getting a little more personal today. below is a letter from myself to the girls who now live in my college home, sunny & share (the house name. it’s a duplex and the left side is sunny side up and the right side is share the love. yes it’s brilliantly clever, we know). i lived with three amazing friends in sunny side up for my last two years of college. now, the four of us have graduated and moved on to live in different cities. some younger, dear friends have moved into our college home, and this is my letter to them of encouragement and lessons learned. i will forever look back on this season of my life with love, laughter, and the overwhelming feeling of being blessed beyond belief. enjoy!
dear new sunny & share girls,
i am having very bittersweet feelings about this letter. for a few reasons:
a) i am beyond excited for you to live in this wonderful house that was a home to me for two years.
b) you are all incredibly special to me and i wish i could still be there and live with all of you (oh heyyyyyy everyone i’m back! don’t be surprised if it happens).
c) you girls moving in is the final step in the reality that we (myself and my three roomie counterparts) don’t live there anymore.
i have a few parting words of wisdom and love to send your way from my chicago apartment. side note – our sleeper sofa is always open. visitors would be MUCH appreciated!
cherish this time. sit back and soak in the lazy saturday mornings. make pancakes and a full pot of coffee and invite friends over. maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have some generous friends who will bring donuts from the oxford doughnut shoppe.
don’t take it for granted when one of your housemates is home and you have one-on-one time with her. talk to her, ask her questions about her day and life, don’t let these next two years slip by without ever truly knowing the wonderful women that you share space with – share life too.
as often as possible – spend weekend mornings all crammed onto one bed.
forgive each other, show grace to one another, but be honest. when dirty dishes are piling up and you’re about to tear your hair out – just have a conversation about it. you can be loving and direct at the same time. i promise.
a milkshake from UDF can cure oh so much – from study headaches to boy problems. i recommend the cookies & cream with chocolate milk. anddd my mouth is watering.
use your home to love and bless others. this was the number one thing that I loved about my other housemates and our vision for our home. from the beginning, we wanted our home to be a haven, for us or for anyone else. invite people over and welcome them with open arms. this is a precious season of your life where you have the space and the time to be a haven for others. do it. it will make all the difference.
i love you girls more than you know! and don’t forget to thank mitch. often. because he really is a great landlord – especially when its 12 degrees outside and it’s snowing and he shovels and salts the sidewalks and driveway. ahh what a SAINT!
you will all be in my thoughts and prayers this year. i’m always just a phone call / car ride away if you need anything!