One of the books I'm anxious to read this month is Friendships Don't Just Happen!: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends (buy direct) by Shasta Nelson. Shasta, if you'll remember, is one of our guest boot camp instructors and also the founder of Girlfriend Circles.
I caught an interview with Shasta and Jen Tucker, where Shasta said "research shows we're replacing half our friends every 7 years so it's really quite normal to need to foster new friendships."Doesn't that sentence give you a sense of peace? One thing I hear a lot is that people feel weird, silly, or even guilty making new friends. But you shouldn't be. I love the title of her book because friendships really don't just happen automatically most times, you have to make an effort. What's more, you might need to really get out of your comfort zone and try new things so you can meet new people.
But that's good. You don't need to feel weird or guilty because you are actively trying to make new friends. It's a healthy situation and if you embrace it, you'll see how worthwhile the effort is.
This book is high on my "to read" list, so watch for an upcoming review.