As a girl, I feel very passionately about strong and stable girl friendships. As you’re navigating through the school years, keeping other women close can be really hard. I always observe an element of competition between the ladies for other girl friends, school, boys…like all of us women are on The Bachelor, life edition…all of the time. Holding onto strong girl friendships is SO important, so I’ve jotted down three simple ways you can keep these things in tact.
The most simple but hardest thing to do for anybody is to just listen. That’s it. Put your phone away, make eye contact, and ask questions. My dad always taught me that when someone is telling you a story, ask 2 or 3 questions in return before turning the conversation to yourself/sharing your own story. I’ve found this gets me a long way in conversations with girlfriends, and when someone does this to me, I feel appreciated, accepted, and empowered – and all because someone is truly listening.
2. Stay informed
Ladies, the political world is a messed up one. This election…yikes. As a woman, and as a woman who wants to empower other women, it is key that you stay up to date with politics regarding, well, YOU. Do your research, read creditable sources, and support your party. This tip isn’t as up close and personal as being a good listener, but rather it addresses the bigger picture and all of us women as a whole.
A super quick and easy way to stay up to date is to subscribe to theSkimm. You get a daily newsletter sent to your inbox that keeps you informed on all things politics. Woo!
I cheer for people. I was raised to believe there’s enough sun for everybody.”
Finally, this tip is closely related with #1, but it is so, SO important that you CHEER. Seriously just be happy for other people. That’s it. Count your blessings, spread love, and be genuinely and intentionally joyful for your girlfriends. They deserve it. I know it for a fact.
So. That’s it. 3 things you can do if you want to be a better girl friend. Give your BFF a call today and tell her how freakin’ cool she is.