Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Girlfriend Guide: Mandy from A Sorta Fairytale

This week's edition of The Girlfriend Guide brings you the adorably sweet
Mandy from A Sorta Fairytale.  Mandy is one of my favorite mama's out there and I
adore reading about her beautiful family and gazing at her amazing photos.  Today, she
is sharing a look into her relationship with her very best friend, her sister Alissa!  I hope
that you enjoy reading her insightful words as much as I do! 

1. Introduce us to your best friend!  When, where, and how did you meet?
My best friend is my sister, Alissa. She's 2 1/2 years older than me. We weren't always the best of friends growing up... you know... I was the annoying little sister trying to be cool and hang out with my big sis and her friends. Ha ha. But now- our relationship has grown into a true friendship. She is and always will  be my best friend.

2. What is your personal definition of friendship?
To me, friendship is simple. A real friend is someone you can just be yourself with. And that's it.

3. What qualities do you look for in a girlfriend?
Going back to what I said previously, I look for people that I can feel comfortable with. I don't want to have to worry that they are judging me or criticizing my every move. I look for people that have similar interests & hobbies. I really try to befriend everyone, but my GOOD friends are the ones that accept me for who I am, and love it! :)

4. How do you balance spending time with friends and fostering relationships with work and family?
It can be tough sometimes, I'm not going to lie. But luckily my bestie is my sister and she understands when life gets busy. But she's also always there for me if I just wanna vedge out and watch The Bachelorette. Finding a  balance is hard, but the key is having good friends that can meet you half way. 

5. What advise would you give other women about having healthy, happy friendships?
Acceptance. There have been a lot of times in my life that I've realized that a particular friend wasn't a good influence on me... and I've had to let them go. The hard part is accepting that they either aren't good for you. I think it's extremely important to be wise about who we are spending our time with. Negativity can most definitely rub off on you. Stay surrounded by good people, and your friendships will thrive!

6. How has having strong friendships enriched your life?
Having strong friendships is a must. Every woman needs a really good support system, in not just family members - but in friends, too. My life is so much fuller when I'm surrounded by wonderful friends.

7. What is your favorite girlfriend memory you have shared?
There isn't just one memory that stands out. When it comes to my sister, we have shared so many wonderful times. We have a tendency to make each other laugh until we cry. Those are the times that I cherish the most!

Thank you so much for sharing, Mandy!  I can only pray that my girls will enjoy 
and value each other as much as you and Alissa do!  
The two of you are truly blessed!

If you are interested in participating in the Girlfriend Guide, contact me at the
email address below for more information!


Lindsay said...

This post was so sweet, and made me so excited for the wedding of one of my best friends, and being reunited with all of those people near and dear to my heart, who make me feel good, and love me exactly the way I am. Great post!

The Best of Both Worlds said...

I loved reading this! & Mandy looks so different with that blonde hair! I love the photos! & I love how we think alike. Best friends are def those you can be yourself around. The ones you don't have to work for!

alicia said...

So sweet to see such a special sister bond withstand the test of time.

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I really enjoyed writing this post!

Nessa said...

I love these... so neat to see how other women and their best friends.

Sylvia Cook Photography said...

Since I'm the momma of these 2 beautiful girls, I have to comment! There was a time when I thought they would NEVER like each other (you know those fun teen years).

So it really makes me all warm and fuzzy that they are the best of friends now:)

KimBerly said...

I love these posts. Can you send me info. I so want to participate.

amy@agoodlife said...

ah so fun!! i love mandy... they are so cute :)