My family of birth lives 3,000 miles away. But, my family of choice lives within 40 miles. They are four sensational women, and we are in a “Womens’ Group” together that meets monthly for a vegetarian potluck meal combined with four to five hours of intimate conversation.
August 1st is National Girlfriend’s Day, so I’m taking the time to share how grateful I am for them. The quote below, by author and political activist for women’s voting rights Louise Bernkow, says it all.
“Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.”
- Louise Bernikow
The picture above was a selfie taken at our annual weekend away. That weekend is always one of my best of the year, filled with connecting conversations, great food, leisurely walks on the beach, no life responsibilities, laughter galore and maybe a few tears. My time with my girlfriends is cherished, sacred time. Without that connecting time, I wouldn’t feel grounded and balanced. We’ve been through so many life passages together… marriages, divorces, children, breakups, death of parents and loved ones, job changes, parenting challenges, illnesses, etc. Sometimes I think they know me better than I know myself. They can see when I’m repeating harmful patterns in my life and call me on it in such a tender, loving way that helps me redirect.
National Girlfriends Day is not only a day to celebrate your girlfriends, but any women in your life who you cherish and enjoy spending time with. It could be your mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin or the first friend you made in kindergarten. Take some time to honor their presence in your life and feel grateful for your connection.
Who are the women in your life that you are honoring today?
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