Friendships Shouldn't Be One Sided | How to Find Balance

 

Hey Neighbor,

This week I am so happy to announce my first friendship advice video (GFND Advice). To be honest I was so nervous. This was my first video in a while a it's also a new concept to the blog. I hope you guys like it. It's my hope to tackle friendship topics we all deal with from time to time. I will discuss friendship, love, relationships, and much more. 

I would like to thank Sarah D. for being my very first question. Sarah, girl I was so nervous, but I hope I was able to give you the best advice possible.  Remember you set the tone for how others treat you. I look Forward to hearing from you.

Topic: In friendship, give and take is sometimes a difficult concept to maintain. The balance of who is doing "more" for the friendship will go back and forth, and over time it should be a fairly equal thing. 

Please contact me with any questions I can help you with. You can contact me through the contact link above. 

Thank you guys for joining me on this journey. We will make it through together. You are all my lifeship partners, and I love you to pieces. 

Your Girlfriend Next Door,

Andrea 

Your Girlfriend Next Door Is Back...

 

Hi Friends,

I've been away far too long and I'm proud to say I'm back with a new look and new vision. Things are going well and I'm working on new projects to keep our days fun, fresh, and exciting. As you can see some of the categories have changed but the mission is still the same. I'm here to listen, laugh, and have fun all in the name of friendship. I'm excited to meet new friends and say hello to those I've missed. Let's continue this journey together.

In honor of friendship,

Andrea, Your Girlfriend Next Door®

Girlfriends Creating Lifeships Through Cocktails and Convo

 

We are starting a meet up! soon I'll travel city to city for fun, laughs, conversations, and of course a cocktail. join the meet up group and stay tuned for upcoming events. 

The term “Lifeship” is coined through experiences with successful clients and observing how each of them had impressionable individuals in their lives who help mold their life’s foundation. Girlfriend Lifeships are the rock of a happy and successful woman's life. We will explore what it takes to find and nurture Lifeships with strong friendships we make in those we meet through our journey together. Join us here.

From Your girlfriend next door®
Andrea

The Next Best You 
Live Life in Color

 

Cinq a Sept Friday Fabrizia Lemoncello Cocktail

 

We're happy to be back!  This week we're bringing a little sunshine to these cold winter days. Thanks to Fabrizia Spirits for providing two bottles of their sunshine in a bottle. This is an awesome awarding winning spirit company that offers Fabrizia Limoncello and Fabrizia Blood Orange. 

We Love an all American story. Here's the Fabrizia Story...

My childhood was very similar to that of most second generation Italian Americans. I spoke a few common Italian words, ate the homemade sausages and soppresata prepared by my grandparents, and was taught at an early age the importance of family. Aside from these brief glimpses into the Italian culture, my upbringing was mostly American. I thought very little of “the old country,” the traditions I took for granted, and the fact that I had an extended family living across the Atlantic.

That all changed in 2003 when at the age of 20, I accompanied my great-aunt on a trip to Italy. Our destination was Platania, the small hill-top town in Calabria where 3 of my 4 grandparents were born and raised. Little did I know that this weeklong trip would subtly, yet steadily, change the course of my life.

Upon arriving at the train station near Platania, we were met by my cousin Felice, who served as our ambassador for the duration of the trip. Each day we were escorted from one family member’s home to the next, stopping at each to enjoy all of the wonderful food that had been prepared. If we happened to catch someone off guard, only moments would pass before the table was full of home-cured meats, cheeses, and wine. The surreal setting for all of this was on an imposing hill with views of olive groves, vineyards, and the Mediterranean Sea. Many of the faces of my extended family reminded me of the older aunts, uncles, and grandparents who resided with me at home in Boston. Questions such as “Why did these family members stay?”, and “Why did my grandfather leave?” prompted me for the first time in my life to profoundly appreciate the sacrifices they made so our family could have a better life.

During our stay, we visited places such as the cemetery, where my grandfather and great-uncle helped my great-grand father build the tomb where he and my great-grandmother lay resting. Never in my life had I thought to even ask where they were buried (Italy or America), nor did I know that the tomb was built so beautifully by my own relatives. These types of events occurred throughout the week, and triggered my desire to learn everything about my family’s history and traditions in Italy, so they could be forwarded onto future generations.

Over the course of the next few years that followed, I began asking my grandparents more questions about “the old country” and the way life used to be. Instead of being the benefactor of the homemade wine and meats being produced by my relatives, I joined in and began making my own. I began to take serious the study of the Italian language, now with a sense of purpose.

The initial trip with Zia Rosina “Aunt Rose” was the first of many to Platania. While visiting family during the summer of 2007, my cousin Angelina placed on the table a bottle of Limoncello made with lemons from her own property. It was delicious! Inspired by her to create my own Limoncello; upon returning from the trip I began doing so for fun, with the first batch ready just in time for the holiday season.

While the homemade Limoncello was a real hit within the family; the idea of starting the business came about in a rather unconventional way. It was a Friday night after a long week of work. Upon returning home I found my Uncle Joe sitting in the kitchen visiting my parents. Knowing he was a fan of the Limoncello I took some out and poured him a glass. After taking a sip he looked up and said word for word “You know, this is what you should be doing…..this is the best Limoncello I’ve ever had”. At first I shrugged the idea off thinking it wouldn’t be possible. However by the next morning the idea planted had grown, and I was seriously considering trying to make a great tasting Limoncello, created by hand in the traditional style, right here in America. From that day on we worked to do so.

The company was created 99% on weekends and late at night, and would not have been possible without the support of friends and family. My brother Nick Mastroianni deserves a special acknowledgement for overseeing production. At Fabrizia Limoncello the pride we place into the production of each bottle is a testament to the hard work our ancestors taught us to appreciate.

To conclude; they say “you don’t know where it is you’re going until you know where you came from”. In my case, it wasn’t just that I didn’t know where I was going until I visited Platania, but also that I could make a good Limoncello! Thanks so much for visiting the website and taking the time to hear our story.

Written By: Phil Mastroianni Source: FabriziaSpirits 

I had an opportunity to express to Phil via email, my experience with Italy, and it was also an life changing event for me as well. I'm sure many of you have experienced an adventure that change your life in one way or the other. For me it was Italy, it opened my mind and heart to see what else the world has to offer. 

I look forward to many more adventures to come, and hopefully we will share some Girlfriend moments together.

From Your Girlfriend Next Door,

Andrea