“United we thrive”

Friends, Good Girlfriends, Yaya’s, homies…there are many words to describe your tribe. The group of ladies included in your life that makes life sweeter.  This new series will have us exploring our friendships and discovering ways to strengthen those bonds and deal with the different dynamics in female relationships that seek to divide us.  It’s all about “sisterhood” for the next few days.

I’m fortunate to have a friendship circle that I love and trust. However, I’ve struggled with the dynamics of sister-friend relationships since I was a tween.  I have always wanted to be surrounded by great friends as far back as elementary school.  Friendship was always paramount to me.  Over the years, I’ve matured and found that the types of friendships I have now are completely different than the friendships I had as a child and young adult.   I had to learn how to be a good friend, and I had to determine what made someone a good friend to me.  The relationships I have with the women in my life took time to cultivate and grow. 

That safe space is the place you go where you know you are loved, and celebrated for your achievements and success with a genuine joy. These spaces also hold the love and supporting arms of women who will lift you up and encourage you when you are down, pull you out of the darkness when you are sad or depressed and they are the “kicks in the pants” when we need to refocus and redirect our negative energy to something more beneficial and positive. Who better to relate to the female experience than another woman?
— D. Sanders

Having and maintaining real sister relationships strengthen us and provide women much needed “Safe Spaces” where we are free to be ourselves. Learning from one another and growing into our purpose individually and collectively.  History shows us that when women gather together united under a common goal, change happens, healing occurs, and we reach higher levels of achievement. We are indeed stronger together.  As I stated in my previous post about sisterhood, “Our relationships with one another are powerful.   I’ve found that when I’m united in a circle of women who are focused, goal driven, authentic, and honest, we all achieve and succeed.  We help one another, we heal one another, and we all become greater.  In our lanes of purpose, we all reach different levels of success.”


Over the next few days, I’ll be reflecting on my friendships and analyzing the dynamic within them.  I hope you take a moment to read and share your story and ideas about friendship as well.    Share these posts with your girlfriends and have a few discussions about the topics covered.  Some of the future topics are ideal for a “Girls Night In” Conversation.  Let me know what you guys think!

As always, Take care of yourselves and one another

D. Sanders

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