#Whatslovely FRIENDSHIP

February is all about love and day two of the self loving project brings us to #whatslovely FRIENDSHIP.  If you missed what I am talking about then click HERE for details on the week of self loving, brought to us by Fitzala.

Friendship …

#whatslovely FRIENDSHIP

Having friends is so crucial to our well being.

Friends will be authentic
Friends will not judge
Friends will be happy for our success
Friends will encourage us
Friends will motivate us
Friends will tell us the truth {hard as it may be} but the truth
Friends will love us in ugly times and beautiful moments
Friends will hold us
Friends will agree to disagree
Friends will be kind
Friends will understand
Friends will not kick us when we are down
Friends will have our backs
Friends will be patient
Friends will BE THERE

Friendship goes both ways, it must be a shared road.   I have many acquaintances, but only a very small handful of “friends”.  I have learned hard lessons in life about friends.  Sadness and heartbreak have come along more than enough times.  Trust has been broken.  I have been much more careful and conscience of making friends.  Coming across new friendships is rewarding as I get older.  I find that connecting with women who truly are happy for one another, are the one’s that I choose to let into my life.  A friendship that is not a competition is key.  A friendship that lifts one another up and even helps one another find success and happiness is to be treasured.


My forever lifelong very best friend …


Tell me about YOUR friendship. 
Have you a very best bestie?
Share your #whatslovely prompt with us.

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  1. I also have a few close friends and they each are special to me in different ways. I have my “mom” friends that our kids go to school together and we are able to share about mom life. Then I have my “blog” friends that get the struggles and joys of being a blogger! And of course my friends that have been there for a very long time! One of them and I have been friends since we were about 4! I think that friends are very important and special and are such a joy to have in your life!
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  2. Friends especially for a mom and woman are so important. I ahve a group of Besties for every situation. Running besties, life besties, mommy besties, work besties. They all play an equal and important role in my sanity! #growyourbloghop
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    • I agree Smitha for sure. I wish I could find a great group of gals here in my town who enjoy running and training. Either I just can’t connect OR they are not out there. I see many bloggers {including yourself} who seem to have great support groups for fitness. I am on my own with that.
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  3. Lynda – thanks for sharing this! I had not seen the #whatslovely prompts. Friends are amazing. I love that I am in touch with a good from that I have known for 40 years and many that I have meet since. I love the new friends that my blog has brought me, too! An unintended consequence of blogging.
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  4. I love this post! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I recently moved about 1,200 miles from home and one thing I quickly figured out was that my best friends from back home are truly irreplaceable! I have no idea what I would do without them 🙂
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  6. Friends are awesome. I have several friends that I can count on.
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  7. I have had my best friend since we were seven years old. We’ve gone through so much together: school, death of grandparents, marriage, children, etc. Having a best friend for thirty years is truly amazing. We have helped and celebrated throughout our lives and witnessed the transitions we have made. And even though we don’t spend as much time together as we would like, we always pick right up where we left off.

    • I had a best true friend like that for years, since we were in the first grade together. Always stayed in touch and one day just lost track…it broke my heart, as I have no idea where she is now. I do have a gal friend {in the picture with me} who is my closest, dearest friend. She is Southern Cali and I am here, but we always pick right back up where we left off 🙂
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  8. Love this post. Like you, I have been burned in the friend department. It hurts and it’s hard to get over. But the friends I have are wonderful, true friends. I know I can call them up and they’ll be there whenrver I need them. I try to foster those relationships as much as possible because they’re just so important.
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    • Oh yes Jenn, getting burned is the worse especially when it has been done more than once from the same people…Good lord. I think that being comfortable at this stage of my life and my family, it helps to just know that a few friends are good, but I don’t need to have as many as I thought I did.
      Thanks for sharing:)
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  9. Absolutely beautiful! So well written! Love “Friends will love us in ugly times and beautiful moments” it’s so true!

    Thanks for participating in this Lynda – I love what you have to share!
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  10. One of my really good friends moved a couple hours away, but whenever she’s back in town it’s like I saw her last week. We pick up right where we left off. She’s been so great to me and I love her kids.
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  11. Great post! I don’t know what I’d do without my closest girlfriends. My very best friend has lived across the country for several years now but we still talk/text several times a day. In a way it’s like she never left because I still end up talking to her more than my friends that live down the block!
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  12. I think there are seasons for friendships, especially as we grow and change as individuals over time. I’m thankful to have some that have stayed with me over the years. But, for those that were friends just for a period of my life, that is okay too.

