HI Y'ALL. HAPPY MONDAY. Now if you're like me, you're a cup-half-full, start-the-week-on-a-happy-note kind of gal. Given that September is INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S FRIENDSHIP MONTH, I thought of no better way to start the week, than by reminiscing on all the wonderful girls that have supported me to grow into the woman that I am! Growing up, I was always in a very feminine environment, but I never found it supporting. I also found myself competing with everyone around me - whether it be the girls in my classes, my close friends, or even the girls on my high school cheerleading team. I was never happy with myself because I always thought I could be "more" of something - blonder, skinnier, tanner, smarter, happier, more popular - the list is endless. And after graduating high school and getting out of my teen years, I finally realized that EVERYONE IS COMPETING FOR THE SAME DANG THINGS. The girls who I thought were perfect, thought the opposite and thought that THEY needed to work harder, better, faster, stronger, etc. And then after I realized this, I was like "WHY in the WORLD did I just spend all of my teenage years being so upset with myself?!"

And then I found my people.

It is so dang true that you will find your humans in college, as long as you look for them. You can't expect to not try, and to find your girl gang, because if you do not put any effort into your friendships, than what do you expect these friends to put into your friendship?! ANYWAYS, I decided to go through rush and actually make friends when I was 19. And it was the best decision of my life. These ladies, all 200 of 'em, support me, love me, lift me up, hold me accountable for all my actions (both good and bad, because hey - no one is perfect, but we should always strive to be the best versions of ourselves). And I finally realized that sisterhood is one of the best and most life-changing things that can ever happen to a girl like me. I have become more outgoing, humbled, stronger, smarter, caring, and more optimistic because of these 200 strong, beautiful women. Through all of our best highs and our really low low's, we have one another to count on. And that is something so much bigger than all of us.  

I'll leave y'all off with a quote, and then you can go out and about on your Monday with a happy note -

"I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity." Michelle Obama

BE the extraordinary women that CREATE extraordinary women. Happy Monday! x, Laur