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Francesca Villardi Treadmill Treats



Francesca Villardi Treadmill Treats


My wonderful women friends

My wonderful women friends

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My wonderful women friends 

The other day was International Women's Day and if you follow me you know how I feel about specific days. I believe we should uplift each other every day, not just on these designated days.

As I am writing this piece I am thinking of how blessed I have been in my life with my women friends.

I know that growing up I was a Tomboy and didn't have many girlfriends, almost all of my friends were guys.

I remember my daughters coming home from school and telling me all the drama between them and their girlfriends and asking me how I dealt with it growing up. I laughed and told them when you had guy friends you didn't have drama, you had competition, you had egos but no drama.

I guess that is why I feel I can do anything, that is why I am so competitive because it was do or die with the boys. They were not cutting you any slack, keep up, or get left behind, too bad that you're a girl.

As I got older I realized how female friends filled a different part of your soul, they understood you, they had that ear to listen, and they felt your pain. I had a different connection with them, than I did with my guy friends.

They understood about my marriage problems, my child-rearing problems, being a woman, and trying to be a superwoman. They felt your pain and knew the attitude that even if you were dying, you would die trying rather than admit defeat.

They got it, they knew your journey and they were always there to lift you up.

I now have a diverse circle of women friends. I have older women friends, younger friends, I have black friends, Spanish friends, Muslim friends, Jewish friends, I am blessed with a melting pot of amazing women in my life.

I also have married women friends, single friends, single moms, gay friends, and straight friends.

I have female friends that I've known for a few months and friends I've known all my life. And believe it or not, I still talk to and see so many of these women that I've known since I was 5 and moved upstate. 

See it doesn't matter about age, nationality, religion, or color because they all bring something to my table. They all fill my heart with their kindness, their humor, and their strength. These are some of the most amazing women in the world and I am blessed to know them.

I also learned a few years ago that not everyone you grew up with is still who you think they are. I no longer have time for drama or pettiness so I decided that I have enough great friends and I can cut them loose and walk away with a clear conscience.

I've learned I don't have to deal with negative, petty, backstabbing "so-called" friends when I have the real deal in my circle. So my attitude now is bye-bye, there's the door, don't let it hit you in the ass on the way out!

I tell my real friends how much I admire them, I tell them they are my shero's, my role models.

I let them know what an amazing job they are doing. I make sure that they know that I am their biggest cheerleader. I always tell them how much I love and appreciate them, all the time, I don't need a special day to do this.

This is what we are supposed to do, this is what real women do, this is what a decent human being does.

So today my friends, be thankful if you have a circle of women friends. Be thankful if you can pick up the phone and have someone talk you down from the ledge. If you have great women friends because if you do then you are truly blessed, and never take that for granted.

I would like to thank all of my girlfriends and my "Soul Sisters" for filling my life with love, laughter, and a lifetime of memories...I love you all!! 

"Be the change you want to see"


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