of fondest memories – birthdays of mine, my graduation and much more… I can’t wait to create more memories with you and the girls. Love you to the moon and back Thanks for always being so supportive.
Wendy: Wendy you such a sweethart and I love talking to you. I haven’t seen you in a while but I know you’re working hard and doing great things. I’m proud of you and thankful to call you my friend.
Wendy, me, Maika, Angie, Shadee, Julie, Amanda, Melissa Brown & Eloina
Judy: Judy you are truly one of a kind, I just love your personality. You’re so outgoing and funny. I’m so glad Angie introduced us, it’s always so much fun at our girls nights. You are an incredible mother and friend. You’re so much fun to be around and I look forward to seeing our friendship grow!
Melissa, Judy, Melissa, Mariam, me and Shadee
Jessica P.: Jess – you’re the big sister I never had. You’ve been a huge part of my life since we met in 2008 and I feel thankful everyday to have you in my life. You took me into your home when I had no one to room with, you always invite me to your family gatherings, you are so hospitable and caring. You have such a big heart. I cherish our friendship more than you know and seriously consider you family. We have so many amazing memories together – BBQ’in at the Palmer’s, beach days, facial nights, working as a team on photo shoots, birthdays, working together, Apple Hill each year, spending the holidays together and so much more. You are such a good listener, always give the best advice and are a loyal friend. I love you so much!
Amanda, me, Melissa and Jessica
Tanu: Tanu… what can I say about you? You probably know me better than anyone else, after all, we’ve grown up together. I’m so blessed to have met you age 12 and since then witness our friendship grow and blossom into something I will cherish forever. You’ve been by my side through the laughs, cries, fights and celebrations… I love you more than you know… you’re family. I love that even though you moved to Oregon when we were in high school, we’ve still managed to keep in touch and make time for one another during visits. You have the biggest heart and you work so hard to make your loved ones proud, I want you to know I see it all and am SO SO proud of you. I also love that you are getting back into pursuing your dreams… it’s what life is all about. Love you always!
Supria: Sups – you are seriously so much fun to be around and I love all our good times together. You’re like family and though we haven’t seen each other in a while, I think of you often and always hope you are doing well. So proud of you furthering your education and going after your dreams. Thanks for always making me laugh when I’m around you (even though you don’t try to) – you’re adorable, love you!
Supria, Tanu & I
Yasmin: Sis – you are seriously one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in my life. You are so selfless and strive to make your loved ones feel happy and loved. You are such an amazing wife, friend, mother and daughter and I feel so lucky to know you. You have such a kind heart and are so loving and caring and I adore that about you. You always spread positive energy and are constantly smiling which instantly makes anyone in your presence want to smile too. I’m so proud of the woman you’ve become… and thankful that we have kept in touch since high school. Never change, love you.
Yasmin and I
Tamanna: Tams! I just adore you. We’ve been friends since 2005-ish and I’m so thankful for our friendship. You are an amazing listener, give great advice, are multi-talented and an inspiration to me in that you are such a successful business owner. I look up to you and admire your work ethic. You’ve always been there for me and I know I can always count on you. I also can’t thank you enough for being apart of the day in which my childhood dream came true – my first magazine cover shoot. I seriously can’t wait until you move to LA next year. Counting down! Love you.
Tams & I
I hope this post made you guys smile as much as YOU make me smile on a daily basis. And for my readers out there, don’t forget to tell your loved ones how much you love and appreciate them, as much as you can. Too much is never enough! God is good.