5 ways to find more time for your friends

Be a Better Friend: 5 Ways to Find more time for your Girlfriends

5 ways to find more time for your friendsDo you balance your life to make time for your girlfriends?

Or do you struggle with balancing work, life, family, friendships and life?

Girlfriends make women healthier, happier, less stressed, live longer and feel more beautiful. Those wonderful benefits of female friendship improve our quality of life and are substantial to our level of happiness. So why don’t we work to have not only a life/work balance, but to have a life/friendship balance?

Probably the most common excuse for not making time for our girlfriends is that we don’t have the time. We have kids, jobs, homes, relationships, dirty clothes, meals to prepare, dishes to do and all the wonderful other things that women do on a daily basis. We constantly juggle deadlines and budgets, try to take care of ourselves and our families, and often don’t even sleep well to be rested for another day of responsibilities and expectations.

Here’s our girlfriend advice for being a better friend and maintaining a life friendship balance:

1. Make time with your girlfriends a priority. Put it on  your calendar. Schedule time together – and don’t change  plans. Examples: Every Sunday night: call up a girlfriend and catch up on her life. Check in at least once a week or month with different female friends. Send a birthday card to all your girlfriends on their birthdays. Show your girlfriend(s) how much their friendship means to you – be the kind of friend you’d love to have!

2. Make plans with girlfriends in advance. Monthly Book Club, an upcoming concert or sports event, a trip together. Plan ahead and balance your schedule around it. (See #1!) Sometimes we have to plan far ahead to make arrangements and get on everyone’s schedule. So, plan ahead for some great times with your girlfriends!

3. Multi-task: Spend time together and ‘get stuff done!’ Run, work-out or take a yoga class together. (It will motivate you to get exercising and make it much more fun!) Volunteer together – do good for others and spend time with your favorite BFF(s). Even plan some of your ‘chores’ together – meet to go grocery shopping, go to the garden/home store together and work on home projects together, cook meals ahead of time (together, of course) then split them so you both have meals prepared.

4. Get into a routine. As we mentioned above, call your girlfriends every Sunday afternoon or evening. Plan a girlfriend’s happy hour for the last Friday of the month and book a babysitter in advance. (Then possible share the babysitter with our girlfriend’s kids!) As shared on our Facebook page, some of my girlfriends have a standing girlfriend get-together – aka: “Champagne Tuesday.” (Does that sound fun and like you’d love to hang out with these girlfriends every week?!)

5. Look out for each other. Just like you need some work / life / friendship balance, so do your girlfriends. If your friend is working too much, invite her out to dinner to spend time away from work and with you. Talk about work some but also make the conversations about fun stuff – like reality shows, shoe shopping, upcoming travel plans, etc. If your BFF is a busy, busy mom, hire a babysitter for her and surprise her with a night out with you (and the girls).

Happiness is found in balance. Balancing our time allows us to allot for our needs – working to follow a passion (and affording us the income and free time to enjoy the rest of the hours in our lives), spending time with people we love and maintaining a sane life work balance.

Build some time into your schedule for your girlfriends. It’s important to your happiness. It’s important to the balance of work and life.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day – or GALentine’s Day (Just celebrate friends!)

All you need is love and chocolate, quoteAll you need is LOVE. But a little CHOCOLATE now & then doesn’t hurt.
Charles M. Schulz

It’s that week. Sometimes it’s a good week. Sometimes, not so much. To guarantee a great week, take time to recognize and celebrate the relationship that shows you love and friendship – your girlfriends!

And, if you want to make them feel REALLY special, celebrate all the special gals in your life with GALentine’s Day! (February 13th!)

Here’s some great girlfriend advice for GALentine’s Day:

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New Year, New Start | Being a Better Friend by Danae Matthews

Being a better friend, being there for friendsNew Year, New Year’s Resolutions. We all think about them; some of us commit to them, and some of us even write them down. Some of us make a resolution to be a better friend to our girlfriends.

What does it mean to be a better friend? Guest blogger Danae Matthews shares her experience realizing what a real friend truly is.

