Sometimes our girlfriends are the glitter in our world–the bling that gives every day just a little more sparkle. Sometimes our friends are the foundation that holds up our teetering world. Isn’t it wonderful that friends can hold so many roles in our lives?
Girlfriend Guru JENNIFER HALL shares this story of wonderful friends being there for each other.
This comes straight from the heart.
Every single one of us women needs other women, and we need to make them a priority.
Yes, our first priorities have to be to our husbands and children. But I firmly believe that girlfriends should come in at a close second.
Let me tell you why.
Your best girlfriends will be the ones who hold you in the hard times. They will lift you up and make you know you are not alone. They will be your advocates, your defenders, your allies. They will cry with you, laugh with you, and help you pick up the pieces.
If I may get personal for a moment, my family and I have just been through a very difficult time. My husband was in the hospital for 13 days, and I really thought I was losing him. This wasn’t the first time, either. It was horribly scary and one of the most stressful things I’ve ever been through. But the way I got through it in one piece? My girlfriends were right there beside me.
Yes, there was also a mass influx of family and they were wonderful too. Absolutely. But my girlfriends GET me. They know my day-to-day, they know and love my kids. We DO LIFE TOGETHER.
These kinds of friendships are not easy to come by. It takes time and work to build them up. You and your friends won’t always see eye-to-eye. You might even have fights. But if you lead with love, it should be alright.
All relationships require give and take. She watches your kids, you return the favor and watch hers. She asks you to go shopping with her, you ask her to see a movie with you. She buys you a mocha one day, you buy her a muffin another day. She’s there for you during your hard times, you turn around and be there for her in her hard times.
Reciprocity and unconditional love build lasting friendships. You will trust each other above all others. You’ll have one another’s backs. And it will be one of the most satisfying relationships of your life.
We women need other women in our corner to get through the crazy ups and downs of life. It’s as simple as that.
Embrace it. Enjoy it. Nurture it.
You won’t regret it.
JENNIFER HALL, aka: Just Jennifer, is a SAHM of a daughter and a son, married to a diabetic on dialysis. She enjoys knitting, scrapbooking, reading, and TV. She’s visually impaired and describes herself as anxious, traumatized, dorky, funny, real, and says her “life is a roller coaster and I’m blogging my way through it all!” As an only child, her Girlfriends are like sisters to her. She believes in learning, growing, living, loving, and laughing. She is grateful.
Thanks Girlfriend Guru JENNIFER HALL - we <3 you and your great girlfriend advice/posts! Check out these great posts by Jennifer:
- Finding Mom Friends
- Make time for YOU
- Plan a GNO / Girl’s Night Out!
- Girlfriend Advice – Judge Not
- Leap Day – Girlfriend Opportunity
- How to Maintain a Long Distance Friendship
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