Though much of our energy and time may be devoted to building our careers (and breaking through those glass ceilings), and most of "compromises" are made within our romantic relationships or the workplace, there is often a connecting thread that keeps us sane, laughing and happy: our female friendships. Our connection to fellow inspiring females can help muster courage through dark, difficult times and help us relax when we’re overly stressed or struggling to see yourself in the loving way in which we deserve.
But as we all go our own separate ways, with different priorities, responsibilities and addresses, keeping a friend group close can be a strain on everyone involved. Not only is finding time to talk tough, but standing firm on common group can be tricky, too. However, investing in those relationships is essential for personal growth and life satisfaction.
“Your friend group in your 20s is important for a plethora of reasons," life coach Kali Rogers tells Bustle. "You have chosen them as your support system and as your comic relief during the most turbulent years of your life thus far. You are no longer in a classroom forced to hang out with each other, you are actively choosing this group to be in your life while you navigate your first job, find your first apartment, struggle with finances, and explore dating in a post-romance era. They are crucial to your sense of normalcy and are hopefully their to validate your experiences as they go through the same milestones. This friend group will forever be your barometer of what pace your life should be unfolding — so choose wisely!"
If you want to maintain these friendships, here are some ways to keep your connections strong: