Becoming Your Own Best Friend

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Becoming Your Own Best Friend
6 Paths to Personal Best Friendship

4. Nurture your dreams. Best friends help each other identify dreams and encourage each other on their path. So think about what your strengths are, what brings you most joy in your life, what feeds your soul. Think about what you love to do, to be. Think about who you love to be around, where you love to be. What are your values for yourself and others? What are your gifts for the world and who is the woman you are becoming? How can all of this be melded into something that you will be proud of and excited to wake to each and every day? Allow yourself to grow these ideas as big as you want, letting nothing get in your way!
 

5. Be real with yourself. Best friends are those that can tell you the truth even when it stings a little. They don’t do it to hurt, they do it to help. So, when you find yourself in a prickly situation, stop and ask what type of advice a BFF would lend and then, take it! Remember, this advice should come from a place of concern and care, not from a place of criticism. Being able to guide yourself in such an honest way will give you control over your decisions and emotions.

 

6. Celebrate your successes. Just as you would sprint over to a BFFs house with a bottle of bubbly to acknowledge her new job, her finally breaking up with Mr. Wrong or even the purchase of a fab new pair of shoes (ok, maybe that’s just me and my BFF), do the same for yourself. Don’t wait on someone else to toast to your successes… do it yourself. Hugging and hi-5′ing yourself encourages you to do more great things and with more great accomplishments, comes more self-love. What a gorgeous cycle!

Here’s to your new BFF status!

Live and love largely,
Tristan 

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Tristan Coopersmith

Marriage and Family Therapist

Tristan Coopersmith, M.A. MFTi
www.tristancoopersmith.com

Location: Hermosa Beach, CA
Credentials: BA, MA, MFTI
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