I have a friend, for this story let’s call her Sarah, who quite frequently says to me that she doesn’t need any more friends. Until very recently I chalked up this particular one-liner to be some sort of defense mechanism. You don’t need any more friends?? Who could ever… Read More

Girlfriend Activities for the New Year – Get the Girls Together!

Friendship Wordless WEdnesday Joanne and girlfriendsWe admit it … we want you to make the New Year your best year yet – and the year you focus on being a better friend! One way to do that … spend time with your girlfriends!

Here’s some girlfriend advice from Danielle Collinge about …

Activities for you and your girlfriends to do in the new year

It’s a new year and now it’s time for a new you, or at least a fitter and healthier version of the old you. This is a great time to start something new with your girlfriends, and there are many activities out there that can help you get fit and healthy while you have fun. Why not try going to a yoga class? You can usually find deals where you pay for a bunch of classes in bulk and make an overall saving. Shop around for the best deal and then tell your girlfriends. Yoga can be a great way to improve your body and mind, while giving you and your girlfriends a great chance to gossip before and afterwards.

Or perhaps you might like to try taking a cooking course. This is a great way to learn some new things, and to spend some fun time together with your girlfriends. You could cook the dishes you learn in your cooking class at home and invite your girlfriends around for a catch-up dinner full of chatting about life, fashion and food. You will earn some valuable new techniques that you can use every day and if your new year’s resolution was to eat healthier, then you are very likely to find a few new dishes that agree with you.

If you really want to get fit and active, try going to an aerobics class. They usually last for around an hour and really get your heart pumping. You can go with your girlfriends and motivate each other to work hard. You will feel great after this type of exercise and will definitely notice a difference in your body after you have been doing it for a while?

Thanks Danielle for sharing this guest editorial.

What are your favorite girlfriend activities? Are you going for a NEW YOU in the New Year? Tell us about it!

By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!) SIGN UP for our weekly newsletter and get our FREE eBook ‘30 Days / 30 Ways to Be a Better Friend- check it out! Don’t forget to make your girlfriends feel special with perfect birthday gifts for women!

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If you’re a brand, please contact us and check out more for Brands and Businesses who want to be Girlfriend Recommended. And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!

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7 Healthy Ways to Be a Better Friend | New Year’s Resolutions

healthy friends new years resolution If I’d known I was going to live so long, I’d have taken better care of myself.  ~Leon Eldred

We want our girlfriends to be healthy and in our lives for a long time, right? Well, why not get healthier with a friend or a bunch of BFFs? It’s much more fun and likely to be successful. Here’s how:

  • 1. Take a walk with a Girlfriend(s) – Nothing like a few blocks, trails or miles to catch up on our lives and reduce our stress with a little ‘girlfriend therapy.’ Plus, it doesn’t seem like exercise when we’re laughing and sharing stories and time with our favorite walking buddies. Set a regular walking time like every Saturday morning or Tuesday after work. Then schedule anything else around that time. Make exercising, and your friendships, a priority. You’ll be glad (and healthier) you did!
  • 2. Resolve to be Healthier with a Friend – Girlfriends who make resolutions together (like to get healthy/fit) are more successful than when we try to go it alone. Join up with a girlfriend to challenge each other to set and reach your fitness goals. Accountability with a friend is a great way of supporting each other and being healthy together!
  • 3. Start a ‘Get Healthy’ Girlfriend Group – Gather the girls who also want to get healthy and plan fun ways to exercise and enjoy each other’s company together. Encourage your friends to invite their friends who also want to tone up or lose weight. It’s a great way to meet new friends and to enjoy getting healthier together.If id known i was going to live so long quote
  • 4. Join a Gym Together – Nothing like a little girlfriendly-reminder to meet up for a class at the club or a half-hour catching up on side-by-side treadmills. Check with the gym – they probably offer partner discounts for more than one membership.
  • 5. Create a little ‘Friendly Competition’ – Make a bet on who can lose weight or inches by a certain date then encourage each other along the way. Great thing is you both lose which means you both win!
  • 6. Join Weight Watchers or other Diet/Exercise Programs Together – It’s not so fun to try something new alone – much better with a BFF. Start a diet program together then help each other be successful.
  • 7. Celebrate your Success Together – Nothing beats an accomplishment more than celebrating it with someone who helped you reach your goal. Reward yourself for achieving your goals with a non-fattening celebration – like getting a mani-pedi together, or rewarding yourself with a new pair of shoes. :)

What are you and your girlfriends doing to get/stay healthy and fit?

