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Blossoming Connections: Cultivating and Nurturing Friendships, and Empowered Sisterhood Among Women


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A flower bouquet is a delightful collection of flowers carefully arranged in a captivating and creative display. In a similar vein, our friendships and sisterhood among our female friends emulate the beauty of a bouquet. Each friendship, much like each flower, blossoms with a distinct charm, rendering the “arrangement” truly one-of-a-kind, and dare I say, creative too.

 

In the tapestry of human connections, friendships among women weave a rich and vibrant thread. These threads (bonds) hold a unique place in our lives, characterized by compassion, understanding, and unwavering support, especially as we get older. Cultivating and nurturing these friendships, and empowered sisterhood among women is beautiful and rewarding. Female friends create a safe space where vulnerability is embraced, allowing for open and honest conversations about life's joys, victories, and challenges. These friendships are grounded in empathy, as women understand the complexities of each other's lives; they offer advice, a listening ear, solace, and validation.

 

"Friendship is not about who you've known the longest, it's about who walked into your life, said 'I'm here for you,' and proved it." ~ Unknown 
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I have spent years nurturing and honoring my female friendships. I have my SQUAD - Sisterhood of Qualified and Uniquely Ambitious Divas - most of whom have been in my life for over 20 years (longer than most marriages these days if you ask me). Now, that’s a whole lot of bonding, a heck-of-a-lot of sharing, some amount of disagreements, and tons of fun, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My SQUAD has become my life support system, they're like the serotonin and oxytocin in my life. A UCLA research has stated that they may even make me live longer - now look at that!

 


Blossoming Connections - Tips for Women

Tips To Help Women Cultivate and Nurture Their Connections

1. Open and honest communication - this forms the foundation of any strong relationship. Practice active listening, express your thoughts and feelings clearly, and be receptive to each other’s perspectives.


2. Support and celebrate each other - I can’t stress this enough. Genuinely support and celebrate the achievements and milestones of the women in your life and be there for them during challenging times.


3. Embrace and respect each other’s diversity/individuality - have a judgement free zone.


4. Be reliable and dependable - keep your commitment to your girls.


5. Show genuine care - through empathy and compassion.


6. Resolve conflicts respectfully - even if it means being upset with each other for a day (because the truth sometimes hurts), and then you make up the next day. And, believe me, sometimes it’s best to just agree to disagree and move on.


7. Hook a sister up - speak her name in crowds when she’s not in the room. Promote her like she’s the best slice of bread in that bag and believe it too!



5 Things To Do With Your Girlfriends

5 Things To Do With Your Girlfriends

1. Have a Girls' Night Out - gather your girlfriends and plan a girls' night out. You can hit the road and paint the town red, or you can gather in someone’s living room for a movie night and wine. Whatever it is, you’re creating memories and strengthening your bonds of friendship.


2. Support Each Other's Goals - this is golden! Encourage your friends to pursue their passions, offer your unwavering support, attend their performances/functions/breakups/whatever - cheer them on, and celebrate their milestones.


3. Plan a Weekend Getaway - I get it, we all live busy lives, but sometimes that escape is exactly what the doctor ordered. Oh, and make sure to capture some of those moments, you may have to bribe a friend or two one day – LOL!


4. Create a Group Chat - stay connected. Share funny memes, uplifting quotes, and everyday life experiences. This is especially important if you all live miles apart, or in different countries.


5. Share Life Surviving Tips – these tips can range from love and sexuality to cleaning agents and grocery lists. As women, we single-handedly have the most going on; from taking care of a household and holding down a job; to dealing with the challenges of periods, pregnancies, perimenopause, and menopause, gosh, it is exhausting, and the list could go on for days. This is why it's important to share as much information, with each other, as we can - it sure saves a lot of time and stress.

 

In The End

Nurturing our friendships requires time, effort, commitment, and respect. It is a lifelong journey with beautiful rewards and meaningful connections encapsulated in a sisterhood of unwavering support and immeasurable bonds.


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P.S. This article was first published in my Magazine, Feel Good Magazine, Vol. 3 on June 25, 2023.


Cheers❤️

Deon Cecile


 

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