    • Lisa, I think the one’s that are there for a short while, are the one’s we learn our lessons from. There is a reason why they have come and gone {I believe anyway}. I think I become stronger and more in tune to my own self if I grow apart from someone.
      I reflect and realize that maybe they were not going to be good for my soul, and that is why they are gone.
      Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  13. Such a sweet post! I like the first quotes about friendship. It rings true. I have long lost friends that I won’t speak with for years but when we do chat it’s like we never missed a day. Then I have my tri group of friends and my mommy group, etc! Then I’m also developing friendships online via social media. Seems weird since we have never met in person but I have a handful of bloggers that I can really connect with. I hope someday we can actually meet in person.

  14. I have a couple of very close best girlfriends, and I feel like I can be completely open, honest, and raw with them, and they with me. I met each of my three closest girlfriends at different ages, and at very different points in my life. One I’ve known since we were babies, one I’ve known since college, and one I’ve known since I started my first job. I love each of them for completely different reasons, and while my relationship with each of them is different, I’m there for them and I know that they’re there for me.
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  15. I have often read that those with good friend fair better as they age. I think it’s really important to try to foster solid friendships. I also find that as an adult it’s much harder to meet and make good friends with people than it was when younger.
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  16. Beautiful post! Great friendships are really something to cherish! My sisters and my mom through the years have become some of my best friends, I know I can call on them at a moments notice for anything and they will be there without question. I also have a “bestie” that I have literally been friends with since birth:) We played in the babycribs together when our moms would get together, we grew up across the street from each other, and we are both the perfect kind of different that has made a friendship last 36 years and she too is someone I can call on for anything. When you have great friends, you know they were put in your life for a reason, and should never be taken for granted! Thanks for this lovely post! Great picture by the way:)
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  17. I have several close friends, most of which I’ve known since elementary school, and I’m grateful every day that they’re a part of my life. Most days out of the year, I’m across the country from them, so it definitely makes the little time that I do get to spend with them that much more special. Technology has really made it a whole lot easier though!

  18. I only have a small group of close friends. I count my mom and sister as my best friends. I have 2 friends that I consider my go to’s . We have the same sense of humor and we are always there for each other even though we don’t see each other often. Lovely post!

  19. I have several close friends, both men and women who I know I can count on no matter what. I agree that we have to take the time to recognize what those friendships mean to us. Thank you for the reminder.
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  20. It’s so hard to find “great” friends. I have a couple, one is a friend I’ve known for 35 years. He lives a few hours away and travels all the time so I don’t see him a lot. I have another friend that was with me through a lot a few years ago, and I know he is always there for me. And while I know it sounds hokey, my wife is my bestie! I love being with her and can tell her anything, so I’m pretty blessed with the people in my life.
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  21. My very best friend is my twin sister. No one ‘gets’ me like she does! Then I do have a few very close friends who have been with me through everything. Don’t know how I’d get through this life without them!
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  22. Beautiful post, Lynda! I absolutely value and cherish the true friendships I have too. The older I get, the more I realize how much I need the comfort and security of those real and authentic people who have stuck by me known me through good times and bad in my life (and vice versa!)
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  23. I love this! It’s honestly so hard to find quality friends, so I really try to hold on to the good ones when I find them. It also becomes increasingly harder to maintain friendships and find time to spend with friends, so it’s important that I spend that time on people that I view as quality, instead of quantity.
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  24. this post got me to thinking…I have no true friends in real life, no one that I hang out with, go running with, cry and whine to…
    We moved around when I was young so it was super important to me to stay put when I had kids. I have 4 and they have all gone through the same elementary school and have friends that they’ve had since they were little.
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  25. I love this! It’s a true description of what true friends are. I am very blessed to have some friends just like this.

    Great to meet you through Grow Your Blog! =)
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  26. I have about 4 really close friends and 1 best friend. My best friend and I have been friends since we were 12. I can tell her practically anything and know she won’t judge me. As much as I love my husband, kids, and parents, I don’t know where I would be without my friends!
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  27. I was just telling someone the other day that I do NOT use that word (friend) loosely. I don’t have many friends…I’ve had a few who I thought were friends but turned out to be associates. My husband is my BFF…at first I used to long to have a best friend…but for whatever reason…I never had one and I’m okay with having him as my “person”…in my best Meredith Grey (Grey’s Anatomy) voice. Sucks sometimes when I need someone to vent to about HIM but other than that…I know he loves me unconditionally and I can trust him with my secrets and that’s the bestest best friend you can ever have. 🙂
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