True friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. You know you have a great friendship when you don’t see someone for a few years and when you finally reunite it’s like you never missed a beat. You can have a heart to heart, take a trip down memory lane, laugh until you cry, make a fool of yourself, and just be real. You get carried away having fun and being silly, at the same time wanting to document these memorable moments. I think most girls know exactly what I’m talking about and can appreciate the shameless friendship selfies. This pretty much sums up the time I got to spend with my friend Melanie this past weekend.

Melanie and I met while I was living in Hollywood about 8 years ago and we had that instant friendship connection. We were roommates for a short while and even though I moved out-of-state for a time she always felt like a sister. I suppose that happens when you share a room and a bed to afford LA and pile your clothes in coordinated stacks on the floor because there is no closet. No rolling rack was strong enough to support our shopping habits! We currently live about an hour apart. This doesn’t seem far, but now with grown up lives and responsibilities we can’t just take off on adventures whenever we please. The time we get to spend together is limited and we make the most of it.

It’s safe to say this weekend was a re-kindling. Melanie and I have always valued our friendship, but because we don’t see each other very often we almost forgot how much we bring out the best in each other. Our time together was a breath of fresh air, a friendship awakening. I hope that while you are reading this a friend comes to mind. Maybe its someone who you haven’t talked to in a while, but they were an important part of your life journey at some point. Take time to tell them how much they mean to you. You may be surprised at how much impact one conversation can have.

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.”  – Thomas Jefferson

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