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Monday, October 2, 2017

Support Your Girl Gang

There's something to be said for having a strong support system with your friend group. These are people who know you, quite possibly, better than anyone. They have seen you through the highs and lows. Like the time you drunkenly called an ex and told him you loved him or when you graduated from college or when you found the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with. They have been there for you late at night when you just need someone to talk to or when you decide to change your hair color for the eighth time. They've shared in your successes and helped you pick up the pieces from your mistakes.

I have been very lucky to have found part of my gang in my sorority sisters. We have seen each other through the scenarios listed above and so much more. I have also been very lucky have these women and several other friendships for 7 years or more. I've been asked on many occasions how I've maintained friendships for that long when some people can't even keep a goldfish alive for more than a couple of days. My answer: SHOW UP.

Many of you know I have lived in several cities in my adult life, five of them to be exact, but I've never allowed that distance and time apart to affect my friendships. It can be hard being gone every weekend and put a strain on your wallet sometimes, but I have never regretted a single one of the trips I made or the money I spent to be there. It's not an easy task I promise, but it's remembering to call on birthday's or know when the next job interview or loan $20 until their paycheck comes in Friday that will set your friendship apart. They know they can depend on me and, truthfully, I like being the friend who is dependable. Maybe it's the 'mom who doesn't actually have any kids' in me. But I don't see it changing. My friends know that when you have Molly McInerney as a friend, you have a friend for life. 

We are all so caught up in our own problems, lives, and social media so much sometimes that it can be easy to lose track of the people around you. But to make friendships truly last a lifetime, you have to be present and remember the little things. You have to SHOW UP.

Have a great week!

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