When I think of my friendship with Juliette, a lot comes to mind. Let’s start from the beginning… I remember meeting Juliette at high school party back in 2013. Ya know, the ones where your friends were sipping Four Lokos and Smirnoff & Sprite and the cops would show up by 11:30? I was a junior in high school at the time and Juliette was a sophomore. She had a positive energy and I could tell she was the kind of girl who people gravitated towards. I’m sure you could’ve guessed it, but at some point a year or so later we met on the 4th of July on my friend’s boat. His name is Alex… you may have heard of him… lol. Alex of course told me to invite some of my “hot” girlfriends and one of them ended up bringing Juliette along.
Juliette immediately caught Alex’s attention and soon after, they started getting serious. I’m sure most of you have followed their relationship over the years, or at least know how it came to an end. I know if you watch Siesta Key, it may seem like I’m being controlling and many of you say that I just don’t want Juliette to be happy– but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Let me remind you that there’s a lot more to a friendship than what you see on the screen. I will be the first to admit that I have made mistakes and haven’t always said or done the right things, but when it comes to Juliette, my actions truly come from a place of love. Although she is only two years younger than me, I have always felt this need to protect her. I think there’s a part of me that feels some responsibility for the damage that was done by Alex, considering I was the one that introduced them. I also admit that I was the one pushing her to be on the show from day one back when we were filming the pilot. But can you blame me? I knew she would kill it and have always wanted what’s best for her. I think now that you guys have watched the show and have somewhat gotten to know her new man Sam, you’ll see that I’m nothing but happy for her now that she isn’t falling in love with a narcissistic asshole.
Are Juliette and I always going to fight? My guess would be yes. But, at the end of the day we will always make up, because let’s be honest, we couldn’t really do it without each other. Ever since shit went down in Nashville between Alex and Juliette and the unforgettable purse incident, Alex and my friendship has been nonexistent and my friendship with Juliette has only gotten better. I truly love her as if she was my sister and I hope we get a new season so you guys get to see how much we have grown and matured, both individually and as friends.
So some of you are probably wondering, what the hell does this have to do with healthy habits?? Well, the healthiest habit of them all is building your friends up and helping them to become the best versions of themselves. Maybe take some time to consider how you treat your friends and how they treat you. Your friendships can either enhance or impair your mental health. Toxic friendships can leave you feeling sad and unfulfilled, whereas good friends can make any bad day better. Give yourself a moment to recognize the dynamics of your friendships. Juliette has taught me that it’s important to ask yourself if you’re the kind of friend your friends deserve. We aren’t perfect, and I am still learning that the words I say truly matter and how I say them matters just as much. So here’s to many more years of Juliette and I fighting like sisters and helping each other become our best selves, because that’s what best friends do.