By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!) SIGN UP for our weekly newsletter and get our FREE eBook ‘30 Days / 30 Ways to Be a Better Friend- check it out! Don’t forget to make your girlfriends feel special with perfect birthday gifts for women! Follow Me on Pinterest More to check out – Facebook.com/Girlfriendology and Twitter/@Girlfriendology where we’re connecting with over 60,000 women (we block guys!) and Pinterest.com/Girlfriendology where we share visual inspiration and great quotes. More Girlfriend Friendship Quotes & did you see our INFOGRAPHIC on ‘What Women Want‘?

If you’re a brand, please contact us and check out more for Brands and Businesses who want to be Girlfriend Recommended. And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!

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Lessons Learned, Dreams to Achieve. Happy New Year Girlfriend!

Lessons Learned, Dreams to Achieve. Happy New Year Girlfriend!

“Another New Year & still time for small dreams to come true” – Anonymous

another new year, dreams come trueI have a magnet with that saying on it. It reminds me, year after year to keep dreaming – and that small dreams are important too.

What are your dreams girlfriend? What things, big or small, would you love to see happen (or come true) in 2015?

As friends, we want the best for our girlfriends. We want your happiness, for you to be healthy, for special moments spent together. As friends, we pray that your life is peaceful, your friends and family are safe, that opportunities present themselves in good time and that you collect LOTS of happy memories in the coming year.

A friend shared the following from Evernote. Perhaps it will help you, girlfriend to look back on 2014 with appreciation for the memories formed and lessons learned. And hopefully it will assist you in planning to make 2015 a year filled with love, laughter and, of course, FRIENDS.

Questions for Completing and Remembering 2014Lessons Learned, Dreams to Achieve. Happy New Year Girlfriend!

  • What was your biggest achievement in 2014?
  • What was the smartest decision you made in 2014?
  • What one word best sums up and describes your 2014?
  • What was the greatest lesson you learned in 2014?
  • What is your biggest piece of unfinished business in 2014?
  • What are you most happy about completing in 2014?
  • What three people had the greatest impact on your life in 2014?
  • What was the BIG risk you took in 2014?
  • What was your biggest surprise in 2014?
  • What else do you need to do or say to be complete with 2014?
  • What friend(s) are you most thankful for who impacted your 2014?

Questions for Creating 2015 the Way You Desire:

  • What would you like to be your biggest triumph in 2015?
  • What advice would you like to give yourself for living an excellent 2015?
  • What are the major actions you will take to improve your financial situation in 2015?
  • What would you be most happy about completing in 2015?
  • What would you most like to change about yourself in 2015?
  • What are you looking forward to learning in 2015?
  • What will you do to be healthier in 2015?
  • What undeveloped talent are you going to explore in 2015?
  • What brings you the most joy and how are you going to do or have more of that in 2015?
  • How could you be a better friend in 2015?
  • What one word would you like to have as your theme in 2015?

THANKS TO ALL OUR GIRLFRIENDS for making 2014 AMAZING for Girlfriendology. We’ve grown, we’ve inspired, we’ve cheered each other on. THANK YOU for the humbling gift of your time and interest in female friendship. YOU ROCK! Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a 2015 filled with health, happiness and wonderful times with friends and family.

By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!) SIGN UP for our weekly newsletter and get our FREE eBook ‘30 Days / 30 Ways to Be a Better Friend- check it out! Don’t forget to make your girlfriends feel special with perfect birthday gifts for women!

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If you’re a brand, please contact us and check out more for Brands and Businesses who want to be Girlfriend Recommended. And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!

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Day 11 12 Days of Friendship

Day 11 of 12 Days of Friendship | Be there through Life Changes and Stages

Day 11 12 Days of Friendship“A friend is one who walks in when others walk out” (be that kind of friend!)

Walter Witchell

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year’s Girlfriends!

What girlfriends have been for you through years of holidays?

