I’m all about Snapchat. My best friend Hayley and I have 470 day streak going on. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the app, that means that we have snapped each other every day for the past 470 days. It’s not just the fun filters and squeaky voices that keep us entertained but it is 100% the fact that thanks to the app (and others like it) I can see and speak to my best friend 1500kms away every single day. I miss her terribly and not a day goes by that I don’t wish that we lived closer. We have been best friends for over 20 years and we are each other’s anchor in this world, matching necklaces and all. We survived high school, awkward phases, 90’s hair and brows. We have seen boyfriends come and go, nursed each other through heartache, sadness and cryptic text messages. When she was feeling down I literally dropped everything (including quitting my job) and went to London to sleep on her couch for 3 months (best thing I ever did). She has been by my side as we watched boyband after boyband after boyband (we like boybands ok!) I even turned her into a One Direction fan….somehow? We stood next to each other at our weddings and become unofficial Aunties as we welcomed children. Through snapchat I have been to the USA, camping trips and occasionally to the bathroom with her. I watched her daughter say her first words and take her first steps. I have heard her encouragement and seen her tears when I cried over failure and anxiety. The funniest thing about our friendship is that we actually only lived in the same state for 3 years! Who says long distance relationships don’t work? We have remained best friends for 17 years while I have lived in Canberra and she has lived on the Gold Coast. All I can say is we are honestly living in a great age of technology and I embrace it….Because my phone bill used to be out of control.
So why am I banging on about my amazing best friend? Apart from the fact that I could talk about her for hours and regale you with stories of our adventures, I think we all need to take some time to acknowledge the people that have helped make us the people that we are. We, at The Just Be Revolution, speak a lot about how important it is to love yourself (SO IMPORTANT) and accept the choices of those close to you as well as strangers, but I don’t think we have really paid homage to those who have helped shaped us into the wonderful people that we are. Hayley is my biggest fan and I am hers, she knows all my secrets and how to cheer me up when I am feeling down. She has never once told me I need to lose weight, change my hair or that I couldn’t wear something. We know each other better than anyone else in this world and I cannot imagine that I would be the person I am without her in my life.
So this evening I challenge you to tag your special person in this on Facebook. No matter whether that person is your partner, best friend, sister/brother/cousin/child, whoever they are. Tell them you love them and support them and very importantly let them know more adventure is to come. Better still send them a snap and show them….use the flower crown.
Kimi is a Makeup Artist of 13 years and started a beauty YouTube channel 18 months ago because she was passionate about helping people with their makeup struggles. In her blog series "That's What She Said", Kimi will be exploring the world of beauty and talking to people about all aspects of the beauty community in order to remove stigma and dispel myths about the industry in a 100 per cent positive way.