Wednesday’s topic is friendships. Such an important element in a woman’s life. We need our girlfriends; they provide love, support, and encouragement.

I am preparing to go to the airport to pick up my best friend, who happens to be my oldest daughter. We were fortunate over the years to be mother and daughter but to also form a great friendship with each other. I am excited to see her, meet her new boyfriend, and reconnect again after six months apart.

What is the framework of a good friendship?

Support – A friends will support you in your good times and your bad. They are always there with that unconditional love.

Honesty – I always say you know your true friends by those who will tell you that your makeup is smeared, your zipper is down, or you have something in your nose. They are honest because they care, and they have your back. With honesty, they also speak up when you may be heading in the wrong direction with a choice you are making.

Not jealous – Women can be critical of each other. We are often comparing ourselves. But a true friend will emulate each other not out of jealousy of what the other has or is doing.

Your friends are those who take you as you are and encourage you to be better. They are the ones you laugh and cry with. You celebrate successes and encourage through failures. You are each other’s biggest cheering section.

This is my vacation week, and I am happy I get to spend part of it with my best friend. If you haven’ t in a while, pick up your phone and give your bestie a call.  Just to tell her you love her. Value the connection you have and maybe even make plans to get together. Being with your friends’ recharges and empowers you to be the best you can be.

Have a beautiful day.

Love and Blessings,
Ashley J Spurgeon

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