Who’s been a friend through life changes and stages?

We’re ‘celebrating female friendship’ in this Holiday, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s season with our 12 Days of Friendship. We’ve celebrated the gifts of knowing our friends are there for us, girlfriend traditions, our cheerleader/supportive girlfriends, friends that makes us laugh and more fabulous gifts of friendship. Today, number 11 of 12 days of Friendship we’re celebrating the friends who are there for us through life changes and life stages.

Having focused on female friendship for the past six years has been really interesting. So many of our friendships have originated with life stages and changes. Teen girls who seem to love their independence but still seem to dress just like their best friends. New moms who bond together. Divorced women find comfort in friendship with others who understand what they’ve been through. Bloggers love to meet other bloggers, co-workers share common experiences and build friendships, women who share common bonds – bond. We often connect with women based on shared life stages and when our life stages change – and those connections often lead to strong, wonderful friendships!

Today we’re celebrating the friends who stay in our lives through life changes and stages. They’re the girlfriends who stay with us when life changes our direction – and they don’t care – they’re still our BFFs. The girlfriends who bonded in college and are still friends as their kids consider colleges. We’re thankful for the women who stick around as life changes happen and as life stages change.

What girlfriends who have been around for years? Who have been there for you through life changes, through other relationships, over miles and different marital statuses or career titles? Girlfriendology a friend is one, friendship quote

What girlfriends know your college nicknames and the original of your kids’ names? What friends have stayed by your side when you lived down the street or across the country?

Experience the girlfriend gratitude of friends who are there through life changes and life stages. Celebrate the women who have been there for you for years. And be the kind of friend you’d love to have. Life is better … with your girlfriends!

And, come back for the final great gift of friendship. See all 12 days in the links/box below!

By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!) SIGN UP for our weekly newsletter and get our FREE eBook ‘30 Days / 30 Ways to Be a Better Friend‘ - check it out! Don’t forget to make your girlfriends feel special with perfect birthday gifts for women!

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If you’re a brand, please contact us and check out more for Brands and Businesses who want to be Girlfriend Recommended. And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!

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Day 10 of 12 Days of Friendship | The wonderful Comfort Level Between Girlfriends

day 10 12 days of friendshipI always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
Katherine Mansfield

Who are the friends you let into your house when it’s dirty? Or the girlfriends you let see you without any make-up? Or the friends you trust with your deepest fears, wishes or secrets?

Thanks to the women in our lives with whom we can completely be ourselves.

For this holiday season of gift-giving, we’re celebrating the gift of girlfriends in our 12 Days of Friendship. Today’s girlfriend gift of friendship: the wonderful comfort level of friends in our lives.

The gift of friends with whom you have a safe, strong comfort level is priceless! The friends who see you at the gym with no make-up. The girlfriends who share their secrets, support and lives. The wonderful women who know you so well and love you even more.

It’s that level of comfort – a ‘naked’ face, a dirty house, a secret wish or fear – that is such a great gift of girlfriendship. It’s the wonderful, accepting, supportive comfort that we share with true friends. It’s a ‘friendship gift’ of knowing we’re loved and accepted even with a messy house, mascara smudges or uncertainties in our lives.

What girlfriends do you share that ultimate, ‘no make-up, messy house, etc.’ comfort level with?

the comfort of friendship quoteFeel that girlfriend gratitude. Express it with a note or call of appreciation for their friendship. Let them know how much their friendship means to you. Be thankful for the great gift of female friendship.

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More to check out – Facebook.com/Girlfriendology and Twitter/@Girlfriendology where we’re connecting with over 70,000 women (we block guys!) and Pinterest.com/Girlfriendology where we share visual inspiration and great quotes. More Girlfriend Friendship Quotes & did you see our INFOGRAPHIC on ‘What Women Want‘? If you’re a brand, please contact us and check out more for Brands and Businesses who want to be Girlfriend Recommended. And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!

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Day 8 12 days of friendship

Day 8 of 12 Days of Friendship – The Gift of Laughter with a Friend

Day 8 12 days of friendshipLaughter is the shortest distance between two people. ~Victor Borge

When a friend REALLY makes you laugh, do you snort? Do you giggle? Make funny noises? Don’t you love how laughing with a girlfriend makes you ‘drop your stress?’

