Why make Valentines Day all about romance when Galentines Day looks so much fun. These famous ladies have stood the test of time, talk about friendship goals!
Whether it's characters from your favourite TV series, movies or real life celebrity friends that you may stalk on social media, everyone feels for the bond that these pals share. Some started as frenemies, while others co-stars, but there's no question that these duos are amazing together!
1. Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams
You probably know this pair better as Laverne and Shirley from the 1970s sitcom hit. This duo were the original BFFs and roommates, making us all hope for the day we moved in with our best friends.
2. Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin
Many friendships in Hollywood meet as co-stars and then become friends. For Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, their 40 years of friendship led them to starring in the Netflix comedy "Grace and Frankie" together.
3. Jennifer Aniston & Courteney Cox
From co-starring on one of the most notable sitcom series of the late 90s / early 2000s, to Jennifer spilling the details on babysitting Courteney's kids more than 20 years later, these girls have been besties ever since Friends and the world is so thankful.
4. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
This hilarious pair have been best friends since their early 20s and have gone on to star in movies together, present awards to each other and host the infamous Golden Globes together, more than once!
5. Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig
These SNL alumni are a gut-busting duo that truly screams girl power. After their SNL days, they reunited for the 2011 female-packed comedy hit "Bridesmaids," playing on-screen lifelong BFFS.
6. Cameron Diaz & Drew Barrymore
These "Charlie's Angels" co-stars still have a friendship that is going strong! Both in their 40s now, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore continue to be the closest of pals and have done countless interviews praising each other.
7. Gwenyth Paltrow & Beyonce
This friendship pairing might seem a little random, but the adorable duo met through their husbands and have been incredibly close ever since. Even now, their children have play dates and brunches together, which makes us a little jealous of a toddler's social life.
8. Ellen Pompeo & Sandra Oh
Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang have been friendship goals since Grey's Anatomy first premiered in 2005. The on-screen best friend pairing put any viewer through an emotional roller coaster, so it was the best to find out these women are friends in real life too!
9. Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss
With over 25 years of friendship under their designer belt, these infamous models could possibly be the most high-fashion friend pair in the industry. Can you say power pair?
10. The Taylor Swift "Squad"
It is no secret that Taylor Swift has created the #squadgoals for this generation, as their get togethers and outings are splashed across every social media platform you can think of. You know the models and singers that are friends with Swift, but her squad also consists of Lena Dunham, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Uzo Aduba, and Serena Williams!
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Self-improvement and self-care are important, but this time of year always brings me back to the focus of my childhood New Year's experiences: my family.
By the time the fireworks crescendoed over Cairo and my 22-month-old-daughter woke up to witness midnight on her second New Year's eve, my mind raced with changes I wanted to make in the year ahead to strengthen my family.
Ringing in the New Year with my sister at a Nile-side café, sharing plates of Arabic mezze such as hummus, baba ghanouj and kebab, was very special. Separated by thousands of kilometers and national borders, I don't get to see my loved ones nearly as often as I'd like and the holidays present a rare opportunity to rekindle the bonds of family.
As we talked—and the clock moved closer to midnight—sharing our plans for the New Year and reminiscing about our childhood, it struck me that the types of resolutions we usually think of around this time of year are foreign to me. Growing up in Kuwait and Gaza, the New Year was a very different affair.
Sure, there were fireworks and parties—but even at their loudest, our celebrations felt quieter, more subdued and grounded. There were no glaring campaigns encouraging you to join a gym, take that dream vacation or switch phone companies. New Year's Eve was another occasion to spend time as a family and connect with those closest to you.
It wasn't until I moved to Europe and eventually came to Canada that I saw the full force of the self-improvement craze as people promised to slim down and tone up, get more sleep and stick to a budget.
Self-improvement and self-care are important—being fulfilled in ourselves empowers us to care for others—but this time of year always brings me back to the focus of my childhood New Year's experiences: my family.
Firstly, I'm committing to use technology to enhance my family's relationships, instead of just to fill time while commuting. I'm going to be present with the people in my life, leaving my phone in the other room to make the most of the time I have with my loved ones over dinner. And for my family we can't share a meal with, I'm going to make sure they're an active presence in my daughter's life through video chats and photos.
Next, my husband and I are committing to volunteering together. Families that are actively engaged in their communities create a generation of change-makers and one of the greatest gifts I can give my daughter is the knowledge that she can have an impact. That starts with modeling behaviour for her now.
Lastly, I'm going to ensure my daughter grows up knowing what it means to be a part of a diverse community that cares for each other. Whenever I travel I'm reminded of how special Canada is, where people from all backgrounds speaking a multitude of languages celebrate cherished cultures side by side. This year my family is going to celebrate the threads that make up our diverse tapestry by sharing meals with our neighbours.
As 2016 drew to a close, headlines around the world declared it the worst year in recent memory: darker; more politically divisive; full of disaster, disease and an uncharacteristically high number of celebrity deaths. We have the potential to make 2017 better—not just for ourselves (when we finally lose that extra five pounds or remember to pack lunches for work) but for our family's and for each other, when we learn about issues together, leave notes of kindness to brighten one another's day, or tell the people in our lives what we're grateful for.
These are simple steps I plan to take for my family but my goal is much larger. I imagine a day, not too far off, when my daughter is a little older and we can talk about the issues and challenges she sees in the world. I want to raise her to care about little injustices and dream of ways she can help because she knows she can have an impact. That starts now, with a strong grounding in our home and our family.
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