Outfits 9 months ago by Liz Adams

Why It’s Important to Be Your Own Best Friend

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It may sound silly but I am definitely my own best friend. I’ve learned this over many many years. Yes I have my best friends who have been by my side since high school and college but this relationship with myself is different. It’s something that I think needs to happen as a woman, as you get older, as you enter new experiences – it is important to remain faithful and dependent on yourself. I’m my own cheerleader, if you will. I have no shame in my best friend game!

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You may have noticed on my IG stories that I was in Dallas this past weekend for a work conference. I always go into these weekends with a bit of anxiety. Meeting new people, dressing the part and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. These types of weekends challenge me but I always walk away feeling more motivated, inspired and dedicated to producing bigger and better content for YOU. You know, it’s not always easy working for yourself. It can be isolating, lonely, intimidating and just kind of blah. I’ve realized the importance of doing what is best for you. If life has taught me anything it is that the timeline you make is what restricts you the most. Being a mom has showed me that any plan that I have (for work or life!) must come with flexibility and understanding. The truth is that my life on and off is a job. Managing my site and social channels and being a mom are two full-time jobs that I never shut off. Finding time for myself let alone friends is tough so it’s important that I am my own bestie (who else is going to drink wine with me after Dave and the kids go to sleep?). The answer is ME. 

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When I was in high school I was a cheerleader. Shocking? Probably not. I loved it and what I loved most about it was that everyone on the squad came from different groups. It wasn’t the most popular girls, it wasn’t everyone you would expect to be a cheerleader and honestly we were all such good friends. The type of friends that you never felt pressure to be around and just genuinely made you happy. We’ve all moved on with our lives but I feel like that group made such an impact on me. A reminder that there are no boundaries when it comes to friendship. No rules, no expectations. Surrounding yourself with good, supportive people is essential. Even if that means yourself! 

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Sometimes the greatest pep talks are to me, from me. In the mirror before my kids wake up, on the stair master when I feel like I’m dying, when I’m going into a business meeting and feeling insecure. Ain’t nobody going to build me up like myself! I posted a video on my IG stories this weekend and I was dancing to Demi Lovato’s Confident. Her words are so true! What’s wrong with being confident? Absolutely nothing. 

Are you your own best friend? Do feel like this is a weird concept or do you get it? We all need a cheerleader!

Shop the post:
Anthropologie Blouse (similar here and here), Abercrombie Overalls (wearing a medium, similar here), Sensi Studio Bag (on sale!), Anthropologie Headband, Soludos Espadrilles, Ray Ban Sunnies

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  1. You are looking so lovely here, very girly and retro! I think that if we can’t be the best friends and at peace with ourselves, we won’t be able to be best friends or genuinely like and engage with anybody around us either. Once we’re in good terms with ourselves and we accept ourselves for whom we are, we might actually realise the fact that we’re the only person we’ll for sure spend the rest of our lives with, every single moment, every single situation… We need to like ourselves first to be able to live the live to the fullest and have quality relationships with others too.

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  2. This has been a big lesson for me as I’ve moved to a new city on my own this year. It’s hard to make new friends so I’m often left on my own and I have to be purposeful in finding ways to enjoy myself.

  3. I love this! I also love that not all of your posts are sponsored… I hate when I read other blogs with nice posts like this that are then somehow tied to a partner in the last few lines. Keep up the good work!! I love your blog and your insta! 🙂

  4. This is one thing I find easy. I think since I am an only child it is natural for me. One thing I do have to remind myself of though is to focus on positive self talk. I always think to myself would I say to one of my best friends what I am telling myself?? Typically I am harder on myself than others. Always something to work on…

  5. I love the attitude! Amd I never realized or referred to myself as bestie but actually I am just that and you know what? It’s great!

  6. I am STRUGGLING lately with self-love and anxiety and this post really resonated with me! It’s so important to be kind to yourself, accept yourself for who you truly are (not who you think you want to be!), and not to be afraid to present that self to the world! Everyone would be happier if we all stayed true to who we are and accepted people for who they are…starting with ourselves!

  7. One, you look freaking adorable. Two, I couldn’t agree more! I definitely feel as though I am my own best friend and as you said, give myself the best pep talks at times. I think that is so important!

    xo Laura Leigh
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