Girlfriend Advice on Work Friendships

Girlfriend Advice on Work Friendships

Girlfriend advice for work friendsHow to Be a Friend to Girlfriends at Work

I know what things are good:  Friendship & Work & Conversation. These I shall have. – Rupert Brooke

Maybe she put in a good word for you to land the job, or maybe you met at work. Regardless, working with women is not always what it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes, the office politics are too much to handle and gossip becomes a common language among workmates. Still, there has to be females in the workplace that are worth the friendship. A friendship with a trusted fellow female worker will help you both survive any work environment, or maybe even thrive while working together. Here are some tips on how to be a friend to girlfriends at work.

Make the most of work time to keep it pleasant and friendly. It’s not our imagination when we feel as if we spend more time with our workmates than anyone else. Working women spend most of their days either sleeping or at work. An American Time Use Survey revealed that we spend an average of 8.7 hours working or in work-related activities and 7.7 hours a day sleeping. However, Americans are less likely to have friends at work whom they associate with and consider as close friends outside of work. We, instead, tend to exchange the idea of developing friendships with becoming more productive while at work. However, you don’t have to substitute cultivating a lasting friendship for the sake of your job.

We simply don’t want to risk our jobs or our friendships, so we conclude that the two don’t mix well. We are reluctant to blend our work life with our private life, but the two do not need to be kept entirely separate. There is no reason why relationships with friends in the workplace need to interfere with work-related goals and progress.

Friendship at work Benefits: Less Stress and More Productivity!

Girlfriends make women: Healthier, Happier, Less Stressed, Live longer and Feel more Beautiful (that’s a lot of benefits of friendship!). Just reducing stress at work is a HUGE benefit of having a friend nearby!

Also, a Gallup poll survey, known as the Q12 Survey, revealed that having a good friend at work actually increases productivity. The results showed that employees who had a best friend in the workplace tend to be more focused and more loyal to the company where they work. It gets even better than that. The survey also indicated that when we have a close friend at work, we get sick less often, or at least take less sick days, suffer fewer work-related accidents, have more satisfied customers, and tend to stay at the company longer.

So, how do you maintain friendship to girlfriends at work?

If you don’t already work side-by-side with your bestie, the first step is making at least one good friend at work, and that means finding common ground. Being vulnerable breaks down walls and allows relationships to build quickly. Just be careful not to share too much personal information too soon or during times you should be working. Start by going to lunch with a co-worker and begin to build a relationship before committing to weekends and after-hour friendships. Most importantly, remember that gossip kills friendships, so eschew those negative conversations over the cubicle.

If you’re already working with a good friend, keep the relationship healthy. She’s got your back, and you have hers. Encourage her when she’s up for a promotion. If you’re in a position to do so, put in a good word for her quality of work. Talk about non-work related topics, but try not to isolate other co-workers to make them feel as if they sat down at the wrong high school clique’s lunch table. Good work buddies are able to move seamlessly from work-related to non-work related topics in conversations. There are some topics that are best left unsaid. For instance, don’t compare paychecks or bonuses in a hurtful, unhealthy way. Give her some space. Not many things kill a close relationship faster than feeling smothered, as if someone is clinging to your every move like a toddler hiding behind your skirt, or constantly watching and hovering over you, telling you what to do. Never, ever speak poorly about your friend behind her back.

How do you make and maintain friendships at work?

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25 Girlfriend Gifts under $25, gifts for womenMake your Girlfriends feel as special as their friendship is to you with these 25 Holiday Girlfriend Gifts under $25!

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The holidays are the perfect time to show your girlfriends how much their friendship means to you. So, we’ve got 25+ girlfriend gift ideas for Christmas gifts, Hanukkah presents, Birthday gifts or a surprising way of saying ‘thanks for being my friend’ – all gifts under $25. Show your BFF how much special she is to you with a special gift!

  • MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS – A year of reminders of your friendship and your thoughtfulness. Give her the gift of something she loves like a magazine about her favorite
    hobby or passion – like Women’s Day for just some helpful info and inspiration ($5/year!), Women’s Health because you want her to be healthy and around in your life for a long time ($16), First for Women with 17 issues of helpful tips and coupons ($20), or something for a favorite hobby of hers – Beadwork magazine for your jewelry loving friends, Sew Beautiful for the seamstress sister ($24.99!), Women’s Running for those fitness friends ($20), and, for your gourmet girlfriends and foodie friends –  Cooking Light ($18), Everyday with Rachael Ray ($15) and Food Network Magazine ($18). (And, more than $25 but my FAVORITE craft magazine – Crafts Magazine from England – $75/year but worth it!) More Magazine Subscriptions.
  • StarbucksCOFFEE TALK – I love the conversations I have with a girlfriend over a cup of coffee (or glass of wine). Even though my girlfriend Deana and I live in different cities, we’ve been known to make a coffee talk date and go to our favorite STARBUCKS, then call each other over our lives over our favorite caffeinated or decaf beverage. Give her a gift certificate for Starbucks and a promise to share it with her in person or over the phone. Just do it – spend time together! Starbucks Card, the perfect way to treat a friend or treat yourself. Or check out this Coffee Treats Gift Basket with Too Good Gourmet Cinnamon Cookies, Almond Biscotti, premium Coffee, Butter Toffee Popcorn, decadent Chocolate Truffles and fine Ghirardelli chocolates.
  • FLOWERS – Something about a surprise gift of flowers can brighten any day. LOVE these by 1-800-Flowers called ‘Cupcake in Bloom‘ ($24.99). Perfect for a long distance friend whose day you just want to brighten, to a birthday surprise, to a happy way to say ‘I’m thinking of you!’ More flowers under $25.
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25 Cheer up Texts for Friends – Girlfriend Inspiration

25 Cheer up Texts for Friends – Girlfriend Inspiration

25 Texts to cheer up a friendNeed a cheer up message for a friend? Want to send an encouraging text to cheer up your friend? You’ve come to the right place!

 “When it rains, it pours … but soon, the sun shines again. Better days are ahead.”

That just might be the cheer up text that a friend needs to receive.

When you love someone as a friend (or more than a friend), you want them to be happy – right? Sometimes that isn’t the case when they’re going through tough situations or just dealing with more than they’d like. It might be just a bad day, or a sad day, or a rough month/year/decade. What’s important is letting her know that you’re there and that you care. Our friends look to us for encouragement and support – let’s be the kind of friend who provides it! Let’s be the friend who sends cheer up text messages!

Cheer up friendship sms quoteSeems like everyone sends texts/IMs these days. Within a minute or two, you can brighten her day, make her smile, and let her know you’re thinking about her. You can command Siri (or whomever) to write it for you (well, you do have to say it). You can send her an inspiring quote (see ideas below or check out these quotes) or a funny photo/emoji (app below). There are lots of ways you can use technology, apps, SMS/texts to be a better friend and cheer up a friend – which is our goal here on Girlfriendology! (Here’s another 25 text messages to cheer up a friend!)

Copy from the following Cheer Up Text messages / SMS / IMs or share the quotes/images. Or personalize these cheer up messages to your girlfriend. The only thing that really matters is that you show her how much you care and how you’re there to cheer up your friend!Cheer up SMS Text IM

25 Cheer up Texts for Friends:

1. Just tell her you’re thinking about her: “Hope things are good for you today. Know I’m here and I care. Love you!” might be all that it takes to cheer her up!

2. Cheer up IM SMS Text emoji thinking about youEveryone likes to feel admired: “I don’t tell you often enough, but you really are amazing and very special to me. Thanks for being my friend. I’m here if/when you need me.”

3. Everyone loves a compliment, right? Make her feel pretty and loved with a text/IM like: “I hope your day is as nice as your butt” – or something equally silly 🙂 (Love this keychain that says that – would make a great cheer up gift 🙂

4. Short and sweet: “You’re in my thoughts (and prayers). Hang in there!”

5. Acknowledge the tough situation: “I know – life isn’t fair sometimes. I’m here and I care.

6. Send long distance love: “Distance can’t separate us. You’re close in my thoughts and prayers.

7. Be honest: “Unfortunately, there’s no way around sadness, but through it. I’m here and will be whenever you need me.Cheer up SMS IM text you can do it

8. Just a simple reminder: “No matter how tough things are, I have so much faith in you. You are amazing and will be okay.”

9. Send a fun personalized emoji Girlfriend i love you this much emoiji(App info below) to create a fun reminder that you: “I love you THIS MUCH!: (Sent by my BFF Cath)

10. Remind her that SHE CAN DO IT with a graphic like this one –> (Made with the app below)

11. More emoji’s: Cheer up! or ‘Thinkin bout you’ (Plus, she’ll love seeing your personalized emoji!)

12. Sometimes we all lose faith in ourselves. Remind her that you never question her strength with a short but so cherished message of: “Just so you know, I have faith in you. You’ll be okay. You’re stronger than you know.”

