A few of my girlfriends are starting new adventures now that their little ones are in school full time. I know how nervous and excited they are but I'm positive they will both be a huge success. You'll see them on my site from time to time being a guest blogger or just doing what friends do.
Jennifer is starting her own food and entertaining blog. I'll let you know when it's up and running. She's fantastic and very passionate. Her attention to throwing a perfect party makes her table the place to be! I never turn down an opportunity to go to her house because it's truly inspiring what this girl whips up! She reminds me of me when I was able to eat food. Hahaha. Ahhh, The Best of Bridge, Company's Coming, Better Homes and Gardens, remember those? I was nicknamed Martha back in the day because I loved entertaining, never missing a single detail. Now, I like to call myself the Martha Stewart of Gluten Free!!
On to Krista. She's my thrift store partner in crime. I have loved shopping in these stores since I was young. In fact, most of my compliments have been on pieces from there. I'm quite proud when I get to say where and how much it was!! Krista is starting an online store and blog selling her fabulous finds. www.2ndStreetStyle.com. She is just starting so be patient, lots more to come! I'm hoping that she asks me to do some runway modelling. I can pop my hips and sway my hands like no one you've seen before. I may even add a finger snap or two. I'm happy to say that I was a big part of her detailed research ;) I'm positively, one hundred percent sure that my help has turned into a full fledge addiction! Even worse than before!!!
I'm so proud and happy when my friends do well and that they reach for the stars. I'll try to be there for them in any way that I can, ven if it's doing a simple shout-out! I want them to know how special, unique and how cherished they are. When I look back on my life I want my friends to say how great of a friend I was and how they could always count on me. This is my wish...
LEARN TO ACCEPT PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES IN YOUR FRIENDS.
Embrace the differences. Just because someone may be different from you doesn’t mean they can’t be a great asset to your life. There was a reason that you were drawn to them in the first place.
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN GIVE TO A FRIEND, NOT WHAT YOU CAN GET OUT OF A FRIENDSHIP.
Don't get caught up in keeping score on who has given most in the friendship. Give to your friends regardless of how much they give to you, emotionally or physically.
SUPPORT YOUR FRIEND.
True friends inspire and encourage each other to be the best that they can be, rather than drag each other down. They are happy when other people achieve their goals and do well in life.
BE THERE FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD TIMES.
Be happy and celebrate with them if they are excited about something. When your friend is upset about something, give them your full attention. Most of the time, what friends really need is an ear, someone who understands their feelings and will allow them to vent. Don’t just be there for the good times!
DON'T LET ARGUMENTS DESTROY YOUR FRIENDSHIP.
Sometimes you may not see things the same way. It’s okay to disagree but a desire to win an argument may ruin your friendship. Let the little things go. Just like when you have kids, pick your battles.
BE WILLING TO FORGIVE.
Don't let hurt turn to into a grudge. This is one sure way to destroy a friendship. Talk about it, don’t let it fester, forgive your friend and move on.
When you say you are going to be there, be there. Don’t commit to something if you aren’t sure you can follow through.
If you’re being trusted enough to be confided in don’t be a blabbermouth and tell anyone else. Don’t talk badly behind a friend’s back. If you have negative things to say about them then perhaps you should evaluate if they are right for you.
DON'T TRY TO CONTROL YOUR FRIENDS.
Real friendship does not mean you always have to be together. It may be tempting to have a fun person all to yourself, and feel threatened when your friend spends time with others. If you are afraid to let your friends out of your sight, you are probably afraid of losing them. Good friendship will endure time spent apart.
This is the most important one.....
APPRECIATE YOUR FRIENDS.
Let them know that they are valued, cherished, respected and loved!!