15 May 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Friendships Don’t Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends By Shasta Nelson

I’m very lucky in the friendship department. I have a group of 12 core friends – we call ourselves “The Mom Posse” because we met through a mom’s group about 12 years ago. As our kids have grown older, our relationships have changed – it’s no longer about play dates and more about getting away from the pre-teens to spend time together over a few drinks.

I say that “I’m lucky” but I think the reality is that it’s more than luck. I’ve worked hard to have the friendships that I do and we have to make an effort to get together on a regular basis. We have a book club night each month, we try to have dinner with each other regularly, etc. We’re there for each other, through the very good times and the very bad times.

While I completely agree with most of what this book had to say, there were parts that kind of bugged me a bit. I totally agree that friendships don’t just happen and it’s like any other relationship in that you have to show up, nurture it and be consistent. I also completely agreed that relationships can change and ebb and flow and all that great stuff.

What I had the hardest time was the act of putting my friends into buckets, it felt too much like pigeon-holing our relationship. I think friendships are much more fluid than that.

Having said that, this book did really make me look at my friendships and analyze them a little as far as who I was friends with, why and what that friendship meant to me. I think you can over analyze it though. Sometimes, you’re simply friends and sometimes… that’s all that matters.

I did choose this book for a book club selection and I’m interested to see what they thought of it.

Recommended for those that do want to delve a little deeper into their friendships and figure out why things work sometimes – and why they don’t.

Description:
This essential go-to guide reveals how women can enhance their lives by creating valuable friendships in today’s busy, mobile world, from nationally recognized friendship expert and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com.

Every woman is searching for a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. Many realize the significant role that an intimate, tightly knit circle of friends plays in creating a more fulfilling life, but with hectic schedules, frequent moves, and life changes, it’s more important than ever for women to establish natural, meaningful friendships that will contribute to their overall wellbeing.

In Friendships Don’t Just Happen!, Shasta Nelson, friendship expert and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, reveals the most important proven steps, processes, and secrets vital to establishing the five different levels of friendships, or Circles of Connectedness, that women—no matter their age or relationship status—are longing for in today’s stressful and mobile culture. This revolutionary, engaging guide will also benefit women who already feel
rooted to fabulous friends, with insightful principles that will help them maintain and enhance their current friendships.

Full of practical how-to tips, fun activities, guiding questions, and step-by-step instructions, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! highlights several areas of developing lasting friendships, teaching women how to:
·Evaluate their current circle of friends
·Recognize what types of friends they are seeking based on career, interests, location, and relationship status
·Create a prioritized friendship action plan
·Find extraordinary friends—where to look and how to approach them
·Take initiative to jumpstart friendships and face fears of rejection
·Establish “frientimacy,” trust, and happiness through conversation and activities
·Maintain meaningful friendships and determine which ones are worthwhile

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2013: 18

One Response to “Friendships Don’t Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends By Shasta Nelson”

  1. D.R. Ransdell 3 June 2013 at 12:21 pm Permalink

    Thanks for the useful review. Especially having gone through cycles of having/not having boyfriends, I’ve found that friendships are the most important things besides family. But that doesn’t mean they come easily. All friendships take work, and it looks like “Friendships Don’t Just Happen” would be useful for making that process more do-able.


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