By Melissa Hughes - For Weekender

Girl Talk: Thanks for the votes for Best Columnist, now it’s time to party

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You like me, you really like me!

In 1984, Sally Field accepted her award for Best Actress. That same year, I was born into the world one sunny August afternoon. Now, 31 years later, I have the opportunity to say the same thing: Thank you for liking me. Thank you for sticking by me. Thank you for voting me the 2016 Reader’s Choice winner for Best Columnist.

The award is humbling.

This event, and the voting, is about you making your voices heard. This is about you standing behind a publication that I have proudly been a part of for the last four years. This is about our writing family, our community, and most importantly, this is about my sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to you, our readers.

Girl Talk started in July of 2012. At that time, I was a single girl wildly navigating the downtown dating scene and reporting back with my findings. There were some moments that I look back on and shake my head. There were others that I have grown from and still more that I can say have helped mold me into the person I am today. I feel now, as a woman in my 30s, that I can impart the wisdom I have gained from the experiences of my 20s to younger women. Maybe they can avoid some of the mistakes I made; there have been quite a few. Every day I am still learning.

So what has changed since 2012? I have become more self-aware. I have cut friends from my circle who I always thought would be bridesmaids in my someday wedding. I realized that some people are meant to be temporary lessons in your life, not permanent fixtures. I have learned that I need to tell people regularly how much they mean to me, you never know when their, or your, time will be up. I have learned to chase dreams and ignore the people that try to hold me back. I have learned what real, authentic love feels like. I have learned that sometimes I can be extremely difficult to get along with and that I am stubborn. I have learned to always be authentic and I have learned that life isn’t always fair, but it is always worth it.

Thank you for learning these lessons along side of me. Thank you for sharing in my journey as I go through this crazy life of mine and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your votes.

Come celebrate with me and the rest of the winners at The River Street Jazz Cafe on Thursday night. The party starts at 7 p.m.

Girl Talk began in 2012 as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and has evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa also has a weekly Girl Talk TV segment on PA Live, WBRE, and a radio segment every Wednesday on 98.5 KRZ.

By Melissa Hughes

For Weekender

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Girl Talk began in 2012 as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and has evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa also has a weekly Girl Talk TV segment on PA Live, WBRE, and a radio segment every Wednesday on 98.5 KRZ.