It’s Day 8 of our 12 Days of Friendship and we’re celebrating funny friends and the wonderful gift of laughter with the women who make us laugh on a regular basis!

What do you get when you combine fabulous drag queens, ugly Christmas Sweaters and girlfriends? A hilarious evening with friends!

My friend Penny gathered up a mini-van of girlfriends this past Sunday night for ‘Gay Bingo.’ It’s a hilarious fund-raiser for Carecole – a local non-profit that cares for families with HIV/AIDS. From the hilarious drag queen Bingo-caller (with a FABULOUS wig that ‘she’ insisted was NOT a wig! Can you pick ‘her’ out in the photo above?!), to the ugly Christmas sweater contest (yes, I got one at Goodwill to wear and congrats to Penny for being a winner!), to forcing me to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ solo while collecting dollars for Carecole – it was a scream!

The friendship ‘gifts’ of the night? I got to know Penny’s girlfriends a little better. I’ve seen them all before, but now we’ve shared laughter – the kind that we’ll laugh even more about in the future. I had a fabulous, funny, memorable evening with the girls – a night away from stress or worries, thoughts about the dang holiday card that is not designed much less created yet, or any other holiday stress. It was a gift – of laughter with girlfriends!

Laugher friendship quoteEven if your week is hectic (whose isn’t, right?!), take some time for laughter with your girlfriends over the holidays. Find something funny to do like watch a Holiday movie (we’ve got a great Must-See Top 10 Romantic Holiday Movies list!), stop your busy schedule for a coffee or glass of wine together, bake some cookies – together, call up a long-distance friend to share your holidays – just make an effort to connect, they’ll appreciate it and you.

And come back tomorrow as we continue our 12 days of Friendship with a special reminder we all need during the holidays.

What girlfriends make you laugh? Who do you call when you need cheered up? Celebrate these great girlfriends of humor relief (:

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! 

See all 12 DAYS OF FRIENDSHIP in the links/box below! More Fun Stuff:

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More to check out – Facebook.com/Girlfriendology and Twitter/@Girlfriendology where we’re connecting with over 60,000 women (we block guys!) and Pinterest.com/Girlfriendology where we share visual inspiration and great quotes. More Girlfriend Friendship Quotes & did you see our INFOGRAPHIC on ‘What Women Want‘?

If you’re a brand, please contact us and check out more for Brands and Businesses who want to be Girlfriend Recommended. And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!

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Day 6 12 days of friendship

Day 6 of 12 Days of Friendship | Gift of Girlfriends – Having Things in Common

Day 6 12 days of friendshipAs human beings, we are more alike than we are unalike. – Maya Angelou

Things we all have in common … need for friends, yearning for happiness, desire to be loved.

You can hear it in her sweet voice. She’s not from around here! My friend Julie is a southern girl living in the Southern California – not quite biscuits and gravy country. She instantly picked up on other southern accents and amassed a great group of girlfriends – all from the South. She decided that they should meet each other so she started a girlfriend group called GRITS – Girls Raised In The South. Soon, the southern girls all became friends … thanks to Julie and to having something in common.

Finding something in common with other women is part of becoming friends and something we’re celebrating for Day 6 of our 12 Days of Friendship.

It’s finding the little things that we share that make us feel closer and that help us form bonds with friends.

Maya Angelou quote more alikeFrom where/how/when we were raised, to sharing a hobby, to loving a TV show/music group/celebrity/shoes, to laughing at the same jokes – to whatever little unique commonality we share – it’s a wonderful way of looking past all our differences to see that we have in common.

What things in common have brought you together with your girlfriends? What things do you share that connect you to your friends?

Maybe you should start your own girlfriend group or maybe some holiday girlfriend traditions of getting your girlfriends together – like my girlfriend Julie and her GRITS girlfriends in Southern California. Celebrate the common bond that comes when girlfriends connect. Celebrate your girlfriends! That’s what we’re doing for Day 6 of our 12 Days of Friendship. (And … hopefully we celebrate it all the time!)

