Tag: time

When it comes to having friends, a “boy” friend may not be enough

Published: August 11, 2012 | Last Updated: October 28, 2012 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

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.

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From the Friendship Forums: Balancing Friend-Time with Me-Time

Published: May 26, 2012 | Last Updated: May 14, 2020 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

A reader offers pointers that worked for her—for people who tend toward introversion and know they require me-time before and after being with others.

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Should I try to patch up this online friendship?

Published: March 22, 2012 | Last Updated: September 4, 2014 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

The passage of time generally makes it more difficult to clear up misunderstandings, online or off.

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Moving and Friendship: Is moving a good way to make new friends?

Published: December 30, 2011 | Last Updated: February 23, 2015 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading

When you move, you take some emotional baggage with you…

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A complicated friendship

Published: December 19, 2011 | Last Updated: September 4, 2014 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

When a friendship begins to feel too complicated, it’s a sign that something’s amiss.

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Feeling smothered by a friend

Published: August 9, 2011 | Last Updated: August 9, 2011 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

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 […]

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Q& A with Valerie Rains: Girlfriend Getaways

Published: May 20, 2011 | Last Updated: May 20, 2011 By | Reply Continue Reading

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 […]

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Ditched by a best friend

Published: January 28, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 88 Replies Continue Reading

If you have been ditched by a best friend, it’s probably time to back off.

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A case of friendship fatigue?

Published: December 8, 2010 | Last Updated: December 8, 2010 By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION: Dear Irene, I stumbled on your blog today, and wish I’d seen it before. I’m in my 50s; consider myself a good, loyal, and fun friend; and have had many friends, lost plenty, and held onto quite a few. Along with the ‘old’ friends, I’ve made newer friends over the years too. Lately though, […]

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A friend who is stingy with time?

Published: November 19, 2010 | Last Updated: November 19, 2010 By | 7 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Hi Irene, I’ve read your book and enjoy reading your blog. For the past year or so I’ve found myself in a strange place with some of my girlfriends. I’m 41 years old and have had many of the same friends since high school, all of whom are married with small children. I always […]

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