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These days my girlfriends are the backbone to my life. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with them on the phone, texting, and going out to dinners. Some friendships have grown stronger and a few have not. I guess going through a life change has taught me to evaluate who is really a friend. These 5 things I’ve shared are steps I’ve loved and valued in my friendships. Anything you can add, please leave me a comment! I love hearing from you.
*all photos by Hannah (check out her instagram)
#1 Listen and checking up. This is something I really value in a freindship. Listening, asking questions, and checking up on each other often. I have a few friends that text me everyday. From little things to big things, it is nice to have those few friends I know I can talk to about everything. But listening is a skill and responding appropriately with support is the nicest thing in a friendship.
#2 Ask your friends to do things! I know, it sounds really, really simple but this means the world to me. I’m the party planner, I’m the dinner planner and I put a lot of effort in making sure I spend time with each of my friends. Well, as time passed I realized I was doing all the asking. Having someone else invite me out, pick the place and I am just able to show up is fantastic. The past few months I’ve been dancing, gone to new restaurants, and met more new people. It’s been so much fun. And these invites out have made me smile, laugh, and get through the hard days.
#3 Send them a gift on certain days, birthdays, valentine’s day, mother’s day, any day. I’ve had friends surprise me with flowers, little gifts, wine, a card, and it’s meant the world to me.
#4 Asking if they need anything. I’ve had help from getting doctor recommendations, to finding advice, to getting sleep aid recommendations as I sleep poorly. My friends have more than helped me in this department. So grateful, but I’m good at asking for help. Some are not, don’t hesitate to ask a friend if they need anything. And side note, these sleep aid gummies have been so helpful in helping me get rest.
#5 Don’t assume things and ask the three words that are extremely important. How Are You?
Love, laughter, support, and positivity!
” A friend is someone who accepts your past, supports your present, and encourages your future”