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! See all 12 DAYS OF FRIENDSHIP in the links/box below!

By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!) SIGN UP for our weekly newsletter and get our FREE eBook ‘30 Days / 30 Ways to Be a Better Friend‘ - check it out! Don’t forget to make your girlfriends feel special with perfect birthday gifts for women!

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More to check out – Facebook.com/Girlfriendology and Twitter/@Girlfriendology where we’re connecting with over 60,000 women (we block guys!) and Pinterest.com/Girlfriendology where we share visual inspiration and great quotes. More Girlfriend Friendship Quotes & did you see our INFOGRAPHIC on ‘What Women Want‘?

If you’re a brand, please contact us and check out more for Brands and Businesses who want to be Girlfriend Recommended. And – THANKS to YOU Girlfriend!

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5 Ways to De-Stress Your Holidays

Holiday stress quote‘As we struggle with shopping lists & invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, & people to whom we are worth the same.’ Donald Westlake

Did you know 80% of us find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful?* Between over-booked schedules, over-extended budgets and excessive expectations for perfect gifts and a meaningful holiday, this Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa season often is just a big ole package of stress!

Sometimes we need to get back to our reason for the season – to LOVE on the special people who, like the quote above says, are worth this aggravation (and people to whom we are worth the same!).

So, in the spirit of girlfriend advice and support in this season of stress, here’s 5 Ways to De-Stress Your Holidays:

1. KISS – Keep it Simple and Special – We often put unrealistic expectations on ourselves for the holidays. We want to have the perfect party dress, the best meals, the most thoughtful gifts, and every other over-the-top measure of seasonal success. Let’s be our own BFF and allow ourselves to lighten up! What memories do you cherish? Those of spending time with friends and family. In lieu of expensive, beautiful-wrapped packages, give the gift of time – have some Holiday lattes together, take time for a fireside chat, make plans to for a girlfriend trip in the coming year. Give yourself the gift of acceptance and celebrate in low/no-stress ways!

2. De-Stress Your Travel Plans – Speaking of stress, many of us have to travel over the holiday season which, with weather delays and packages to pack, is not for the weak at heart! Follow this travel expert’s advice on stress-free holiday travel!

3. Create Traditions – It’s such a wonderful time of year to celebrate our friends by sharing traditions. Here are 6 Holiday Girlfriend Traditions You Can Start This Year! In lieu of gifts, why not get the girls together for a girlfriend holiday party.

4. Make Time for YOU – Take a walk with a Friend. Let yourself enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage and read a book. Don’t feel guilty for spending a night (or two, or three!) just watching Holiday movies. Take time to be thankful and to appreciate the gift of friendship. Give the gift of self-love. (Because you can’t make everyone else’s holiday happy if you’re overly stressed. Take care of YOU Girlfriend!)

Friendship-Girlfriendology-Guide-to-Holiday-Girlfriend-Advice free ebook5. Share Girlfriend Advice on De-Stressing Your Holidays – We learn so much from our smart, savvy girlfriends. That’s why we compiled the wisdom of 20 de-stress-savvy women to share insights in a free eBook: Guide to Holiday Girlfriend Advice. Check out Tips to Getting the Perfect Gift (for YOU!), Easy and impressive Vegetarian Recipes for your parties, and a great Holiday Baking Tradition – plus a whole bunch more! SHARE with a Girlfriend who needs to de-stress her holidays!

Whatever you do, BREATHE Girlfriend! Enjoy this wonderful time of year. SHARE your girlfriend advice for De-Stressing Your Holidays below!

MORE Holiday De-Stressors! For those girlfriends who are missing friends or family at the holidays, here’s some (we hope) de-stressing girlfriend advice on how to deal with missing friends at the holidays. For other girlfriends, being solo for the holidays is stressful. Here’s some great girlfriend advice on how to have a wonderful holiday without a +1.

REALLY stressed out? Check out this helpful article from the Mayo Clinic on reducing holiday stress. (And recommend to a friend if she needs it too.)

* per a report on Stress.About.com.

