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A Short Letter; Happy Birthday!

I'm a big believer in making sure the people I surround myself with know how appreciative I am to have them in my life. I believe in surrounding yourself with people who encourage you and expect the best from you, so they will always push you to be the best version of yourself. Enough about my beliefs because this is an appreciation blog to my favorite videographer and close friend, Cory.

If you're reading this, Hi, happy birthday! It's your Taylor Swift year. I wish for you that you get more throwback happy T-Swift rather than Evermore vibes this year. I know you hate this, but I got some mushy, lovey-dovey stuff to say about you, so we'll go back to the third person.

I met Cory's family the summer before I started high school. That summer is one of my absolute favorite childhood memories because I never thought that I would get to grow up with neighborhood friends, and the Shearer's always made me feel so at home when there was no one to go home to. But as life goes, the school year began, and I stopped going over to their house. I would see Cory walking around the neighborhood with his mom from time to time, and I would wave hi, and then one day, they moved.

Years later, Cory and I reconnected and bonded over his future film career and our love for photography. In 2018, we started working on weddings together, and let me say that having him as a second photographer makes the wedding day 10000% easier for me. He is the most hardworking, most motivated, and most talented person I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. He wraps up his last semester this year, so while I am beyond thrilled for what he will do in the future with film, at the same time, I know that I will be devasted when I have to go on a search for someone new to work with at weddings.

Alright, done with that mushy stuff for now. So as I promised, a little roast section. Starting with the joke one I threw out when we discussed this blog post...

"You think you're hot, but you couldn't even get that discount at Hotel1."

(sidenote - you did get us a minivan free of charge, though. You win some; you lose some.)

"You're in your last semester of college, but a paperclip is a struggle."

"You give off mechanic vibes on Insta stories, but you broke down 2 cars in 1 trip."

This one is courtesy of Hivey, "You're half Asian but you can't even speak it."

(sidenote - it's because this is the one I always say to her.)

I can't think of anymore for now because I just want to wish you the happiest of birthdays. I will forever appreciate having your honesty in our 6-hour car rides and having your creativity pushing me to think outside the box.

Happy Aquarius Season! Cheers to us for being the two most prominent non-commital signs!

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