I think a woman’s girlfriends are some of the most important people she’ll ever have in her life. I was explaining this to my husband the other day when he asked why I wanted to go visit a friend of ours and spend time with her alone. I told him I wanted some “girl time.” And because he’s a wonderful husband, he just shrugged and said, “Okay.”

It’s not that I didn’t want to him around, it’s more about the fact that I wanted to talk about fashion and friendship, my friend’s dating life, and my life, too. Women bond differently than men do. I still find it amazing how women can talk for hours and hours about feelings and what-ifs, while men have got the basics covered in about five sentences. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying men don’t have quality friendships. My husband has had the same best friends since he was a kid and it’s one of the many things I love about him. I just think sometimes, women need female friendships to fill a spot in their heart that their significant other just can’t. And research even shows having strong friendships is good for your health. It can do everything from boost your immune system to protect you from heart disease, cancer, depression and anxiety.

I can count my closest friends on one hand. I met my best friend by complete chance, when I was home for a summer during college. All it took was two and a half months of working together in the same office, and we were friends for life. I have so much fun with her that we joke we could have a blast in a cardboard box. And no matter what, I know that girl will always be in my corner.

I accumulated another amazing friend when I lived in Ohio. She is a brutally honest, jewelry-loving lady who tells it like it is – whether you like it or not. She’s also the kind of friend that even if you don’t talk for a few months, you pick up right where you left off.

That brings me back to my other friend - the one I took off to visit for some “girl time.” She’s one of the most laid back people I’ve ever met. She’s up for anything, has a great heart and doesn’t get offended easily. I’m blessed with amazing girlfriends, who each bring something different to my life. We share joy, sorrow, and laughter - and we support one another when someone needs a shoulder to cry on. And I wouldn’t be the same without them. In fact, I think I’ll go call one of them right now…