February is here. We all know what that means–celebration of love. Love for those special people we can’t imagine living without. People who love and support us through thick and thin. People who know us better than we even know ourselves. People who would drop everything and be by our sides in the good times and bad.
I know this isn’t exactly breaking news, ladies, but motherhood is HARD. It can be messy, frustrating, exhausting, and lonely. So when we find other women who can truly get where we’re coming from, we need to grab hold and hang on for dear sanity.
They are the ones we celebrate on February 13th, the unofficial holiday of Galentine’s Day. If you’ve never observed Galentine’s Day before, here are five reasons why you absolutely should!
1. We need people who know our names.
Like. Our real names. Not Mom, Mama, Mommy, or Snack Lady. Motherhood can tend to cause us to forget our identities. Our girlfriends understand this and they help us remember who we are.
2. We need people to laugh with.
Motherhood is full of those times when you just look around and think, “No one will ever believe this.” Like when you open the front door to find a sheriff’s deputy answering a 911 call you didn’t know had been made. Or when the baby locks herself in the bathroom and the big kids try to fix it by removing the doorknob and you almost have to call the fire department. (Yes. These actually happened to me. Within a two-day time span.) Our girlfriends will not only believe us, but they have probably got their own crazy stories to help us feel not so alone in the insanity.
3. We need people to cry with.
As moms, our hearts are walking around outside of our bodies. We feel our children’s feelings exponentially. When we have to hold them down for medical procedures. When we have to pick them up after a fall. When a friend breaks their hearts. When they receive a diagnosis. We need girlfriends in our lives who can help us process this because they’ve lived it themselves. Who will not only let us cry on their shoulders but end up crying with us.
4. We need people to be our cheerleaders.
When we’re up to our necks in diapers, laundry, and dishes, we tend to think this may be all we have to offer this world. Our girlfriends see in us what we don’t often see in ourselves. That we have strengths and talents other than cutting grapes in half or wiping noses. Everyone needs a cheerleader now and then to give us the extra push we need to go for our dreams. Moms need to come together to support and encourage each other in our passions. We are whole human beings with tons of potential. We need reminders of that fact and our girlfriends are awesome at handing them out.
5. We need people to inspire us.
I don’t know about you, but I am constantly inspired by moms who mother in creative ways I haven’t thought of yet. I get stuck in patterns and while not necessarily negative, everyone benefits from changing it up now and then. Our girlfriends help us to keep it fresh. Whether it’s a new recipe, a new hobby, or a new organizational tool, our girlfriends are there for us.
Celebrate your tribe.
Mamas, I know it’s not easy to find a tribe, so if you have one–CELEBRATE THEM. If you don’t have a whole group, find a woman who makes a difference in your life and celebrate her. If you don’t have anyone or you’d like to find more, join one of our neighborhood groups on Facebook and introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you!
So, mamas, for this Galentine’s Day, I challenge you to send a thank you note. Text an encouragement. Get together for a Moms Night Out and celebrate each other. Galentine’s Day is the perfect time to find a friend, be a friend, and celebrate female friendship.
If you celebrate Galentine’s Day this year, snap a pic on Instagram and tag us (@atlmomsblog) using the hashtag #CelebrateYourGirlfriends! We’d love to see your photos!