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4th Day of Friendship | Celebrating the Gift of Girlfriends, Making Memories

day 4 of 12 days of friendshipWe’re celebrating the 12 days of Friendship and the Gift of Girlfriends and today’s ‘gift’ – making and sharing memories.

I met Barb when we were freshmen in college. Our rooms were across the hall from each other and we spent hours doing ‘stuff’ freshmen girls do – talking, laughing, figuring out our lives. We eventually roomed together and were in each others’ weddings. We’ve stayed friends over miles, kids, through different life changes and in between busy, busy schedules.

Now, so many years later, we have years and years of memories. From those early days in her Volkswagen Beetle (there are LOTS of memories in that car!), to now sharing a glass of wine together for our birthdays and every chance we can get, we’ve shared our stories and the gift of friendship – such a wonderful present! It’s true …

“It takes a long time to grow an old Friend.” John Leonard

long time to grow an old friend quoteThis year for our holiday gifts to each other, she came up with the perfect gift – the gift of spending time together. Instead of ‘stuff’ we wrap up to show our love and appreciation, we’re foregoing the gifts for the gift of spending time together. We’re committing to getting together every month over the coming year.

By spending time together, we’ll no doubt still share the stories and memories of our long-time friendship, but we’ll also be making more memories together and having the conversations that keep us close and connected to each other.

So, as we celebrate the 12 Days of Friendship, we’re taking Day 4 to recognize and enjoy the gift of friendship – especially the memories that we make and share together. The memories that can only be made and shared among dear, true, wonderful girlfriends. May you be blessed with the gift of friendship at the holidays and throughout your life. Celebrate your girlfriends!

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! 

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12 Days of Friendship | Day 2: Celebrating our Supportive Friends

Day 2 12 days of friendshipWhat friends cheer you on when you’re ready to quit? Who believes in you sometimes even more than you believe in yourself? We’re celebrating the gift of friendship like our girlfriends who are own personal Cheerleaders!

We’re in Day Two of the 12 Days of Friendship. Yesterday we ‘opened’ the gift of friends who we know are there for us. Today we’re celebrating the friends who are own personal cheerleaders.

Just when I started this blog post, and thinking about the wonderful women in my life who cheer me on and who believe in me COMPLETELY, I found the following image/saying on Facebook:

“Keep People in your life that truly LOVE you, Motivate you, Encourage you, Inspire you, Enhance you, make you HAPPY. If you have people who do NONE of the above, Let them go.”

Aren’t you grateful for the gift of girlfriends who ‘cheer’ for us? For friends who see our potential even more than we do? For those wonderful, positive people who motivate, encourage, inspire, enhance and make us happy?

Take a ‘Girlfriend Gratitude Break’ to think about the women who cheer us on – especially when we’re about to give up. ‘Unwrap the gift of friendship’ and be thankful for friends who believe in you. Celebrate the season by appreciating the wonderful women in your life. And maybe even think of ways you could cheer them on as well.

Be the kind of friend you’d love to have! :)

Who are your cheerleader girlfriends? How have they been there for you? Share below in our comments – and inspire others

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12 Days of Friendship | Day 1: Celebrating the Gift of Friendship

day 1 12 days of friendshipOn the first day of Christmas my best friend gave to me … We’re celebrating the holidays, girlfriends and the wonderful gift of friendship.

Happy Holidays Girlfriends! It’s the magical season of showing the people we love how much they mean to us. It’s the time when we get to express our friendship, our gratitude and our love.

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Friendship with a daily reminder of the wonderful Gifts of Friendship. Join us as we unwrap each gift of friendship and share the wonders that friends add to our lives.

“I think we’re here for each other.” Carol Burnett

On this first day of Friendship, we celebrate knowing our friends are there for us.

Think of those friends who make your day with a phone call or note, a Facebook message or Twitter tweet. Who are the women who make you feel like you’re never alone? Who are the fabulous females who make you smile just thinking about their friendship and the happy memories that you’ve shared? Who comes to mind as a friend you can’t – and don’t want to – imagine going through life without?

Here for each other quoteIt doesn’t take much to be a better friend – sometimes it’s just being there for each other.

