By Meagan Riley Grant
I’ve recently gone back to work after being home with my kids for several years and within the first few of weeks of that transition the biggest unexpected impact was on my social life. My friend routine disrupted, my free time condensed, I could feel the days of meeting up for morning hikes, leisurely conversation, or a glass of wine with girlfriends, slipping past me like the bygone days of Friday night high school football games. So needless to say, friendship has been on my mind lately. Maybe it’s because I’m smack in the middle of my life and reflective? Maybe because I’m the mother of a daughter and have a front row seat for the complicated lives of girl friendships? Maybe all of the above but I went to hear Shasta Nelson speak with my curiosity peeked.
The night was already working wonders for my spirit because I got to go with two of my dearest friends (and a great glass of Sauvignon Blanc didn’t hurt either). The odd thing about talking about friendships is that it’s probably something you never talk about with your friends. Friends are like breathing, something you don’t think about until you have a shortness of it and then all of the sudden you realize how precious easy breathing is. Shasta highlighted the connection between friendship and loneliness, emphasizing that feeling lonely it’s no different than feeling hungry or tired. Human connection is a basic need as strong as any other, and life without it is literally damaging to our physical health. Our gut will tell us what we need. It is important that we fulfill that emotional hunger.
Science has proven that friendships are vital for well-being. A Brigham Young University study discovered that low social interaction can be compared to the damage caused by smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, being an alcoholic, or not exercising. That’s serious stuff that can’t be ignored. So why is modern day friendship at risk of being partially if not completely neglected? Simple…in today’s hyper-productive and technologically driven times its hard to find the hours to build, nurture and maintain these relationships despite the fact that they could be the key to living a longer healthier life!
Enter Shasta Nelson, life coach, CEO and author of “Friendships Don’t Just Happen – The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends” who will join us on November 19th to share the science behind this 21st century phenomenon. Shasta brings great insight, expertise and advice on how to integrate and prioritize these relationships in our lives, how to build new ones and nurture the old and tips on narrowing our focus to only those worth our precious time.
It is true – friendships sustain women, they give us hope, support and strength to reach our full potential both personally and professionally. Science is screaming at us to re-prioritize these relationships to the top of our to do lists. We hope that you can join us for this wonderful evening with Shasta Nelson who will help us do just that.
Hope to see you in November – this is one you mustn’t miss. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
And be sure to check out Shasta’s blog for more info, advice and wisdom on the topic of Friendship – “Holding a sense of belonging. Feeling supported. Being known. Having other women witness and cheer for our lives.”