Making New Friends as an Adult

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Creating Social Connections Whether you’re starting fresh in a new city or looking to expand your existing social circle, making friends as an adult can seem like a tricky balancing act. Busy schedules vie for our time, and new friendships require a significant amount of intention. Thankfully, the meaningful friendships you desire aren’t as far […]

Maintaining Friendships During a Pandemic

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Local Ladies Share Their Experiences The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges to not only our physical and mental well-being, but also our relationships. With in-person gatherings put on hold, women of all ages have experienced a disconnect with even their closest friendships, which can lead to feelings of loneliness. However, it is possible to […]

Overcoming Loneliness

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Feel Less Alone with These 5 Strategies According to the Cigna U.S. Loneliness Index, three out of every five adults, or roughly 61%, reported that they were lonely – and that study was published in January, mere months before the COVID-19 pandemic forced people to isolate themselves inside four walls and spend more time alone. […]

Reconnecting with Friends

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“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other gold.” You may or may not be familiar with this song – made popular by the Girl Scouts of America – yet the message rings true. Friendships, both new and old, are essential to our well-being and can help us thrive as individuals. […]

The Gift of Girlfriends

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Great girlfriends enrich our lives in countless ways. Besides the seemingly obvious uplifting influence they have on our lives, they provide true health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, spending time with friends can not only boost our mood but also our self-confidence. It can reduce stress levels and inspire more healthy life choices. Friends […]

Staying in Touch

Tatiana Saballos De Hall of Chattanooga on staying in touch

Relationships add so much to our emotional health, yet as we walk through the various phases of life, many of us are consumed in our busy day-to-day activities, and we forget to connect with family and friends. When hectic routines require so much of our energy, it is all-too-easy to spend less effort on maintaining […]

In Good Times & In Bad

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As we grow and mature, friendship becomes not only a more treasured relationship, but it also can require more effort to maintain. When lives become busier and people move away, or when we undergo challenging times, friendships might need a special touch and a more intentional approach. These local ladies share their thoughts on what […]

Making the Break

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Toxic friendships can consume emotions and negatively impact life on all levels. Here’s how to identify, break from, and move on after them. Identifying Factors If they’re a taker, not a giver. If your friend is constantly in need of your time and energy, but doesn’t reciprocate, it could be a sign that the relationship […]


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A Necessary Pre-Existing Condition Two recent movies, Sex and the City and the remake of the 1939 classic, The Women, celebrated friendship among women. Through marriage, childbirth, infidelities, broken hearts, and relationships, the support and connection between the characters struck a cord with women everywhere, if not with the critics. Women who have formed strong bonds with other […]

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