Guess what? Today is Francesca’s birthday!!! In honor of my nearest and dearest’s special day, I thought I would discuss the importance of creating meaningful friendships.
You know what I mean by meaningful, right? Meaningful friendships > “bar buddies” or girlfriends/guy friends you like to party with (don’t get me wrong, we like to do that from time to time). These are the friendships that truly understand and nourish you to the very core. They replenish and rejuvenate instead of deplete energy. What a rare and beautiful gift….
It takes effort to create and sustain these friendships as we get older and become increasingly absorbed in our work, marriages, children, etc. But, it sure is worth it! Below you will find several tips to establish new, meaningful friendships OR deepen those that already exist.
1. Keep it real: If I could only choose one piece of advice, it would be this: KEEP IT REAL! In other words, bag the bull#$%*. A true friend knows when something isn’t right, so why hide it? It’s ok to not be in a good place and it’s ok to speak the truth about what’s bothering you. Trouble in paradise? Work drama getting your down? That’s life. If you keep it real with your buddies, you stand a better chance of deepening your relationship.
2. Engage in text and phone free activities: Yea, you heard me. Turn those cellular devices off and get moving! Try taking a yoga class together, meet for a hike in the park, share a cup of joe/glass of wine, etc. Face-to-face time is extremely important, especially for long distance friendships! Make time for each other and you won’t be disappointed. Continue reading