When I was in college, I became a proud member of the Greek organization Kappa Delta.
I credit KD with helping me grow in so many ways. It helped me to learn so much about myself, to explore my leadership skills, and mostly, how to be a friend to so many different types of women.
It’s a misconception, in my opinion, that you join a sorority and you INSTANTLY have 100 new friends. That’s completely wrong. What joining an organization like this does is provide you with a common foundation and a common purpose in which to make 100 new friends.
And with who else can you build a human pyramid without having to wear a cheerleading costume? Yep, only amongst friends.
Our chapter had so many diverse personalities, women from so many different walks of life, and with a wide array of hobbies and interests. We were never that cookie-cutter stereotype that often accompanies sororities. We thrived in our differences, and we got to know each other for who we really were. We also had our moments… we argued like sisters, forgave like sisters, and celebrated like family.
To me, that’s what friendship is all about. Being so close knit, that in the end you become family. To this day, many of my closest friends are also my sisters in Kappa Delta. And, I’m incredibly lucky to have them in my life.
While Kappa Delta at MTSU educated me on the art of making friends, the national organization is continuing to spread its good word by establishing the month of September as…
International Women’s Friendship Month
This international holiday may have been established by the Greek organization of which I am a member, but it’s open to all women all around the world to celebrate!
Afterall, without our girlfriends… ladies, where we would really be??
That’s a tiny glimpse of some of the ladies that make my world a better place. I am incredibly lucky to have a wide network of lovely, talented, beautiful, intelligent women in my life. While they are both friends near and far, each is so dear to me. Thank you, Kappa Delta, for reminding me to celebrate them this month and to take a minute to honor them.
Here are a few ideas from the IWFM website about how you can honor your dear female friends during this very special month:
- Send a card or short note to your best friend telling her how much she means to you.
- Send IWFM e-cards via email or share them with your friends on Facebook.
- Celebrate your friendship over tea or coffee.
- Plan a girls’ night out. Go see a movie. Make reservations for dinner.
- Visit a spa together. Make appointments for manicures. (NTTC Favorite!)
- Reconnect with a childhood friend with whom you’ve lost contact.
- Sign up for a cooking, yoga, or gardening class together. (NTTC Favorite!)
- Plan an adventure. Go hiking, hot-air ballooning, white water rafting, etc.
- Send flowers to your mother, sister or other relative who has also been a good friend to you.
- Hand out goodie bags to your female coworkers. Include a note about International Women’s Friendship Month.
- Make a photo album or a scrapbook that celebrates your friendship.
- Take cards and home-baked cookies to your friends and female neighbors.
- Make a new friend!
To my dear friends, I am so incredibly lucky to have you in my life. You make me smile (and laugh) on a daily basis, help me consider new perspectives, and ultimately, make me a better person every day that I’ve known you. I can’t thank you all enough for all the joy you’ve brought to my life and I look forward to many, many more fun days with you in upcoming years. xoxo
How will you celebrate IWFM?