Taking some today time to reflect on the power of girlfriends. My girls are my rocks - they've been with me through it all. I'm lucky enough to have several groups of women supporting me through different phases of my life. Each group serves a different purpose and role in my life but they're all equally important.
These ladies know it ALL - they've been around from the beginning and they know all the embarrassing stories to prove it. They know everything about me and they know my family. In fact, some of them have become family. I can call them any time, day or night, and I know they'll drop everything to help.
High School Friends
In high school, I was luckily enough to meet what we call "The Crew". One of the things I love most about this group is that it's made up of siblings! I'm on the "older" end (we're all basically the same age but when you're two years older in high school, it seems so different) and my brother is on the "younger" end. This is the group I go to for all the laughs. We are so silly and they're the first people to turn my bad day around. Whether celebrating a birthday or just sitting on the couch staring at the phone, this group is always up for a hang.
Before I went away to college, I told my mom I'd never "buy my friends" by joining a sorority. That changed quickly when I met the ladies of TriDelta. I was just 17 when I started college and could not have made it through four years without this group. They've seen my wild side and loved (no, really, they did!) all of my pranks. These days, I am so proud of this group of women. Literally every one of them is a success in their chosen career field. They have the BEST job advice. Whether we're reminiscing about our "good old days", talking about marriage and babies or contemplating a new job, we're always supportive of each other.
I've spent the last 11 years loving all my ladies in the AV world. This strong, fierce group of women represents a minority in our industry with pride. They're so friendly, welcoming and always willing to lend a hand. I love that I can reach out to any one of them at any time for anything. While I've made these friends through work, these are friendships that have extended into home life and I'm proud to call this great group of women my tribe!
As I'm writing this list, I realized I have SO many girlfriends that don't even fit into one of these categories. There is nothing more powerful than female friendship and man I am lucky to have such an amazing squad. I challenge you to reach out today and tell your girlfriends how much they mean to you!
Megan A. Dutta