“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with.”
– Sex and the City
Some of my fondest memories in life have been made with my girlfriends.
I had an impressive girl squad before Taylor Swift made them a thing. (Err… maybe even before she was born come to think of it.)
My first “squad” was in college. Jen, Kat, Zoe and I navigated the complexities of emerging womanhood and college life together in a run down apartment in Baltimore. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we battled term papers, heartaches, fake IDs, and 90s fashion with grace and humor.
And tons of Aqua Net.
We were inseparable.
Its been a few years (ahem) since that time and my college pals and I have moved on. The sense of friendship, however, remains.
As a mature adult I’ve found it even more essential to surround myself with a brilliant sisterhood of women. Sue, Tiffany, Sharon, Jasmine and I have been friends for years.
Together we navigate the complexities of marriage, children, career and life. We’ve tackled job changes, child rearing, life events and social responsibility with humor and panache.
We’re a no-guilt, no-judgement group of strong women. And we’re thick as thieves.
I rely on these women and also a number of other ladies to give me perspective, have my back and keep me grounded. There’s something magical about having strong groups of women in your life.
Reasons to build your own girl squad:
- A non-judgmental atmosphere: Good friends don’t judge. They may keep it real for you, but at the end of the day they will always love and support you.
- Strength in times of great struggle: No one, and I mean no one, will support you in times of struggle like your ladies.
- Laughter in times of great happiness: We’re talking pee your pants laughter, here. (And inside jokes for dayz!)
- Reality checks: Is it really that bad? Your girls will help you keep it real.
- Fashion checks: Because no one will tell you to go home and change faster than the ladies who love you.
Do you have a girl squad memory to share?