Each day I get older, every 365 days my age gets another notch, the less I want to celebrate myself and the more I want to celebrate the people who add a little love and light to our world.
To my Mom; I wouldn’t be here without you, obviously. You’re my moral compass, my guardian angel, my parent, my parole officer, and my friend. You’re the kindest, most empathetic person I have ever met and I am the woman I am today because you set limits with me, helped me learn right from wrong, and preached the importance of compassion.
To Wendi; We’ve been friends FOREVER, and even though we rarely speak, when we’re together it’s like we were never apart.
To Rich and Jay; You guys are my family by choice, and I love you both. I’m so happy you’re finally getting hitched, and can’t wait to stand next to you while you exchange vows.
To Jayson; I pick up the pieces of your heart when a girl breaks it, then serve it to you on a plate with salsa. Thanks for being a fool who never gives up on love, and one of my best friends.
To Steve; During your endless pursuit of fame and fortune, you realized it’s the people who are important, not the stuff you own. Thanks for putting up with my abuse and always coming back for more!
To Allie; Thanks for being the one person who can tell my husband he’s being a dumbass, and he actually listens!
To Jonathan; We’re just dust in the wind, dude. In another life, we were either twins or lovers. You understand me in a way that no one does, and I’m forever grateful for your friendship.
To Jason; You were the only one brave enough to test out all of the available brands of absinthe with me, and you taught me the perfect pour. You tell me I have smarts, even when I feel dumb because you’re a literal genius.
And of course, I can’t forget about my blog people!
Johnna; My favorite chocoholic, cynic realist, and alien (or human, depending on the day of the week ;))
Me; The perfect combo of strength and vulnerability. She makes me smile every day with her mission to make herself smile every day!
Ms. Mango; My hair color inspiration and sister in manchild suffering
Xunae; Strong enough to allow herself to feel all of the feels, a fighter, and a survivor
Tracy; Thanks for making sure my mornings aren’t without great tunes!
Vivia; Rarely seen, often thought about – Vivia has heart!
Laura; She has the best stories, and is living proof that not all doctors are inhuman assholes.
Steff; If she were any sweeter, I’d never need another cookie in my life.
Lifespaller; Survivor of Crohn’s, PhD cultivator, Koala tamer
Suzette; Stranger to none, Suzette has a way of making a person feel loved
ALL chronic illness bloggers; Your words matter, are heard, and appreciated more than you realize. Be honest with yourselves, and don’t worry about being forthright when you write about your struggles. It might just end up saving a life!