A to Z Challenge: Friends like these

This post is part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year my theme is simply, "things I know." Some posts will be informational, some about life lessons, some about things I've learned as an author/blogger.

Friends like these are hard to find!
I have been blessed with some amazing friends, in 'real' life and online. I've always loved the saying about friends being the family that you choose, because that is definitely how I feel about it. My best friends are as dear to me as my family. They are kind, they are always there for me, and I wouldn't trade them for the world!

Heidi, Tara, Ari and me
I mean, how could you not love faces like these? These are my best friends from graduate school. They are inspiring to me both personally and professionally and I am thankful every day that I have these incredible women in my life.

Who are the special people in your life? How did you meet your friend-family members?

(I am away at a conference for work this week, so I apologize if I do not respond to comments in a timely manner! I will try to respond to everyone next weekend! :) ~AJ )