It’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t have a best girlfriend. From running down the halls at church with my bff in kindergarten to junior high sleepovers where we stayed up painting our nails every color, I’ve always been a self-proclaimed girls’ girl. In college my girlfriends stood beside me through the bad dates and helped me figure out which path I would take in life (usually over raw cookie dough). After graduation, my girlfriends became my family – the ones I shared everything with and the ones who showed me grace on my worst days.
Through every phase of my life I’ve always been the most thankful for my girlfriends who have walked beside me every step of the way. Through the good, the bad, and the scary, the women in my life have been the ones to (sometimes literally) carry me through. From childhood to the awkward high school days to the ups and downs of my 20’s, my girlfriends have been a constant source of encouragement and joy. Even now, as I prepare to enter this new phase of motherhood, my girlfriends are the ones who keep reminding me I can do this.
This is the power of female friendship. When we are unsure about what we’re doing or where we’re going, the women who stand with us help us make sense of it all. When we’re scared, they give us the courage to confront our fears and move forward. When we’re completely overwhelmed and ready to throw in the towel, they give us the courage to rest for a hot minute. When everything has fallen apart, they pray with us and for us. And yes, in the happy times they celebrate with us in the most major way.
I mean think about it. Whether you’re married or single or divorced, whether you’re a mom who works in the home or outside, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert – you need those girlfriends in your life to not only encourage you on the daily but push you to be your best self.
Do you have women in your life like this—women who don’t just offer encouragement but who make you courageous? I pray you do and if not, seek those friendships out! You need those women who will laugh and cry with you – sometimes all in the same day! – and will love you through all the ups and downs this life brings.
Cue: Beyonce’s Girls Who Run the World. xo