I've been mostly lucky in the friend department over the years. I've had a few friends come and go, but most of the friends I currently have, I've had for years.
Through rough patches and hard times to good times, here are a few of my besties that have been around for years and I plan to have them around for years to come.
First up is Kristy, my horse trainer. Seven years ago, the current barn where I was boarding my horse ended up selling to developers and it now a strip mall. I didn't have much time to find a new barn, but luckily, Kristy and her husband had just purchased a horse facility and were taking boarders. They placed an ad in the local equine publication and I stopped by to take a look.
I moved in the next day. The place was a horsey paradise.
|Kristy and I at the So You Think You Can Dance Concert 2008|
My oldest friend is Paula. We've been friends since the late 80s and grew up showing horses together. We've done a lot over the years, including traveling to England and France.
|How sexy are my glasses? Paula and me in 1989|
|This is my absolute favorite picture of the 2 of us.|
Of course, there's me and T. We used to get into all sorts of trouble together, but now we've mostly got our lives together. We've had a lot of fun over the years, playing and partying, but now we mostly go on fun adventures around the country doing races.We were also there for each other during a period of time when we both had horrible boyfriends. Thank God we finally started making some better decisions. I love to think back to how much stupid crap we used to do and how we've changed so much over the years.
|Disney World March 2011|
My outside rep, Kim, is another close friend. We've been partnered up at work for 5 or 6 years now and we've had some pretty big blow outs, but in the end we've always been there for each other.
|Kim and me in Las Vegas 2008|
In the last couple of years, I've also met some great people from all over the world through blogging, Twitter, forums, etc, such as a sweet group of NCIS (nerd alert!) fans and my friend, Amber that I finally got to meet at a race in Las Vegas. I always try to be thankful for whatever time I have with the people that leave a mark on my life. You never know how quickly life can change or how little time you may actually get with someone.
I'm a really lucky girl to have these people in my life and I am truly grateful.