Thankful: Summer Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I’m thankful it’s the end of the week and we have a gorgeous weekend ahead of us. Did you hear that, Clevelanders? We have nothing but sunshine and good weather coming our way tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. How are you planning to take advantage?

But this post isn’t about the weather, although it’s fabulous. This post is about an extreme life change my family went through this past week–my baby sister moved to Chicago.

The OU grad this past May
The OU grad this past May

OK, maybe she’s not a baby. Actually, she’s 22 and quite grown up, but she’ll always be six years younger than me, and I’ll always feel like she’s half my sister and half my baby. I mean, I helped change her diapers and feed her pureed prunes when I was six. That counts for something, right?

I promised myself I wouldn’t cry writing this, so I’m going to make this quick. Here goes nothing.

This blog is dedicated to my sweet little sister Camille. As much as I am supposed to teach you about life as your big sister, you’ve probably taught me even more. And even though this move is most likely temporary (2016, where are you?) Cleveland feels like it has a huge gaping hole in it this week with you not here.

I know you’re going to do awesome in school, because you’ve always been smart and gotten good grades. And you’re going to make a ton of great, new friends because that’s always come naturally to you–way more naturally to you than me. Just do me one favor and never lose that sweet-as-pie side to you that makes you so different from the rest of the world.

Chicago is a big, scary city. Something I’ve certainly never experienced by myself, and I give you credit for having the courage for following your dreams out there. Never let someone tell you that you can’t do something, and most certainly always follow your heart. It will never lead you astray. And when you’re ready, we’ll be here in Cleveland waiting for you.

So today, I’m thankful for my sister. For teaching me what following your dreams is all about. For displaying courage even when she may be uncertain of what lies ahead. For being the best sister I could ask for–no matter how many miles separate us (for now).

Cheers to the weekend and to the future! Next week I’ll be posting an update on my new gym and running schedule …. until next time!

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