Unwrap the gift of friends who are there for you. Pause to reflect on the times they’ve taken the late call from you or showed up on your doorstep to help. Be thankful for their thoughtfulness, the lessons they’ve taught you, the forgiveness they’ve shown you, the ways they’ve supported and encouraged your dreams. Admire the way they’ve accepted you, laughed or cried with you, be happy for the day your paths crossed and how that grew into beautiful friendships.

Be there for your friends. And be thankful and appreciative when they’re there for you. Life is better together – with our girlfriends!

CHRISTMAS DISCLAIMER: We want ALL WOMEN to feel welcome here at Girlfriendology. ALL WOMEN. That means you’re welcome here whether we vote, worship, dress or think alike – or not. You don’t have to be born in a certain decade, have reached a level of school or corporate office, or even live all in the U.S. ALL WOMEN need female friends. ALL WOMEN are welcome here.

So, why is this a “Christmas Disclaimer?’ We’re very conscientious that not all women celebrate Christmas. Some celebrate Hanukkah, others enjoy Kwanza or winter festivities. Some choose not to acknowledge any formal holiday around this time. That’s great. ALL WOMEN are welcome here. We just want to be authentic.

In my home (Debba here), we celebrate Christmas and I can’t make this holiday generic all the time – sometimes it is what it is, in this case, Christmas to me. Judi (our fabulous ‘Chief of Insanely Brilliant Ideas’) celebrates Hanukkah (and is our resident expert that there are ‘no good Hanukkah’ songs out there to share on Girlfriendology!). We have friends who are atheist or agnostic, pagan, who were raised Catholic or Protestant, and the majority that we don’t even know their beliefs. Every woman is welcome here!

Again, ALL WOMEN are welcome here. But we ask that you give us grace if I say ‘Christmas’ – it isn’t to imply that you need to celebrate or worship in any certain way. So, Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanza! and Happy Winter! Any ‘excuse’ to celebrate and show our friends how much we care about this is okay with us! Or even just expressing our girlfriend gratitude regardless of a date/holiday … glad we have our girlfriends every day of the year!

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Girlfriend Advice: DIY Home Decor for the Holidays

Girlfriendology quote, be grateful, friendship quoteBe grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.
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Happy Home and Happy Holiday Girlfriends! Are you having fun decorating your home for the holidays? If no, or just for some additional girlfriend inspiration, here’s some home decor girlfriend advice for the holidays. Have fun and friend-filled holiday Girlfriend!

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Holiday Decorating Guide

From the Editors of Home Rehab Online

Tired of the same old holiday decorations? Mix it up this year. A color scheme of ice white, silver and blue tones blend together for a fanciful sparkle. And creative ideas give old items like ornaments new life. By layering different shades and adding accents beyond the tree, you’ll create a look with an elegant touch. Here’s how to get the look:

Frame Your Wreaths
Choose a mirror or frame that has a contemporary color to upgrade this decoration to a true piece of art. Plus, it’s a perfect way to work around your existing décor.

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Look for Basic Shapes
Let the shapes of Christmas inspire you. Simple cylinders, circles and stars all represent the season’s silhouette, and can be embellished with lots of sparkle or bright colors for big impact.

Cohesive Colors
The color scheme you choose reflects your personality as much as the style of ornaments. Pick nontraditional shapes, or mix in items that remind you of meaningful moments.

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Get Creative with Gift Wrap
An easy way to pull double duty when gift-giving is to attach an ornament to the box. Pair it with matching gift wrap, secure with ribbon — and see how the gift of lasting memories is truly tied up with a bow!

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Expert Wreath Lighting Tips
There are plenty of wreaths already equipped with lights, but if you want to do it yourself, keep the wreath’s size in mind. Use a piece of string to wrap around the wreath for a rough estimate. And make sure to keep in mind the extra length you’ll need to reach the outlet.

Take Ornaments Beyond the Tree
Christmas ornaments aren’t just for the tree. Fill a decorative bowl with colorful balls to make a pretty centerpiece. Keep the container’s color neutral so that the ornaments truly shine. And feel free to mix it up! Traditional single-hue ornaments get extra attention when they’re paired with others that use stripes or unusual shapes. Paint faux branches and berries in complementary colors for an easy way to bring it all together.

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