Despite all the ways close friendships enhance our lives, many women who are working, raising a family, and/or caregiving for aging parents or other relatives may feel they simply don’t have time for friends. Pat Katepoo, a work-life advisor, offers some practical suggestions (in her guest post below) that might make it easier to find more free time for friends.
I met a great guy who I have been with for five years but I feel that I am missing out on lots of things at my young age. One problem is that I am the manager now, and my staff is all around my age. I do go out with them but there is always that “manager and employee” barrier, which I know it has to be that way. But with all my responsibilities I don’t have much time to go out and make friends.
On a recent post on the Friendship Forums, entitled I Don’t Have The Skill Set for This Problem, a poster wrote about how she transformed herself from being a very shy person to someone actively involved in friendships. She realized along the way, however, she had created a new problem: finding balance and creating boundaries [...]
The passage of time generally makes it more difficult to clear up misunderstandings. QUESTION Hi Irene, Long story short: My best online friend and I broke up. Actually, it was me who broke up with her over something she had done (something that involved lying to me and not caring about my feelings in [...]
When you move, you take some emotional baggage with you… QUESTION Dear Irene, I recently moved to San Francisco after graduating college. I have a tough job, but thought that the city would provide for a worthy night life. It has been four months and I haven’t made friends with anyone I would like [...]
When a friendship begins to feel too complicated, it’s a sign that something’s amiss. It could be that your friend is either withholding information from you and withdrawing. The choices are either to talk about it or to pull back. That’s usually not an easy decision. QUESTION Hello Irene, I’m finding myself in a [...]
It becomes uncomfortable for both friends when one wants to spend more time together than the other. It can make one feel smothered and the other feel rejected. QUESTION Dear Irene, It seems my divorce has killed my friendship with a good friend, simply because my life has changed. My friend was never [...]
Friendships need to be nurtured and travel—even for a weekend—allows friends to see new places, strengthen vital ties, and create shared memories. This month Budget Travel magazine released its debut spring/summer 2011 edition of Girlfriend Getaways as a special pullout section of the May issue. I was delighted to speak to its Editor, Valerie Rains [...]