13. Send a fun photo that you have of her and you together. Tell her how much you value her and her friendship.

14. Completely make her day! Tell her three things you love about her, like: “I love how you go after your dreams like the 100-mile bike ride you did! I love how you work so hard to make your community better. I love how you make me laugh when we talk. Thanks for the gift of your friendship!”Start your free trial now!

INSPIRING QUOTES TO SHARE:

15. “When it rains, sometimes it pours. The sun always comes out again and it will. Better days are ahead.” – use the graphic above.

16. Share this scripture for Christian Girlfriends:  “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28

17. Or this scripture:  “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.  Plans Life doesnt have to be perfect friendship inspirational quoteto prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

18. Or this scripture:  “Rejoice in our confident hope.  Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Romans 12:12

19. Every day on Instagram.com/Girlfriendology we post beautiful friendship quotes and you can send them to friends. Just find a quote that you like, and send it to any of your friends on Instagram. Like: “You yourself, deserve love and affection as much as anyone in the entire universe.”

20. Send these quotes to friends (available on the Girlfriendology Instagram page too): “There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you know.” (Winnie the Pooh – was a very wise bear!)

21. A great, inspiring quote for a great, inspiring cheer up SMS / Cheer up Text: “Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful” Annette Funicello.Friendship quote a true friend is there for you

22. Remind her that you’re a true friend with this friendship quote: “A true friend will be there for you when she’d rather be anywhere else.” Tell her that you’re there for her – no matter what!

23. Share this quote and tell her how much you enjoy her friendship and wish for her happiness:It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes HAPPINESS.

Don't let yesterday take up too much of today friendship inspiration quote24. Remind her, like the image below states, to: Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. 🙂

25. Cheer up a friend with this quote: “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles.” Charlie Chaplin

So, that’s 25 texts to cheer up a Friend. What texts cheer you or a friend up? Share below!

* I used BITMOJI (app) to create these personalized emoji messages. It’s a fun, creative app that lets you easily send a personalized cheer up text! She’ll love seeing you pop up in her texts/IMs.

What’s your favorite App for sending cheer up texts to friends? How do you encourage your friends? Share below!

(Here’s another 25 text messages to cheer up a friend!)Cheer up text nothing is permanent

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Gifts to Cheer Up a Friend:

Show your love, encouragement and support with these cheer up gifts for friends!Cheer up book girlfriend gift

Cheer Up Book – “A fun compendium of happy quotes that will help lift anyone out of the dumps

Hang in There Cheer UP Gift BasketHealthy and unique gift basket is full of nuts and seeds to help boost spirits naturally – Who knew? Or this Cheer Up Healthy Gift Basket – and in case of emergency, send her this AWESOME CHOCOLATE Gift Basket 🙂

FUN Cheer Up Wine Label Set – sure to bring a smile to her face!

Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul: Celebrating the Friends Who Cheer Us Up, Cheer Us On and Make Our Lives Complete

Keep Hangin’ In There Care PackageFilled with indulgent treats, two plush monkey friends, and a puzzle book for pleasant distraction, this gift box is sure to make your friend grin as she squishes the smile right off the happy stress ball’s face:)

And, eCards full of encouragement and support! Like these …

Cheer up cards encouragement support eCards

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5 Mistakes to Avoid to have Great Friendships

5 Mistakes to Avoid to have Great Friendships

silence of our friendsI want to be the friend who’s there for my girlfriends, don’t you? If so, you probably don’t want to be silent when they need someone to speak up, or not there when we should be the friend who is there for them.

In the end, we will remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther-King

I want to be the friend (and you must too if you’re here on Girlfriendology) who doesn’t make these friendship mistakes (but I have, so I’m trying to improve and be a better friend):

1. Not giving her the benefit of the doubt – Let’s start with the BIG friendship mistake. Did she say something bitchy or behind your back? Was she not there when you needed her to be? Did you hear something she said/did that hurt your feelings? STOP RIGHT THERE. She’s been your friend for a long time and through a lot of stuff, right?! Maybe she had a bad day, was misquoted or misunderstood the situation. If she’s been there for you for years, and through ‘stuff,’ give her the benefit of the doubt. Trust that she is there for you. Don’t come to conclusions looking at the negative. Girlfriends are there for each other. Be there for her – no matter what your first impression is.

