As I was thinking about what I wanted to share with my readers this year; I knew that I had to dedicate some space to topics specific to women. The empowerment, support, and encouragement of women is something that I am very passionate about. The result of this desire will be the “For Women Only” series. Each month I will share an article about different issues that impact women in a unique way. Now I don’t want my male readers to feel left out as this information may help you better understand how to support the women in your lives.
Since this is the first post of this new series, I thought there would be no better topic to start off with than friendship.
For women, our friendships with our girlfriends tend to be some of the most important bonds that we form in our lives. Our girlfriends provide a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and lots of fun and memorable times. Our girlfriends tend to understand us in a way that our husbands and boyfriends are unable to; no matter how well meaning. I know for a fact that my life has been made richer by having a supportive group of girlfriends.
As with any relationship, we often go through ups and downs. Some of us have had the heartbreaking experience of losing some of our closest friendships. There are also those of us, who have not developed or have had difficulty developing these important relationships. It becomes even more difficult once you are an adult to develop new friendships with other women. Oftentimes these connections are formed when we are in school. So the question becomes, how do I develop meaningful friendships as an adult?
I’m going to be honest here, I’m no expert on this topic. Thankfully, there are wonderful individuals out there who have focused their efforts on helping us understand this very thing. Shasta Nelson, one such expert, has written a book called, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends. You can find out more about her book here. You can also read her blog here, where she shares different resources on how to navigate your friendships. Two articles in particular that you may find helpful are, the Top 10 Most Popular Friendship Articles of 2013 and How to Ask for What you Need in Your Relationships.
For those of you who are blessed to have a great group of girlfriends, I encourage you to nurture those relationships. For those of you who haven’t quite found those connections, I encourage you to keep reaching out until you find the connections that you need.
I would love to hear from you about the ways that your girlfriends and sisters have enhanced your life. Please feel free to share your stories in the comments section below.