Make New Friends, But Keep the Old

“Make new friends, but keep the old
One is silver and the other’s gold”

I don’t remember anything from being a Girl Scout outside of that song and soliciting shoppers to buy cookies. But at almost 25 years later, there’s definitely some truth to the song we sang in rounds.

I moved to Baton Rouge ten years ago right after my college graduation with an identity that I’ve pretty much held on to, which is wife and mom. There’s something to be said about those friends who were there before that identity and are still holding on. Through all of the career changes, relationship challenges, transitions, gains and losses, the relationships with those friends are something special. My college friends and I have smiled during the happiest moments, cried dealing with life’s hardships and still laugh about the silly mistakes and memories made in our “testimony building days.”

These relationships are to be cherished and it’s important to be intentional about them and not take them for granted. Whether it’s carving out time for a phone call or sending a “just thinking about you” text, fostering these relationships is vital. It’s easy to let it slip due to demanding schedules, time zones, and just … life. I’m definitely guilty of it and assuming my mommy friends are just as spent as I am and my non-mommy friends either won’t get it. Both are unfair and are just excuses.

I have new amazing women in life now. Ladies full of wisdom, advice, and love. We didn’t necessarily grow up together like I did with my “golden friends” but those relationships are just as important. Both are extremely valuable and you can’t put a price on that.

Camille has always had ties to Baton Rouge even though she didn’t live here until she finished college. Both of her parents grew up in the Red Stick but she was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) with a BA in Communication Studies, she moved to Baton Rouge and welcomed her adorable son Caleb (7) less than a year later. She navigated life being a divorced mom until 2015 when she married her incredibly supportive husband Chris in San Francisco. They welcomed baby Christian in the summer of 2017. Truly a “Jane of all Trades”, she has worked in non-profit, local news, retail management, and owned a successful childcare facility. All roads led her to be an elementary school teacher which she believes is her calling. Camille enjoys “family fun days” where they explore BR, CrossFit, baking, and drinking all the coffee. She lives with her family in Ascension Parish with their chubby puggle Chloe.


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