2. Taking sides. Let’s be serious about friendships. If they’re good girlfriends, they’re worth getting away from the silliness of taking sides. Just be there for each other. Don’t team up with each other. Conspire on the behalf of your true friends. Stay on her side when she needs you.

3. Too busy to spend time together. Time. The most valuable gift we can give our girlfriends. “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time,” said James Taylor. Pass time together – spend time together – be there for your friends. Make take for your girlfriends. Don’t make this mistake!

4. Choosing to be with ‘the guy.’ Sure, being in a romantic relationship can lead to some ‘friendship challenges.’ We want to be there for them and there for our friends. A true friend values the friend who doesn’t change, no matter whom she dates. A real partner will understand and value that you have your own life and your own friends.

5. Playing games. Let’s be the realistic girlfriend. Women can be catty, mean, unfair, unkind. Girlfriends can do all the above – choose who they’re dating over their friends, be ‘too busy,’ take sides or not give her the benefit of the doubt. We can play bogus games or take each other for granted. Let’s stop the games. Let’s be there for each other.

Do you make these friendship mistakes? Do you wish you had better friendships? Well, it’s not that hard – just be a better friend and avoid these friendship mistakes. Life’s too short to not be a better friend. We girlfriends need to be here for each other. We need to be the friends we’d love to have. We need to NOT make these friendship mistakes.

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Top Five Travel Accessories Every Girlfriend Needs

Top Five Travel Accessories Every Girlfriend Needs

5 travel accessories every girlfriend needsI travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.  ~Caskie Stinnett

Planning a girlfriend trip anytime soon? Do you make a list of things to take, or do you just throw everything in a suitcase and know that somehow or other it will all work out?

Travel writer and guest blogger NOELLA SCHINK shares some of her favorite things for women travelers to take on a trip.

There is a list a mile long of the places my best friend and I have left to go in this world, but we’ve been lucky enough to get out and travel a bit so far. As a practical lady who grew up in Maine, you’ll find my tips are always budget conscious (though my girlfriend always lets me know when an item is worth a splurge!) and frill-free, yet still stylish enough to take across the globe.

Smartwool Slippers

Merino woolI like these cozy slippers for travel because they are light, they never get smelly, and the Merino wool feels so lovely and luxurious on my tootsies. This rare wool also wicks away moisture so your toes will never get clammy. Not only are they an in-cabin flight staple, but they are also indispensable for hotel bathrooms and scuffing down the hallway to the vending machine for a bag of Fritos at 1am. Not that we would ever do that. The Fritter Free Heel is a clog style with an indoor-only felt sole, or you could opt for the Morning Ballet which doubles as an achingly cute flat that can be worn from airport to hotel check-in. My friend was so green with envy when she saw me slip a pair of these on in flight she immediately ordered her own pair!pashmina scarf, purple blanket

Pashmina

This is one accessory where the adage “you get what you pay for” truly applies. You can find a knock off, poly-blend wannabe for under twenty bucks at the mall kiosk, but once you feel the luxury and warmth of a real Pashmina shawl, you’ll never go back. I recommend a Pashmina/silk blend for maximum softness and sheen. If you treat yourself to one of these in a versatile color, it can triple as a scarf, plane blankie, and demure shawl when you are out for a nice night on the town or perhaps whilst on a breezy beach treating yourself to the sunset. The real ones will be made with wool from Nepal or Turkey.

Mini Farouk Chi

As I said before, I’m usually quite low maintenance (as well as low tech), but this travel-sized flat iron has come in handy so many times that I can’t leave it off the list. You know your hotel will have a hair dryer, but it will be so cheap/inadequate that you’ll need a styling tool to help you out. I know that one of the biggest treats about travel for me is the chance to hair straightener travel size“go out” in an exotic city. And though I might be wearing week old jeans and my swimsuit for a bra, I still want to look nice. I travel with my best girl friend, and we are far past the point of impressing each other with shaved legs and high heels, so we get glam in other ways. This versatile, packable tool heats to 392 degrees in about a minute and has top-notch ceramic plates that will smooth even my frizzy waves in a single pass. Even though the handle is wee, the plates are full size, so you are getting the complete Chi styling experience at about half the price and weight!

