Monday, January 19, 2015

Why We Need Our Girlfriends

They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go,
but friendships never go out of style. - Carrie Bradshaw


We experience many relationships in our lifetime.  But as a woman, the relationships with our girlfriends are to be truly cherished.  I'm coming off a weekend spent with my best girlfriends (and AXO sisters!)
from Penn State.  We are all over the country: Waco, Pittsburgh/Orlando, Chicago, and Philly.  We make it a priority to visit each other twice a year, usually MLK weekend and sometime in the summer.  This is an even more special year because we have a bride in the group <3 So we have a few extra special celebrations!

On the way home, I was reflecting how special it is to have so many awesome relationships with the girlfriends I've met in my life!  My sisters, high school friends, PSU Besties, PR work fam, SF ladies, FitFam, FASTER girls....you all deserve some love :)

For those that may not know, my husband and I have spent several years living apart. Many people have told me they do not know how I've been able to be away from him for weeks at a time.  I won't say it is easy, and being close to my family has played a huge role...but my friendships really got me through!

I don't mean to ramble about my life...but post about the importance of fostering friendships and putting the time into them that they deserve!  It is so easy to focus solely on the relationship with your significant other, whether boyfriend or husband.  When most people hear "relationship" they think of their "other half."  But relationships occur with your yourself, your parents, siblings, friends, coworkers, bosses, etc.  And they all matter!  What you put into the relationship is what you will get out!  My husband and I went to the same high school and college (and dated throughout both).  The reason I believe we were able to keep a healthy relationship during these life changing years is because we always had lives outside of our relationship.  My best advice for keeping a good relationship is having other great relationships and separate interests.

So I've put together a little list of why women need their girlfriends.  {And yes, all photos are from Sex and the City because it was a series that really showcased the power of female relationships.}  If you have any to add, comment below! :D

Why We Need Our Girlfriends
*They are our biggest supporters, cheerleaders, and motivators.
*We need someone to vent to about our significant other sometimes...and it actually helps our own marriage/relationship!
*Texting all day long about ridiculous things makes the work day go much faster.
*A fun day includes binge watching trash TV all day.
*They may disagree or tell us that we are wrong, but they will always be on our side.
*Laughing so hard that tears start pouring is just good for the soul.
*They make sure we look our best...helping with clothes, makeup, and hair every time we go out.
*There are some things we just don't want to talk to our significant other about! {Or some things they just don't want to hear!}
*They are there to celebrate the wonderful times...and hug us during the bad times.  They are by our sides no matter what life has to offer.
*They always know what to say to make us feel better.
*Free therapy.
*There are many things men just won't understand.
*This special relationship bond gives us strength and courage.
*They allow us to be ourselves unapologetically.
*They become our second family.
*At the end of the day, they just want us to be genuinely happy.





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