Investing in friendships is part of a finding a healthy balance in life. We care for and enjoy our friends, but sometimes we might forget to think about how we can secure and grow our friendships. Any sort of investment requires some time and thought. Maintaining friendships requires effort, but when we look at the health benefits of friendships, this effort is worth it.
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The bullying I faced earlier in my life, was something that stuck with me and is still something that affects me today. My social anxiety and depression went hand in hand making events seem impossible, school lunch a nightmare and made my bed the only place I felt comfortable being.
This is depressing, but could it be true?
Olympic champion, Tessa Virtue, opens up about media's treatment of female athletes.
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Seven women who are embracing their own unique beauty and proving that behind their "pretty faces" is a powerful, intelligent, person.
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Many conflicts come from inappropriate expectations in relationships. Ask yourself if you are expecting your friends to act and be just like you. I encourage people to not expect others to be just like them because this is the road to sure and constant disappointment.
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You can safely assume by the fact that I had four children in five and a half years, that I did not have much difficulty conceiving. However, two of my very best friends struggled for years to get pregnant, so while I would not want to give advice to someone who can't conceive, I do feel qualified to give advice about what do to when your friend can't get pregnant while you can.
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A strange thing happened when my son was diagnosed with autism a few years ago. Some of my friends dove for the hills. They didn't all disappear, but some just gradually dropped off. This post isn't about finger-pointing. I get how hard it is. You don't know what to say without feeling awkward or guilty.
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Last weekend, I ran the Nike Toronto Women's 15k on the Island and had the good fortune of having two girlfriends come out to support me. They jumped in a cab at 6:15 a.m., waited in line for a ferry, getting to the island three hours before my race time and watched me in the pouring rain.
Like a good friend are looking forward to guiding her through the hemorrhoid-laden, mood swing-driven, nauseating ball of heartburn, nine months of torture that pregnancy can be. But as months pass, you wait for a sign that she has any pregnancy symptom aside from her perfect beach ball belly and constant gold and pink glow.
Imagine your teenage self. You’re feeling awkward in your changing body, anxious about grades and confused by the world of dating. You’re uncertain about what the future has in store for you, you try...
There is a wellspring of magic in women empowering other women. I would argue that it is one of the most transformational forces in the world for stretching our purpose on this planet. But I have witnessed that as powerful as we can be in uplifting each other, we are also a formidable force for bringing each other down.
Friendship exists for us to live out our need for belonging and connectedness by sharing our stories. Our wonderful, brutal, happy, gut-punching stories.