6 girlfriends every woman needs
Happy Galentine’s Day to you! I’m a total girl’s girl and I love it that 13th February is unofficially dedicated to our female friends. Galentine’s Day has grown into A Thing this year and it’s got me thinking how our girlfriends all have special roles in our lives – they cheer us on, comfort us, help us when life throws us curveballs. So, here are the girls who make me glow (of course you’re on the list!) …
1. My oldest friend
Caggie and I met when we were four years old on the beach in the Isle of Wight. We’ve lived in different countries for a long time – I was away in Oz for four years and she’s been in LA since 2014 – but talking over the phone long-distance has made our friendship stronger. I’m incredibly honest with her. We’ve shared so many experiences, from our parents getting divorced when we were 16, to going to our first festival. Though I only see Caggie maybe three times a year, our friendship immediately clicks in and there we are, talking in our PJs all night long.
2. My career coach
When I met Millie aged 16 years ago, I would have called her my party friend, not my career coach! We met in a pub (underage drinking confession) and I remember she was wearing a backless halterneck, and I thought she was so cool. Millie was seeing my friend Rufus at the time and we went back to his after the pub that night, and got on so well that the two of us shared a bed! Poor Rufus was on the sofa!
Now, Millie checks in with me every day; she’s so supportive. We talk about work a lot, even though we’re in different sectors of the online world. If I get a crappy message, Millie would understand and talk me through it. I love Millie’s entrepreneurial spirit – creating a job you love is such a good foundation for a happy life.
3. My agony aunt
I was seven years old when I met Sorcha, another friend I met on holiday in the Isle of Wight. That island is such a big part of who I am! Sorcha is the world’s best friend ever. She’s so unselfish, she always has my back and gives me the most amazing advice. We cook a lot together; when she comes over we chat for hours. She’s very rational – Sorcha’s a lawyer – and I love it that she helps me see both sides of the story instead of just saying, “yes Madeleine, you’re right”. Though of course I do like that too!
4. My school friends
I went to Streatham & Clapham Girls’ School and most of my group still lives around south west London, so we see a lot of each other. My schoolfriends make me feel very carefree – it’s bizarre that I’m a mum now! It’s my schoolfriends who are most interested in Shay, even though they’re not in the baby zone themselves. Being a new mum can feel quite isolating sometimes so it’s a relief that our friendship is still close-knit despite the fact I can’t see them all as much as I used to.
5. My mentor
Alice is my manager, but she’s also my mentor and my cheerleader. I’ve known her since I was really young – another Isle of Wight connection! I remember her being so glamorous (she still is!) and I had a big crush on her brother. I’m eternally grateful to Alice for taking me on as her first ever client and I trust her completely, with work stuff and beyond. Her daughter is a few months older than Shay so Alice is going through all the mum stuff ahead of me – her advice on figuring out a work/life balance is gold.
We’re friends, right? #awkward. Your friendship means the world to me! You inspire me to try my best, to be open and honest and positive every day. When I’m cooking, I’m thinking of you. So please do tell me what you’d like to see more (or less!) of here, because I value your advice most of all.
Love, Madeleine xx
PS Have you tried my Galentine’s Day Galette? Make it for your girlfriends – it’s the perfect excuse to get together!