L.L Bean Medium Personal Organizer

It couldn’t get more “Mainer from Maine” than L.L Bean, but you’ll have to admit we are ontotoiletries,organizersomething up here when you check out this toiletries bag. I have looked high and low for a more sensible, sturdy bag, but nothing compares. This pouch has multiple compartments so your mini bottles don’t get jostled around, a hook, removable mirror, and even side pockets for easy access to your regulation quart baggie of liquids as you ease through airport security. As if it could get any more practical, it’s even made of material that’s easily wiped clean if your toothpaste should unfortunately explode mid-trip (definitely has happened to my friend!).

Lucky Brand Abbey Road Crossbodycross body bag

A definite indulgence, this bag is worth it because it’s made of baby-soft leather, it looks ever-so-chic, and will last for years. The utilitarian side of me loves it because it’s so well made, roomy, and (there’s that word again) practical. The fashionista inside me covets it for the classic look, and the leather that is seriously so soft. Every woman needs a crossbody bag for travel because it’s a hands free style, it’s more secure to your body (and therefore a pickpocket deterrent), and it will fit an in-flight magazine, spontaneously purchased souvenirs, a camera, and every other necessity women need to have with them at all times, even halfway around the world (do you really need to lug your spare glasses, hand lotion, phone charger, hair brush, and five lipsticks around Prague? No. Will you anyway? Yes). You obviously need this bag. If you are the luckiest girl in the world like me, your best friend will get it for you for your birthday, otherwise, get it for yourself—you’re worth it!

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NOELLA SCHINK is a travel writer from Portland, Maine. She loves to see new places and loves Excellent Hotels for her hotels in New York, Paris, London, and beyond!

What we share on Girlfriendology is what we would Genuinely share with a girlfriendWhat are your travel necessities? What “go-to” items do always take when you leave home for a while?

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5 EASY ways you can Inspire Your Girlfriends …

5 EASY ways you can Inspire Your Girlfriends …

sparkle, quote,women,inspire,inspirationNever let anyone steal your SPARKLE.

Girlfriends have a wonderful way of bringing light and hope into our lives, right? Okay – well the GREAT Girlfriends do, but that’s our goal here at Girlfriendology, to be a GREAT Friend and that means we inspire our girlfriends to believe in themselves, feel beautiful and never let anyone steal their sparkle.

In the spirit of inspiring each other, here’re our 5 EASY ways YOU can inspire your Girlfriends …

1. Be POSITIVE. It’s easy to go negative but it’s inspiring NOT to. Be the friend who takes the supportive, affirmative, SPARKLY and helps her see the good over the bad. It may take a little effort to be positive when it would be so easy to go the opposite direction, but it’s kinda funny how being positive (even if you’re *kinda* just acting like it) can actually make you and her feel that way.

2. Be THOUGHTFUL and KIND. It just takes a moment to be thoughtful and kind. Be there for her on a bad day. Listen. Make her laugh. Inspire her by going a little further in your friendship – giving thoughtful girlfriend gifts, offering to run errands when you know she is completely overwhelmed, calling her when she needs to talk, asking about her day or performance review. It only takes a moment to be thoughtful – and I’m pretty sure you’ll inspire her to be there for you when you need her too!

life is a beautiful ride3. Make it just about HER. My BFF Cath is doing amazing bike races this summer – like 100 miles in one day! Make your girlfriends feel special by showing up when they do something *crazy* like ride 100 miles! Or give her gifts that are personalized to her and her favorite things. Don’t make it about you and what’s going on in your life – make it about HER. What can you do/say/give her that makes the moment and memory special? Like how special her friendship is to you! Remind her that ‘life IS a beautiful ride’ with her as your friend!

4. Give her INSPIRING Gifts. I have a rule on holiday gifts for girlfriends. NEVER give them anything you’d give your mom, a random co-worker or the neighbor who you barely know. Gifts for girlfriends should be personal and meaningful, like a mug to express your friendship or a piece of art that shares your true sentiment.

5. Be GRATEFUL. And help remind her to be too. Show your gratitude for her friendship, for the good memories and happy times ahead, for the gift of health or even the gift of time together. Gratitude is contagious. On those days when she feels down, share your gratitude and faith that tomorrow will be a better day.

And – it is pretty EASY, right? The way to inspire your friends is to BE A BETTER FRIEND. You can do it!

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