How important it is to be your own best friend…?

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Best friends are amazing.

They are your biggest cheerleaders.

They will tell you if you’ve got lipstick on your teeth.

They will be there to support you if your heart gets broken.

They know instinctively whether the situation at hand requires a bar of chocolate, a large glass of wine or a trip to the nearest shoe store.

They immediately provide you with either a bar of chocolate, a large glass of wine or a trip to the nearest shoe store…or all of the above.

You know that they ALWAYS have your back.

You know that you can call them anytime.

You know that they will know exactly what to say.

They always have your best interests at heart.

Every woman should have someone like this in her life.

I am truly blessed, because I have several incredible women in my life who tick most, if not all of these boxes.

I am also lucky enough to have a couple of women around me who tick all of these boxes and so many more as well…and one very special woman who is as close as you can get to family without blood ties.

We all know how to be this kind of friend.

Most of us ARE this kind of friend to at least one other person.

We know what support another woman needs.

We know how to read their words and body language.

We can tell if they need a hug or to vent…or a combination of the two.

We listen when they need to talk.

We encourage them.

We support them.

We cheer them on.

We give them hugs.

We laugh with them.

We cry with them.

We share their highs…and their lows.

We like to make them laugh.

We want to see them happy.

We love them unconditionally.

We know how to do be this kind of friend…and we know how much it means to have someone in your life that will do this for us.

But the question I want to ask you is…are you this kind of friend to yourself?

Because you spend more time with yourself than you do with any other person on the planet (no matter how close your friendship is!)

You hear your own words more than anyone else.

So what words do you use about yourself?

Are you your biggest cheerleader? …or your biggest critic?

In my experience, more women fall into the second category than the first.

How often do you say things like this to yourself?

“I really shouldn’t have done that”

“I need to lose weight”

“That was stupid”

“I should have done more…”

“I should have done that quicker”

“I really don’t like my legs / bum / stomach etc”

“I feel fat today”

“What’s wrong with me?”

“I can’t do that?”

You can have the best friend in the world who spends a few hours a week telling you how great you are….but if you spend the rest of the time criticizing yourself…which do you think will have the biggest impact?

So I would like to invite you to choose to become your own best friend, from this point forward. There’s no better time to start.

I love me

That way, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you’ll always have your best friend there cheering you on.

Come back on Wednesday to discover the 10 rules for being your own best friend…you won’t want to miss it!

Stay fabulous,

Claire x

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