A Happy Birthday Note to My Best Friend - Whitney Coffman

Wishing the happiest of birthday's to my best friend on the entire planet, Whitney Coffman. 

I'm about to get extremely cliche and sentimental, so if you're not into reading all that, now would be a good time to exit out of this blog post.


Whitney is my person. My ride or die. My partner in crime. My personal cheerleader. We just get each other. 

You see, we have been best friends for over 17 years. And I mean legitimately. We've never hated each other or gotten into any arguments (mind you one time in the 1st grade and then a short spell during our sophomore year of high school where we didn't talk much). She's always been the one friend in my life who has always been there, no matter what. She's never left me for different friends or decided we were too different or let us drift apart. Through the ups and downs, the crappy friends and boyfriends, the bad decisions and the good, the tough classes, long nights, family drama, the passing of our favorite dogs, the nerdy years and the emo years, we have seen each other go through it all. 


And I'm not just saying all of this because it's her birthday. She truly is one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of having in my life. She's someone that I can always be my complete self around and I can always come to her for an honest opinion (we also both secretly and openly hate when the other has any other close friends because we don't like to share the other). 

I wish I had a list of all the amazing and crazy things we have done together over the years. From countless birthday parties, trips to the reservoir, chalk drawings, tandem bike rides, Jonas Brothers' concerts, scary movie marathons, party planning, walks home from the bar, spending hours talking in the kitchen, texting each other when we were doing laundry in the basement, exploring our creepy house together, countless slushie runs, being roommates, wild times at Lollapalooza, trips to Puerta, trying to start a food channel (lol that pizza was awful), climbing trees, late night Taco Bell runs, thinking we are good dancers and being sore the next morning, sharing beds,  our endless love for Nick Jonas, Disney movie marathons, peanut butter and graham cracker snacks, grocery shopping, night tag, our love for Sunny cat, and truly so much more. 


I can not even begin to imagine my life without you. You're the one person who always responds to my Snapchats, you laugh at my jokes, appreciate my bad singing and dancing, usually buy most of my drinks at the bar, always encourage what I'm doing with my life, and never judge me for how messy my room is or when I am late to something. 

Thank you for being the best friend a girl could ever ask for. I'm so happy to see you so happy and figuring life out (even if college sucks sometimes), I can't wait to see all that you're going to do with your life and I'm so glad I get to be a part of it (even if it is from a distance). I miss you so much and wish I could be with you on your birthday, but I'm excited for our next adventure soon. 

Love you long time Shaniqua. Happy 23rd. 


A Happy Birthday to my mom - April 24th


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For starters, Happy Birthday. I know this is the first time since I've been alive that I haven't been home for your birthday, and obviously birthdays and special events are a big deal to us. 

I wanted to write you a blog post because your real present won't be ready for about a week or so, and it's easier for me to type things out sometimes. 

I want to give you the biggest thank you possible. You've truly made me who I am. No matter what crazy thing I want to do or idea I have, you always support it (you usually try and give me advice to rationalize first that I usually don't take until afterwards), but either way you're always there. 

We say it all the time that it's pretty scary how alike we are. We both aren't necessarily 'book smart', we can always skip past the history side of things, and we know just the right amount of time you should spend looking inside a museum of any sort. I can thank you for my creative side, which has truly been what made me go into the career path that I did. Always doing crafts growing up, baking, listening to music constantly, and always pushing me to do and be whatever I want in life, even if it doesn't make sense to other people. 

Not many people are that lucky. To have a stay-at-home mom, which is a real job in and of itself, that also doubles as your best friend. Thank you for being the room mother in all of my classes in elementary school, and always throwing me the BEST birthday parties to this day, and always giving all of my friends and I a place to hang out at every weekend and after every sporting event or special occasion (and even letting my past, crappy friends come even when you knew they weren't good people ;-) ). 

You've taught me so much about being a kind person and making all people feel welcome, but always knowing that you can never let anyone, no matter who it is, walk all over you or treat you bad, which is something I've definitely taken to heart. 

I also still can't get over how lucky I am to have a mom that listens to the SAME MUSIC THAT I DO. Taking me to my first pop-punk show (All Time Low nonetheless) when I had just turned 14 and falling in love with the group as much as I have. We have seen A LOT of shows since then and traveled to countless cities to see all of our different band guys. Stood in line for hours. Waited in the hot summer heat. Bought CDs from bands that aren't that great. Taken creeper photos of our favorite people. And always standing in the back at the show and taken in the whole concert, loving every moment side by side. 

And finally, being the best travel buddy. Ever. Like I said, we just get each other and we have seen so much together. From all the family trips, to Chicago, to California, and to New York City, and a bunch of other little places, and finally on a road trip ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. Something we have both always dreamed of. Starting in Indiana going to Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and finally to Arizona, my new home. (Not to mention all the amazing stops along the way). 

You've helped give me the most amazing life, and I've tried my best to express that into words. I hope you know how hard it was to leave you and how much I already miss our (almost) daily trips to get a Coke or Mountain Dew, or just randomly coming by to surprise you, and spending weekends binge watching too many tv shows. But like you said, we're just a phone call or plane ride away (I don't think it'll ever get easier though). I could say so much more and probably write a book, but I'll try and keep it short. 

Thank you so much Mom, for being the best mom, the best concert buddy, the best travel companion, and my best friend. I love you so much. 

Happy Birthday.