I lost my father at 16, and my mother at 24, and it was my friends who helped me keep my head above water both times, and retain hope and joy for the future. When I became a mother, it was my circle of friends that helped me navigate this huge transition, feel like my struggles were normal, keep my anxiety at bay, join in my happiness - five years later, it still is!
I've twice moved to cities where I knew not a single person - first Philly, then Lisbon (hello culture shock!) and both times I've been intentional and very focused in how to build a loving group of friends that is diverse, genuine, and full of kindred spirits - while also nurturing my faraway friendships. Being able to create a community for myself, my children, and my partner has been essential in feeling grounded, loved, safe, and happy during these big changes and new life chapters.
My friendships bring unique things into my life that my other cherished relationships - with my family, husband, children - don't bring. My life would be flatter, harder, smaller without my friends. They help me to see the best in myself when I can't; they help me to remember I am supported when I feel alone; they teach me by sharing their experiences with honesty and depth; they bring me happiness, comfort, adventure, and companionship.
I look forward to learning more about you, your needs and desires around friendship, and hearing if there are ways we can be friends or even partner on a project you have cooking! My inbox
is always open and I'd love to hear from you.