Ever since the book came out, I've received feedback about how it's made women think about friendships throughout their lives, as well as who is in their lives now. The goal of this blog is to open up and create a dialogue about friendships: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Each week I will post my thoughts, experiences, as well as various articles, topics or quotes that I feel are important when examining female friendships. Please feel free to leave comments; I look forward to hearing from you!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Girl Code

I came upon this interesting Q & A on Elle.com:
What is girl code, exactly?

An excerpt from the article:
"Here’s the BLC—Basic Lady Code: Never hate a woman you’ve never met, never date a friend’s ex, never reveal another female’s secret, never leave an inebriated friend alone at a bar, never invite a friend’s enemy to a party, never dine alone with a friend’s boyfriend (unless it’s his last meal and he’s being shot at dawn)."

I would agree with these rules/codes.  Although, I would say the above codes are common courtesy; that's why they are "Basic Lady Code."

Thus, E. Jean has "AWC: Advanced Woman Code," which consist of:
"Never trust a girlfriend who dates a married man.
Never refuse to write a recommendation for the offspring of a friend (no matter how big an idiot the kid is).
Never steal your friend’s thunder at a dinner party—when she’s on, give her room! Pound the table! Bang your glass with a spoon! Laugh the loudest at her story!"

What are your thoughts?  Do you have rules/codes that influence how you act in your friendships?  Would you add or change any of E. Jean's codes?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WebMD Article

I'm thrilled to share an article I was interviewed for in the March/April print issue of WebMD:

Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends by Colleen Oakley

You can also view it on WebMD Magazine Digital if you don't subscribe to the print magazine (scroll down to page 14 to view the article).