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The Power of Female Friendships

Last month, the California chapter of the Garage Girls celebrated our 15th anniversary with a fitness retreat that was as invigorating as it was heartwarming. We ventured to the serene beauty of our local mountains and settled into a charming cabin surrounded by nature’s tranquility. Our days were filled with energizing workouts, playful games, and endless laughter. In a touching moment, Armida presented each of us with a beautiful poem that encapsulated the essence of what it means to be a Garage Girl, highlighting the unbreakable bond we’ve formed over the years. The weekend retreat made me realize just how essential my female friendships are in maintaining my sanity amidst my often hectic and overwhelming schedule.

In a world that often emphasizes competition and comparison, forming meaningful relationships with other women can be incredibly enriching and transformative. These connections provide a space for mutual support, growth, and understanding, fostering a sense of community and belonging. Society has long perpetuated myths about female relationships, often depicting them as catty or superficial. These stereotypes can hinder the formation of deep connections. It's crucial to recognize and challenge these narratives, embracing the potential for profound and supportive friendships among women. I chose to be friends with women who lift each other up as opposed to tear each other down.

Female friendships are vital for emotional health and well-being. Studies have shown that women who maintain strong social ties have lower levels of stress and a reduced risk of depression. These relationships offer a unique form of support that is often empathetic and deeply understanding, rooted in shared experiences and challenges. Celebrate each other’s successes and encourage one another during tough times. Being a cheerleader for your friends fosters a positive and uplifting dynamic. Offer a safe space where your friends can express themselves without fear of judgment. This acceptance helps deepen trust and understanding.

Shared experiences often form the foundation of strong friendships. Engage in activities that you both enjoy, whether it's a hobby, a sport, or a cause you’re passionate about. Shared interests provide opportunities for bonding and creating lasting memories. Celebrate major life events together, such as birthdays, weddings, and career achievements. Being present during these moments reinforces your commitment to each other’s lives. Navigate challenges together, offering support and encouragement. Overcoming obstacles as a team can significantly strengthen your relationship.

Meaningful relationships with other women can profoundly impact your life, providing a network of support, understanding, and shared joy. These bonds enrich your personal and emotional well-being, offering a source of strength and resilience.

Investing in female friendships is an investment in your own happiness and fulfillment. By being genuine, supportive, and empathetic, you can build connections that not only withstand the test of time but also enhance every aspect of your life. So, reach out, open up, and cherish the incredible women in your life. The journey of building and nurturing these relationships is not just worthwhile—it's essential. I am thankful everyday that I have my girls to turn to when I need a hug, a shoulder to cry on, or a good belly laugh!

The Elephant Poem adapted by Armida

In the wild, female elephants are known as fierce protectors.

When one is suffering - whether from sickness, injury, or grief - her sisters circle up around her. They close in tight. Come what may, they stand shoulder to shoulder, shielding her and watching guard and even kick up dust around her to mask her vulnerable scent from predators.

In times of safety, they celebrate each other's achievements, trumpeting their triumphs so that all, far and wide, know that their sister succeeded.

They remain loyal to each other, fierce in their love, and ferocious in the their protection.

Our Garage Girl sisterhood is the same.

This is who we are and who we are meant to be for each other.

When one among us is vulnerable, we gather, circling in tight around our sister and supporting her through her time of need.

And when she is ready to rise, we celebrate her.

Sometime we are the one in the middle,

sometimes we are the ones kicking up the dust, shielding each other with fierce, fierce love.

Our Garage Girls circle is the same.

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