Seven Friends Every Woman Needs
The best buddies to help you through life's ups and downs.
1. The in-the-trenches-with-you friend.
Whether you share the same profession, hometown or marital status, this is the gal whose life is pretty much the same as your own. She's the one you can count on to listen to a my-life's-so-tough soliloquy and really get it.
2. The wise woman.
She's been there, done that — and she can give you some perspective on your situation. Whether you're surviving your child's terrible twos or climbing the corporate ladder, just knowing that she made it through in one piece helps you persevere. Whether she's your official mentor or simply a more
experienced friend, you can learn a lot by picking her brain.
3. The joker.
She may not be all that reliable, but she has this wonderful way of pointing out the lunacy of the world and making you lighten up and laugh!
4. The fresh friend.
Having a friend who is younger than you reminds you of just how far you've come (and, hopefully, how lucky you are to be exactly where you are). While you may envy her youth and enthusiasm, you could also be inspired by her!
5. The good guy.
Every woman needs a male friend. Think of this buddy as a translator who can help you speak the sometimes befuddling language of the male species — and keep the faith. Remember, don't muddy the waters of this friendship with flirtation. Befriend a guy who is happily attached or whom you don't find
attractive! Who knows, you might want to add his wife or girlfriend to your friend roster too.
6. The not-my-life friend.
You're married; she's not. She's a firefighter, a CEO, a nun. A pal with a very
different life provides you with a refreshingly different point of view — and helps you appreciate that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
7. The history friend.
This person is someone who has been the eyewitness to the ups, downs and bad hairdos at every stage of your life. Perhaps you met in the playpen or on the first day of junior high school. This kind of friend is priceless, and you should regularly drop her a line or call her to keep the connection current.
Because she's been part of your past, she can fully appreciate your present.