Welcome, sweet people! Settle in for a few minutes of hilarious, truthful admissions as I share, from my little, awkward heart, on the authentic beauty friendship brings.
But first you need my back story.
Building friendships has been one of those tricky skills I’ve struggled to perfect. My introverted, easily persuaded, frightfully “what-if” personality has made reaching out and building genuine relationships difficult over the years … resulting in a lot of self-made loneliness, self-consciousness and pity parties.
After years of feeling misunderstood, forgotten and lonely, I all but gave up growing new relationships. I invested my whole heart in the few, beloved people I allowed in, mainly my wonderful family. Thankfully, 2015 pushed me forward.
(Getting married, moving from family, church hunting, beginning a new job and living in a new city does strange things to people …) 😉
And while I reserve the best friend slot for my Darling Man I’ve grown to appreciate the unique beauty and fun friendship other women bring.
Sometimes you need someone to who understands crying over the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (sniff, sniff)
Cookie dough raids are better with women who are okay with you eating vast amounts of sugar … and then who sympathize about your extra poundage and acne without pointing a finger
Shopping Black Friday is more fun when you have an equally thrifty/crazy/sleep-deprived gal pal
Sometimes you just need a feminine friend to gush over your latest diy, décor victory (or rescuing Hobby Lobby clearance items and refurbishing them to glory)
Coffee shops are better frequented with someone who can talk marriage, blogs, and church history all in one day
Women friends will probably be okay with exchanging gifts in the same gift bag for years and years … just because its fun
Who else is going surprise you with wedding magazines, antique doilies, adorable plants, and peppermint lattes?
I could go on and on but, in truth, I’ve learned much from the women who I’ve grown in friendship with over the last two years. I’ve learned to be more authentic, brave and accepting.
I’ve learned that being who I was made to be requires me to be okay with reaching out, in all my awkward glory, and loving others. And I’m so thankful for the women who have taught me that.
How do you build relationships with other women? Has your personality (introverted or extraverted) impacted how you reach out? What has challenged you most when making friends?
Blessings, love and coffee to all you beautiful souls!