Cookie Athlete girlfriendAre you BFFs with the people you work with? Do your girlfriends see you everyday at work? Most of us aren’t that lucky!

September is a special month around Girlfriendology – it’s International Women’s Friendship Month (aka: #FriendshipMonth) and we’re celebrating with 30 great guest blogs filled with fabulous girlfriend advice and wisdom.

Today is our last Friendship Month guest blog. ): We’re sad to see the month end but happy to share one more guest blog with great girlfriend advice from guest blogger COLETTE MARX who shares her story of working, playing, and shopping with girlfriends.

I love my girlfriends, in fact I enjoy them so much I work, play, and chill with them on a regular basis.

When I started working with my girlfriends, I never dreamed it would be as enjoyable as it is. We work with a parallel entrepreneur who is showing us the entrepreneurial ropes. Starting a business and building it is nothing like I imagined.

For one thing, it’s fun. When you get to work with your girlfriends, something as simple as editing a document is a hoot. Some of our meetings have ended up sounding like a laugh track for a sitcom. Our Skype chats are chock-full of one-liners and inside jokes. Of course I’m learning each girlfriend is a freaking genius in her own way, and I love working with a group of intelligent women. We teach each other new stuff everyday. And that’s just on the work side of things. The team rewards are even better.

You see, the entrepreneur we work for believes in goals and rewards big time (and now, so do I.) It’s all part of his Zig Zag Principle. (The Zig Zag Principle is basically a goal setting strategy. When applied to business, rewards are tied to things like driving the company to profitability.)

Recently my team and I team received one of the greatest rewards ever. After reaching our profitability goals and some other social media goals, we were rewarded with a sweet shopping spree—complete with pedicures, Buckle jeans, and lots of lip-gloss. There are a few truths I live by… toes should sparkle, jeans should fit perfectly, and a girl can never have too much lip-gloss.

Talk about motivation. Just mention shopping, and I’ll do anything—even if it means doubling traffic to a site. I love shopping in all of its forms. So I especially loved shopping with my favorite chickas and I really loved the free spending money!

During our shopping spree we loaded one girlfriend’s suitcase with new clothes for her upcoming European cruise. Unfortunately, we failed to talk her into a pair of red stilettos—but there will be future shopping trips for sure. Correct me if I’m wrong, but every girlfriend needs a pair of red heels!

We helped one girlfriend overhaul her makeup bag. We’re talking a complete makeover, a brand new palate, new tools, new hair cut, and everything.

Of course, no shopping trip is complete without a stop at Buckle for the perfect fitting jeans, followed by a visit to Victoria’s Secret for…lip-gloss. Yes, they really do have the greatest lip-gloss and a bunch of other stuff we all love too!

To wrap it all up we got pedicures and glitter toes. And then we hit Red Mango for a treat.

Any girlfriend can agree that when it comes to working: girlfriends make the best co-workers. When it comes to rewards: shopping with girlfriends is the way to go. When it comes to goal setting—The Zig Zag Principle is the most efficient way. But there’s just one thing my girlfriends and I can’t agree on…and that’s the best flavor of Red Mango to order. Some say fruit, some say cheesecake, and others say chocolate chips.

Now the girlfriends are back to work. We’re working hard and zigging and zagging to reach the next goal. For the next reward we’re looking forward to booking a hotel together, hitting the movies, ativan no prescription overnight delivery getting facials, and of course we’ll do some shopping.

COLETTE MARX is the proud mother of four crazy and wild boys. My husband has Muscular Dystrophy, so I sometimes lean on my girlfriends for support. I love all things pink and girly, but most of all chocolate! If I had to say two words that describe me most, it would be cookie and athlete, which is why I blog on Cookieathlete.com!

Do you work with your girlfriends? Do you celebrate your successes together? How? (Share in comments!)

By the way, we LOVE guest blogs here at Girlfriendology. Have a great girlfriend story to tell? Want to celebrate your fabulous female friends? SHARE! (And, we also have Girlfriend Gurus – check that out to be featured on Girlfriendology!)

Note: It’s September – International Women’s Friendship Month (#Friendship Month) and we’re celebrating all month long! From this interview and guest blog by Miss America, to a month of women’s wisdom and 30 guest blogs, to our Newsletter Sign-up Contest and Facebook fun, and more! Don’t miss out on any of it! SIGN UP for our Newsletter and ‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the fun friendship festivities and more!

THANKS for a great Friendship Month Girlfriends!

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